How to Wirelessly Share Files Between Mac and Windows PC

Did you know that you could share files between your Mac and PC or vice-versa wirelessly? Better still, you don't have to use a third-party app to access your shared folders. Read on to discover how it's done!

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.

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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.

Click on System Preferences in macOS Mojave

Step #2. Now, click on Sharing.

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Click on Sharing in Mac System Preferences

Step #3. Next, you need to check the box next to File Sharing.
Then, click on Options…

Check the box next to File Sharing then click on Options in Mac Sharing

Step #4. Next up, you have to check box for the user account you want to share with a Windows computer.

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Check box for User account to share with Windows PC

Then, enter your Mac password and click on Done.

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.

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Note down your Network IP address of Mac

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.

Enter Mac IP Address in Run Access on Windows PC

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.

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Enter your Mac account and password on Windows PC

The process of sharing files from PC to Mac is just as simple, once you have done the workaround…

Wirelessly Share Files between Mac and Windows PC

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”.

Enter ipconfig in Command Prompt on Windows PC

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.

Note down Network IP Address of Windows PC

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.

Enter the Windows PC IP Address on Mac

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.

Choose Users and Click on OK on Mac

After that, you will get the access to the Shared folders on your macOS device.

Share Files from Windows PC to Mac Wirelessly

That’s done!

Wrapping up:

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 question? Do let us know that in the comments below.

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Rajesh Mishra
Tracking down the trending stories that are making headlines on the Internet and exploring Apple devices are what appeal Mr. Mishra the most. Aside from catching up with the fun-loving videos and FPS, he likes playing badminton and composing poems!


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