One of the many great things about game android is that you can easily copy & paste files to and from a Windows PC just by connecting your phone via USB. Unfortunately, things aren’t quite as simple if you have an app android phone và a Mac computer.

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The official solution is android File Transfer — a Google-made phầm mềm for macOS that lets you browse & transfer files between your android device và a laptop apple macbook or iMac. The problem? It’s buggy, inconsistent, and generally a bit awful.

Below, we’ll walk you through how to lớn use android File Transfer. But stick around and we’ll also show you a couple of options that will make moving & copying stuff from app android to Mac much easier!

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You can use the official way — a Google tiện ích called app android File Transfer. However, it's not the easiest way. A third-party app named Commander One is a great alternative that gets the job done. Alternatively, you can also opt for cloud storage transfer if you want to lớn go wireless.



Want khổng lồ stick with the official method? That’s not a problem! Here’s how to download and use apk File Transfer:

Open AndroidFileTransfer.dmg.Drag and drop the game android File Transfer app into the Applications folder in the Finder pop-up.Double click Android tệp tin Transfer. You’ll likely be prompted that the phầm mềm was downloaded from the internet as a quick security check. Click Open to lớn continue.Connect your phone lớn your Mac via a USB cable, và Android tệp tin Transfer should xuất hiện automatically. Check your notifications bar and change the USB settings lớn File transfer/MTP mode if it doesn’t.In android File Transfer, find the thư mục and/or file(s) you want khổng lồ transfer. Drag and drop it to your desktop. That’s it!

Those six steps listed above make android File Transfer sound nice and easy to lớn use, but anyone who has attempted this ostensibly simple process will know that it usually takes several attempts & many error messages to get the tiện ích to recognize your phone. It’s been well overdue for a full overhaul for years, but as it stands, there are legacy bugs that keep popping back up.

It’s also awkward lớn have to browse through your phone’s files in the app’s custom explorer with no previews and no quick access to lớn your desktop folders. This is much easier on a Windows machine where you can use the native tệp tin explorer complete with shortcuts and the like.

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Using a cloud storage solution


The easiest way to lớn transfer files from an android phone to a Mac computer is likely simply using a cloud storage solution. You probably already have a favorite & use it daily, anyways. The most popular ones are Google Drive, Google Photos, Amazon Photos, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.

Doing this is as easy as uploading any file from your android phone khổng lồ your favorite cloud storage service, then downloading it on your Mac. You can either use the tiện ích or your web browser. Piece of cake!

Also read: The best cloud storage apps available for Android

How to transfer files from android to Mac: A full solution using Commander One

If you’re only a casual user, then Handshaker is a great option with a simple, user-friendly interface, & it’s completely free. However, if you’re planning lớn regularly transfer files to & from your phone, you’ll want something a little more comprehensive. If that’s the case, your best bet is Commander One by Eltima, which has an app android mounting feature inside the $29.99 Pro pack.

We got to try Commander One, và it’s, without a doubt, the simplest & most intuitive tool for shifting files between your apk devices and a Mac computer. Here are a few reasons why!

Dual-panel mode


Commander One’s signature feature is its default dual-panel layout, which gives you immediate access lớn two folders or drives. With the Pro version, one of those panes can be used for mounting your android devices. That means you can drag và drop files between your phone và Mac all in a single window.

You can actually add further tabs in each panel too. If you want khổng lồ fling various files into different folders, or another storage device, that’s quick và easy too.

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In addition, there are myriad minor bonuses you get within the two panels that blow app android File Transfer out of the water. For starters, you can actually preview your files in Commander One. You’ll know which precious photos you want khổng lồ save khổng lồ your desktop without checking file names. While you, unfortunately, don’t get mini previews, you can see a quick preview by double-clicking & using Quick Look.


Commander One also shows you more info about each file, including the size, extension, permissions, date created, và more. You can also turn on/off viewing hidden folders to lớn avoid clutter or delve deeper into your phone or Mac’s innards.

iOS mounting too

If you’ve got a Mac already, you’re probably not averse lớn the idea of owning ios devices (I’ve got an iPad & an iMac, but try prying my pixel away from me!). Usefully, Commander One supports mounting game ios devices, too. However, it should be noted that the function only works with the version from Eltima’s official website, not the Mac tiện ích Store version.

Cloud services và remote servers all in one place

Commander One’s remit doesn’t stop at your phone or Mac’s drives. You can fill a panel or tab with cloud services lượt thích Google Drive, Dropbox, và others with the Pro version. Not only that, but it also supports connections with remote servers via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS, Amazon S3 storage, WebDAV clients, OpenStack, & more.

Comprehensive search tools

Android file Transfer doesn’t have a tìm kiếm bar. That means you’ll be arduously locating files manually. Meanwhile, Commander One has a tìm kiếm function that puts the Finder tìm kiếm tool lớn shame. It has support for Regular Expressions, Spotlight, và the ability to tìm kiếm for từ khóa within files.

Finder, but better

All of these things make Commander One a superior alternative to app android File Transfer. But in all honesty, if you want khổng lồ transfer casually, the $29.99 Pro tăng cấp is a little steep.

What Commander One really shines at, though, is being a full replacement for Apple’s Finder tệp tin manager. Finder has improved a lot over the years with macOS upgrades, but it’s still not great for power users.

On đứng đầu of dual-panel mode, there’s a litany of other upgrades that give Commander One the edge over Finder if you’re willing to lớn pay the asking price. These include hotkeys, root access, in-app access khổng lồ Terminal commands and process management, a built-in archiving tool, and much more that you can find listed here.

Thankfully, you can try out most of these features in the không tính tiền version, which you can tải về via the button below. For more on the difference between the không tính phí and Pro pack version, there’s a feature checklist right here.