I will devote today’s article to the next one convenient feature of the macOS operating system – remote computer removal from hibernation using a smartphone or tablet running iOS. This feature is supported by most modern Mac computers and laptops and is called “Waking up to access the network”.
Using this feature will help you wake up your Mac for quick access to data stored on it or to connect using Remote Desktop technology.
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Mac Computer Setup
- Make sure your computer or laptop has an active internet connection;
- Open System Preferences and go to the Energy Saving section;
- Check Wake for Ethernet network access. On Apple laptops, you will be able to check this option for mains power or for battery power separately;
- Go back to the main System Preferences screen and select the Network menu;
- In the list in the left corner of the window, select Ethernet or Wi-Fi;
- In the window that opens, pay attention to the IPv4 Address of the computer, written to the right under the name of your Wi-Fi network.
Setting up the Application on the iPhone
To get started, download an app for iOS with support for the Wake on Lan function, which we are trying to configure. For iOS, there is the Fing program, which is quite easy to use and free. Similar features and has a free utility Mocha WOL and NetStatus paid program. For owners of Android devices, Fing or Mafro utility is also available with a slightly different interface.
Let’s analyze the configuration of a mobile device on the example of an iPhone with the Fing application installed:
- Connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your Mac;
- Open the Fing program and press the Update key;
- After that, you should see the Mac in the list that you want to wake up from sleep;
- Click on the IP address of the computer and give it a new name;
- Then scroll through this screen just below and select the Wake On LAN option.
How to Remotely Wake up a Mac from a Mobile Device
- Now put the Apple computer in sleep mode using the menu or the button on the case.
- Open the Fing program, or its equivalent, on the iPhone and find the computer in the list;
- Select its name and click on Wake On Lan.
To test this method, it is better to have another device to check the network functions of the computer, since the screen during “remote wake-up” may remain dark. But at the same time, your Mac will receive messages and do other work on the network.
The ability to wake wireless will be convenient for activating your computer when you return home or to the office: you can take your Mac out of sleep mode even from the threshold.