Back to My Mac Discontinuing this July

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Apple has recently notified macOS Mojave users that the Back to My Mac feature is discontinuing this July. They warned people about the same thing previously that it might go away, but this time they’ll absolutely take it away on all macOS versions including Mojave.

To begin with, Apple revised its support page pertaining to this change. The article says that,

As of July 1, 2019, Back to My Mac service will no longer be available in any version of macOS. You can use these alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access.

It seems Apple is encouraging users to use their own iCloud services and other Apple services once the support completely discontinues. The Back to My Mac feature allows users to transfer data and screen share from one Mac to another Mac, meaning that utilizing the iCloud Drive, Screen Sharing and Apple Remote Desktop services are the alternatives to this one particular feature. The only paid, official alternative to Back to My Mac is Apple Remote Desktop, which costs $80 from the Mac App Store.

In conclusion, the demise of Back to My Mac is sure to dismay some Mac users. Some people think that it’ll be too expensive to use Apple Remote Desktop as the alternative to this feature. Otherwise, you have to end up using the free iCloud services or third party Remote Desktop apps once the service shuts down this July.

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Ms. Vu

Providing support for your iPhone for 5 years. A Really Useful Writer of Apple Summit, Loveios and Apple Information Page 2019

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