Even though MAC computer and Android mobile devices are tough to marry together, there are a couple of good solutions to pair and transfer files between Android and Mac over Wi-Fi. Most of the time you may need to transfer photos and videos from Android to MAC or may need to copy your favorite music from your MAC to Android phone.
Meanwhile, if you have a Windows computer and seeking for a solution to transfer file with Android, please read 6 Easy Methods to transfer files between Android and Windows
When you want to Android file transfer for MAC, the fast and reliable solution is to use USB cable to connect between Android device and MAC. By default, MAC finder will consider your Android device as an external disk, and you can explore folders through the finder.
Still, the pairing between your MAC and Android depends on the operating system on both devices and the compatibility between Operating system.
Here we are going to discuss how to transfer files between MAC and Android over WiFi. You don’t need to run behind USB cables for your WiFi connection, and it is easy to make file transfer over WiFi.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. Dropbox is one of the best cloud services that have built-in apps almost on all platforms including MAC and Android. You can get a free Dropbox account with 2GB of free memory from here. You can use your Dropbox application with the same user account or shared folder (in case of different account) both in MAC and Android devices.
After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers.
This solution is so simple and easy if you are planning to transfer a lot of photos and videos between Android and MAC. Android can instantly upload the photos and videos from Android Camera to Dropbox folder, and you can access the same files on your MAC immediately.
AirDroid allows you to access and manage your Android phone or tablet from Windows, Mac or the web, wirelessly, for free. This app can transfer photos between Android and MAC, play and manage music & videos on Android and transfer them between Android and your computer, view the real time screen of Android devices, share clipboard content between Android and computer, etc.
In addition to these, Airdroid can show you Calls, SMS, and the app notifications you allowed on your computer screen and also control your Android from the computer and use any apps on the PC, like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Line.
Software Data Cable App allows you to connect and share everything among phones, Pad, PC, Mac, Laptop, Google TV, Cloud storage, Xbox, etc. This app helps you to eliminate the need for USB data cable for file transfer. The computer doesn’t need to have any additional drivers to work with this app for file transfer. You can send photos, music, videos, Apps, etc. to other phones, tablets or TV anytime, anywhere. This app helps you to Auto-sync photos and other important files to computer or cloud storage (on a daily, weekly basis to backup data) and practically extending mobile storage space without any cost.
This app can transfer data up to 54Mb/s with your Wi-Fi network, and it will not affect your data plan. You can use this app to send files (Video, MP3, Apps, etc.) and folders to other phones, iPads wirelessly. You can sync folders to cloud storage (such as Microsoft SkyDrive, Baidu, etc.) and auto-sync tasks can be scheduled on a daily, weekly or monthly basis using Software Data Cable App.
WiFi File Transfer lets you upload and download files to/from your phone or tablet over a wireless connection with your MAC without USB cable on aa easy-to-use web interface. This app supports upload or download multiple files at once, upload entire folder structures (Google Chrome only), delete, rename, copy, zip or unzip files using the built-in file manager interface, password authentication, etc.
WiFi File Transfer can runs as a background service and auto start service when connected to home network (optional) with access to external SD cards and USB storage devices. This app can work as long as your computer and your phone keep connected on same WiFi network.
File Transfer works cross-platform on Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android. This app does not need any configuration and no need to enter an address to connect. Devices will be automatically discovered, and you can select files, and they are transferred to your devices and computers in seconds over WiFi.
This app transfers the files directly on your local network, and there is no need to upload your files to the Internet, then download them on any device.
Xender supports cross-platform transferring and simplifies connections to phones & tablets & PC/Mac and supports you to share any files between Android, iOS, and Windows operation systems.
This app can share any files from any places at any time without mobile data usage and 200 times Bluetooth transfer speed while supporting Android, IOS, Windows, PC/ Mac cross-platform transferring.
Droid Over WiFi has no limits and transfer files over wifi of any size and in any quantity. You can transfer, view, stream, rename, move, delete files and folders immediately over WiFi with any browser and any OS. It can upload multiple files at once with no size limit, progress is visible in real time of each file.Multiple file download feature is automatically packing selected files into a ZIP file and offered for download. HTML 5 compatible web browser and internet connection are required and for the best experience use Google Chrome.
Multiple file download feature is automatically packing selected files into a ZIP file and offered for download. HTML 5 compatible web browser and internet connection are required and for the best experience use Google Chrome.
Android file transfer for Mac Bonus Solution
Well, in addition to this, there are few more hardware bonus solutions that you can try out to perform an Android file transfer for Mac.
Best Android OTG (On The Go) Devices
Whenever you want to backup Android Phone or transfer any file on Android device, the solution is Android OTG (On The Go) drive, also called USB OTG. They are convenient and standard as well as more functional than the traditional USB devices. Here is the solution in more detail fro Android file transfer for Mac.
Even though these apps are supporting WiFi transfer, compare to USB transfer, WiFi is slow. If you have a movie file or any other format files over 3GB, better you can run for a cable and connect your Android device direct to your MAC.