Manage passwords using keychains on Mac. MacOS uses keychains to help you keep track of and protect the passwords, account numbers, and other confidential information you use every day on your Mac computers and iOS and iPadOS devices. You can use the Keychain Access app on your Mac to view and manage your keychains. If I'm working on Mac, can I send my file to an accountant who is on Windows? Manager data is cross-compatible across all operating systems. We have a helpful guide which explains how to make backup and restore on another computer. What happens to my data when I upgrade? SAMSUNG PC Share Manager is a DLNA server that provides content through network streaming to all the devices that support DLNA protocol. It's capable of streaming high quality video and audio file formats. The program for Mac doesn't exist at the moment, which means that you have to use other apps that share the same functionality. Top 10: iExplorer - Lightweight iPhone manager for PC/Mac. IExplorer is an iPhone file manager developed by Macroplant which can transfer your iPhone files from iPhone or iTunes backup to your PC. It’s easy-to-use features are very popular among iOS device users. More than 20 types of files can be managed by this software. The Microsoft Download Manager solves these potential problems. It gives you the ability to download multiple files at one time and download large files quickly and reliably. It also allows you to suspend active downloads and resume downloads that have failed. Microsoft Download Manager is free and available for download now.
What does Power Manager do?
Power Manager can power on a Mac, run a series of tasks, and power off the Mac without requiring any interaction. With Power Manager you can create sophisticated energy saving schedules and automate complex tasks.
An energy saving schedule is created from events. Events are at the heart of Power Manager. An event encapsulates three things: triggers, conditions, and actions.
An event might tell the computer to perform a particular action at a specific time. You can create separate events to power on your Mac at different times across the day or week. By creating multiple events, you build a unique schedule for your needs.
Events can be as simple as putting the Mac to sleep after a period of inactivity; or as complex as powering on your Mac, waiting for a user to log-in, and only then running an AppleScript or Automator workflow.
Power Manager's Schedule Assistant
Who is Power Manager for?
Where macOS's built-in tools and features stop, Power Manager starts. Power Manager is designed for power users; people who use their Mac for their work and hobbies.
Power Manager is used by everyone from individuals who want to automate their back-up routine, to multi-national organisations who need more control over their Mac networks.
Designed for professionals who have outgrown the tools included with macOS.
Power Manager lets you focus on what needs to be done instead of learning about configuration files, user sessions, and other technical edge cases. Power Manager helps you avoid the frustration that can make seemingly simple tasks difficult.
Can I use Power Manager in my business or school?
Yes, deploying Power Manager across an organisation is easy. We provide administrator and technical support to help you get the most from your decision. Power Manager scales and includes numerous features designed explicitly for large networks.
We have a specially packaged edition of Power Manager. The packaged edition is a standard Installer package that can be deployed quickly and easily with most network management tools. The Installer package requires no pre-installation or post-installation scripts and can be installed onto a non-booted system volume.
Not only is Power Manager easy to install but we make sure Power Manager can be removed easily.
Who uses Power Manager?
Since beginning Power Manager in 1997, our customers have grown to include household names. We have customers across the world ranging from multi-national businesses, museums, and academic organisations; to consultants and individuals who use Power Manager to craft unique personalised schedules.
Even with this global reach, we have remained focused on providing a personal, tailored service, that befits a specialised tool such as a Power Manager.
How is Power Manager different?
Power Manager is unlike any other energy saving, scheduling, or automation tool included with macOS. Power Manager augments macOS, it does not seek to replace it.
Designed to span and bring together the user's graphical view and the hidden system level of macOS, Power Manager offers an easy to use visual interface. That interface provides control over Power Manager's scheduling engine; an engine designed specifically for the Mac.
Power Manager works even if no-one is logged in.
Power Manager is friendly to your Mac applications and users alike.
Power Manager takes care to quit Mac applications in a Mac way. A rogue application blocking log out or shut down will not block Power Manager.
Users are shown count downs, notifications, and warnings before events that might affect their use of the computer. This behaviour is ideal for computer labs or where computers are shared by multiple people.
Power Manager's Event Editor
Like the tip of an iceberg, Power Manager reveals only a small fraction of what is possible. As your schedule evolves and becomes more sophisticated, you will delight in discovering that Power Manager is already able to do what you considered impossible.
Power Manager's Engine View
Designed for the Mac
Power Manager includes a fully featured Mac application.
Quickly create events using the Schedule Assistant's task-orientated approach.
Build on events using the advanced editor. Create with the Schedule Assistant, then customise with the Event Editor.
Multiple User Savvy
Power Manager is computer centric. Multiple users can log in and out without affecting your schedule. Works even when no-one is logged in.
Power Manager integrates into macOS's authentication and authorisation infrastructure via Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM). By default, only administrators can create or change schedules.
