There’s always a time when you’re with a friend of yours and you have to share files from Windows to Mac device or vice versa. Most of the time, you end up wasting a lot of time trying to figure out how to actually connect those two devices and transfer some data. Furthermore, it also ends up with you or your friend messing with the settings of your device which screws up the whole operating system. Isn’t that a bummer?
If only there was a way to easily and conveniently share files from Windows to Mac or the other way around. If only there was some solutions website called teksolutionz.com that solved all of your everyday tech problems. Oh wait, you’re right here and fear not, we have the perfect solution for you so let’s begin.
3 Simple Methods to Share Files from Windows to Mac
Now, people might say that there are a million ways you could share files from Windows to Mac or the other way around. However, in my opinion, only 3 of those are easy and convenient enough for us to delve into. The following are the most common 3 methods to share files from Windows to Mac in 2018:
- Transfer using a Flash drive.
- Transfer data using a wireless network.
- Transfer data using the cloud.
This tutorial will guide you how to do all 3 of these without any hiccups along the way.
1. Share files from Windows to Mac using a Wireless Network
This one is a bit more complicated but definitely reliable and convenient in the long run if you want to share files from Windows to Mac over and over again. In order for this to work you need to make sure that both Mac and Windows devices are connected to the same Wireless Network. After ensuring that, you need to enable File Sharing on your Windows PC.
To Enable File Sharing on Windows
- Go to the Control Panel and open ‘Network and Internet’ (Network and Sharing if you’re running an older version of Windows).
- Click the ‘Advanced Sharing Settings’ and go into ‘File and Printer Sharing’.
- Turn on ‘File and Printer Sharing’
After this, file sharing would be now enabled on your Windows PC. You also need to enable file sharing on your Mac device.
To Enable File Sharing on Mac
- Open ‘System Preferences’ on your Mac and click ‘Sharing’.
- Click the checkbox next to file sharing and click the ‘Options’ button on the right.
- Make sure both the SMB and AFP options are ticked.
- Select the user account of your Windows PC and click ‘Done’. You may need to enter the password for your Windows PC account.
Now, move on to the Mac and open the Finder Window. You can see the shared machines on the left pane now. Select the windows machine that you previously enabled file sharing on and click to open up the folder. You can now easily drag and drop files into this folder to share files from Windows to Mac. This would work every time your Windows and Mac devices are on the same wireless networks, without any physical hassle!
2. Share Files from Windows to Mac using the Cloud
There is also a very simple third way to share from Windows to Mac or from Mac to Windows. However, it is a bit slower as compared to the other two. If you have good internet though, it can end up being just as fast. To do this, you just need to use a cloud storage service like Google Drive, OneDrive, Drop Box,or Mega Drive etc.
Just make a free account and upload your files to the online storage by clicking the upload button. Furthermore, you can also use the sync features to keep the cloud storage in sync with your local storage. Now, download the files from the cloud storage using your other device. There you go, you’ve successfully managed to share files from Windows to Mac!
3. Share files from Windows to Mac using a USB Flash Drive
In order to share files from Windows to Mac using a USB Flash drive, you must own one. They come with capacities vary and usually, they’re between 4 GB and 128 GB. Correspondingly, they’re also pretty cheap and convenient.
- All you have to do is plug the USB Flash drive into the USB port of your Mac or Windows device and copy the files from your system into it.
- Now take the USB out and plug it into the receiving device and copy from the USB into your system.
- That’s it, there’s literally nothing else to it. However, you might want to get a USB 3.0 drive instead of 2.0 due to faster transfer speeds.