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