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Apple Confirms It’s Disabling ‘Back To My Mac’ Feature In macOS Mojave

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The new mac operating system will axe the Back to My Mac feature, which lets its users work with others units remotely.

The feature was released with the Mac OS X Leopard in 2007 as part of .Mac. Eventually, .Mac was turned into MobileMe, and then iCloud. Through these changes, Back to My Mac Feature stayed.

The feature is a convenient way for people to get access to other files and units remotely. For users who both have a laptop and a desktop, it proved to be immensely helpful with its screen-sharing feature. Through Back to My Mac, users can make a network of a number of Mac units and access any files from the connected devices.

End Of Back To My Mac

Apple officially announced that it will be dropping the feature by notifying its users of the removal and publishing a support document that outlined the changes. The company also instructed users how to transition to iCloud drive, Apple Remote Desktop, and screen sharing.

"Back to My Mac will not be available on macOS Mojave. You can get ready now by learning about alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access," the document stated.

Back To My Mac Alternatives

Despite stopping the feature, the company suggested other alternatives that mirror the same service. For remote file and screen-sharing, users can use the iCloud drive. On the other hand, users who want multi-device management feature can use Apple Remote Desktop.

The Apple Remote Desktop can be bought for $80 in the App Store. However, it has not been updated since February 2017. For those who want other options, third-party apps that are also available.

"If you have more than one Mac, Apple Remote Desktop also lets you run apps and work with files that are on your other Mac, even if you're in another location. So if you want to run an app that's only on your other Mac, you can," added the document.

Notably, Back to My Mac feature was already dropped during the first beta of macOS Mojave. Additionally, it was not available in any following beta. This led people to speculate about the imminent end to the feature.

Apart from terminating Back to My Mac, the new OS will also be the last operating system of the company that supports 32-bit apps. Soon, Apple will be requiring 64-bit software on future macOS versions.

The new operating system will be released late this fall as a free update for compatible devices.

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