VNC enables you to remotely access and control your computers from another computer or mobile device, wherever you are in the world. It is used by individuals and by organizations across every.

Apple includes a VNC server in every edition of Mac OS X 10.4 and later. You can start the server through a discrete check box in the Sharing preferences. This article refers to Mac OS X 10.4, aka Tiger. More recent versions are available on our page. A VNC server lets you control your Mac from another computer. The other computer does not need to be a Mac; it can be a Windows PC.

There are a number of VNC servers available for the Mac. These are no longer needed with Mac OS X 10.4 and later. The VNC server built into your Mac is free, easy to switch on, and supported by Apple.

Starting the Mac OS X VNC Server • Launch the System Preferences. Screenshot 1: Launch System Preferences • Select the Sharing preferences. Screenshot 2: Open the Shared preferences. • Enable Apple Remote Desktop within the Services panel.

Screenshot 3: Enabled Apple Remote Desktop. • Enable VNC viewers may control screen with password: in the Access Privileges sheet. Screenshot 4: Enabled VNC viewers.

• Enter a hard to guess pass phrase. You will need this to connect from the remote computer. • Click OK to save your settings. You are now running a VNC server and can connect remotely to your Mac. To connect you need a VNC viewer. Thankfully these are numerous and many are free. Try the oddly named — Wikipedia claims the name is a play on words referencing the.

Why mention this? The built-in VNC server on Mac OS X appears to be a little known feature.

For administrators, and those looking after Macs for distant family members, VNC is fantastic. If you are looking for an easier, or one off, means of remote access, take a look at. Hope this helps.

VNC® Viewer from RealVNC® gives you instant remote access to your Mac, Windows and Linux computers from anywhere in the world. You can view your computer's desktop, and control its mouse and keyboard as though you were sitting down in front of it. Just visit and download VNC Connect to each computer you want to control. Then sign in to VNC Viewer on your device using your RealVNC account credentials. You'll see your computers automatically appear; simply tap to connect.

VNC Connect password-protects each computer out-of-the-box. You may need to enter the same user name and password you use to log in to your computer. All sessions are then encrypted end-to-end. During a session, your device's touch screen serves as a trackpad to give you precise control. Drag your finger to move the remote mouse cursor and tap anywhere to left-click (other gestures such as right-click and scroll are explained in-app). As the original inventors of VNC remote access technology, we're confident you'll love what VNC Viewer has to offer.

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