How To Connect Mac With Windows Network?

How To Connect Mac With Windows Network

Carry out these steps to know how to connect Mac with Windows network.

  • Turn on both Windows and Mac computers first.
  • Connect them to the same network, either using a Wi-Fi router or access point.
  • On your Windows computer, click the Windows icon and select Settings.
  • In the Settings window, click the Network & Input option.
  • Scroll down the page and select the Network and Sharing Center option.
  • Click the Change advanced sharing settings option at the left-side panel and ensure that your current network profile is private.
  • Select Private (current profile). Make sure that the Turn on network discovery radio button and the checkbox under the radio button is selected.
  • Also, select the Turn on file and printer sharing radio button under the Private section.
  • Leave the Guest or Public to turn off for the network discovery and network sharing.
  • Under All Networks, check whether the Public folder sharing, File sharing connection, and Password protected sharing is turned on.
  • Enable the Sharing Wizard in the File Explorer.
  • Click the View tab in the File Manager menu bar and select Options followed by Change folder and search options. Move on to the next steps to know how to connect Mac with Windows network.
  • Under Folder Options, select the View tab and ensure that the Use Sharing Wizard(Recommended) checkbox is selected under Advanced settings.
  • Click the Apply button to save and apply the changes.
  • Now, create a login account by typing “netplwiz” in the search panel and click the Add button from the Users tab.
  • Sign in with your desired account (except Microsoft account) and create a local account.
  • If you wish to share a specific folder, give a right-click on the Folder icon and select Properties --> Advanced Sharing.
  • Mark the “Share this folder” checkbox and click OK.
  • On your Mac desktop, click the Apple menu and select System Preferences --> Sharing.
  • In the Sharing window, select the File Sharing checkbox and click the Options button.
  • Ensure that the “Share files and folders using SMB” or “Share files and folders using AFP” checkbox is selected.
  • Also, check whether your Mac computer is selected under Windows File Sharing.
  • Click the Finder icon in the Dock panel and navigate to the left side panel to select the shared network under Shared.
  • Enter the login credentials and click the Connect button to access the files from the Windows computer.
  • If you wish to access the Mac files on your Windows computer, go to the Windows desktop and click the Network icon at the desktop.
  • Under the Network column, select your Mac computer and enter your Mac access/login credentials to access the Mac files.
  • If you have difficulties to know how to connect Mac with Windows network, contact our technical support team.