Catalina and Teamviewer how-to guide does _not_ work


Just like many I see here with the similar issue, the how-to guide for Catalina does not work. Disclaimer: I am aware that it might come down to user error.

Wether I am trying to reach my home Mac from work or my work Mac from home, the settings are identical, still keyboard and mouse on the remote Mac won't respond, even though you can see the desktop just fine.

Took a couple of snapshots just to be sure that my settings are fine:

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  • Lerxst
    Lerxst Posts: 2 ✭✭

    Hi Esther,

    Yes, that worked - removing and Teamviewer and Teamviewer_Desktop (I was unable to uncheck them). Thanks!

    Maybe you should add this to the KB article? It's 'buried' under Announcements, and that's usually not the first place I look at for support...

  • Esther
    Esther Posts: 4,051 Former Community Manager

    HI @Lerxst 

    Glad to hear it is working for you!

    Good point with the KB! It makes total sense.

    Thanks and best,


    Former Community Manager

  • Harrie
    Harrie Posts: 1

    Hi there,

    Remote Control on Catalina was not working for me and the instructions in How to control a Mac running macOS 10.14 or higher or @MoreCoffee s post didn't work.

     I got it working by adding TeamViewer_Desktop to Full Disk Access

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    The trick to being able to do this is making TeamViewer_Desktop available to the File selet dialog.

    First right click on the and select Show Package Contents

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    Then drag the Helpers folder to the Finder sidebar


    Then unlock Full Disk Access and add TeamViewer_Desktop in the Helpers folder