2 Ways to Fix File Sharing Not Working in macOS 14 Sonoma

Recently, a handful of macOS users have reported that file sharing between a Mac and another Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Windows PC is not working after updating to macOS 14 Sonoma. Notably, a few have also reported that file sharing is inconsistent with NAS drives like Sinology as well. Luckily, we have found workable solutions to resolve this problem. So, follow along to put an end to it without any more ado.

Fix File Sharing Not Working on Mac in macOS 14 Sonoma or Later

At this point in time, the file-sharing problem in Sonoma seems to be the byproduct of a software glitch. Hence, we will deal with it from this perspective.

1. Disable/Enable File Sharing

The easiest way to fix the file-sharing issue on Mac is to turn it off/on. Knowing that it has clicked for many users, we will go for it.

It’s worth pointing out that it applies to SMB file sharing with macOS Sonoma as well as the devices connecting to or from the computer. Irrespective of whether you are faced with time outs, server unavailable, the server may not exist, connectivity failures, or any other similar error messages, it may help you troubleshoot the issue.

1. To get started, open the System Settings app on your Mac from the  Apple menu at the top left corner of the screen. Or, press the Command+Spacebar -> enter System Settings and open it.

2. In the sidebar, select “General”.

3. After that, click on “Sharing”.

Choose Sharing

4. Next, find the switch for ‘File Sharing’ and then turn it off.

Enable or Disable File Sharing on Mac

5. Next up, restart your Mac. Just click on the  Apple menu at the upper left corner of the screen and choose Restart in the drop-down menu.

Restart your Mac

6. Once your Mac has rebooted, go back to the Sharing system settings panel and then turn on the toggle for “File Sharing”.

Now, go ahead and kickstart file sharing, as usual, to check if you have gotten the better of the problem. If you have, you are good to go!

2. Update Software

If file-sharing continues to ill-function, try updating the software on your Mac. As stated above, the issue could be due to a rare software bug.

  • Head over to the System Settings app on your Mac -> General -> Software Update. After that, download and install it as usual.
Choose Software Update in menu

And that’s about it! Hopefully, file-sharing has finally come back on track. Let me know the solution that has helped you eliminate the problem.

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