How to Transfer Files From Pc to Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Transferring files from a PC to a Mac can seem like a daunting task, but fear not! With the right tools and steps, you’ll be able to seamlessly move your files across these two different platforms. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of transferring files from a PC to a Mac effortlessly.

Step 1: Connect the Devices

The first step is to establish a connection between your PC and Mac. You have a few options:

  • Using Ethernet or Wi-Fi: Connect both devices to the same network either via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi. This will allow them to communicate with each other.
  • Using an External Hard Drive: If you have an external hard drive, connect it to your PC and transfer the files onto it.

    Then disconnect it from your PC and connect it to your Mac.

  • Using Cloud Storage: Upload the desired files to cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. Once uploaded, access those files on your Mac by signing into the respective cloud storage account.

Step 2: Locate the Files

If using Ethernet or Wi-Fi:

On your PC, locate the files you wish to transfer. These could be documents, photos, music, videos, or any other type of file. Remember their location on your PC as we’ll need this information in the next step.

If using an External Hard Drive:

You’ve already transferred the files onto your external hard drive when connected to your PC. Now connect it to your Mac and make sure it’s recognized by checking if it appears on your desktop or in the Finder sidebar.

If using Cloud Storage:

Access the cloud storage platform you used on your PC and make sure the files are there. Sign in to your cloud storage account on your Mac and ensure that you can see the files you want to transfer.

Step 3: Transfer the Files

If using Ethernet or Wi-Fi:

On your Mac, open Finder and click on “Go” in the menu bar. Then select “Connect to Server”. In the dialog box that appears, enter the IP address or network name of your PC, preceded by “smb://”.

For example, if your PC’s IP address is, you would enter “smb://192.100”. Click “Connect” and enter your PC’s username and password if prompted.

Once connected, you will be able to browse your PC’s files in Finder. Simply navigate to the location where your files are stored on your PC and drag them over to your desired location on your Mac.

If using an External Hard Drive:

On your Mac, open Finder and locate the external hard drive in the sidebar or on the desktop. Double-click it to open it and locate the files you transferred onto it from your PC. Drag these files from the external hard drive onto a folder or location of your choice on your Mac.

If using Cloud Storage:

Open Finder on your Mac and locate iCloud Drive or whichever cloud storage platform you used. Navigate through the folders until you find the files you uploaded from your PC. Simply drag these files from their current location within iCloud Drive onto a folder or location of your choice on your Mac.

Step 4: Verify and Organize

After the files have been transferred, it’s always a good idea to verify that everything made it across successfully. Open each file or access each folder to ensure they are intact and accessible on your Mac.

If you transferred a large number of files, organizing them into folders can help keep things tidy and make them easier to find in the future.

That’s it! You’ve successfully transferred your files from a PC to a Mac. Whether you used Ethernet, an external hard drive, or cloud storage, you can now enjoy your files on your Mac with ease.

Remember that keeping backups of important files is essential. It’s wise to retain copies of the original files on your PC or another backup device before deleting them from your old device.

Happy file transferring!

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