A couple of days ago, Apple released an updated support document reporting that the Back to My Mac service will be eliminated from all versions of macOS on July 1, 2019.
Previously, the company warned that Back to My Mac support would be eliminated in macOS Mojave, however, now the updated wording suggests that the feature will be removed from all versions of macOS.
“As of July 1, 2019, Back to My Mac service is not available in any other version of macOS. You can use these alternatives for file access, screen sharing, and remote desktop access.”
In fact, macOS Mojave has not had the Back to My Mac feature since the first developer beta was released, and Apple announced they would end the support for this feature in August 2018.
The main purpose of Back to My Mac is letting Mac owners connect to one Mac from another for file transfers and screen sharing purposes. The feature allows users to create a network of Mac computers with two or more Macs, however, the set up is rather complicated, which is probably the reason why Apple has decided to eliminate it.
According to the updated support document, the company’s customers can access their files across all of their devices, including new machines, via iCloud Drive. The other Macs can be operated via the screen sharing functionality, or managed remotely with Apple Remote Desktop – software available from the Mac App Store and costs $80.
Unfortunately, some people who use Back to My Mac feature will be certainly unhappy with Apple’s decision to cease it entirely. At the same time, the company’s suggestion for transition to Apple Remote Desktop for remote management purposes does not appear to be a good option due to its high price, thus users will probably prefer third-party options, such as LogMeIn and TeamViewer.