Make sure your events get the user's attention. Pending events count down in the menubar. A notification provides ample warning giving users a chance to prepare or respond.
Keep track of your schedule with the status menu. Performing, pending, and on-demand events are always close by.
Power Manager works with macOS's Dark Mode to tone down the interface and let your content stand out.
Pending events appear in the Notification Centre on the side of your desktop.
Power Manager provides a full AppleScript dictionary for scripting with plenty of example scripts. Power Manager can also perform AppleScripts as part of an event.
Power Manager supports IPv4 and IPv6 with all network traffic encrypted with SSL/TLS. Bonjour support makes remote access easy.
Create your events and schedule without needing to write a configuration file or use the command line. The command line is available but optional.
There is nothing you can not do via the command line tool pmctl. The tool provides complete control over Power Manager. The graphical user interface updates immediately as command line settings are issued.
Comprehensive documentation is included on every aspect of Power Manger. Over 30,000 words of insight and guidance for learning about and using Power Manager.
Need inspiration? Over 95 recipes provide step-by-step guides to creating events and doing more with Power Manager.
Power Manager's event editor (Dark Mode)
Can I try Power Manager?
You can try Power Manager for free. A demonstration is available to download and try for 30 days. The demonstration is not restricted or limited, create as many events as you want.
Although file sharing has come a long way, there is still no single way or service which can fulfill all requirements of each and every user. So, come with us as we talk about the various ways in which you can transfer files between Mac, be it your own devices or with a friend’s device.
Read: 10 Ways to Share Files between Two Windows Computers
Transfer Files From Mac to Mac
1. Online Services
Cloud storage services are a viable option for file sharing if you have a high-speed internet connection. These services or websites allow you to host your pictures, videos and all types of files on their servers and all your files can be accessed from anywhere in the world with a computer connected to the internet. Cloud storage is extensively used as backup solutions by many people and they can even be used to share files with other people just by sending them a link to the hosted file.
Some of the popular cloud storage services include – Dropbox, One Drive, and Google drive etc. All of them offer 10-15 GB free storage once you sign up. If you need more storage space, you need to upgrade to a paid version, which usually cost $3-4 per month for 100 GB. All of these also come with smartphone clients, making all your files accessible even from your or your friend’s phone.
If you want to share large files with your client, but don’t want to pay for a service, then try pCloud. As of writing this post, the trial version the limit is 20 GB.
However, if the file to be sent is very small in size (less than 30 MB), you can also consider sending easily via emailing services like Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, etc.
Read: 7 Ways To Access Your Computer’s Files Remotely Over the Internet
- Allows sharing between two( or more) devices anywhere in the world.
- Files can be accessed as many times as wanted.
- Compatible with also Windows, iOS, Android or almost anything that has a browser, including Apple TV.
Free Download Manager Mac
- Dependent on internet connection
- To share/host large sized files, might have to shell out some money
Share Mac Screen
Although all the cloud services offer plans, most offer a free limit (different for each) which should be enough to share files. Cloud offers you the ability to share files with devices or people with whom it is not physically possible to be with.
2. Physical Devices
Physical storage devices such as pen drives, external hard disks (HDDs), Solid State Drives (SSDs) have risen in popularity over the last few years owing to the ease of file sharing they offer. Just connect the device to the sender’s Mac, copy the files to it and then connect it to the receiver’s Mac and then copy from the device to the computer. Pen Drives are good for a quick transfer of small files, HDDs are great for sharing very large files (upto 4TB) and also backing up your computer. And if you want something more compact and much faster, SSDs will do the job pretty well but they do come at a price compared to hard disks.
Another great thing about them is that you can also use these devices to not only share files between two Macs but even Windows and Android device (using an OTG cable or adapter).
However, if plugging in a hard drive is too much work for you, consider getting a Wi-Fi drive like this one from ScanDisk. They cost more than the physical Hard Drive and offers less storage, but comes with the convenience to access those files over the network.
Mac Share Desktop
Quick Tip: Before using the same HDD with MacOS and Windows, make sure to format it to exFAT or FAT32 as Window’s default NTFS is read-only on MacOS and might cause problems.
Read: How to Format Hard Drives
- Very easy and minimal number of steps required to use
- Choose accordingly over a wide variety of sizes (all the way from 4GB to 4TB)
- Conveniently portable to take everywhere
- Physical devices, so susceptible to damage or data loss
Physical storage devices are better than cloud services for storing or transferring huge amounts of files as they offer a better bang for the buck and they even work without an internet connection while being portable to take with you. However, keep in mind, they still have to be physically given to the receiver which shouldn’t be a problem if you are sharing with yourself or with a friend at school or work.
3. File Sharing
Of course, most of you knew about the previous two ways, but very few know of the File Sharing System built right into Mac OS. File Sharing, which uses SMB, is one of the most efficient and fastest ways in which you can transfer files between two Macs on the same network.
