Trying to use file sharing across a network - need help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by RSLF93, May 31, 2018.

  1. RSLF93 macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2018

    I've got an iMac and a MacBook pro, both running Sierra (iMac 10.12.6, MacBook 10.13.3) and I need to be able to access each computer's files from the other. I'm assuming this is done by File Sharing?

    Both are connected to the same WiFi network and are only a few meters from one another. However I cannot seem to see either computer in either of the two machine's Finder sidebars. I'm racking my brains as every guide online is telling me to follow steps and select options that aren't available to me.

    Any advice and help much appreciated!

  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    System Preferences>Sharing, check "File Sharing", click the "Options" button, check both SMB and AFP and add the account(s) (your own, probably).

    Also, in the Finder go to Finder>Preferences>Sidebar and check "Connected servers" and "Bonjour computers" under "Shared".

    If you log into the other computer as an admin user on that computer you should be able to see all files on that computer.

    Is this what you've been trying to do?
  3. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2015
    on the land line mr. smith.
    One trick to add, if it makes sense and both machines are yours:

    If you have the same admin account on both machines, even if if not your default account to use, and it allows you to share files with the same user name and password, regardless of direction.

    You always enter the U and PW of the machine you are connecting to...but if they are the same, then less to remeber or fuss with.

    You can connect using any creditials of any existing user, but as was mentioned, if you connect using an admin account (instead of a standard, non-admin account), you won't be fighting permissions.

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