I enjoyed using VNC from my iPad to my Mac Pro running Snow Leopard without issues. Since upgrading to OS X Lion, I am no longer able to log in remotely.

I can connect, but I now see the OS X login screen instead of my desktop. I can't type my password either.

I read that changes to the Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) protocol in Lion have rendered VNC (aka Screen Sharing) unusable in many cases. Does anyone have a workaround? I'm using Mocha VNC Lite on my iPad.


Seems like a feature not yet available in Mocha VNC. Other clients seem to work now, so it's probably just a matter of time for Mocha VNC to receive an update.

You need to send username and password over VNC for authenticating. This answer seems to suggest a solution:

[...] by making a simple macro: #T username (no space) then your password (no space) #R. When you see the login screen recall this marco and then press the enter arrow in VNC and you will log into Lion.

  • Unfortunately this didn't work for me. I'm still on the hunt for a free VNC client for iPad that works with Lion. – Mark Richman Jul 24 '11 at 17:17
  • Hm, you might want to give the developers some time to catch up. In the meantime I heard that Remoter works, and it currently is only $ .99 – slhck Jul 24 '11 at 17:20
  • The screens app from edovia does work well - mac and iOS versions. – bmike Aug 15 '11 at 21:20

One workaround would be to use the vanilla VNC server instead of the "Apple" one that requires both a username and password to authenticate.

If you go into System Preferences->Sharing and turn off the "Screen Sharing" service, then turn on "Remote Management" and click "Computer Settings" you can enter a password only (which is how most VNC client expect to authenticate). VNC Server in OS X

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