Questions tagged [file-sharing]

Refers to any method of transferring a file from one device to another, whether that be via FTP, share sheets, an attachment in an email, or Airdrop

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File Sharing checkbox cannot be checked

I just moved (via Migration Assistant from a Time Machine backup) from an 2015 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11.6 to a (brand new, never used) 2019 MacBook Pro running macOS 10.15.7. All good, but this ...
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What kind of server can we connect to from iPhone Files app?

If I remember correctly, in the past I was able to connect to smb and/or webdav servers from the iPhone Files app. I tried to connect to my webdav server today but it now doesn't work. It actually ...
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Can only share one way between MacBook and iMac

I have a MacBook and an iMac, both running the latest version of Monterey. From the iMac, I can connect to the MacBook in Finder either as a registered user or using my AppleID. From the MacBook, I ...
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How to not "overly share" my folders on a Mac?

I wanted to share a folder on my MacBook Air running Big Sur to a MacBook running Monterey. So I used Settings -> Sharing, and then let's say, add the folder Foo to the sharing list. Now on the ...
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Creating a new folder or pasting a file into shared network folder macOS asks for username and password

I am using macOS and facing an issue when trying to create a new folder or pasting a file into the particular folder located on a shared network server. A popup window occurs and asks for a username ...
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Authentication for file sharing fails between Monterey client and server

I have upgraded a macOS Mojave + Server to macOS Monterey + Server. The Monterey Server runs an Open Directory. The macOS Monterey Client is bound to that Open Directory (when I try to remove the LDAP ...
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Change ownership of files to remove need for multiple permissions

In my home (/Users/) folder I have many files migrated from previous installations, with different Owners and Permissions set. /User shows I have three Users set in addition to Guest and Shared. I ...
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Can I share an iPad folder with Windows (without cloud)?

Can I share an iPad folder with Windows, so Windows can access this folder? I do NOT mean to access a Windows shared folder from the iPad (e.g. as in How to access Windows share from an iPad?), BUT ...
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File Sharing reverts to old settings

Having issues with our file sharing settings on our file server (Mac mini running macOS 11.6 / Big Sur). The first issue is that following a restart File Sharing is disabled. If we lose power or have ...
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Prevent transcoding when airdropping HEVC video

When I use AirDrop to send photos from iPhone 8, iPhone X and iPhone 12 (regardless of iOS system) to my 2017 macbook pro (High Sierra), sharingd automatically converts the HEVC video into AVC format. ...
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New MacBook Pro will not allow for Bluetooth file push into it from other device

I own two MacBook Pro computers: MacBook Pro built in 2012, running macOS Catalina Version 10.15.7. MacBook Pro built in 2021, running macOS Monterey Version 12.0.1. I have a Bluetooth-capable ...
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Unable to send files using AirDrop from iPhone to Mac

I keep seeing this issue where I am unable to send files using AirDrop from iPhone to Mac. The iPhone does not show Macbook when sharing the file through AirDrop. I have ensured that the Allow me to ...
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Shared Mac not showing in Another Mac Sidebar Locations

I am using iMac running macOS Big Sur and MacBook Air running Mojave. Both of them have File sharing and screen sharing on. While my iMac shows the MacBook Air automatically in sidebar under locations ...
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Connect macbook air 2015 to M1 Macbook air

I want to transfer files from my early 2015 MacBook air to 2020 M1 MacBook air. Connected with the USB-A to USB-C cord. Tried using target disk method through system preferences. 2015 model goes into ...
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Mount locally served smb/afp share

For some of my workflows, I need to mount a folder somewhere else, and this process should be transparent, meaning symbolic links don't work. Because macOS don't support mount --bind and the nullfs ...
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Unable to upload file from Files application

When I go to App Library -> Productivity & Finance -> Files on my iPhone 12 Pro Max (iOS 14.8) I have an Exports folder with a number of *.glb files in it. I click on one, click on the ...
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File sharing always given authentication errors [duplicate]

