August 21, 2012 at 1:51 pm

How To: Transfer Music Files Between Mac and Android

For the most part, people are either Apple people or not. If you see someone with an iPhone, it’s usually a safe assumption that they use a Mac. However, some people don’t fit neatly into that box, because they haven’t conformed to one way of doing things. The most common variant of this is the iPhone user who prefers Windows, but we’ve also come across a surprising number of people with MacBooks and Android phones — OS infidels, if you will.

Some of these people are software engineers, which we know, because we’ve met them. Others are bargain conscious — perhaps students whose parents sprung for a laptop, but who foot their own bill on the smartphone side, and so they chose the cheaper Android option.

If, for whatever reason, someone has a Mac and an Android, and they don’t always know how to make them play nice together. These renegade users can run into trouble, especially when trying to transfer media files, such as their music, from their computer to their phone, or vice-versa. Unlike the iPhone/Windows people who have iTunes to ease such syncing, Android/Mac folks generally rely on a USB cable and a prayer. Unfortunately, they’re too often left with a Mac that won’t recognize the connected Android, and no idea what to do next.

One solution is to download DoubleTwist, which is basically iTunes for Android. This will allow you to sync your music, iTunes playlists, photos, and videos.

However, if you’re just looking to transfer files on your own, so that they’ll play in whatever media you want, or because you want to sync music from your home PC to your work PC, or for whatever other reason, because really, it’s none of our business, we present the following complete, easy-to-follow instructions on how to connect your Android and Mac and transfer music and other files between the two:

Step 1: Install Android File Transfer on your Mac computer (OS X 10.5 or later). You can download it here. This application will let you transfer files between your Mac and your Android device (Android 3.0 or later).

android mac tutorial

Step 2: Enable USB Mass Storage mode on your Android. This is the step that most people don’t know about, and where Android/Mac users typically find themselves in trouble. To do so, go to Settings > More (under Wireless and network) > USB utilities > Set USB cable connection mode. Then, select “Connect storage to PC.” (Note: we’re using a Samsung Galaxy SII running Android 4.0.3 in the following screenshot; your screen might look different.)

android mac tutorial

Step 3: At this point, you will be prompted to “Connect your USB cable to use mass storage.” Using the USB cable that came with your Android device, connect your device to your Mac.

Step 4: Now that your devices are connected, double-click Android File Transfer on your Mac to open it. (This step if for the first time only; subsequently, Android File Transfer should open automatically when you connect the devices).

Step 5: Using Finder on your Mac (the program that lets you browse files and folders on your computer), navigate to your Android device, which will be on your desktop. Open another Finder window anywhere on your Mac — most likely your Music folder, for the purpose of this tutorial. Now, you can drag-and-drop to files from one device to the other, copy-and-paste them, or whatever else you want. You can also delete files from your Android to make room for more stuff.

android mac tutorial

 

And that’s all there is to it. Check out more Evolver.fm tutorials.

  • Chris

    If you are using a phone that is not named the Galaxy S2, Doubletwist will not work as it does not support MTP mode except through AirSync. You can however us another app called iSyncr to sync your media over MTP mode through USB.

    iSyncr is your solution for USB syncing over MTP. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jrtstudio.iSyncr&hl=en

  • http://www.facebook.com/westonnate Nate Weston

    IVE SEEN THIS FIVE GODDAMN TIMES NOW. IT DOESNT WORK WITH AN ANDROID OS LOWER THAN 3.0 SO PRETTY MUCH IM SCREWED WITH MY SHITTY HAND-ME-DOWN MACBOOK AND THE CRAPPY ASS VIRGIN MOBILE PHONE MY DAD WILL BARELY PAY FOR. THANKS INTERNET FOR FUCKING ME UP THE ASSHOLE WITH A POTATO

  • http://www.facebook.com/namakerushonen Lin Yongxiao

    I KNOW HOW U FEEL DUDE I SAT IN FRONT OF MY FUCKIN MAC LIKE A FUCKIN MORON FOR 3 FUCKING HOURS JUST TO FIND OUT THAT I’M FUCKED

  • Charlie Yau

    It does work! You just drag the files to ur finder and drag it onto ur itunes! Thank You!!!!

  • Johnson

    I’m using a freaking Galaxy S2 and there’s no “USB Utilities” in the settings >_<

  • JoeSixpack

    Hm, aren’t we a spoiled, entitled white boy?

    Want a state of the art computer? Get a job. Otherwise, be grateful you have someone to give you hand-me-downs and stfu.

