How do I transfer files to and from my Synology NAS?

Transfer files to and from Synology NAS

To transfer files to and from your Synology NAS, you can use various methods depending on your situation and preferences. Here are some popular ways to accomplish this:

1. File Station web interface

If you have access to the internet and want to transfer files using a web browser, you can use the Synology File Station. Simply log in to your Synology NAS through the browser, go to the File Station, and then drag and drop files to upload or download them.


If you prefer using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) or SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol), you can set up an FTP server on your Synology NAS. This allows you to transfer files using FTP clients such as FileZilla. You will need to enable FTP service and create user accounts with appropriate permissions on your NAS.


SMB (Server Message Block), also known as CIFS (Common Internet File System), is another way to transfer files to and from your Synology NAS. SMB is widely supported by operating systems, making it convenient for file sharing between different devices on your local network. You can access your NAS by entering its network address (e.g., \\nasname or \\ipaddress) in your file explorer or using the Connect to Server option on macOS.

4. Synology Drive

Synology Drive is a file synchronization application provided by Synology. It allows you to access and sync files between your computer, mobile devices, and Synology NAS. By installing the Synology Drive client on your devices, you can easily transfer files by dragging and dropping them into the Synology Drive folder.

5. Cloud Sync

Synology NAS also offers a Cloud Sync package that enables you to synchronize files between your NAS and various cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. This allows you to transfer files seamlessly between your NAS and cloud storage accounts.

It's important to note that the transfer speed and performance may vary depending on your network environment, the size of the files being transferred, and the specific file transfer method you choose.

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