Unlike Windows, macOS doesn’t allow you to natively browse your Android phone’s file system. Its wireless ad hoc service AirDrop also doesn’t work with Android phones.
This leaves you to rely on third-party options to transfer files between Android and macOS. Fortunately, a number of reliable third-party apps (including one from Google) fill the void. Here are all the ways in which you can share files between a Mac and an Android phone.
1. Android file transfer
Google’s own Android File Transfer Tool is the fastest, easiest way to browse your phone’s files on a Mac. All you have to do is install the free app on your Mac and connect the Android phone.
Android File Transfer will automatically detect the connection and display a window where you can transfer files back and forth, create or delete folders, and perform other file management tasks. You also don’t have to worry about installing drivers as you are using a Mac.
Download: Android file transfer for Mac (For free)
OpenMTP is very similar to Android File Transfer, but much more powerful. It has a better user interface with split windows that let you see the contents of your Mac and phone at the same time, making it easier to drag files from one place to another. You can even see hidden files on both of them if you want.
Copying is quick, you can move files over 4GB at a time, and there are keyboard shortcuts for power users. It’s easy to set up, but make sure to follow the directions when you get started.
Best of all, it’s free and open source.
Download: OpenMTP for Mac (For free)
3. Commander One
If you are looking for a more professional tool to manage Android phones on Mac, then you should try Commander One.
Commander One has a nifty dashboard that allows you to perform a wide variety of actions, such as: The app has a tabbed interface that makes it easy to juggle between multiple storage drives.
In addition, Commander One offers a wide range of keyboard shortcuts that you can customize to your liking. However, this app is not free. You can try it for free for 15 days to see if it’s worth the cost to you.
Download: Commander One for Mac (Free Trial, $ 30)
Pushbullet brings features normally only available on Apple devices, like a universal clipboard, to Android. You can also use Pushbullet to share files, browse your phone’s internal storage remotely on a computer, reply to SMS messages, and more. It’s the complete package.
Despite what you think, it’s free too (with some caveats). To set it up, register on the Pushbullet website with your google or Facebook Account. Install the app on your Android phone and all your other devices through the browser clients (you need to use Chrome or Firefox instead of safari).
Once you’re signed in anywhere, it’s easy to send files, links, and more through any platform.
5. Send anywhere
Pushbullet also used to offer a browser-based service called Portal, which was great for transferring files wirelessly between Android and Mac. However, this was discontinued in October 2021. As an alternative, we recommend Send Anywhere.
Send Anywhere works similarly to Portal, but doesn’t use a browser – you’ll need to install the Mac app instead. You enter a code and the transmission begins over a Wi-Fi network. The difference is that it offers richer features like the ability to quickly select pictures and videos, Wi-Fi Direct compatibility, and more.
Better yet, you can also create links for files to share with multiple devices. The free version of Send Anywhere comes with an ad-supported design, but you can upgrade for a small fee.
6th Cloud Storage services
If you only exchange data between your computer and Android phone occasionally, you can probably rely on your preferred one Cloud- Leave storage like Google Drive or Dropbox. The process is quick and there is no configuration required.
Also, choosing this method won’t limit your files to Mac and Android phones. You can access it from anywhere, no matter what device you are on.
Professional type: If it offers one, install yours desktop backup tool CloudService. That way, your computer files are always available for download on your phone.
A more connected Mac and Android experience
With all of these methods, you can easily share files between Android and macOS, using both wired and wireless connections. While Apple understandably didn’t add such continuity features to Android, thankfully third-party developers have come forward and come up with several great options.