Read: How to Access your Computer Files From Anywhere With TeamViewer
But first, you need to activate File Sharing on the Mac from which you want to access data. Go to
System Preferences > Sharing. Turn on File Sharing by clicking on the radio button next to it.
Under “Shared Folders”, remove or add the folders which you want to share, and under “Users”, you can manage the access rights of various users. Make sure the icon is green and says “File Sharing: On” and under it there should be your device’s address starting with “smb://“ which in my case is: “smb://anurags-mbp”
Now on the other device, go to Finder > Go > Connect to Server
And type in the smb address. Next, there should be a pop-up asking you for which folder you want to open. Select the required folder and input the username and password of the user of the hosting computer and you are good to go.
QuickTip: If you want the fastest transfer speeds, we recommend connecting both the devices to the network via wires.
Also, if you want to share with Windows computers, go to Options and turn on afp along with smb.
- Very fast transfer speeds
- Rights to each user can be controlled
- Devices need to be on the same network
If you want to transfer files between your own computers or to a friend’s computer connected to the same network, File Sharing offers faster transfer speeds and even offers management of access rights for the various clients.
4. Using Wires
Most of the new Macs come with Thunderbolt ports which offer insane bandwidth, but did you know you can use them solely just for File Transfer? There are two ways in which you can do so: Target Disk Mode or Thunderbolt Bridge.
Target Disk Mode allows you to access the whole hard disk of one Mac from another Mac, allowing you to copy files to and from the target device. Using all the lanes of the Thunderbolt wire, you get the fastest speeds and this method is highly recommended for moving huge files, which is done in a jiffy.
To use Target Disk Mode, on the target machine, that is the machine who’s the hard drive you want to access, connect both mac with FireWire or Thunderbolt cable. You can buy it off amazon for $20 (the apple store sell it for a higher price). Next, go to System Preferences> Startup Disk> Target Disk Mode. This should black out the screen and display a Thunderbolt icon, after which you can connect the two devices using a Thunderbolt cable and the target machine’s hard disk should appear under “Devices” in Finder.
Using a Thunderbolt Bridge is also very similar, except that both the machines stay turned on and you can use both the Macs while the file transfer is taking place.
To use Thunderbolt Bridge, you need to enable it on both the devices. Go to System Preferences> Network> Click on Add(+)> Select Thunderbolt Bridge
Note: You may already have Thunderbolt Bridge enabled. In that case, no need to do anything.
Connect the two Macs via the Thunderbolt cable and you should see the “Not Connected” change to “Self-Assigned IP”. Once that is done, note the IP address and go to Finder> Go> Connect to Server. And input the IP address after which it is the same as File Sharing.
QuickTip: If you are using an old Mac which doesn’t have Thunderbolt, you can use Ethernet cables (will work also with an Ethernet Adapter), to achieve similar transfer speeds.
- Fastest transfer speeds
- Suitable for moving huge sized files
- The distance between the two Macs depends on the length of the Thunderbolt wire connecting them, which is generally very short.
- Newer Macbooks only comes with USB type C port, so you’ll have to invest extra for an adapter.
This is the only fast and convenient way to transfer huge files like video files and games from one Mac to the other. However, as they need to be connected with a single cable, the machines need to be physically close to each other; this might not be a problem if one is a MacBook, but it might be troublesome to do this with two iMacs in different rooms.
AirDrop might be the easiest and most convenient way to share files between two Macs and even iPhones. It basically uses WiFi and Bluetooth to connect and transfer files between the devices.
What makes AirDrop so great is the fact that it is so simple and idiot-proof; just open AirDrop from Finder on both your Macs and wait for the other person’s device to show up. Once you can see their device, just drag and drop the files you want to send on their avatar/icon and Bam! File transferred! There may even be multiple devices, just drag the appropriate file to the appropriate person, that’s all it takes! It is wicked fast for small files like pictures and text files, however for much larger sized files, it does take a little time.
Read: Best Airdrop Alternatives for Android, iOS, and Windows
- No setup or anything extra required
- Idiot-proof and convenient
- The computers need to be nearby and connected to some WiFi network (not necessarily the same), or else AirDrop won’t work.
If you can use AirDrop, that is the other Mac is in your vicinity, then you should be using AirDrop as it provides the most hassle-free experience of sharing files between two Macs.
Wrapping Up: Transfer Files From Mac to Mac
If the two Macs are in the vicinity of each other and the file to be transferred is relatively small, AirDrop is your best bet. However, for larger files, Thunderbolt cables or File Sharing seem to do the job just perfect. And if the two machines are not in proximity, physical storage devices can be used to carry the files from one Mac to the other and for even larger distances, online services are the way to go.
So this was our five ways to transfer files from Mac to Mac. Did we miss anything? Have any doubts? Let us in the comments below.