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How to remote access and control your Mac remotely from your iPhone and iPad

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In recent years, Apple has gone out of its way to make macOS increasingly like iOS. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the company makes it possible for someone to access their Mac from their iPhone and iPad. The preferred method has changed in recent years, however. Despite this, it’s still relatively easy to do so.

Why would it be necessary to access a Mac from an iPhone? Various use cases show why connecting your iPhone with your Mac might be required. The first is rather mundane yet obvious: to remotely access files stored on the computer. In another scenario, there’s the usefulness of troubleshooting it provides. Whether it’s being able to connect to your Mac at work or popping into a family member’s computer on the other side of the country, remote access is a great way to fix a computer-related problem.

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For iPad, Apple has made accessing macOS much easier, and rightly so; a tablet offers a much better solution because of its larger display.

For many years, Apple offered the Back to My Mac remote access feature in macOS (and early Mac OS X). The feature utilized Bonjour to discover and connect to external devices via the internet. Apple discontinued Back to My Mac in macOS Mojave in 2019.

Even with Back to My Mac’s demise, there are other ways to remotely access and control your Mac from an iPhone and iPad. Some options are easier to use than others, and each varies in its purpose, as you’ll see below. 

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With the built-in Mac Screen Sharing tool enacted in macOS, it’s possible to access a Mac anywhere with an internet connection. It also provides a mechanism to collaborate with others on a project like a presentation or a website. 

To date, Apple doesn’t offer a native remote access feature for iPhone users to gain control of a Mac. However, you can still do so using a free app. 

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Perhaps the easiest way involves using a Google account and a Chrome browser on iPhone. 

As a first step, you must enact Mac Screen Sharing by going into “System Preferences” on the computer. Next, choose “Sharing.” Next, check the box on the left next to “Screen Sharing.” If it’s a grayed-out box, click on the lock icon at the bottom left, log in with your Mac account, and check the box. 

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With Screen Sharing activated, note the address and computer name under the ‘Screen Sharing: On” section at the top right.

Install the free Google Chrome browser app

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on your Mac. Visit https://remotedesktop.google.com/access/ through the Chrome browser and look into your Google account if you haven’t already done so. Click the button for ‘Set up remote access.’ Next, click the icon ‘Add to Chrome.’ Follow the on-screen instructions to install the remote access extension on your Mac. 

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Once the extension is installed, you’ll head back to the Google Chrome browser and add the computer’s name in the box. It will show the default name, which you can change or replace. Choose ‘Next.’ Enter, reenter a six-digit pin, click ‘Start,’ and follow the additional directions.

There are paid remote desktop options available to save you a step or two. Nonetheless, you can still get the job done for free using Google Chrome. Paid options worth considering include TeamViewer and LogMeIn

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Install the Chrome Remote Desktop app on your iPhone, then open it. Sign in to the same Google account that was used on your Mac. Once you do, you’ll see a link to access your computer remotely. Click on it. Enter the six-digit pin assigned above the tap on the arrow icon. You can now control your Mac from your iPhone. 

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There are various options available within the app to control the Mac, including the ability to disconnect. However, Chrome Remote Desktop must stay active on your Mac to continue working. To turn this off when not in use, go back into the Chrome app on your Mac, and click on the trash can icon next to the computer name on the Chrome Remote Desktop page. 

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One of the newer ways to share your Mac screen is FaceTime’s SharePlay feature.

Although this feature is often advertised for its entertainment-based features, it works very well as a troubleshooting or training tool. The intended uses are to share the Mac screen to show apps, webpages, and more. And thanks to FaceTime, everyone on the call can react and comment about what they’re seeing. 

To get started, you must already be on a FaceTime call. Next, the Mac user must click the FaceTime button, then click the Screen Share button. The two choices are to ‘Share the app window’ or ‘Share the whole screen.’

To stop sharing, click the FaceTime button again, then choose ‘Stop Sharing.’

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Please note: FaceTime doesn’t allow another user to control a Mac desktop physically. It’s included here because it can serve as an easy-to-use troubleshooting tool. 

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With iCloud Drive , you can share folders and files across multiple Apple devices, including iPhone and Mac. For this to work, you must be logged into the same Apple ID on both machines and use iCloud to store files. To access the content on iPhone, use the Files app. 

iPhone limitations exist

An iPhone isn’t ideal for controlling a Mac from a mobile device. This is the No. 1 reason Apple hasn’t released a native remote feature. And yet, it’s possible by turning on Mac Screen Sharing and using a third-party solution such as Google Chrome or a paid option. 

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Using iCloud Drive might be the best way to share files and folders. At the same time, SharePlay and FaceTime allow Mac users to show anyone with an iPhone (or another device) what’s happening on a Mac window or the display. 

