Mac users began receiving alerts that Apple will end support for its Back to My Mac feature when macOS Mojave comes out this fall. The iCloud feature lets users remotely connect one Mac to another for file transfers and screen sharing. Users could create a network of multiple Macs and access information from any of them on one of the connected devices.
In addition to alerting users to Back to My Mac’s imminent end, Apple points users to a support document that explains alternatives. Apple suggests using iCloud Drive for file sharing, screen sharing for remote access, and Apple Remote Desktop for multi-device management.
However, those alternatives will be frustrating for some users who have used Back to My Mac consistently across their many Mac devices for years. Users may end up needing to pay for more storage in iCloud Drive to access all their files across multiple devices.
As for the Apple Remote Desktop app, it costs $80 from the Mac App Store. Third-party remote desktop options are available, and some users will likely turn to those before spending money on Apple’s suggested alternative. Also, Apple Remote Desktop hasn’t been updated since February 21, 2017. Power users may not want to drop the money on a program to which Apple hasn’t paid much attention.
Some may have already suspected Back to My Mac’s forthcoming demise. The feature wasn’t included in the first developer beta of the OS update, and it hasn’t been included in any following beta versions.