How to Transfer Files from Android Mobile to Apple MacBook?

Transfer Files between Android and Mac

This could be a big hassle for Apple Mac users who holds Android phones, and I am one of them. Big question, how to transfer files from android to Apple MacBook?

Not every Mac user have iPhone or iPad devices. Many of us do have Mac’s but have Android devices.

I faced this issue as recently bought MacBook Air with Apple M1 chip and I have OnePlus Android phone.

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At first, I have tried to be connecting android phone via USB/Type C cable to new Mac, but nothing prompted on Mac.

Being a Windows user since many years, I’m used to connect my android phone via a cable and can access data easily on Windows explorer, but it is not that easy on Mac computers.

Therefore, we have different ways to transfer android files or any data on Apple Mac computers.

Transfer Files from Android to Apple MacBook

Although, there are many third-party software’s available to fulfill this task, but I would tell you the one which is quite easy and reliable.

So, you can easily transfer your Android files to your Apple MacBook computer laptop or desktop.

The method we are going to show you will work directly by using the thunderbolt cable.

Resources required:

  1. Android File Transfer App should be installed to you Apple MacBook
  2. Type-C Cable

Firstly, download and install Android file transfer app on your MacBook.

Follow this link and download it from Android’s official website. It supports macOS 10.7 and later versions.

Once, Android file transfer app is installed successfully to your Mac then, follow below steps:

Note: The following steps given in this article are done on OnePlus 7 Android phone by using the Type-C cable on both sides (phone and Mac laptop)

Step 1. Connect Android phone to your Mac by using cable.

how to connect android to mac by using cable

The moment phone is connected via a cable, Android file transfer app will detect it.

  1. In the notification area, tap for more options
  2. Select File Transfer from USB Preferences

data transfer from android to macos

Step 2. As a result, Android file transfer app will bring up your Android phone’s content on your screen

transfer files from android to apple macbook

This is how you can easily access data of your android phone to your Mac system.

Once, you have android folders on screen, just drag and drop the selected files or folders to you Mac desktop, documents or any other location of desired.

In addition, there are alternative software programs such as AirDroid application that can also help to transfer data.

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