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Share files between your Mac and Bluetooth devices

If your Mac is connected with a Bluetooth enabled device such as a phone, and you have permission, you can view the Public folder on the device, retrieve files from the device, and send files to the device.

You can also allow Bluetooth devices to browse files on your Mac (in a Public folder or whatever folder you choose), retrieve files, and send files.

Browse or retrieve a file from a device or computer

  1. On your Mac, click the Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar, select a device or computer, then choose Browse Files on Device.

    If you don’t see the Bluetooth status icon, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then select “Show Bluetooth in menu bar.”

    Open Bluetooth preferences for me

  2. Select the device in the list, then click Browse.

    If you’re browsing another Mac, the default shared folder is the Public folder inside the Users folder.

  3. Double-click the file to retrieve it.

Send a file to a Bluetooth device

  1. On your Mac, click the Bluetooth status icon in the menu bar, select a device, then choose Send File to Device.

    If you don’t see the Bluetooth status icon, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then select “Show Bluetooth in menu bar.”

    Open Bluetooth preferences for me

  2. Select the file, then click Send.

  3. Select a device in the list, then click Send.

Set up your computer for sharing files

  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, then click Sharing.

    Open Sharing preferences for me

  2. Select Bluetooth Sharing, then click the pop-up menus on the right to choose your options.

If you can’t browse or send files

  • Make sure the other device is Bluetooth enabled, turned on, and within range (up to 30 feet).

  • Make sure your computer is connected with the other device. Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, then check the status of the device in the list.

  • If the device is connected with your Mac and you still can’t send a file, try disconnecting the device and then connecting with it again. To disconnect the device, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Bluetooth, select the device, then click Remove. To connect with the device again, click Add.

  • Make sure you have permission to send a file to the device. You may need to enter a password. Check with the owner of the device.

  • Make sure your computer is set up to share files (see Set up your computer for sharing files).

  • Make sure you know which folder is being shared on the other computer or device.

See alsoConnect a Bluetooth device with your Mac

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One of the many great things about Android is that you can easily copy and paste files to and from a desktop PC or laptop just by connecting your phone via USB. Unfortunately, things aren’t quite as simple if you have an Android phone and a Mac.

The official solution is Android File Transfer — a Google-made app for macOS that lets you browse and transfer files between your Android device and a MacBook or iMac. The problem? It’s buggy, inconsistent, and generally a bit awful.

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

How to transfer files from Android to Mac using Android File Transfer

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

  1. Download Android File Transfer for Mac from the Android website here. Note that you’ll need to be running macOS or higher to use the app.
  2. Open
  3. Drag and drop the Android File Transfer app into the Applications folder in the Finder pop up.
  4. Double click Android File Transfer. You’ll likely be prompted that the app was downloaded from the internet as a quick security check. Click Open to continue.
  5. Connect your phone to your Mac via a USB cable and Android File Transfer should open automatically. If it doesn’t, check your notifications bar and change the USB settings to File transfer/MTP mode.
  6. In Android File Transfer, find the folder and/or file(s) you want to transfer and drag and drop it to your desktop. That’s it!

How to transfer files from Android to Mac: The smarter way

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

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

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You can circumvent Android File Transfer if you’re willing to use cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and similar, but then you’re relying on a strong and stable internet connection for decent upload speeds. There’s also the excellent Pushbullet which lets you “push” files remotely, but it’s still nowhere near as fast or reliable as a physical connection. Thankfully, there are better system-local alternatives to Android File Transfer out there from third-party developers.

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

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

Dual pane mode

Commander One’s signature feature is its default dual pane layout which gives you immediate access to 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 and drop files between your phone and Mac all in a single window.

You can actually add further tabs in each pane too, so if you want to fling various files into different folders or another storage device that’s quick and easy too.

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

Commander One also shows you more info about each file, including the size, extension, permissions, date created, and more. You can also turn on/off viewing hidden folders to 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 to the idea of owning iOS devices (I’ve got an iPad and an iMac, but just try prying my Pixel away from me!). Usefully, Commander One supports mounting iOS devices too, though it should be noted that the function only works with the version from Eltima’s official website, not the Mac App Store version.

Cloud services and remote servers all in one place

Commander One’s remit doesn’t stop at your phone or Mac’s drives. With the Pro version, you can fill a pane or tab with cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and/or OneDrive. Not only that but it also supports connections with remote servers via FTP, SFTP, or FTPS, Amazon S3 storage, WebDAV clients, OpenStack, and more.

Comprehensive search tools

Android File Transfer doesn’t have a search bar. That means you’ll be arduously locating files manually. Meanwhile, Commander One has a search function that puts the Finder search tool to shame with support for Regular Expressions, Spotlight, and the ability to search for keywords that are inside documents and compressed archives.

Finder, but better

All of these things make Commander One a superior alternative to Android File Transfer, but in all honesty if you just want to transfer a few files over every now and again, the $ Pro upgrade required for Android mount support is perhaps a little steep.

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

Android File Transfer sounds easy to use, but there are better alternatives out there.

