How to Map a Network Drive on Mac OS [Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capiton & Sierra]


There may be many occasions when you might be accessing a file server from your Mac computer/laptop. In order to this, you need to Map a network drive on Mac OS. There are several ways to do this and today we will be discussing 3 methods using which you can achieve this. The methods which we will teach you to Map a Network Drive on Mac OS will include both, a permanent route as well as a temporary mapping which will reset after rebooting your system. We will discuss both methods with step by step instructions on how to set up and map a drive in this post.

You will be able to map the network drive in all OS X versions including Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Snow Leopard, Yosemite & Sierra as well. So let us start discussing these 3 methods without wasting any more time.

How to Map a Network Drive on Mac OS Temporarily

Using this method, you will be able to map a network drive that will work until the network connection drops or if you restart your system.

  • Open ‘Finder’ and hit ‘Command’ + ‘K’ on the keyboard. This will bring up the ‘Connect to Server’ window
  • Enter the path/address to the network drive you want to map in the ‘Server Address Field” i.e. smb://networkcomputer/networkshare or smb://servername/foldername

connect to server

  • Click on the ‘+’ icon besides the field to save the Server Address to Favorites
  • Enter the credentials to login and click on “OK” to mount the drive
  • A new icon will be there on your Desktop for the mapped network drive and in the Finder sidebar as well

How to Map a Network Drive on Mac OS Permanently

If you want to keep the network drive mounted every time you reboot your Mac System, then you need to map the network drive for system reboot persistence. In order to do this:

  • First of all you need to map the network drive on Mac OS by following all the steps given in the above method
  • Once done, you need to go to ‘System Preferences’ by clicking on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your computer
  • Now click on ‘Users & Groups’ or ‘Accounts’ and make sure that the lock in the bottom left corner of the current window is unlocked. Click on the lock to change it
  • Now, from the Desktop, drag the mapped network drive to the ‘Users & Groups’ window
  • Also check the ‘Hide’ box next to the network drive
  • You are done! This will always connect your network drive automatically on system restart from now onwards

How to Create an Alias for the Mapped Network Drive on Desktop

It might be possible that the mapped network drive may not appear on the desktop for some reason. To make it visible:

  • Open ‘Finder’ and hit ‘Command’ + ‘,’ to open the Preferences
  • Click on General tab and select the check box next to the ‘Connected Servers’
  • On Desktop, right-click on the icon of network drive and select ‘Make Alias’
  • Go back to the Finder Preferences and uncheck the box next to ‘Connected Servers’ again
  • If the network drive disconnects, just double click on the alias to remount it

That’s all, we hope that you were able to map the network drive on Mac OS by following the different methods discussed above. Feel free to comment below if you have any questions. We will be happy to help you. Cheers!

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