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Transfer files from Mac to a PC

I recently got myself a new PC and that’s been a big transition for me, as I’ve been using a Mac since 2011. Moving everything back to Windows though couldn't be easier, if you know what you're doing. So, how does one get all of their files from the Mac to a PC using Windows 10?

To start off with, both computers need to be on the same home network / wireless router.

PC connected to wifi


Mac connected to Wifi


Now on the PC, we need to find your IP address. In the search box at the bottom, type in cmd and click to open command prompt.

Opening the command prompt box

And that will open the command box window for you.

Command Prompt box open

Once this is open, to get your IP address, type in ipconfig and you’ll get about 25 lines of text appear, like below:

IP config for command prompt box

Now to do the same on your Mac. And hopefully you have it fired up with its own keyboard and mouse... I may have failed at this first time around and had to keep plugging and unplugging... On your Mac, press Command and K, or if you’re using a normal keyboard you can press Windows Key and K. This will get the below popup to appear.

In this box, you need to enter your IP address from the command prompt screen on your PC. It will be the 4 blocks of 3, 3, 1 and 2 digits, most likely which is located next to IPv4 Address. For mine it is under Wireless Lan adapter Wifi because I am using a wifi adapter card, but yours could be under ethernet adapter if you’re connected by ethernet cable.

Type smb://[your ip address] in the server address box.

Hit connect and you should see a connecting box and then it will ask you for a name and password.


Make sure you tick "Registered User" and then the login details you need here are the ones used for your Windows 10 PC. Then hit Connect.

If you’re unsure as to your proper Username, in the command prompt screen on the PC, type in ‘whoami’ and hit enter. That will tell you your username exactly.

Once you’ve entered the details on the Mac, it’ll then take you to the next box asking you to select the Volumes you wish to mount.


If you click the option Users, another folder will appear and you should see the files from your PC now on your Mac like below.


I’ve created a folder on my desktop called FORMAC.

That folder should appear under Desktop on the folder on the Mac, which it does.


Now using your Mac, you can drop files into this folder and they will then appear on the PC once copied over.

And you’re done, enjoy.

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Published on 13 Jul 2018

Last updated on 13 Jul 2018

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