How to Connect Two Mac Laptops With Ethernet

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How to Connect Two Mac Laptops With Ethernet
Ethernet cables are used to connect devices. (ethernet cable 4 image by BlueMiniu from

Sharing files between two Mac laptops can be accomplished in several ways, including the use of an Ethernet cable to connect the two computers. Ethernet cables are typically used to connect a device to a modem. However, they can also be used to connect two computers. Once you have connected the two Mac laptops using the Ethernet cable, the transfer of files can be done using the built-in Mac operating system utilities.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Power on both Mac laptop computers. Wait for each to complete loading. Make sure you are logged on with administrator access to the computer you want to transfer files from.

  2. 2

    Connect the two laptops using an Ethernet cable. The Ethernet port is located on the left side of the Mac laptops.

  3. 3

    Enable "File Sharing" on the laptop you want to send files from. Click the "Apple" menu and then select "System Preferences." Choose "Sharing" under "Internet and Wireless."

  4. 4

    Click the check box next to "File Sharing" in the left column. This opens file sharing options.

  5. 5

    Add any folders you want to share with the other laptop by clicking the "Plus" icon under "Shared Folders."

  6. 6

    Open the "Finder" on the receiving Mac laptop and locate the "Shared" folders under "Devices." You can now transfer any files from the shared folders onto the receiving Mac laptop.

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