VNC on macOS

VNC allows you to share and control the screen of your Mac from another computer. Setting up VNC on macOS is simple and free.

macOS includes a built-in free VNC server. You can set up and use VNC on your Mac without needing additional or third party software.

What is VNC?

VNC is an abbreviation of Virtual Network Computing. VNC is a common protocol that allows computers to both share and to offer control over the network. Using VNC you can connect to and see your computer remotely; great for remote working or helping a relative perform tricky tasks without needing to be in the same location.

Setting Up VNC

Setting up VNC on macOS is easy. In brief:

  1. Launch System Preferences and open Sharing; macOS System Preferences application
  2. Select Screen Sharing then click Computer Settings; Screen Sharing in the Sharing panel
  3. Finally, enable VNC viewers and provide a secure password. Computer Settings

Detailed step-by-step instructions for major versions of macOS: