The fact that you own a Mac and an Android device can say a lot of things about you. First, you are intelligent enough not to fall prey to marketing strategies of technology companies. Second, you like having the best of what is there. Third, you are probably figuring out ways to transfer files from Android to Mac, and if you are, we can offer you a solution.
For an easy transfer of Android files to Mac you will need a third party application, as Apple doesn’t offer built-in option to transfer data between Mac and any non-Apple device.
So if you one of those who wants to have your personal data (contacts and calendars), media files or any other data in sync between Mac and Android, you should check the list of apps we’ve gathered for you.
We’ve Googled and tested several apps that claim to sync or transfer data between Mac and Android devices, so sit comfortable and enjoy reading.
The first one app in our list is SyncMate. It allows you to mount Android devices on your Mac so you see them as additional hard drives. You can use Finder to browse through the contents of a connected device, select folders and files to be transferred and ‘drag-and-drop’ them to your Mac.
Besides mounting Android to Mac, SyncMate allows syncing data stored on your Android device and Mac – Address Book, Calendar, iTunes, Photos, Bookmarks and lots more can be synced in a matter of a click. One of the main advantages of SyncMate is that data synchronized directly between applications (Address book, Calendars, Gallery, Music and so on).
Commander One too enables you to mount an Android device on Mac. Use a USB cable to connect your device to Mac, and the app will display its contents in either panel of the file manager. Thanks to the convenient dual pane interface you can just ‘drag-and-drop’ files and folders from one location to another.
Commander One is capable of mounting other MTP devices, cloud storage services (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive and Amazon S3) and connecting to remote servers via FTP, SFTP, FTPS and WebDAV protocols. This file management solution allows you to work with archives and display hidden files, it features built-in Terminal emulator and helps you manage system processes.
Rich functionality is implemented in a classic dual-panel interface, familiar for Norton and Total Commander users. But, Commander One has succeeded not only their visual concept but also a set of hotkeys, which can be assigned for almost any action of the app.
This native Google application does exactly what its name suggests – transfers files from Android. It is absolutely free for all end-users, but according to their comments, there is a lot of scope for improvement – thus the app does not allow transferring multiple files at a time, and the UI could be simpler and more intuitive. And it seems like Google no longer supports and improves their tool.
the next utility in our list is Dukto R6. This utility is for those who prefer simplicity, Dukto R6 is compact and it does nothing apart from transferring files between Windows and Mac machines, Android and Symbian devices. Transfer is done via LAN. do not mess transfer with syncing.
Droid NAS is another simple tool for mounting Android devices as network disks. You can choose files and folders to transfer, the folders supported include SD cards, Camera, Downloads, Music and Photos.
6. Cloud services
Cloud services might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Android file transfer. But these services are capable of doing a great job – not only you’ll get files and folders transferred to your Mac, you’ll also have their backup on a cloud accessible from anywhere anytime.
The most popular cloud storages are below.
- Dropbox gives you 2 GB of free space for storing any types of files for absolutely free. You will need to upgrade your account o get more free space. All your data stored in Dropbox can be shared with another person.
- Supports Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices.
- SugarSync allows storing folders and files, removing synced files from Mac in the event of theft or loss.
- It supports Mac, PC, iOS, and Android devices.
This was the list of the best apps for transferring data between Mac and Android – pick yours and keep your devices in sync.