How to Remote Control Your Mac From Your iPhone or iPad

Using iPhone or iPad to control your Mac remotely has several advantages. Different apps are required depending on the method; in this guide we will utilize the VNC.



It’s always best to pair an iPhone with a Mac. In addition to the functional advantages, a Mac can also be superbly remote controlled via an iPhone. If you install a proper program and follow a few setup instructions, you may access your Mac from an iPhone or iPad for changing computer settings or controlling the media.

Control your Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad

You can use your iPhone to remotely control your whole Mac. The “Screen Sharing” feature may be the easiest of the various options for doing this: A so-called VNC connection is used to accomplish it. Virtual Network Computing, or VNC, enables remote control of Macs and PCs from other devices. The configuration of the software is pretty simple.

Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. Open the System Preferences of your Mac and click on “Sharing.”
Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. Check the box next to “Screen Sharing” in the Sharing menu to make it active. The VNC server on the Mac will then be enabled. If required, keep in mind the Mac’s displayed address, such as “vnc: local ip address.” To start a remote connection, the iPhone or iPad also needs to have the VNC app.
Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. To improve security, go to “Computer Settings,” select “VNC viewers may control screen with password,” and enter a password. This prohibits anyone else on the network from gaining access to your Mac.
Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. On current macOS versions, VNC cannot connect to the presently logged-in user for security concerns. To utilize VNC on your iPhone, you must first log out of your Mac. Alternatively, in Terminal, you can type “sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ VNCAlwaysStartOnConsole -bool true
Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. That’s all there is to preset on a Mac. Now, switch to the iPhone and go to the App Store to get the free VNC Viewer app:
Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. Open the app, then navigate through the panels until “Get Started” appears. Tap on the button.
Mac remotely via iPhone and iPad
  1. Tap on Bonjour which is Apple’s networking standard that makes tethering on Macs quite simple.
  1. Now, every VNC Mac on the network will be visible in the list. Your Mac should also be visible. Tap on it.
  1. The warning that the connection is not encrypted can be safely ignored. Select “Connect.”
  1. VNC Viewer will now prompt you for the password you specified in Step 3. Enter it and toggle the “Remember Password” button on. This will prevent you from having to enter the password on the iPhone later. Then press the “Continue” button.
  1. VNC Viewer will now connect to the Mac and provide instructions for some useful gestures. The gestures are helpful since displaying a desktop PC on a smaller iPhone screen isn’t exactly practical, but it’s a lot better on an iPad.