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How Do I Control My MacBook Air With Cracked Screen?

I have an MBA I’d like to deauthorize from my Apple account. I know I can deauthorize all, but I’d prefer to just do it from the MBA. Trouble is, the MBA has a damaged screen and I can’t use trackpad blind. How do I connect to my iMac to enable me to see the MBA screen?
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Mike Wheless

Comments: 8 Responses to “How Do I Control My MacBook Air With Cracked Screen?”

    6 months ago

    One idea is to get a cable and connect it to an external display. Which cable depends on which MacBook Air you have. But you can pick one up that has HDMI on the other end and plug it into any HDMI TV if you don’t have a computer screen available. It should mirror your screen by default.

    Another option is to use another Mac and use screen sharing to control the first. But you would had to have turned on screen sharing on the MacBook Air first.

    If all you want to do is deauthorize from iTunes, then why not use the deauthorize all option? What is your reason for avoiding it?

    Of course you will also want to go to the iCloud.com website on another Mac, go to Settings, and then choose the MacBook Air and sign it out of iCloud that way. But then if you are recycling the MacBook Air, you’ll also want to erase the hard drive. You can do that with the mirroring screen idea, or Target Disk mode.

    Mike
    6 months ago

    I have five Mac devices, one is an iMac. All others are MBA. Where I live, my internet connection is very poor, so the iMac is difficult to update. Some non Apple apps can update (Carbon Copy Clone for example) but not Apple apps. I am concerned that if I deauthorize all, I will not be able to reauthorize the iMac.

    6 months ago

    Mike: So, by authorization, you mean iTunes, right? That’s the only time that term is used. Why would there be a problem? If you can’t contact the iTunes server to authorize, then you can’t contact the server to do anything with your authorization, like make iTunes purchases or play rented movies. It is just something that affects iTunes content. If authorization were to fail, you would just try again.

    Mike
    6 months ago

    Perhaps I am mixing apples with……I am able to use iCloud such as for files saved in the cloud, Notes etc. Slow, but reliable. It is only App Store and iTunes which is so slow it typically doesn’t work, such as app updates. I just assumed the reauthorization would encounter the same problem. For example, can my iMac still sync files to iCloud if it is deauthorized?

    6 months ago

    Mike: “Authorization” which you do in iTunes, Account, Authorizations, is for iTunes content like music, movies, etc. Things you purchased. See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201251
    iCloud is something different. For iCloud, you sign in to iCloud in System Preferences, iCloud.
    To prevent someone from purchasing music and then sharing with 100 people, you can only authorize a small amount of devices. That’s why the authorization/deauthorization process. People commonly threw away, sold or gave away devices in the past and forgot the deauthorize them, which is why you can deauthorize all and then re-authorize each one.
    If all you want to do is sign out of iCloud on that Mac, then do that at iCloud.com like I mentioned earlier.

    Mike
    6 months ago

    I have screen sharing set on for the MBA. How do I see the screen on the iMac? Both are on the same network.

    6 months ago

    Mike: In the Finder. Select Go, Connect To Server. Then Browse. Then select the MacBook Air – you should see it there if it is on, connected to the same network and has Screen Sharing enable. Double-click the MacBook Air’s icon and then look for the Share Screen button.

    Mike
    6 months ago

    Thanks. Easy Peasy. I was able to connect. Also, did the deauthorize process. I assume it will take a short while for the result to show in my account. However the MBA itself indicates it is deauthorized.

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