On top of dual pane mode, there’s a litany of other upgrades that give Commander One the edge over Finder if you’re willing to pay the asking price. These include hotkeys, root access, in-app access to 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 free version which you can download via the button below. For more on the difference between the free and Pro pack version there’s a feature checklist right here.

That’s it for our guide on how to transfer files from Android to Mac and a quick Commander One review! We’ll update this article in the future if there are any new ways of easily moving your Android files to macOS systems or if Android File Transfer gets a long overdue update (fingers crossed!).

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Unlike Windows, macOS doesn't let you natively browse the file system of your Android phone. Nor does its ad-hoc wireless service, AirDrop, work with Android phones.

This leaves you to rely on third-party options for transferring files between Android and macOS. Fortunately, a bunch of reliable third-party apps (including one from Google) fill the gap. Here are all the ways you can share files between a Mac and an Android phone.

1. Android File Transfer

Google's own Android File Transfer tool is the quickest and the most hassle-free way for you to explore your phone's files on a Mac. All you need to do is install the free app on your Mac and plug in the Android phone.

Android File Transfer will automatically detect the connection and show a window where you can transfer files back and forth, create or delete folders, and perform other' file management tasks. You also don't need to worry about installing any drivers since you're using a Mac.

Download: Android File Transfer for Mac (Free)

2. Handshaker

While Android File Transfer is the most straightforward solution, it has several reliability issues since Google hasn't updated it in years.

To combat that, try Handshaker, a seamless file management Mac app for Android phones. Handshaker allows you to browse your phone's storage when it's plugged into your computer, and share files effortlessly between both devices. You can even go wireless by connecting to the same network, although this requires compromising on transfer bandwidth.

In addition, Handshaker lets you go through each category of files (such as photos and videos) individually so that they're easier to find and transfer. All you need to do is install the Handshaker client on your Mac as well as your phone, and enable Android's USB debugging option. Since Handshaker is not available on Google Play, you'll need to sideload the app.

Download: Handshaker for Mac | Android [No Longer Available] (Free)

3. Commander One

If you're looking for a more professional tool for managing Android phones on a Mac, you should try Commander One.

Commander One comes with a sophisticated dashboard where you can perform a variety of actions, such as quickly copying large chunks of files, setting up an FTP server, instantly switching disks, and more. The app has a tabbed interface, letting you juggle between multiple storage drives with ease.

Plus, Commander One offers a wide selection of keyboard shortcuts you can customize per your preferences. This app, however, is not free. You can try it free for fifteen days to decide if it's worth the cost to you.

Download: Commander One for Mac (Free trial, $30)

4. Pushbullet

Pushbullet brings features typically only available across Apple devices, like a universal clipboard, to Android. Plus, Pushbullet also allows you share files, browse your phone's internal storage remotely on a computer, reply to SMS messages, and more. It's the complete package.

Despite what you'd think, it's also free (with some limitations). To set it up, sign up on the Pushbullet website with your Google or Facebook account. Install the app on your Android phone and all your other devices via desktop and browser clients. Once you're signed in everywhere, you can easily send files, links, and more across every platform.

Download: Pushbullet for Mac | Android (Free, subscription available)

5. Portal by Pushbullet

Pushbullet has another app called Portal for quick file sharing. However, this one only works for transferring content from your computer to your phonenot the other way around. The setup is simple and only requires you to scan a QR code on your phone.

Once that's done, you've connected the devices, and you're all set to send files from your Mac. The bandwidth is rather impressive, so unless you're sending a huge file, it will only take a few seconds. On your desktop, Portal works through a browser, so you don't need to install a new app.

Download: Portal by Pushbullet for Android (Free)Visit:Portal by Pushbullet website

6. Send Anywhere

If you love the simplicity of Portal but want two-way transfers and a Mac app, we recommend Send Anywhere.

Send Anywhere functions similarly to Portal. You enter a code and the transfer begins over a Wi-Fi network. The difference is that it has a more comprehensive set of features, like the ability to quickly select images and videos, Wi-Fi Direct compatibility, and more.

Even better, you can also create links for files to share them with multiple devices. The free version of Send Anywhere comes with ad-supported design, but you can upgrade by paying a small fee.

Download: Send Anywhere for Android | Mac [Broken URL Removed] (Free, premium version available)

7. Cloud Storage Services

If you're someone who only occasionally shares data between your computer and Android phone, you can probably rely on your preferred cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox. The process is quick and you don't have to go through any configuration.

Plus, choosing this method won't restrict your files to just a Mac and Android phone. You can access them from anywhere, no matter what device you're on.

Pro tip: If it offers one, install your cloud service's desktop backup tool. That way, your computer files are always available to download on your phone.

A More Connected Mac and Android Experience

All of these methods will let you easily share files between Android and macOS, both on wired and wireless connections. While Apple understandably hasn't added any continuity features for Android like these, thankfully third-party developers have come forward and built several great options.

We've covered powerful apps for continuity between Android and macOS if you'd like more features like this. Also, if you run into any problems, here are fixes for when when your Android phone won't connect to your computer.

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Based out of Ahmedabad, India, Shubham is a freelance technology journalist. When he's not writing on whatever's trending in the world of technology, you will find him either exploring a new city with his camera or playing the latest game on his PlayStation.

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