How many times have you tried to transfer files from Android to Mac? There are some people out there who like the power-delivery and longevity of their Mac, along with the vast list of options provided by Android. So if you’re one of the people Googling “Android File Transfer Mac,” here are the top five apps to sync Android with Mac.
Why Sync Android With Mac?
There’s a lot you can do and keep a record of once you start syncing your phone with your laptop. If you own a MacBook and an Android phone, it becomes tricky since the two are different ecosystems. For general usage too, you might one day want to transfer photos from Android to Mac, transfer files from Android to Mac, or look for a way to sync your calendar.
When you sync Android with Mac, your entire data is at your fingertips. This means if you use the apps we’ve listed here, you’ll have more control over your data from any device at hand. Without further ado, let’s see the top 5 apps to sync Android with Mac.
AirDroid is a user-friendly and easy way for Android file transfer to Mac. For ease of access, you can install a desktop client and a host/controlled device app on your Android phone. Otherwise, just download the app on your phone and you can access it via web client through your Mac’s web browser.
It’s a free app if you’re limited to syncing 2 devices only. You can use the free version to transfer files, remotely control your Android device, mirror screen and notifications, and finding your phone.
When I got a new Android phone, the first thing to bug me was that my notes were not going to sync between my phone and laptop. That’s when I started using Evernote. This app too comes with a free version and premium plans. Even with ample usage, I didn’t feel the need to upgrade to the premium version, although it’s more feature-packed.
The good thing here is unlike Google Keep or Apple’s Notes app, Evernote has a native app for Mac and Android. This means you can take notes without an internet connection and they’ll sync whenever you go online. The free plan gets you to sync up to 2 devices, clip web pages, take notes with a maximum size of 25MB/note with a meager 60MB/month upload limit. The premium plan which starts at $7.99/month lets you create custom templates, take notes 200MB each, and a 10GB/month upload limit.
Google Photos And Google Drive
While you get just 5GB free iCloud with Apple, Google gives 15GB free on Google Drive. Another advantage to sync Android with Mac using Google Drive is the free high-quality storage for photos and videos with Google Photos. The Google Drive client for Mac is known as Backup and Sync. Once you’ve downloaded it, it’ll appear in the taskbar on your Mac.
- Click on the cloud icon in the taskbar, now click on the three vertical dots.
- Go to Preferences and select the folders you want to back up on your Google Drive
You can easily transfer photos from Android to Mac using the Google Photos app. It’s available for download for Mac, which means you don’t even need your phone to transfer photos from Android to Mac.
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If you’re on Android, chances are that you’re already using Google Calendar. It’s a neat and user-friendly calendar, and you can, fortunately, have some of its functionality on your Mac. While Apple’s own calendar is good too, there’s no use having two calendars without sync.
To get Mac to recognize Android and Google calendar, you need to link your Google account with your Mac. You can do this in a few simple steps.
- Boot up your Mac and click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner of the screen.
- Go to System Preferences > Internet Accounts and select Google from the options.
- When you’ve added it, the account will appear in the Internet Accounts section.
- Check the box next to the calendar icon, and you’ll have your Google calendar on Mac.
However, to enable perfect Android to Mac sync, or near perfect sync of the two calendars, there are a few extra steps.
- Open the Calendar app on Mac
- Click on Calendar from the taskbar and go to Preferences.
- Click on Accounts with the ‘@’ symbol, go to Google, and set Refresh Calendars to your preference.
- Now if you create an update on your Mac’s calendar, it’ll be updated on your Android phone, and vice-versa.
Or any other office suite of your choice. If you want to effectively enable all Android file Transfer to Mac and keep syncing at ease, productivity apps are also a part of it. I recommend Microsoft office because of the stable updates, cross-platform consistency, and additional online space. If you go for Microsoft 365, you get the MS Office suite along with 1TB OneDrive storage.
Also, OneDrive has a native app for Mac which means you can practically back up your entire system to the cloud. The only catch here is that some people might find the $69.99/year subscription in excess of the usage or additional feature. If you don’t want to shell out additional money, I recommend you use Google alternatives like Sheets, Docs, and Word.
You’ll have to access them from a web browser as native apps aren’t available for Mac, but it’s a good Android to Mac sync alternative if you have an internet connection and wish to keep your Android synced with Mac.