A picture is worth a thousand words, and you can say more with screen sharing on Mac. It’s helpful whether you want to share your projects and presentations, access files remotely from your computer, troubleshoot an issue, or even fix another Mac computer. Here’s how you can screen share on your Mac computer to make life easier.

The 2 Options for Sharing Your Screen on a Mac Computer

If you’re short on time but still need to know about screen sharing on Mac, here are the basic methods:

  • Screen Share on Mac
  • Mac Screen Sharing App

Screen Share on Mac

You can share your Mac screen remotely by going to a screen-sharing app on your personal computer.

1. Open spotlight

First, open the spotlight on your Mac computer by clicking the magnifying glass icon on your screen's top-right corner. You can also use the keyboard shortcut: command + space bar keys. You can also opt for using the Apple symbol located in the upper left corner.

2. Type "screen sharing"

The next thing you have to do is type "screen sharing" and press enter. You also have the option of using your mouse.

3. Enter the Apple User ID

The Mac computer you are trying to use has an Apple ID associated with it, which you’ll need to use for remote access. You can click the Apple logo to access the Apple ID. Go to System Preferences and then Apple ID. Click Connect or enter using your keyboard. The other computer gets a notification on the screen. The other user has to accept the notification.

4. Share

Click on Sharing, which is in the middle of the row. In the column on your right, check the box next to Screen Sharing. Once you are done screen sharing, other users can now identify your Mac. Open Finder on the other computer, and you'll see your name in the sidebar. Click Connect. Screen sharing will be automatic when both computers use the same Apple ID. If not, you have to put a username and password for the screen sharing process to begin.
The other Mac user has the option to allow you to observe their screen. You can also have full control of the screen when they choose the control my screen option. You can easily move files, open apps, and folders. They can also choose to observe my screen, which allows you to only look at their screen without doing anything. Macs have a screen-sharing app that allows you to control another Mac computer or just observe the screen.

Mac Screen Sharing App

On your personal computer, go to the Apple menu and click on System Preferences. Click on the “Sharing” folder, then click the Screen Sharing checkbox. It is vital to specify the people who can share on your Mac screen. You can choose “All users” or “Only these users”, which allows you to specify certain users.
In case you select “Only these users”, you can add a user from the users and groups. You can choose 'Anyone may request permission to control screen' if you don't want the other user to enter a password and username. Close the sharing dialog box to start the screen sharing session.
Choose Finder, and then go and connect to the server on the Mac requesting screen access. The next step is to enter the address of the Mac computer you want to view.

Using BlueJeans Meetings for Screen Sharing on Mac

BlueJeans video calling software makes it easy to screen share on a Mac. It also means you aren’t limited to sharing your screen to only other Macs like you are with Apple’s built-in sharing feature.

How to Screen Share on Mac with BlueJeans Meetings

  1. First, launch the BlueJeans app on your Mac and join a meeting.
  2. Click the Screen icon at the top of the window and select “Click here to start sharing this screen.”
  3. That's it. You are now sharing your screen with everyone on the video call.
  4. You can stop screen sharing by clicking the Screen Share icon again.

BlueJeans for Business

While there are a few different ways to screen share on a Mac, BlueJeans is the best option for business needs. With many features available for better video calling and advanced security, your meeting will be productive and protected. Give it a try today!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2021 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.