It would be nice if Apple made it easier to control a Mac from iPhone in the future. Maybe this will finally become a reality if future iPhone displays get bigger! Until then, more hoop-jumping is required to get the job done. 

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With Sidecar, you can access a Mac from an iPad that’s within 10 meters of each other. Both devices must be signed in with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication and have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi turned on. Handoff on Mac should also be turned on. When all the requirements are met, you can extend the Mac display to your iPad or mirror the computer on the tablet. 

To move Mac windows to an iPad, move your mouse pointer over the green full-screen button of a window on your computer. Then, from the pull-down menu, choose the option to move that window to your tablet. Repeat these steps to transfer additional windows from Mac to iPad. 

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To mirror what’s happening on your Mac on an iPad, choose a mirroring option from the Screen Mirroring menu in the menu bar. 

NoteUniversal Control brings Mac and iPad even close by allowing you to control multiple Macs and iPads with a single keyboard and mouse. By doing so, moving windows back and forth between devices is that much easier. 

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro: everything you need to know

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is Samsung’s biggest and most powerful watch yet. The specs are more impressive than any Galaxy Watch so far, with enhanced durability, a better sensor array, GPS features such as route workouts, and improved sleep and activity tracking. 

Announced during Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event on 10 August, we imagine you understandably have lots of questions about this fitness-focused Samsung watch that you need answering before you hit “pre-order”. That’s where we come in: we’ve spent time with the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, and we’re here to answer all your questions. For more of our first impressions of the watch, you can check out our Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro hands-on review

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To check out more of all the goodies revealed at Samsung Unpacked, you can find our thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5, the new folding phones Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, and the Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 Pro.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro was announced at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked on 10 August and will be officially released on 26 August. Until that time, the Watch 5 Pro will be available to pre-order. 

In the US, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro will retail at $449 for the Bluetooth version and $499 for the LTE 4G version. In the UK, the Watch 5 Pro is set to cost £429 (Bluetooth) and £479 (LTE), while in Australia, the watch will cost $799 (Bluetooth) and $849 (4G).

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The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro measures 45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5 mm, and weighs 46g, which is nice and light considering the premium construction. The titanium case (which comes in black and gray colorways) and sapphire glass ensures the watch is extremely durable: Samsung claims it’s twice as hardy as its predecessor, the Galaxy Watch 4. The 20mm band has a hinged d-buckle, unlike the traditional watch clasp of the Watch 5. 

The 450 x 450 pixel Super AMOLED display has an always-on functionality, so you check your wrist at any time without doing the ‘smartwatch flick’. A 590mAh battery is said to be rated to power the watch for 80 hours, while WPC-based wireless charging can ensure the watch is up to 45% in 30 minutes. 

An Exynos W920 Dual-Core 1.18GHz chipset powers the smarts of the watch, which runs Wear OS 3.5 and Samsung’s OneUI Watch4.5. GPS connection is impressive, with multi-band Glonass, Beidou and Galileo. The watch carries 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of memory, plenty for your favorite tunes. 

Sensor-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro can collect a smorgasbord of data with Samsung’s single BioActive Sensor, which measures optical heart rate, electrical signals and bioelectrical impedance analysis to measure body composition. It also has a temperature sensor, accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, geomagnetic sensor and light sensor. 

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All this smart technology makes the Watch 5 Pro a true Wear OS watch as much as a fitness watch. You’re able to use Spotify, Soundcloud or Deezer independently from your phone, all with just your voice using Google Assistant. 

As well as standard notification functionality from a variety of apps, whether you want to answer your emails, WhatsApps or other messages on the go, third-party app access is as present as ever thanks to the Wear OS 3.5 Play Store. Accept and reject calls as normal, or with the Google Assistant voice commands. 

One UI Watch4.5 is said to provide a fuller typing experience, an easier way to make calls, and new accessibility features that make the Galaxy Watch more intuitive.

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watch allows you to gather plenty of health insights. The Biometric Impedence Analysis function to measure body composition was present on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, but it’s since been improved with added targets. You can set body composition goals, such as a reduction of fat mass or an increase in muscle mass, and the Watch 5 Pro will send you reminders to regularly measure your body composition with BIA to help you increase your goals. 

Likewise, sleep functionality monitors your snoring, time spent awake, in REM, light or deep sleep, and is more accurate than ever thanks to the BioActive Sensor. Once the watch has collected enough data, it provides you a sleep profile through which it can assign helpful “sleep missions” to improve your overall sleep score. 

