How to transfer files from Android to Mac

Transferring files from an Android smartphone to a Mac is not difficult, it just requires a few more steps than on a Windows PC: here's how to do it

Transferring files from an Android smartphone to a Windows computer is a trivial task, an operation within everyone's reach. The same cannot be said of the same operation on a Mac, where you have to resort to a few more steps. There are two main methods for transferring files from an Android smartphone to a Mac, and both have their strong points. The first one, which uses cloud services, is certainly the easiest and most convenient at the same time, but requires a very fast internet connection with no Giga limit to transfer any kind of file in peace and with relative speed, while the second one, which uses a wired connection between the smartphone and the Mac, is preferable if the files to be transferred are very heavy and you don't have a reliable or free internet connection. The choice is yours, depending on your needs you may prefer one or the other method: the end result will be identical.

First method: use cloud services

The most immediate method to transfer files from an Android smartphone to a Mac is to use a cloud service among the many available today: the main ones are Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox, but there are also some among which also Telegram. That's right: the instant messaging app alternative to WhatsApp is very convenient and useful for the purpose, since it offers a cloud with no space limits.

Just download it on your Android smartphone (it's free), sign up with your mobile number and download it on your Mac as well (the app is free in this case as well). Then from the Android smartphone simply open the app, send the files to be transferred to the conversation with yourself, called Saved Messages. When the transfer is complete just open it on the Mac and you're done.

The steps are pretty much the same using the most popular cloud services: download the app to your Android smartphone, then sign up or log in, upload the files to be transferred to the cloud and finally connect to the service from your Mac to download the files.

Second method: use a USB cable

The second method to transfer files from an Android smartphone to a Mac is through Google's official application called Android File Transfer. You can download it on your Mac from the Android portal at this address (it's free), open it once the download is complete and drag the Android File Transfer app to the Applications folder on your Mac (but you can also transfer it anywhere you like, even to your desktop).

Then you have to open it with a double-click, confirm your intention on the window that appears next, connect your Android smartphone to the Mac with the original USB cable and the app should open automatically, but in case it doesn't you have to pull down your smartphone's notification dropdown, tap the one that informs you that the device is charging and select the File Transfer/MTP item. Finally, just navigate via Android File Transfer to the folder or files you want to transfer and drag them to your Mac.