Screen sharing in Messages
Use this powerful native function to help friends use their Macs
OS X (Mavericks and Yosemite) has a really useful function called Screen Sharing. With it, you view the screen of a friend’s Mac while having an audio conversation with them. Once you start Screen Sharing a FaceTime Audio chat is automatically started, so you can talk the other person through whatever OS X process they are trying to do.
Screen Sharing is an extremely useful feature if friends regularly ask for help with OS X or vice versa. As you view the screen, you can click at things to highlight and you both see a small circle highlighting that part of the screen.
You can even take control of the other person’s screen (with their permission) and can control their cursor using your mouse or trackpad. You can even copy files to and from your Mac to their computer. All while you’re talking them through things.
Screen Sharing is such a powerful feature that we want every Mac user to know how it works. With Screen Sharing you and your friend can figure out OS X features, or get help from somebody else. All you need is the Messages app and their Apple ID (usually an email ending in icloud.com). Let’s see how it works… Lucy Hattersley
Screen Sharing is such a powerful feature, we want every Mac user to know how it works