I've used file sharing on all my Macs in the past, and it works great. I got a new M1 Mac Mini, and as usual, I tried to enable File Sharing on it. Every time I attempt to connect to it from other Mac ...
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Files copied to desktop from SMB share wont open in Catalina, Big Sur

We have started using an OWC Thunderbay with Thunderbolt 3 for SMB file sharing, connected to a brand new M1 mac mini, Big Sur 11.5.x with current version of SoftRAID. We migrated 4x 4TB Seagate disks ...
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SMB File Sharing on Big Sur reverts to default permissions automatically

Running Big Sur 11.5 and trying to use File Sharing to access my drive on my local network. I only wish to allow the primary user access so I set the permissions accordingly ("everyone" has ...
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Stop Files From Being Given the 'nodump' Flag When Accessed Over SMB

Is there any way to stop files from being given the 'nodump' flag when accessed over the network via SMB? This happens all the time when I'm using files on the external boot drive I use with my iMac ...
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Enable file sharing for Everyone

I have a folder on my iMac "Movies" and have enabled file sharing for Everyone. If I connect from my iPad in Files and login it works. I want to allow other family members to connect as ...
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Tool to identify all filepaths/filenames exceeding Windows' allowed length?

I have a folder containing several nested subfolders. The parent folder is 1.2GB, and contains nearly 3,000 mainly screenshot image files. My Mac doesn't have a problem with the long filepaths/names ...
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Markdown files are greyed out in Files

I have markdown files synced on Google Drive, and I already installed a markdown editor which read .md files. When the files are local, the editor reads them fine, but when they are in Google Drive ...
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How to copy eBooks into TotalReader on iPad?

I have an ebook reader app installed, TotalReader. I downloaded an ebook and want to add it to it. When I open "Files" app I can select "on my ipad" and then I see 2 folders: ...
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Authenticate SMB file sharing on MacOS 10.15 bound to openldap

We're running a file-sharing server running MacOS 10.15 that is bound (for reasons outside of my control) to a bare openldap (slapd) server running on Ubuntu Server 18.04. The LDAP server is using a &...
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Failed MacOS file sharing using wrong user account - how to reset?

I have two Macbook Pros: Mac1 is 16' 2019 running Big Sur 11.2.3 Mac2 is 13' 2017 running Catalina 10.15.7. I am encountering this weird problem while trying to access file on Mac1 from Mac2 via ...
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Disable "Folder shared with File Sharing" banner in Finder

As of macOS Big Sur or Catalina, folders shared via File Sharing have a banner when viewed in Finder: Is there any way to hide this banner without removing the folder from File Sharing?
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Is there a way to upload a folder from the Files app into a computer on the local network?

Is there a way to upload a folder from the Files app into a computer on the local network? The only solution I have found is to start an SFTP server on the computer, and use the app Secure Shellfish ...
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Allow symbolic links in SMB file sharing

I symlink directories I want to share into ~/Base/shared. I have enabled File Sharing (via SMB) on this directory, but symlinks are shown just as links and are not followed to their target (you can ...
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Share / view files betweek Mac OS X and Linux (Ubuntu) using sshfs and GUI

I just want to access file from Mac OS X (Big Sur / 11.2.1) on my Linux (Ubuntu 20.04.2 machine) and vice versa. I did not like the idea using SMB - or should I really do it?? What I did OS X : ...
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Very slow SMB read speeds from share to M1 MBP. Write speeds are normal. VNC speeds normal both directions. Workaround?

I own a handful of MacBook Pros, including a new 13" M1 running Big Sur 11.0.1 (16Gb, 2TB). Connecting M1 to 16" MBP over ethernet using SMB works, but I only get full speed (Cat 5e) when ...
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Airdrop Cancels Transfers with no error message

Although there's free space on the target device, when I attempt to transfer a folder of media from my MacBook to my iPad Air 2 (circa 2014) running IOS 14.2, this fails reporting (on the MacBook) ...
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Using Finder in Catalina to copy files from my iPad creates duplicate files

