Blending two different OS might seem like impossible. In the case of Android and Mac OS X, many tech savvies will agree on that acknowledgement. However, the need to transfer files from one phone or tablet to the other has made it possible to happen. Even if a lot of connoisseurs tell you otherwise, you can send files from Android to Mac OS X rather quickly.In fact, there are quite a few different options for you to keep in mind and choose from. According to your specialized needs and based on what you want at a time, here is a list of 6 methods you can use to transfer files between your Mac computer and Android device:
Android File Transfer
First of all, you can use an app called Android File Transfer. After downloading the app, you will need to open androidfiletransfer.dmg. Afterwards, you have to drag Android File Transfer to Applications and use the USB cable to your device. You will connect the USB cable to your Mac. Next, you will need to double click Android File Transfer and search for the files and folders on your Android device to copy. This is an easy way for you to send any file you want from your Android running device to Mac OS X.
Dropbox is an alternate method that you can use for Android to Mac files transfer. In this case, you will first need to sign up to the services of Dropbox cloud storage (unless of course you already have an account there). After that, you can download the app from Google Play Store to your Android. Then, the process is straightforward.
You upload any file you want on your Android device, and you download them on your Mac OS X. You can complete both of these actions, after clicking on the three dots on the upper-right side of your screen.
Another option you get for transferring files from Android to your Mac OS X is the Wondershare MobileGo app. This does not come for free, though. You can try the service gratis and then you can buy the license (lifetime license costs $39.95). After downloading the app on your Mac computer, you need to connect your Android device via a USB cable.
Next step is the backup. Choose which files of the Android device you want to backup (meaning your text messages, your audio files etc.) and start the process. It starts with the click of the Backup button. Finally, click the Restore button below and select the files you wish to transfer.
USB Storage Mode
As you may have noticed, Android default USB connection type is MTP. Yet, you can choose a different kind. More specifically, you can select USB Storage mode. When you do, you are ready to connect your Android device to your Mac OS X computer. One or two icons will appear on the screen, depending on whether or not an external SD card is supported on your phone. Double click on either of the two icons (if there are two, of course) and you will see the files. Select which of them you want to transfer and do so.
Wi-Fi Sharing via Share It
SHAREit is an app that allows you to send files from Android to Mac OS X. Download the app and you are in. Next step is to click on the Vertical lines on the top right hand side. There, you will choose WebShare. Now, you will have access to all your files. Select the ones that you want to transfer. There is no limitation.
Once you have finished, click on the Send button below. You will then need to connect your Mac to the Wi-Fi highlighted on your app. Open your preferred browser (for instance, Google Chrome or Safari). This is what you should type next: “URL / Link along with Port mentioned in the second step on ShareIt Android app”. Click on Download and this is it!
Important note: Both the Android and Mac OS X devices should connect to the same third party Wi-Fi for this method to work.
Transfer files from Android to Mac with Bluetooth
If you want to use Bluetooth for exchanging data from Android to Mac OS X, you will need to activate Bluetooth on both the devices. On your Android, you click on System and Bluetooth. On your Mac OS X, you go to System Preferences and click on Bluetooth. The name of your computer will appear (now discoverable as “name”).
Now, you will need to click on Pair for the two devices to connect. Next step is to send the files from Android to Mac OS X. On your Mac, go to System Preferences again and then Sharing. Turn Bluetooth Sharing on and then choose where the sent files will go. After that, you go back to your Android and click on the Share icon.
We have shared with you the most frequently used methods for sending files from Android to Mac OS X. We hope that you find our guide to be helpful and thorough enough to use. If you follow the instructions to the letter, you will not have any problem to send files from your Android phone or tablet to your Mac computer. Compare and contrast these methods and choose the one that best meets your criteria. Free or premium, easy or more technically advanced, they provide excellent results and serve your needs.
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