Every day, more and more people are switching from their beloved Androids to the newest iPhones. If you’ve made the switch recently and found yourself wanting to transfer your files from Android to macOS, we’re here to help! Read on for a few ways that you can move all your precious data over and onto your new MacBook or iMac.
The first way to move your files from Android to macOS is by using a USB cable. This method can be a bit troublesome, especially if you have a lot of files, but it’s the simplest and quickest method available. The only downside is that both devices need to be on for this process to work – so if your phone is dead, this won’t do you much good. Here’s what you need to do:
1) Plug your Android phone into your Mac with a USB cable
2) Open Finder on the Mac and navigate to the Device section in the sidebar (for some reason it’s not under “Devices” like it usually is)
3) If there are any external drives connected to the Mac, you’ll see them here – but your Android phone will be listed as a camera or media device. Click on that to access all of the files on your phone
4) Simply copy and paste whatever files you want over to your Mac! Offloading photos, music, videos, etc. is simple with this method.
After you’ve finished, don’t forget to unmount your phone from the computer before disconnecting it! This varies between devices, but generally if you open up your device’s “Settings” menu, there will be an option for mounting or unmounting storage media. If that doesn’t work, try just turning the phone off and back on again.
If you only have a few files to transfer over, there’s another option available – but it will take longer than simply connecting it to your Mac with the USB cable. While you can easily move music, photos, videos, etc., you won’t be able to transfer text messages or other files like contact information.
Dropbox is a great file-sharing service that is both cross-platform and cross-device, so you can easily access your files from whatever Mac or iPhone you use.
1) Simply download Dropbox on both devices – it’s free! Once installed, open the app on your phone and make an account if you don’t already have one.
2) Make sure that the app is syncing your files, and then go to the main menu.
3) Click on “Select a Destination” and choose your Mac from the list (make sure you’re logged in to the same account on both devices).
4) That’s it! Your files will now sync with your computer, and Dropbox will automatically upload all of the photos, videos, and music from your phone to the cloud.
5) To access these files on your computer, simply open Dropbox and go to the web interface – here you’ll be able to see a list of all of your synced files. You can then download or share whatever you want from this list!
Dropbox is a great way to backup all of your files and keep them in one place, but it doesn’t do much good if your phone breaks! This method will save you some time, but there’s another – less convenient – option to transfer files from Android to macOS. If you need to get something urgently or can’t wait until you get home, you can simply download Android File Transfer. You’ll need to install the app on your phone and then open it on your Mac when both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. This method is by far the least convenient, but it’s also one of the simplest – you don’t have to jump through any hoops or do anything special to get it working.
It is a Google-fied version of Dropbox, so the process is almost identical. Just like with Dropbox, you can use Android File Transfer to access all of your synced files on your Mac.
Your phone needs to be connected via Wi-Fi for this method to work, but after that it’s very simple.
1) Download and install Android File Transfer on your phone and open it.
2) Make sure that your files are syncing to the app, then go to the main menu.
3) Click “Connect Device to Drive” – this will start a new web browser on your Mac that will guide you through the rest of the process.
4) After entering your Google account details and allowing the app to access your files, you’ll see all of the folders you’ve synced! Simply drag-and-drop any files onto your computer.
5) Let Android File Transfer finish uploading (this may take a while), then open Finder on your Mac and look for “Google Drive”. You can now delete the file from your phone.
another cross-platform app that will let you access your Android phone from a web browser.
1) Once you’re logged into Airdroid, go to the menu and choose “Remote Management”. Type in the code displayed on your screen on the top of your computer – this is going to establish a direct connection between both devices.
2) Open the Airdroid app on your phone and make sure that you’re logged in.
3) On your computer, choose the option to “Manage Applications” – this will show all of the apps installed on your phone.
4) Drag-and-drop any files from your Mac into one of these apps, then go back to the web interface on your computer.
5) You can now delete all of these files from your phone.
Wifi File Transfer
All of these apps are great, but what if you don’t have a Mac or a smartphone? Fortunately, there’s still a way to transfer files from Android to macOS. You’ll need a laptop and an OTG cable first, but after that it should only take a minute or two.
1) Download WiFi File Transfer on both devices and open it.
2) Turn on your computer’s Wi-Fi network and connect the cable to both devices.
3) On your phone, open WiFi File Transfer and share a file with this device (turning off mobile data may be necessary).
4) Open the web interface on your laptop and find the folder entitled “Shared folders”. Drag-and-drop the file into this folder.
5) After uploading, open WiFi File Transfer on your laptop – you should be able to see the file in the web interface. Simply drag it out of the shared folder and onto your desktop!
Your phone needs to be connected via cable for this method to work, but it’s much easier than transferring files over Wi-Fi, especially if you have a lot of data.
There are various ways to transfer files from Android to macOS – some better than others. All three of these methods should work reliably, but only depending on the amount of data that needs to be transferred. You can use them all to get your files from your phone to a computer, so take a look and see which one will work best for you.