Follow our simple step by step guide on how to enable File Sharing in Windows and browse its files with your iPad or iPhone.
Windows File Sharing may not be enabled, especially if you don't have other computers on your network or this is the first time you have tried to access shared folders over your network.
Use the following steps to enable it.
Expand the "All Networks" section and scroll to the bottom, and enable "Turn on password-protected sharing" Turn on password protected sharing".
We recommend using password protected sharing, but if you want people with no username or password to be able to access your files (only those files marked for 'Everyone' access), then set password protected sharing to "off".
You should now see the window on the left.
Click the "Advanced Sharing..." button.
The window below should now appear. Tick "Share this folder" and then enter a Share Name that this folder will be known by on the network.
By default, the folder will be shared for read-only access for the user who creates the share. If you wish to change this security, click the "Permissions" button and choose the level of access that you require.
Tap "Add Location" to the right of the "Remote" Section.
Tap "Computer / Network Drive" this start a scan of your local network.
Select your computer from the list.
If not connected or getting errors please try our Trouble Shooter.