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How can I connect an Android device to a Mac?

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Whether it’s an old Android tablet or the latest smartphone, there are times when it would be useful to connect your Android device to your Mac and access the contents. Unlike Windows, where it just connects natively, that’s not the case for MacOS. So how can you get them to talk to each other?

There are actually a few solutions available, but most involve installing an app on your Android device and another on your Mac. The easiest solution, though, involves just some software on your Mac, and comes courtesy of Android themselves.

Android File Manager is a simple piece of MacOS software which, once installed, will make Android and Apple act as one. Well, as long as viewing files is all you need to do. The software is so no-frills it’s almost painful.

Installing Android File Manager

The only requirement is a Mac running MacOS 10.7 (Lion) or greater.

  1. Download the software.
  2. Click on the downloaded file, AndroidFileTransfer.dmg, to open it.
  3. In the resulting window drag Android File Transfer to Applications.

How to use Android File Manager

  1. Using a suitable USB cable, connect your Android device to your Mac.
  2. Launch Android File Manager from your applications list.
  3. You can now manage files from the resulting window which should look something like this…
How can I connect an Android device to a Mac?
  1. It’s not integrated with Finder, so to move files to/from your Mac, you’ll need to launch a Finder window too and drag/drop between the two.
  2. The Folder icon in the top-right allows you to create new folders.

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David Artiss

Works for Automattic Inc., the company behind WordPress.com and Tumblr. Tech geek, international speaker and occasional PC Pro podcaster. Lover of Lego and video games.

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