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“Back to My Mac” feature to be discontinued on macOS Mojave

Older fans of the Mac world will remember the keynote that MobileMe introduced in 2008. Among the many new features presented by Apple at the time, one caught the attention of advanced users: the feature ?Back to My Mac?, which allowed remote access to another Ma computer so you could pick up files, make edits or make transfers is very useful for those who had a Mac at home and another laptop, for example.

For years, the tool has made life for these and other users simpler (eventually disengaging from the ill-fated MobileMe and joining the iCloud, inclusive), but now we can say that she fulfilled her mission and went on in peace: Apple is, after all, discontinuing the feature in macOS Mojave.

There were already suspicions about the end of ?Back to My Mac? since the first beta of the new operating system, in which the tool did not appear. It was believed to be a momentary absence, but she did not show up in any of the following test versions, increasing users' concern; now, Ma has published an official support page guiding users on the end of the resource and giving tips on how to obtain similar functionality with other native options of the company.

End of Even a notification is appearing for users of the resource.

The first tip that Apple gives to those who use (or used) the tool to take advantage of iCloud Drive, uploading your files on Ma's cloud platform; this way, remote access to another machine is not necessary, since all documents are always at hand wherever you are. We have a very cute tutorial on how to set up iCloud Drive on your Mac (s), if you want.

As a second option, the company recommends that users make use of the resource Screen Sharing, available in System Preferences (Apple itself has a tutorial for configuring the tool) it is not quite as complete or offers the same features as ?Back to My Mac?, but it can break a branch for simpler tasks.

Finally, if you need something more robust, Ma indicates that you use the Apple Remote Desktop, an application that the company sells on the App Store for access and complete remote control of a Mac. The problem, of course, is that this app costs no less than R $ 300 and has an air of abandonment (its last update in February 2017) it is certainly not the supermodern, advanced and (mainly) free option that users of ?Back to My Mac? expect.


Apple Remote Desktop app icon

Still, what we have for today. Of course, a company needs to consider carefully which technologies it maintains and which it kills (otherwise, there is no room for anything new inside); in the case of Apple, it is clear that the company is putting all its faith in iCloud and wanting to direct users to its tools. Anyway, it is still a painful game.