How to Share Files Between Mac and PC (Windows 10, 8.1 and 7)

10 Tricks how to share files between Mac and PC (Windows 10, 8.1 and 7). Now it’s very easy to share files between Mac and Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7 PC. These top 10 file sharing mac tricks are reversible. Means, Mac => Windows and Windows => Mac. In these tricks, somewhere we may need to change in germane firewall’s setting to allow the file sharing. In this way of migrate from PC to Mac you’ll not only learn how to transfer files from mac to PC but you’ll also know some useful details of Windows 10 PCs. So, get these tricks of how to connect Mac to PC and how to possible Mac to PC file transfer. These Mac Tricks will work for All Previous and Present Mac versions including Sierra Public Beta, EI Capitan and Yosemite.

How to Transfer Files From PC to Mac OS X

If the both Mac and Windows 10 are connected through same network, then sharing process can be done from the list under ‘Shared’  inside ‘Computer’ tab. So first we’ll need to complete both proper sharing and discovery settings. Before going to brief you on how to share files between Mac and PC, some required information you must have ready.



  1. The correct user name(Administrator).
  2. The password.
  3. IP address (or Computer name).
  4. Workgroup (or domain) of your using Windows 10/8.1/7 OS computer.

How to find Login Information on Windows 10, 8.1 or 7

These login information can be easily found inside Control panel of your Windows 10/8.1/7. The suggested below tricks can be applied on both home and office computers. You’ll need to follow all 10 Tricks to complete the sharing data Mac to PC process from any drive C, D, E or etc. created by you on your laptop or desktop to Mac OS X computer.

Get the Network Sharing Settings and Change it on Windows PC

Trick.1) On your Windows 10 PC;

Go to Control Panel => Click on sharing option (Take help from below image).

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How to Share Files Between Mac and PC (Windows 10, 8.1 and 7)

Trick.2) If you also get an warring message on your Screen as below;

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Then => Click on ‘change network location’ => Set to ‘Private’ => Once you have done this you’ll be able to share files/folders and join the home group.

People who has already completed this step, they don’t need to follow the below trick => They can direct go to Trick.3. Those people who couldn’t find a ‘Windows based homegroup’ on their network => They must go to this address and create a new homegroup.

Trick.3) Here you will need to provide the permission to those resources you want to really share with new created homegroup. You will be also able to add more data or file or folder to this disk later. The Mac OS X Computer also has all these libraries.

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Steps to Migrate from PC to Mac

Now you’ll get a password for next login at home group that was just created by you. But it’ll only be useful if you access to homegroup from windows computer => Not from Mac OS X.

Trick.4) OK. So, you have done the previous step but you’ll need to change the default file sharing settings => And that will be ‘password protected’. It means to connect and access the required shared folders from any PC or Mac OS X, you’ll still need the user name and password. Let’s do it. If you’ve done => The file or folder share have been enabled on Windows 10 to connected Mac OS X.

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Trick.5) Now it’s test time => Go and share any desired file or folder to check it working type. See the below steps how to share it;

Suppose you are going to share an existing file from Windows 10 to your Mac OS X Laptop => Right click on that folder you want to share and enable the sharing as shown in below image.

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OK, tap on drop down => Add ‘Everyone’ => enable ‘Read Only’ access. You may also select any other rather than ‘Read Only’ depend upon your necessity.

Trick.6) After successful it first shared file/folder => The path of shared folder network need to be noted. As, in the sharing group we’ve chosen ‘Everyone’, but at a time when we’ll go and share from Mac OS X it’ll again ask the user name and password. Actually these users should be settled on that Windows 10 PC where the folder was just created by you.

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How to Access Windows 10, 8.1 or 7’s Shared Folder from Mac

Trick.7) Let’s check your Mac OS X laptop or Desktop can perfectly communicate with your connected Windows 10 PC over the set network or not? => We are going to use a ping command to test it => Search out the IP address of your Windows 10, 8.1 or 7’s PC => Now ping (take help from below image) => If you receive any reply that means it’s working but it’ll happen only if, you enabled the ping reply on the windows firewall.

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Trick.8) If nothing was wrong on Mac OS X => Go to ‘Go’ menu => Select ‘Connect to Server’ option.

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Learning How to Share Files Between Mac and PC

Trick.9) Now you’ll see pop up (for the server path). So, just type here the path of the previous shared folder (that we remind you to note down in Trick.6). If will be either IP or PC name of that Windows OS computer.

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Trick.10) To access to any distinct folder => Enter the user name and password . This users should be settled on that Windows 10 PC . People who are using Microsoft live account => They will need to enter the credentials to access the files, data or folder.

Done, Transfer Files from Mac to PC

Congrats!! You’ve successfully done the Windows shared folder or disk drive to Mac OS X. Which will give you advantage of accessing on Windows share files and folder from Mac OS X to read and write.

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