How to Disable Remote Management Mac Terminal

Nicholas Russell
By Nicholas Russell 11 Min Read
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Hey there! Have you ever thought about letting a tech expert peek into your Mac from far away, or maybe you’ve wanted to sneak a peek at your own computer while you’re out and about? That’s what remote management is all about. It’s super cool, but let’s face it, sometimes it can make us a bit nervous about our privacy and security. So, you might be wondering, “Can I turn this thing off?”

Guess what? You absolutely can! If you’re a bit of a tech whiz and use Mac Terminal, there’s a quick and easy way to do it. Just type in this magic spell (okay, it’s a command, but let’s keep it fun):

πŸ”’ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -deactivate -stop πŸ”’

I’m Eric, and I’ve been a software engineer for over 25 years (that’s a long time, right?). I take security super seriously. I believe everyone should have the power to turn off remote management if they want to. It’s all about staying in control of your tech!

I’ve already shown you the secret command above. Stick with me, and I’ll dive into more details about how to use this command and how you can switch remote management back on if you ever need it again. Let’s get started! πŸš€

Steps To Disable Remote Management in Mac Terminal

Turning off remote management on your Mac is like telling your computer, “Hey, let’s keep things between us, okay?” And doing this is really straightforward. Just make sure you’re the boss of your Mac (meaning you have an administrator account) and remember your password. Ready? Let’s dive into the steps!

Step 1: Open Mac Terminal

First things first, let’s open up the Terminal on your Mac. You can do this in whichever way you like. It’s like opening any other app – just find Terminal and click it open!

Step 2: Cast the Deactivation Spell (Run the Command)

Now, it’s time to type in a special command. This is like a secret code that tells your Mac to turn off remote management. Here’s the command you need:

πŸ”’ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -deactivate -stop πŸ”’

Type this entire line into the Terminal. Make sure it’s exactly as it is here (computers are picky about spelling!). After you type it in, press the return key. It’s like hitting “Enter” on a chat message.

Step 3: Confirm It’s Really You (Enter Your Password)

After you run the command, your Mac will ask for your password. This is the same password you use to log into your Mac. It’s just making sure it’s really you who’s asking to turn off remote management. Type in your password and hit return again.

And voilΓ ! Once you’ve done these steps, your Mac will keep remote management turned off. It’s like putting a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your Mac. It won’t change even if you restart your Mac. So now, you’re the only one in charge of who sees and does what on your computer.

Steps to Enable Remote Management in Mac Terminal

Okay, so you’ve turned off remote management on your Mac. But what if you change your mind? Maybe you need to let someone help you out remotely or want to access your Mac while you’re away. Good news: turning remote management back on is just as easy as turning it off. Let’s go through the steps.

Step 1: Open the Gateway (Start Mac Terminal)

Just like before, start by opening the Terminal application on your Mac. You can do this the same way you open any app on your Mac.

Step 2: Use the Magic Command (Activate Remote Management)

Now, it’s time to type in another cool command. This one tells your Mac, “Hey, let’s open up for remote management again.” Here’s the command you need:

🌐 sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -activate 🌐

Type this whole line into the Terminal. Be sure to get it exactly right! After typing, press the return key to send the command into action.

Step 3: Prove It’s You (Enter Your Password)

Your Mac will ask for your password again. This is just to check that it’s really you who wants to turn remote management back on. Type in your password (the one you use to log into your Mac) and hit return.

And that’s it! Your Mac is now ready to be managed remotely again. Just remember, with great power comes great responsibility. Remote management will stay on all the time, even after you restart your Mac. So, if you’re done with whatever you needed it for and want to keep things extra secure, just follow the steps from before to turn it off again.

That’s all for now! Stay tech-savvy and secure! πŸ›‘οΈπŸ’»

Not Comfortable with Mac Terminal

Using the Mac Terminal is super cool for tech-savvy folks, but hey, not everyone feels comfortable diving into commands and codes. No worries! You can still manage remote access to your Mac right from the desktop settings. It’s pretty straightforward, and I’ll guide you through it step by step.

Step 1: Open the Door to Settings (Open System Settings)

Start by clicking on the Apple symbol at the top left corner of your screen. Then, select System Settings. It’s like opening a treasure chest of controls for your Mac.

Step 2: Head to the Command Center (Select the General Section)

Once you’re in System Settings, look for the General section. It’s usually on the left side of the window. Click on it to see more options.

Step 3: Spot the Remote Control (Find Remote Management Setting)

Now, in the General section, look for the Remote Management setting. It should be somewhere on the right side of the window. This is where the magic happens for controlling remote access.

Step 4: Flip the Switch (Enable/Disable Remote Management)

Here’s the final step. You’ll see a switch next to Remote Management. Just click on it to turn remote management on or off. It’s like flicking a light switch. Easy, right?

And that’s it! You’ve just learned how to control remote management on your Mac without having to type a single command in the Terminal. Whether you’re keeping it on for convenience or off for extra privacy, you’re in charge now.


So, we’ve journeyed through the world of remote management on your Mac. Whether you’re a tech wizard who loves diving into commands, or someone who prefers the simplicity of point-and-click, you’ve got the power to make your Mac as secure as you want.

  • Using Mac Terminal: For the tech-savvy, using the Terminal to switch remote management on and off is a breeze. You can even automate this process with scripts or schedule tasks with cron.
  • Using System Settings: If Terminal feels like reading a foreign language, no problem! You can easily control remote management from the comfort of your desktop’s System Settings. Just a few clicks and you’re set!

Disabling remote management can give your Mac an extra layer of security. It’s like putting a digital lock on your personal cyber space. Use the command in Mac Terminal when you feel like getting technical, or just toggle it in System Settings for an easy fix.

Got questions? Want to share your thoughts or experiences? I’m all ears! Drop a comment or question, and let’s keep the conversation going. Remember, when it comes to tech, there’s always something new to learn, and I’m here to help you through it.


What is Remote Management on Mac?

Remote Management is a feature on Mac computers that allows someone to access and control your Mac from a different location. It’s handy for tech support or for accessing your own Mac remotely.

How Can I Disable Remote Management Using Mac Terminal?

To disable Remote Management using Mac Terminal, use the command: sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -deactivate -stop. You’ll need to be logged in as an administrator and know your password.

Is It Possible to Re-Enable Remote Management via Mac Terminal?

Yes, you can re-enable Remote Management by using this command in Mac Terminal: sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -activate. Remember to log in with an administrator account.

Can I Manage Remote Access Without Using Mac Terminal?

Absolutely! If you’re not comfortable with Mac Terminal, you can disable or enable Remote Management through System Settings. Go to the Apple menu, select System Settings, find the General section, and look for the Remote Management setting.

What Are the Risks of Having Remote Management Enabled?

While Remote Management is useful, keeping it enabled can pose security risks, as it allows remote access to your Mac. It’s essential to use this feature wisely and disable it when not needed for added security.

Can I Automate the Process of Enabling or Disabling Remote Management?

Yes, for those familiar with advanced Mac features, you can automate enabling or disabling Remote Management by writing scripts or scheduling tasks in a cron job in Mac Terminal. This is useful for managing multiple Macs or for regular updates to your security settings.

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