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The Watch’s BioActive sensor is instrumental in collecting data to monitor your workouts, sleep and stress levels, offering breathing exercise suggestions as well as suggested workouts and training plans for specific fitness goals. The Watch 5 Pro has the capacity to measure blood pressure and skin temperature, although these features are not yet available in some regions. Samsung states: “the blood pressure app has not yet been cleared by the US FDA and will not be available in the United States unless and until such clearance is received.”

The Watch 5 Pro can access all Samsung Health activity profiles available including running, walking, hiking, cycling, treadmill running, swimming, strength training, yoga and lots more. You can save your favorites on the watch for quick access. 

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New to the Watch 5 Pro is Route Workouts, which allows you to download routes into your watch and get turn-by-turn navigation assistance with haptic feedback – vibrations on your wrist tell you when to turn right or left. The new TrackBack feature also leads you back to the start of your route. 

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Losing your phone – especially if you have an expensive Samsung phone like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3– is never fun, but fortunately there are various tools to help you find it.
In fact, there are even more ways to get reunited with a Samsung handset than there are some other smartphones, so if you’ve misplaced yours or left it somewhere, all is not lost.

Below we’ll explain the four main methods of finding a lost Samsung phone, whether you’ve simply lost it down the sofa in your house or been separated from it somewhere further away.

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Prepare your phone in advance

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Before getting to the steps needed to find a lost Samsung phone, it’s worth covering the state it needs to be in to be found.

Your phone will only be findable if it’s switched on and connected to mobile data or Wi-Fi, and it also needs location to be enabled.

Beyond that, you’ll need it to be signed into a Samsung account or a Google account (or preferably both) and have the relevant device-finding tools enabled – we’ll cover how to switch those on below.

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Another thing that’s worth doing is making it easy for a good Samaritan to get in touch with you if they find your phone. You can do this by adding contact information – such as your email or an alternate phone number – to your lock screen.

To do this, head to Settings > Lock screen > Contact information, and enter the information that you want to be displayed.

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Then if someone happens across your phone, they’ll be presented with a way to contact you as soon as they turn the screen on, so they might find you, rather than you having to find your phone.

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Use Find My Mobile

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Samsung has created its own tool for helping you find the company’s gadgets, and this is called Find My Mobile.

To use it, you first need to have enabled it, but the good news is that this happens automatically when you add a Samsung account to your phone, so chances are it’s already enabled.

If not – or to check – head to Settings > Biometrics and security, and make sure the Find My Mobile toggle is switched on. You can also tap on this setting to open a screen with more options that you might want to enable, such as the ability to remotely unlock your Samsung phone.

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With that done, if you ever lose your Samsung phone you can head to the Find My Mobile site

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on a computer, click ‘sign in,’ and then enter your Samsung account details.

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You’ll then be shown a screen with a list of all your linked Samsung devices on the left. Click the lost Samsung phone and you’ll be shown its approximate location on a map and presented with various options.

That map might be all you need, but if the location shown isn’t specific enough you can use the ‘ring’ option, which will make your Samsung phone ring aloud even if it’s muted, so you’ll hopefully be able to hear it if you’re in the vicinity.

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You can also select ‘track location’ to receive an updated location every 15 minutes, which is handy if the phone is moving.

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‘Extend battery life’ is another potentially useful option, because you can only track your Samsung phone while it’s switched on, and this option will help make sure it doesn’t run out of power before you’ve tracked it down.

The other options are mostly there to help you secure your data until you’re reunited with your phone – or if you think it’s gone for good.

Use Find My Device

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Google offers a very similar service called Find My Device, which you can enable (before your phone is lost) by heading to Settings > Google > Find My Device.

Now, if you lose your Samsung phone you can head to the Find My Device website

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from another device, and log in to your Google account.

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Once done, you’ll see linked devices listed to the left, so tap on your lost Samsung phone and its location will be shown on a map.

If you need a more precise location once you’re in the area, you can hit ‘play sound’ to get your phone to ring for 5 minutes, even if set to silent.

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You can also remotely lock your device, sign out of your Google account, or erase your device from this page if you’d like.

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Use your smartwatch

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The above options are ideal if your phone is far away, but what if you’re fairly sure it’s in the same building as you? In that case, the options above can still help, but you could alternatively use your Samsung smartwatch if you have one.

Select the ‘find my phone’ option on your wearable (which you can find among your apps, or potentially in your quick settings), and your connected Samsung phone will start ringing, so you can more easily hunt it down.

Ring your phone

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We’ve covered the high-tech ways to find your Samsung phone above, but the first and best step can sometimes just be to ring it, if you have access to another phone. This is also a good option if you don’t have any of the above services set up.

If it’s nearby then by ringing it you might be able to hear it and find it that way, but also someone might answer and be able to tell you where it is.

With some of the above done, hopefully you’ll quickly be reunited with your smartphone, and won’t have to turn to our list of the best phones for a replacement.

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