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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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How to share a folder stored on an external USB drive?

I am struggling to get share a folder that is stored on a USB drive connected to my 2019 Mac running Sonoma 14.5. I have added the folder via System Settings > General > File Sharing > i and ...
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Image size in bytes increases two times after export

This question appears in the process of investigation bug report on MSE. I created a screenshot on iPad by swiping from the left bottom corner and saved it in photo section. iPad says that the image ...
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TimeMachine Share between MacMini & MacBook

I have an external SSD plugged into a mac mini, this drive is used solely for TimeMachine backups. I'd like to also use this drive for backing up my MacBook. I've done lots of testing & searching, ...
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Sonoma smb file share icon is a question mark

I have a machine on my LAN running Sonoma 14.2. It shows up as a share another desktop running 10.14 as a question mark ("?") icon. I resolved a similar issue with a Linux server by adding ...
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Why can’t Mac compress files faster than ~60MB/sec or so?

It seems like this has remained relatively constant over the last 5+ years or at least as long as I have been paying attention. Files on an internal SSD can be copied to other drives much faster… ...
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Unable to select Sharing Only user when setting up file sharing

I have this weird issue on Sonoma where after creating a sharing-only user I'm unable to select it under Windows File Sharing. Instead I only see an entry for my main account (+ other Standard/Admin ...
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Why my AirDrop device keeps dissapearing?

I am trying to send a file from iPhone to my MacBook via AirDrop. I managed to send first image fine, but when I am trying to send 2nd image my MacBook keeps appearing briefly in iPhone AirDrop list, ...
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How do I disconnect clients on my Mac file server from the command line

I have use a Mac mini (running Ventura) with a connected Drobo as a file server. The file sharing is standard Mac file sharing to other Macs via SMB. I believe AFP is no longer supported, or no longer ...
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Shortcut or command for macOS File Sharing system setting?

Is there some shortcut, app, widget, etc. — or, alterntively, a Terminal command-line command — that allows quick toggling on File Sharing under macOS (and subsequently, to toggle it off again)? Since ...
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After an Airdrop, should I check the photos for corruption?

If something goes wrong during an Airdrop, say from my iPhone to my Macbook, how can I check for any corruption? Would simply checking that the photos, videos, etc. can be opened be enough to confirm ...
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Unable to send compressed zip file from a Mac

I was given a Google link to upload a zip file containing some python scripts and screenshots. But for some reason I wasn't able to click on the required zip file when the Finder opened up, but I was ...
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Filesharing with Monterey server fails for some accounts if Open Directory is active

I experience a strange behavior with a totally new installation of Monterey server (using the last version of the Server app). I activated file sharing (in macOS' sharing settings) and everything ...
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Select files from the "Photos" app on iOS

How can I select files from the "Photos" directly, without first manually copying from the "Photos" app to the "Files" app? Currently, in order to send the original, ...
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difficulties with file metadata (mode, modtime) on NAS under SMB

I just got a new NAS (Synology DS923+), and my Mac was able to see it and write data to it right away. The Mac is running Ventura 13.0. I do most of my work from the command line in a Terminal window....
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How can I access shared Directories on Mac from iPad

I have an iPad running iPadOS 16.4 and a MacMini M2 running 13.2.1 On the Mac I have shared a number of folders (including Documents) On the iPad Files shows a list of shared Directories (including ...
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Mac file sharing (smbd) wedged, how to debug?

I have a 2020 M1 Mac Mini running Ventura 13.2.1 as a file server, and an old 2015 Macbook Pro running Monterey 12.6.3 trying to connect to the shared drive. The connection gets wedged in some kind of ...
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Unknown apps proposed when sharing files

I have a music project that's been going since last week and I want to share one of the Garage Band files with my group. It works just fine but when I see the options to share the project as a ...
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ACL for File Sharing (SMB) is changing ACL of the folder itself

When I set ACL with the permissions for the folder in File Sharing (System Settings > General > Sharing > File Sharing > info) the same ACL and permissions are set for the folder itself on ...
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Can I enable file sharing of an admin session from another admin session using the Terminal?

For an unknown reason all the system features of my mac (macOs High Sierra, Mbp late 2012) are inaccessible and it is impossible to launch the applications. An error message shows that the application ...
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"error -5014" when mounting a SMB network volume

When I mount a remote SMB volume with macOS's file sharing feature like as: osascript -e 'mount volume "smb://USER@MACOS_SERVER/VOLNAME" but it fails with Error -5014. What I tried were: ...
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Working with Shared Folders & Files on Mac

I use shared folders on different computers for work. All mac machines. I pull folders from the shared folders. I do the work that needs to be done. Then I drop the work back into the shared folder so ...
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Transfer files "directly" from Android to iPhone

My friend (iPhone 13 I guess) and I (Pixel 7) want to share photos and videos we took with each other. We use some messaging app which allows it. But it's a hassle selecting and transferring. I'd like ...
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Sharing files / folders between user accounts

I'm trying to share folders between 2 different user accounts and not having any luck, I keep getting the red 'locked' icon on my folders. So I have 2 folders in User A and would like to transfer to ...
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Prove iCloud document ownership

How can I prove that I own the account in which an iCloud document is stored? One possible solution could be if a) there is a public key available for every iCloud user, so that the user could sign ...
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How to name or alias shares in macOS file servers on macOS 12+?

I have a number of SMB shares from a macOS host (server) that tend to have very generic names for normal folders such as Downloads or other such folders. I need to be able to identify these on the ...
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How would I share a file on the same macos host?

How would I share a file on the same macos host? Currently I mv files to their /Users/janedoe/Documents and chown but I assume there must be a way that's less tedious and that leaves the files within ...
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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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Unable to connect to iMacs with ethernet using Finder's "Network" feature

Trying to connect a late 2014 iMac (Big Sur) to 2020 iMac (Monterey) with Finder's "Network" feature. The official instructions from Apple are pretty spare so I figured it was probably a ...
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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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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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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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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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