If you’ve got an Android phone or a tablet and you need a way to get your photos, music, videos, or whatever else you have on there, copied over onto your Mac then you have a few options. Depending on your device and needs, some of these ideas will work for you and some won’t. Let’s take a look.
If you’re on an old device, just use USB
Anyone with an older Android device will probably find that they can just plug it in to their Mac with the USB cable that shipped with the phone. Pull down the notification bar on the Android phone and select USB Connected and then choose Mount. On some devices you’ll see USB Mass Storage Mode as an option so select that. You should now be able to browse the folders on your Android from your Mac and just drop and drag files back and forth.
Android File Transfer
If plugging in via USB doesn’t work for you then the easiest way to transfer files from an Android phone to a Mac is to download Android File Transfer onto your Mac and install it. You’ll need a Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or later and an Android device running Android 3.0 or later.
Once installed, just plug your Android into your Mac using the USB cable that came with your device and open Android File Transfer (it should open automatically after the first time). You can now browse the folders on your Android and find the files you want to copy. You can also create and delete files and folders. Just drag files and folders over to transfer them in either direction. There is a file size limit of 4GB so you won’t be able to transfer bigger files this way.
There are lots of cloud services out there that support multiple platforms. You could install Dropbox on your Mac and install the Dropbox Android app. Use the same account details on both and you can share files with ease by dropping them in your Dropbox folder.
You can also use Google Drive, Box, or even SkyDrive.
If you’re really just looking for a way to sync files easily between your Android and iTunes on your Mac, you might consider DoubleTwist. It makes it easy to sync music, playlists, photos, and videos with iTunes, and with AirSync you can do it wirelessly.
Got another solution that you want to share? Post a comment and let us know how you transfer files from Android to Mac and vice versa.