There are times when I need to wirelessly share files between Mac and PC. It happens with me both at work and home as not everyone is using macOS. Though not so plain sailing, there is a way to bridge the gap without the help of any third-party app.
As for requirements, you need to have the access to the IP address that you can easily get. Besides, you have to enter your user account and password to confirm the process. Once the connection is made, all the shared folders will be readily available at your disposal.
How to Transfer Files between macOS and Windows Computer Wirelessly
Note: Ensure that both of your Mac and Windows PC are connected to the same network.
Step #1. Launch System Preferences on your Mac.
Step #2. Now, click on Sharing.
Step #3. Next, you need to check the box next to File Sharing.
Then, click on Options…
Step #4. Next up, you have to check box for the user account you want to share with a Windows computer.
Then, enter your Mac password and click on Done.
Step #5. Up next, press option key and click on Wi-Fi icon. Then, note down the IP address.
Step #6. Now, you need to press Windows+R on your PC to quickly access Run. Then, enter “\\” followed by the IP Address you have just noted down. Then, click on OK.
Next, enter your Mac account and password. Once done, you will be able to access the files of the shared account on your PC with ease.
The process of sharing files from PC to Mac is just as simple, once you have done the workaround…
How to Share Files from PC to Mac Wirelessly
Note: Be sure your Windows PC and Mac are connected to the same network.
Step #1. Open the “Command Prompt” on your PC and enter “ipconfig”.
Step #2. Now, check out the value, which is next to “IPv4 Address”. It’s the internal IP Address of your computer. Make sure to note it somewhere.
Step #3. Next, open Finder on your Mac.
Then, press and hold “Command + K”. Then, enter “smb://” and the IP Address of your PC. Next, hit the Enter.
Step #4. Next up, you have to enter your username and password of the Windows PC.
Step #5. Now, Choose Users and then click on OK.
After that, you will get the access to the Shared folders on your macOS device.
I wish the process were a bit more upfront. Until we have a better solution, use this workout to remove the barrier. If you have to often share files, I would suggest you use an efficient file-sharing app like Dropbox. It also offers seamless collaboration and is available for free.
Have any questions? Do let us know that in the comments below.
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