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How to Perform File Transfers in ConnectWise Control

Author: Natalie Paraskeva
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Reliable file transfer tools are a must-have if you want to provide quality support and manage IT services effortlessly. 

ConnectWise Control (also called ScreenConnect) is an excellent and popular platform offering a range of solutions for IT professionals, that comes with many features, including simplified file transfers across multiple operating systems like Mac, Windows, and Linux.  

So, if you are wondering how to transfer files in ConnectWise Control, read on.

How to Transfer Files Through ConnectWise Control on Windows

You can transfer files on Windows systems by default to this directory:

C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\My Documents\ConnectWiseControl 

  • Send File/folder: You can send files or folders to a guest machine with ConnectWise Control. Just open the dialog Send Files or Browse for Folders. Next, choose the folder or file that you want to send. 

On the destination computer or guest machine, you can see that an Explorer window has opened and the sent folder or file will be saved to the default directory in the Windows system. 

  • Receive Files: Using ConnectWise Control, you can receive files from a guest machine. On the guest machine, a dialog will open – Send Files. You must then choose the targeted file and click on “Open” in order to receive that file. 

On your Windows machine, an Explorer window will be opened, and the received file will be saved to the system’s default directory for file transfer.  

  • Manage Received Folders: It’s possible to manage and modify the location where the received folders and files will be saved on the host machine.

Drag-and-Drop File Transfer

Use Drag-and-Drop option to transfer files in Connectwise

From your Windows computer, you can easily drag files and drop them into the chat window in order to transfer them to the macOS guest system. In other operating systems, you can transfer folders and files easily using the drag-and-drop option in order to keep them in the client window.

File Transfer Using Copy-Paste

You can transfer files from one location to another by using the copy-and-paste commands. You can enable these commands by simply right-clicking and choosing the options “Copy” and “Paste” or directly using the keyboard shortcuts CTRL + C and CTRL + V. 

How to Transfer Files Using ConnectWise Control on macOS

  1. You can transfer files through ConnectWise Control on macOS by default to this directory:

     ~/Users/{logged in UserID}/ConnectWiseControl/

    How to Transfer Files Using ConnectWise Control on macOS
  2. Send Files: On a remote machine, you can select the file you want to transfer and send it using the option “Send Files”.

    Select the file you want to transfer using the option “Send Files”
  3. Send Folder: On the remote machine, choose the folder you want to send and get it transferred using the option “Send Folder”.

  4. Receive Files: On the remote machine, choose the files you want to transfer and send them to the host computer using the option “Receive Files”.

  5. Receive Folder: On the remote machine or guest machine, choose a folder you want to transfer and receive it on the host computer using the option “Receive Folder”.

    File transfer options with Connectwise

Drag-and-Drop File Transfer

On your Mac computer, you can perform file transfers from a host machine to a guest machine by using the drag-and-drop option. It will transfer your chosen file to the client window. 

File Transfer through Copy-Paste

You can right-click and select the commands – “Copy” and “Paste” from your Mac computer to transfer your files from one location to another location.

File Transfer through Copy-Paste in Connectwise

How to Transfer Files Using ConnectWise Control on Linux

ConnectWise Control file transfer can happen on your Linux computer to this directory by default: 

/{logged in UserID}/ConnectWiseControl/Files OR /tmp/screenconnect-xxxxxxxxxxx/ 

File Transfer Using Drag-and-drop

On your Linux computer or the guest machine, you can transfer files by using the drag-and-drop option. Just drag a file from the host machine and drop it to the guest machine in the client window.

How to Solve the Issue If ConnectWise Control Can’t Receive Folders

If ConnectWise Control can’t receive folders via the file transfer functionality on your system, you can consider trying the below techniques and alternatives. 

Create a Zip File by Compressing the Folder

If you are using the file transfer tool, ConnectWise Control, but it’s not receding the folders directly, try compressing the complete folder and creating a Zip file. As a result, you will get compressed individual files that you can easily transfer to a remote computer.

Multiple File Transfer

If you are facing difficulty in sending a folder, you can manually choose multiple files from this folder and transfer them to the destination computer. Although this could take time if you transfer too many files, this still solves your problem. 

These two ways can hopefully solve the issue so ConnectWise Control receives folders and files.

Transfer Files Using a ConnectWise Control Alternative

If you don’t want to spend your time finding the solution or sending files manually even when there are plenty of them, you can use an alternative to ConnectWise Control for transferring your files and folders.
HelpWire is one of the best ConnectWise Control alternatives

HelpWire is one such alternative that you can use to easily transfer your files and folders in a few clicks without any hassles. This free ConnectWise Control alternative is fast, easy to use, and safe for all your file transfer needs. It’s ideal for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).  

Using HelpWire, you can access your Mac and PC devices remotely. It allows you to send your files and folders directly to a remote desktop using the effortless copy-and-paste option. You can transfer the target file to a remote session window quite easily without requiring any intermediate file hosting or storage services. If you are worrying about the price, know that it’s a free solution.