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If you’re a Back To My Mac User, the bad news is that Apple is killing it off in macOS Mojave due to be released later this fall.

Back To My Mac (BTMM) is a free remote desktop tool which allows Mac users to easily connect to and network with other Macs remotely.

This is useful for screen sharing, file transfers and general remote access to any Mac you want to access from afar.

However, it was notoriously buggy in our experience and often threw-up router or Airport Base Station configuration issues that were never easy to solve.

It’s probably these problems and the support issues they created for Apple that led the company to finally ditch it.


Apple is now recommending that Mac users now use iCloud Drive or Apple Remote Desktop instead.

However, the problem of course is that neither iCloud Drive or Apple Remote Desktop are free.

iCloud offers 5GB of space for free but after that pricing starts at $0.99 per month for 20GB going up to $19.99 per month for 1TB.

Apple Remote Desktop meanwhile costs $79.99, it’s quite technical and hasn’t been updated in a long time.

The good news however is that there are other easy to use remote desktop services such as LogMeIn that allow you to connect to other Macs (and PCs) and do much more than BTMM.

If you’re a Back To My Mac user looking for an alternative, we recommend checking out our look at the Best Remote Desktop Software For Mac for a selection of replacements.

There are also several other ways to access and control a Mac remotely which are better than Back To My Mac.

You may also be interested in our reviews of the best VPNs for Mac to surf securely and anonymously online.

If you have any other questions about the end of BTMM, let us know in the comments below.

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3 Responses

  1. PeterG

    If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to ARD, Screens is a very good VNC client. They offer 20% off the Mac version right now for those that wish to move from Back to My Mac. Use coupon code RIPBTMM on their website (


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