I have a folder on my Mac where I keep a manual backup of all files associated with a specific iOS app. My habit has been to use file sharing to copy the app files (a few hundred) into that folder ...
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How to stream videos from icloud to iphone

My Documents and Desktop folders from my Mac have been backed up to iCloud. I would like to watch some videos from iCloud, via my iPhone without downloading. But when I open Files app from iPhone, it ...
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How do I publish symlinks as regular files over SMB3? [duplicate]

I have this file that's dropped in a Mac via rsync, then Windows fetches it but it needs it to be named differently according to use, so the obvious answer, I thought, was to symlink it into all of ...
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Can you access an AirPort Extreme (5th Gen) disk from an iPad

I have a need to share data between a MAC (Catalina) and an iPad Pro (13.7) and do not want to send it up and down to iCloud due to demands on the home broadband (joys of living in the U.K. ...
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Airdrop not working on my macbook pro

Airdrop is not working on my macbook pro (early 2015, 13-inch, 8G, Mojave 10.14.6). To be more specific: My macbook can see and send files to my iphone and ipad, but not vice versa. My iphone and ...
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How to maintain a Mac protected on the Internet when any sharing is on?

Mac with Internet door closed When a Mac is connected to the Internet but no sharing is activated it is correctly protected on the Internet side. A protection situation one can check with a tool like ...
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Catalina to Catalina SMB Share Disconnecting When Busy

I've seen several questions like this but none of the answers are of any use. I have a Catalina Mac server with an attached Drobo drive, shared over SMB to my local network. I have another iMac that ...
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Incorrect hostname keeps appearing in sharing preferences [duplicate]

Problem: I've got two macs in the same network. One of them is often not discoverable via the Finder or Apple Music (shared library). I noticed that this mac has incorrect hostnames in the sharing ...
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How to sync videos between a PC and an iPad?

I have edited a video on my computer and I want to upload it to my Ipad. The problem is that the video does not end up on my photos/videos library, hence I cannot reuse it in an ipad application or ...
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Is there a quicker way to share a file with AirDrop on Mac?

I love AirDrop and often share files between computers using it. This is how you do it on macOS: Right-click on the file Move the mouse all the way down to "Share" and click on it Click on ...
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Unable to access OS X SMB share FROM a Win10 (domain) PC, not accepting passwords

I've setup a File Sharing on my Mac Mini (Late 2014, OS X Yosemite v10.10.5). When I try to access it from a Win10 (v1507) PC with File Explorer address of \\1.2.3.4 (IP of mac) it prompts for a ...
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Why is my 'Harddrive' and 'User' folder shared when I turn on file sharing? Mac to Windows

I entered some commands in terminal in efforts of disabling 'Harddrive' and 'Users' folder shared, did not receive much response. What exactly do the commands do? command: 1$ sudo defaults write /...
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How to get list of users connected to file sharing?

My desktop Mac mini (2018) shares files to other computers on the network. I've set it up in System Preferences > Sharing so that only known users can connect, with their username and password. If I ...
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MacBook Pro Unable to Connect to QNAP NAS

I am trying to find out why my MacBook Pro will not connect to my QNAP NAS. When attempting to use Finder in macOS to access the files on the NAS, it tries to connect but fails each time. When ...
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Unable to view Documents or Downloads folder remotely

I used to be able to access folders on my remote systems without problem. Now in Catalina when I find my computers on my LAN and try to connect to them, I can only see the contents of ~/ and that of ...
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How to get a shareable link to a file in iCloud by command line?

There is a way to share files on my iCloud, one by one, with a shareable link. It's badly named "Add People". I use it often to send files to my friends or family. When it's more files, I just zip ...
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Mac shared folder can't be accessed via afp if it's on another HD

I have a folder on a second internal HD that I share from my Mac mini (running 10.12). I usually connect to it through SMB, but I need to use AFP due to using an older Mac. However, I cannot get the ...
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Transfer file from iOS to macOS without internet, natively?

Let's say that I have a large file on my iOS device. Let's also say that: I don't have internet (or the more likely scenario, AirDrop isn't working for some reason) I don't want to download third-...
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