I seem to be unable to complete the setup of sharing a folder via SMB. I have turned on file sharing and have checked 'Share files and folders using SMB' but I cannot choose a user account under the section called Windows File Sharing:

Sharing files with some Windows computers requires storing the user's account password on this computer is a less secure manner. When you enable Windows sharing for a user account, you must enter the password of that account.

Windows File Sharing Mac

I can see my computer on the network from another computer but I cannot access the file shares with this mac's username and password.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

1 Answer 1


This might help ... basically you need to create a "share-only" user on the Mac.


  • My main account wasn't showing up in the list either, possibly due to some niche restrictions (not full admin?). Creating a share-only account was exactly what I needed.
    – Joseph
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 17:58

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