How can my parents share their Mac Screen to My IPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by HappyDude20, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, Ca
    #1
    my parents are clueless when it comes to computers and called earlier today wanting help with pages and pdf files. Instead of trying to explain over the phone how they're in fact in 'finder' and not pages would surely seem to be better resolved if they could share their MacBook screen to my iPhone from their home in California and me in NY.

    Aside from FaceTime, how?
     
  2. rzc16512 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2015
    #2
    I use teamviewer all the time. There's even a portable version they can download so you get a onetime connection code to connect and then once they close teamviewer you can't get back in without them opening the portable and giving you the new connection code
     
  3. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

    Apple fanboy

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2012
    Location:
    Behind the Lens, UK
    #3
    Another vote for team viewer. I used to help my dad out who lives at the other end of the country from me. To give you an idea of how clueless he was, it took me 10 minutes on the phone explaining how to download the software. Very painful experience. But once I could get on his PC, I was able to assist him pretty easily.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2011
    #4
    There's also VNC that could be used for screen sharing/control.
     
  5. lordofthereef macrumors G4

    lordofthereef

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2011
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #5
    There's a Google plugin too if they're using chrome. I think it works on OS X.
     
  6. Spink10 macrumors 601

    Spink10

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Location:
    Oklahoma
  7. willmtaylor macrumors G3

    willmtaylor

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Location:
    A Natural State
    #7
    I use TeamViewer.

    If you have a Mac as well, many people forget that the Messages app also has a screen sharing feature.
    https://support.apple.com/kb/PH20152?locale=en_US&viewlocale=en_US
     
  8. 8692574 Suspended

    8692574

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    #8
    Isn't team viewer a little expensive for that??
     
  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3

    willmtaylor

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Location:
    A Natural State
    #9
    You've missed something. The basic private-use license is free.
     
  10. 8692574 Suspended

    8692574

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    #10
    Oh did not know that thanks for the heads up!
     
  11. melman101 macrumors 68030

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2009
  12. 8692574 Suspended

    8692574

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2006
    #12
    We use that at work and it does a very good job!
     
  13. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    #13
    I've been using Jump Desktop for years....it's $14.99, highly rated, and works great:

    https://jumpdesktop.com

    But now I'm going to check out TeamViewer to see how they compare.
     
  14. willmtaylor macrumors G3

    willmtaylor

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Location:
    A Natural State
    #14
    Please do. I'd enjoy hearing the firsthand comparison.
     
  15. geta macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Location:
    The Moon
    #15
    Never heard about TeamViewer and Jump Desktop, but another free solution would be Skype's share screen option.
     
  16. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

    TheAppleFairy

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2013
    Location:
    The Clinton Archipelago unfortunately
    #16
    I have used TeamViewer and it's pretty good. I personally use iTeleport Remote Desktop VNC & RDP I think it's running about $25 now, when I first got it VNC and RDP were in separate apps for $25 each. IMHO iTeleport works better and faster than TeamViewer but I think TeamViewer is more than enough for most people who have an occasional need to assist someone.
     
  17. dcpmark macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2009
    #17
    Hmmm.....not sure now I'm going to bother to try it. The current version has lots of bad reviews.....seems like it was better in past but not so much anymore, with a complaint of no support for the free version:

    https://appsto.re/us/Jd6pP.i

    By comparison check out the reviews for Jump Desktop:

    https://appsto.re/us/_e5Vv.i
     
  18. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

    HappyDude20

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2008
    Location:
    Los Angeles, Ca
    #18
    Would this work on my folks MacBook Pro and from my iPhone 6s? Or do they both need to be laptops?
     
  19. geta macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 18, 2010
    Location:
    The Moon
    #19
    For what i know you can share (in your case, your folks can share) mac screen on your iPhone, but not the other way around. Since Skype is free, give it a try and let us know if\how it worked for you. ;)
     

Share This Page