Apple sets death date for Back to My Mac

Apple Remote Desktop is one of the applications that replaces Back to My Mac.
Apple Remote Desktop is one of the applications that replaces Back to My Mac.
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iTunes isn’t the only Mac app Apple plans to kill this summer.

Apple updated its support document for Back to My Mac today revealing that it will be removed from all version of macOS starting on July 1, 2019.

Back to My Mac allows Mac users to remotely connect to another Mac to do things like screen sharing and file transfers. It’s kind of become impractical to use lately though. There are a number of third-party apps that offer screen sharing and Remote Desktop features that are easier to use, and there’s an infinite number of services and platforms for file sharing.

“As of July 1, 2019, Back to My Mac service is not available in any other version of macOS. You can use these alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access.”

Apple first released Back to My Mac in 2007. The company didn’t include support for it in macOS Mojave though so there were plenty of signs that its death was imminent.

Mac users looking for a replacement created by Apple will have to turn to the Apple Remote Desktop app. It costs $80 in the Mac App Store which might upset people that there’s not a free solution anymore. Other options include LogMeIn, TeamViewer or Chrome Remote Desktop.

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