  • Jeff

    I’m using the Xperia TX. In settings I went to Xperia>Connectivity>BUT found that I didn’t need to change it to ‘mass storage’, it only worked when I left it as ‘media file transfer’. Then my Macbook recognized it right away.

  • NateWestonIsATool

    What a twat you are. Lower your caps lock and chill your fucking nips you asshat. The post says it only works on Android 3.0+. Oh, and wake the fuck up and read, too.

  • LinYongxiaoIsATool

    I’d say you’re fucked because you can’t read. You wasted 3 hours? What a loser …

  • http://www.iforce2d.net iforce2d

    Note this part: “… the USB cable that came with your Android device” may actually be important. I almost gave up on this until I tried a different cable. Some USB cables only carry power, but no signal. If the cable is one of these, then this data connection will not work. In my case I think I was using a cable that came with a mobile battery charger…

  • http://www.facebook.com/shae.carey Shae Carey

    i have a samsung ggalaxy s3 and it doesnt have the USB utilites

  • anna

    it doesn’t work for me

  • austinfred

    If plugging in via USB doesn’t work for you then the easiest way to transfer files from an Android phone to a Mac is to download Android Data Recovery (Mac) onto your Mac and install it.
    http://www.recovery-android.com/android-transfer-for-mac.html

  • Huy

    thanks for help

  • mki23

    if android file transfer or kies doesn’t work there is help on this site http://www.miastechblog.com

  • mahima

    :’( doesnt work wid an s3 mini .

  • That Guy

    I know this is an old article, but figured I’d throw this out there.

    Easiest way is to install any FTP client on your Mac (Filezilla would work just fine) and install the free app FTP Server on your Android phone from F-Droid repository. You can connect via Wi-Fi and transfer files as quickly as your router can handle.

    I don’t own a Mac, but I guarantee this works. Best part- no wires!

  • Towel

    I’m in the “More” section, and there’s nothing about USB at all. I have an HTC EVO 4G with Android v4.1.1

  • zeppo

    that’s racist.

    Guest could just as easily be a spoiled asian girl or bratty black kid as a white guy.

  • db

    Go to this site and see the video
    http://youtu.be/Bjus9lXg6_U

  • ff

    look at this video
    http://youtu.be/Bjus9lXg6_U

  • Anthony C Guerra

    Sure, Android data recovery can help you transfer your data from android device to computer freely. Just give it a try. Here is another choice. http://xavc-to-fcp-converter.jimdo.com/data-recovery-for-android/, Only need three simple steps, you can transfer the data from your Android device to Mac

  • steve

    works a treat! cheers

  • Dave West

    Do you know how I can transfer music from iPhone to android? I’m on a Windows PC.

  • popo

    it is really easy to do thank you!!

  • Guest

    calm down kid. you can just install an ssh/sftp server on your phone and connect to it through something like filezilla.

  • Bridget Orozco

    you can just install an ssh/sftp server on your phone and connect to it through something like filezilla. if you have anything lower than android 3.0 or for some reason android file transfer isn’t working.

    sorry but i won’t go into details of how to, figure it out.

  • dateholy

    Want to transfer files between Android and Mac computer? You can use the Coolmuster Android Assistant to help you.
    Resourse: http://www.coolmuster.com/android/sync-music-between-samsung-and-computer.html

  • Dave West

    Here’s also a guide for Windows PC users to transfer songs from iTunes to android.

  • Laurel

    iPubsoft Android Desktop Manager is a great android phone backup software, you can transfer all the data from phone to computer. http://www.ipubsoft.com/android-manager/

  • Rasual Lee

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCp1I9wgsxU

    manually copy itunes music to android

  • Smmhhyy

    For more information about transfering music files between computer and android phone you can visit:
    http://www.istonsoft.com/mobile-phone/transfer-music-from-android-to-itunes.html

  • tyer

    Vibosoft Android Mobile Manager is a great app for android users to transfer data between android and computer.

    http://www.android-mobile-manager.com/resources/transfer-files-from-android-to-computer.html

  • lanserhtj

    Android Manager is able to backup all contents on Android devices to computer with zero quality loss. Add, delete, edit contacts on the program arbitrarily. Organize and send messages to anyone you want on computer as you like. Install/uninstall, export Android apps on PC.

  • qwsdfr

    With the following transfer tool, you can transfer everything on your mobile phone to computer/PC in a few clicks:
    http://www.android-mobile-manager.com/resources/transfer-files-from-android-to-computer.html