How to enable File Sharing on your Mac

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How to enable File Sharing on your Mac

How to share a folder.

Follow this easy step by step guide on how to share a folder on your mac:

  1. Start the 'System Preferences' App
  2. Select 'Sharing'
  3. From the 'Service' list on the left, ensure that 'File Sharing' is ticked (see 1 on screenshot)
  4. Under the 'Shared Folders' list, click +
  5. Choose a folder to share and click 'Add'
  6. By default all users ('Everyone') get read-only access to the share. To give your user the ability to change files, click + under the 'Users' list and choose your account. Then change 'Read Only' to 'Read & Write'.
  7. Click the "Options" button (see 2 on screenshot).
  1. Ensure that "Share files and folders using SMB" is enabled, because FileBrowser only uses SMB.
  2. Click Done.

Find Computer Name

Click the "Edit..." button. We won't be actually changing anything here.

This is the Network Name of this computer. This should go into FileBrowser's "Address" setting.

Click Cancel to close the window.

Find Username

To check the user account, use the following steps:

  1. Click "Options".
  2. Ensure that at least one of the user accounts in the list is ticked.
  3. Enter one of these names into FileBrowser's Username setting.
  4. The password for the account is case-sensitive so be careful when entering it into FileBrowser.

How to configure MacOSX Firewall.

You should now be able to connect FileBrowser to your Mac. If you can't then the MacOSX firewall may be blocking the network.

Use the following steps to navigate to the firewall control screen.

  1. Open System Preferences and click "Security".
  2. Click "Firewall".
  3. Click the lock to make changes.
  4. Click "Advanced...".
  5. Ensure that "Block all incoming connections" is unchecked.

Scan your Network

Tap "Add Location" to the right of the "Remote" Section.

Tap "Computer / Network Drive" this start a scan of your local network.

Select your computer from the list.


If the scan hasn't worked try adding it manually

  1. Tap 'Manual Setup' icon.
  2. Take the machine name labelled above with a red 'A' and enter it into the 'Address' field.
  3. Take the username labelled above with a red 'B' and enter it into the 'Username' field.
  4. Enter the password for your user account into the 'Password' field. If your account doesn't have a password, tap the 'Blank' button.
  5. Tap the Save button.
  6. Tap your new location which has been added to your home screen to connect.

If not connected or getting errors please try our Trouble Shooter.

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