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How do you transfer files from macOS to your Synology NAS?

After creating a shared folder you also want to be able to access it from your macOS computer to easily transfer files. Via the following steps you can add the shared folders to your Finder.

What do you need to add your shared folder to your iMac or MacBook?

  • A Macbook or iMac connected to the same network as the NAS
  • The name of your NAS (which you created during the installation of the operating system DSM)
  • The name of the created volume (to be retrieved by DSM open the storage manager and go to volume management)
  • The name of the shared folder you want to link (for example: "Movies").

Step 1: Activate the Mac file service

To begin with, it is important that the NAS knows that it must be able to communicate with macOS. To do this, a number of small steps are necessary: ​

  1. Go to the NAS web interface.
  2. Open the control panel.
  3. Go to 'File Services> Win / Mac / NFS'.
  4. Check the "Enable Mac file service" checkbox.

Step 2: connect the NAS to the Finder

  1. Open the Finder on your Macbook or iMac.
  2. Choose 'Go'.
  3. Then select the 'Connect to server' option.
  4. In the text line in the next screen enter 'afp: //', followed by the IP address of the NAS. This can look like this: afp: // (If you do not know the IP address, you can find this by going to via your internet browser, once the interface is loaded you will find the IP address in the address bar of your browser.)
  5. (Optional) Press the plus sign to add the NAS as favorite.
  6. Press 'Connect'.
  7. In the next screen, select 'Registered user' and enter the details of your Synology account.
  8. Press 'Connect' again.

The NAS is now added to the Finder. You can now transfer files to and from your NAS just like you would between 2 normal disks of your Macbook or iMac.

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