Let’s assume that you have a MacBook or any other Mac computer and an Android mobile and you want to transfer some files from MacBook to Android device. If you utilize the USB cable, you may not be able to transfer files from Mac to Android because of some restrictions or barriers. However, here are some methods you can use to move files from Mac to Android device without any problem. These are free methods, and you do not have to waste a lot of time on this. On the other hand, you can transfer any number of files and files with any size using these simple tips and tricks.
How to Transfer Files from Mac to Android
These following methods will let you transfer files from Mac to Android and vice versa. That means some of the methods will let you transfer files from Android to Mac as well. Let’s check which one works better for you.
1] Cloud Storage
Cloud storage option is a pretty old but still working method to transfer files from Mac to Android and vice versa. It doesn’t matter how big your files are; you can certainly send between MacBook and Android mobile. There are some good cloud storage options such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box and more others. To get started with cloud storage, you need to download the app on both of the devices, i.e. Android and Mac. Most of the cloud storage services have cross-platform apps, and hence, you should get any problem related to compatibility. Also, you can utilize the web version of cloud storage. For example, you can upload the file from the Mac using the Web version of Dropbox or Google Drive or anything. Later, you can download the file using the app on Android. As we are talking about Android, this is good choice to have Google Drive since you may not have to download it.
Although this is an old-school method, it works smoothly. However, it works perfectly when you need to send a small file like document, text file, PowerPoint presentation or spreadsheet. This method is not wise for sending large files and for them, there are other ways. You can use the “attachment” option in your email to send a file from Mac or Android, and you will receive that file on another device by opening the same email. This is easy, and you can transfer files faster.
3] Android File Transfer
If you attach your Android mobile with Mac computer using USB cable, you won’t be able to transfer files because of different file systems and other protocols. As this is quite frustrating, here are some other methods to make the transfer. However, if you still want to use the USB cable to transfer files between Mac and Android device, here is an app that will make that happen without any problem. However, you must have macOS 10.7 or later version. There is an app called Android File Transfer that you can need to install on Mac computer. Without this app, this is not possible to transfer files from Mac to Android and vice versa. Therefore, download Android File Transfer from the official Android website and install it accordingly. Following that, connect your Android device with your Mac computer using a USB cable. Following that, you need to follow the screen options to get it done.
USB OTG or On-The-Go is yet another very useful method when you need to transfer large files within moments. An OTG cable and pen drive can do your job within seconds. In you do not know, OTG cable helps you connect your pen drive with your mobile and hence, you can transfer from pen drive to Android device and vice versa. Let’s assume that you want to transfer files from Mac to Android. For that, insert the pen drive in MacBook and transfer all the files from Mac to pen drive. Following that, connect the OTG cable with your mobile and attach the pen drive with your OTG cable. After that, you would be able to transfer files from pen drive to Android device. This method and fast and very useful when you need to transfer very large files between those two devices.
5] Use Websites
There are countless websites those may help you send large files from any device to any device. You can utilize such websites to send large files from Mac to Android device. That is easy and not much time-consuming. Check out this article to know more.
6] Wi-Fi File Transfer
The best thing you can get is Wi-Fi file transfer. There are tons of free apps those will allow you to transfer files from one device to another over Wi-Fi. The only requirement is you need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Some of the apps are mentioned below.
- AirDroid: AirDroid is the best solution when you need to send files from Android to Mac or Mac to Android. It doesn’t matter what you want to send and what the file size is, you can certainly send that file from one device to another without any problem. AirDroid for Android is a free application available for Android 4.1 or later version. From getting phone call notification to SMS notification to file sending, everything is possible with the help of AirDroid for Android. To set it up, you need to open the app and find out AirDroid Web. There you will get an IP address that you need to enter in the browser’s address bar on your MacBook. Following that, you can find all the options on your screen to send or receive a file from Android.
7] Send Anywhere
Send Anywhere is yet another awesome website and method to send large files online. Send Anywhere also has an Android app that will let you send files from Android device to Mac or vice versa. This is very easy to use, and the Free edition allows you to send files up to 10GB at a time. To send, you need to head over to the website and attach the file. You will get an Input Key that you need to enter on another device in the Receive section. Following that, your files will be downloaded automatically.