Just as it is easy to connect an Android device with Mac OS, transferring files from one system to the other is never a complex procedure. You can use any one of the below mentioned apps to transfer files from Mac to Android.

5 Ways to Transfer Files from Mac OS to Android

#1) Using Android File Transfer

Compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 and devices running on Android 3.0 and above, the Android File Transfer helps you to transfer files in just a few steps.

Step 1: Download and install the app. You should be visiting the official website (https://www.android.com/filetransfer/) for downloading the installable file.

Step 2: Connect the Android handset with the system through a USB and launch ‘Android File Transfer’.

Step 3: Access the notification bar by dragging it down from top of the screen. Click ‘USB for..’, followed by the ‘Transfer Files (MTP)’ option. You would soon see the Android File Transfer window. It’s at this location where you need to drag and drop the relevant files.

Step 4: Post file transfer, disconnect the device. The sole function of the device is that it is used to search and move the files.

#2) Using iSkysoft Phone Transfer

iSkysoft Phone Transfer not only helps you to back up data but also import files from Mac to Android in just one click. So, here’s a walk through on how you could use this tool for file transfers.

Step 1: Download ‘iSkysoft File Transfer’ for Mac and drag it in ‘Applications’. Later, install the application by double clicking on the relevant file.

Step 2: Establish a wired connection between both the systems and select ‘Restore from backups’ option.

Step 3: Once you view a transfer window, select ‘from Phone Transfer backup file’ from the set of five modes displayed on the screen.

Step 4: Next, select the device, click ‘Photos’ in the ‘Select content to copy’ section and finally click ‘Start Copy’ option.

If you want to music files up to 15 GB, then you could use HandShake which is an alternative to Android File Transfer.

#3) Using HandShake

Before you start off with the steps, ensure that the Android File Transfer has been uninstalled from the device. If you fail to do so, then AFT will open once a connection is established. Post which, you have to close AFT and open HandShake.

Step 1: Enable ‘USB Debugging’ option on the smartphone. You can achieve this step by hitting the ‘Build Number’ option seven times.

You can easily find this option under ‘Settings >> About Phone’.

Later, tap the back button to enter into the Developer Options. Activate ‘USB Debugging’ and click on the button of the dialog box to confirm.

Step 2: Launch HandShake and connect the smartphone through a USB cable. Soon, you would be prompted with a message saying that Mac is authorized to use the phone. Later, for USB debugging tab ‘Always Allow’ box and ‘OK’ for confirmation.

Step 3: As soon HandShake gets launched, a Finder-style window would pop up. You should then click ‘Gallery’ present in the list on towards the left side.

Step 4: Select the snaps you wish to transfer and click ‘Export’. Alternatively, you can also drag and drop the images directly on the system’s desktop.

#4)  Using Wirelessly / without a USB cable

Sharing files might seem tough if you haven’t established a wired connection. But, with excellent Wi-Fi connectivity apps like ‘Share It’ make it easy to transfer files.

  • Step 1: Download and install suitable apps on Android and Mac OS X either from the online store or the internet.
  • Step 2: Connect the devices to a common Wi-Fi network. Open the apps, on Mac OS X and Android from the Applications Folder and three dotted lines respectively.
  • Step 3: Click and select the ‘Connect to PC’ option.
  • Step 4: Once Mac gets detected on Android OS, click the device name that’s displayed on the screen.
  • Step 5: Select the permissions and click ‘OK’ to initiate file sharing.
  • Step 6: Once a wireless connection is established, open the Finder app and select the files you wish to transfer. Use the conventional approach of ‘drag and drop’ once the files are selected. You simply have to perform the task on the Share It window.


#5) Using Portal

Portal available at the Play Store helps you export files over a Wi-Fi network. You only need to make sure that both the device (mobile phone and computer) are connected the same network. The best part is that you don’t have to sign up if you’re using Portal for the first time.

  • Step 1: Navigate to the site portal.pushbullet.com and launch Portal on the communication device.
  • Step 2: You’re ready for transfer only when the QR code is scanned and both the devices get connected.
  • Step 3: Follow the drag and drop way to move files into the browser window.

Finally, when the task is completed, you would see files getting sorted in Gallery and Music Folder respectively. The digital content is recognized by the file extension.

Hope you are now sure of the different tools used for file transfer. Feel free to share your views on methods you think are fast and efficient.