How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with 5 Methods

Summary

If you have more than one Mac, you may need to transfer files from one Mac to another. In this guide, we will show you 5 methods to share files between two Macs.

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Apr. 27, 2016

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For those who have more than one Mac may need to share files between two Macs more often than not. The most common way to do this is using a USB or flash drive to copy and move the files manually. Actually, there are some built-in options that allow you to transfer files from one Mac to another substantially faster. Read this guide to learn 5 methods.

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Method 1. Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with File Sharing

Step 1. Open System Preferences and click Sharing.

Step 2. Check File Sharing.

Step 3. You can click “+” to add specific folders and certain users to access them. If not, any user with an account can access your files.

How to Share Files Between Macs with File Sharing

How to Share Files Between Macs with File Sharing

Method 2. Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with AirDrop

Step 1. In the Finder, enable AirDrop on both Macs.

Step 2. Drag a file onto the icon of the Mac you want to send a file to.

Step 3. On the receiving Mac, accept the file.

Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with AirDrop

Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with AirDrop

Method 3. How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with iCloud Drive

Step 1. Open Finder and choose iCloud Drive. You need to login with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Just drag the file to iCloud Drive like folders, pictures, music, etc.

Step 3. On another Mac, login with the same Apple ID and you will see the files.

Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with iCloud Drive

Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with iCloud Drive

Method 4. How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with External Drive

Step 1. Connect the external drive to the old Mac.

Step 2. In the Finder, drag files you want transfer onto the external drive to make a copy.

Step 3. Once it done, eject the external drive from the old Mac.

Step 4. Connect the external drive to the new Mac > Locate the drive in the Finder > Drag your files to the folder of the new Mac.

How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with External Drive

How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with External Drive

Method 5. How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with E-mails

If you have an IMAP account, send a file to yourself, and then it’ll show up in your email inbox on both of your Macs.

Step 1. Compress files you want to transfer > Open Open E-mails app on the old Mac.

Step 2. Click Write New Message icon >Fill in the recipient's mailbox (your IMAP account).

Step 3. Click Add a document to this Message icon > Add the compressed files to this Message > Click Send to complete this.

How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with E-mails

How to Transfer Files from Mac to Mac with E-mails

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Files Between Mac and iDevices

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iPhone to Mac Transfer – AnyTrans

iPhone to Mac Transfer – AnyTrans

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The Bottom Line

You can also share files between two Macs via Dropbox, Email, or the Migration Assistant. If you want to clean up your Mac to free up space and increase the performance, you can try MacClean for free.

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