One of the amazing things about your Android is that you can seamlessly copy and paste files to and from a desktop PC or laptop simply by connecting your device through USB. Sadly, things are not that easy if you own an Android device and a Mac.
The official fix is Android File Transfer. This is a Google application for macOS that allows you to browse and transfer files between your Android device and Macbook. The only issue is that it is filled with bugs and it is so not consistent. However, to save you from any form of stress in getting this done, let’s show you How To Transfer Files From Android To Mac?:
How Can I Transfer Files From Android To Mac Using Android File Transfer?
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If the bugs and inconsistency problems do not scare you off, have it your way. Let’s expatiate:
- Get Android File Transfer for Mac downloaded from the Android site here. Be aware that you have to be running macOS 10.7 or higher if you want to use the app.
- Open AndroidFileTransfer.dmg.
- Drag and drop the Android File Transfer application into the App folder in the Finder pop up.
- Double-tap “Android File Transfer.” You will be informed about the download. Tap Open to proceed.
- Connect your device to your Mac through a USB cable and Android File Transfer should open instantly. If it fails to do that, access your notifications bar and modify the USB settings to File transfer/MTP mode.
- In Android File Transfer, locate the folder and/or file(s) you wish to transfer and drag and drop it to your desktop. You are done.
How Can I Transfer Files From Android To Mac The Smarter Way?
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The 6 instructions above are supposed to simplify the process of using Android File Transfer, however, anybody that has tried this “simple” process will be aware that it takes lots of tries and several error messages before the application will recognize your device.
It is also tasking to browse through your device’s files in the app’s custom explorer with zero previews and no fast access to your desktop folders. This is less complicated on a Windows machine where the native file explorer can be used with shortcuts and co.
Android File Transfer can be circumvented if you are ready to use cloud storage such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and so on, however, a solid and stable internet connection is required for fast upload speeds. We also have the brilliant Pushbullet which allows you to “push” files remotely, but it is still slower than a physical connection. Luckily, there are more useful system-local alternatives to Android File Transfer out there from 3rd-party developers.
If you just use it once in a while, Handshaker is a decent option with its simple, user-friendly UI and it is free. However, if you wish to transfer files to and from your device regularly, you will need something more comprehensive. For that, Commander One by Eltima is a decent choice, it comes with an Android mounting feature too.