How to remote control a Mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by yoblanco, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. yoblanco macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    A familiar of mine has bought a Mac for the first time, and I would like to help him by showing him how to do things, remotely controlling his computer. How can I do that? I need him to be talking to me by phone while looking at the screen, and then me controlling his computer, so he sees the movements of the mouse, etc.

    Is there any possibility to do that without installing extra software? In case it's not possible, and I (and him) need to install extra software, I would like to know the least invasive way of doing it.

    He has El Capitan, but I'm in Mountain Lion and would like to avoid updating my SO.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. hallux macrumors 68030


    Apr 25, 2012
    Teamviewer is often suggested.

    If you had a more recent OS you'd be able to do it all through Messages.
  3. yoblanco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    Does Messages require both of us to have El Capitan (or Yosemite IIRC) or can just be him? The problem about Teamviewer is that it means install a new app and I would prefer not to install unnecessary things in his computer (mine doesn't matter). If the easiest solution is to update I'll have to think if I update my computer.
  4. yoblanco thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2011
    That's good news. Thank you. I will try and hope it works.

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