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kat.hayes

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1. Is there a way to transfer files from an iPad to my Mac over my network?
2. What program do I need on my iPad to browse files on my Mac?

Thanks
 

Blowback

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If both machines are on the same network you can use something like snapdrop for example.
If just photos or simple (?) things: use Airdrop. Should be on both machines and works almost instantly.
For browsing I think only files that are in iCloud....files on each within iCloud Drive can be browsed easily by each.
 

Wando64

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Just enable sharing on the Mac and connect to it with Files app from the iPad.
i do this all the time.

Files App, click on the three dots symbol and “connect to server”
enter the smb address of your Mac and your credentials.
then the Mac file system will be fully accessible from the iPad

Edit: they must be on the same network
 
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Just enable sharing on the Mac and connect to it with Files app from the iPad.
i do this all the time.

Files App, click on the three dots symbol and “connect to server”
enter the smb address of your Mac and your credentials.
then the Mac file system will be fully accessible from the iPad

Edit: they must be on the same network
'Files App" (?) or 'Bluetooth File Exchange'?
Got it...you mean 'Sharing' under System prefs.....Right?
 
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Wando64

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Q: I've never really had a use for this....what common use do you make of it?
Daily.

All of my data is stored on a Mac mini that works as my main server.
Most of it is also on the cloud (OneDrive) but not the sensitive data nor other temporary files (e.g. for video editing)
Through the Files App I can access, edit, create any type of file stored on either OneDrive or either of my two macs.
 
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Wando64

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By the way, keep In mind you can also use the Files App from within other major apps such as MS Office or LumaFusion, mail, etc...
 

kat.hayes

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I am not home to try, though for clarification, are you saying that you can use the Files app on an iPad that is on the same network as a Mac to read and transfer files back and forth? Does this also work with external drives connected to the Mac. If so, this is exactly what I need!
 

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I am not home to try, though for clarification, are you saying that you can use the Files app on an iPad that is on the same network as a Mac to read and transfer files back and forth? Does this also work with external drives connected to the Mac. If so, this is exactly what I need!
Yes, as long as the Mac has file sharing enabled for the specific drives. Works with external drives too!
 
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kat.hayes

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I used my MacBook Pro, which I use to network with the Mac to get the smb address from Go > Connect to Server

I copy the address smb://Kat’s iMac Pro._smb._tcp.local

and I paste it into the connect to server field on the files app on the ipad

however, it gives me an error that the operation can't be completed because this URL is not valid.

I go back to my MacBook Pro and check the IP address that shows under Network and I try entering this on the files app in the connect to server field

this takes me to the screen that asks me for a username and password

1. why is the SMB address not working on the iPad though it works on the MacBook Pro when connecting to the iMac?
2. Which username and password is it wanting me to enter when I try to log in from my iPad? The username and password for the iMac I am trying to log into or what?

Thanks!
 

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are you saying that you can use the Files app on an iPad that is on the same network as a Mac to read and transfer files back and forth?

Don't have to be on the same network. Currently using Files on my iPhone via cellular.
 

Wando64

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I used my MacBook Pro, which I use to network with the Mac to get the smb address from Go > Connect to Server

I copy the address smb://Kat’s iMac Pro._smb._tcp.local

and I paste it into the connect to server field on the files app on the ipad

however, it gives me an error that the operation can't be completed because this URL is not valid.

I go back to my MacBook Pro and check the IP address that shows under Network and I try entering this on the files app in the connect to server field

this takes me to the screen that asks me for a username and password

1. why is the SMB address not working on the iPad though it works on the MacBook Pro when connecting to the iMac?
2. Which username and password is it wanting me to enter when I try to log in from my iPad? The username and password for the iMac I am trying to log into or what?

Thanks!


***Ignore the URL you see on the mbp***

On the Mac you want to access (the iMac?) go to System Preferences/sharing and tick "File sharing" and "Media sharing" (This is sufficient for what you want to do).

If you click over "file sharing" on the left of the window, this writing will appear to the right: "Other users can access shared folders on this computer, and administrators all volumes, at smb://name-of-your-computer.broadband" Make a note of this address (the format might be different). This is what you need to use on the iPad to connect to this computer.
Normally this name has no spaces and no special symbols other than the dash -

On the iPad, use the address above as the server address in the Files app.
On the next screen select "connect as: Registered User"
It will ask you for a Name and Password, these are the credentials you normally use on the iMac to log in.

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HDFan

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As far as I am aware this is only possible if you allow "remote login", which I don't.

Not related. You are not logging into the system. This is all via iCloud. On your Mac Preference/AppleID/iCloud Drive/Options/Desktop & Documents Folders
 

Wando64

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Not related. You are not logging into the system. This is all via iCloud. On your Mac Preference/AppleID/iCloud Drive/Options/Desktop & Documents Folders

Precisely.
it has nothing to do with what I was suggesting as a solution for the OP and with the question that the OP was asking me.
However it is yet another option.
 

kat.hayes

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It worked. Thanks so much!!!

only thing that didn’t work was the media sharing checkbox was greeted out so I could not enable it, though I can still double click on video files and watch them, so I am not sure what the Media Sharing option does.
 
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