Let’s assume that you have a MacBook or any other Mac computer and an Android mobile and you want to transfer some files from MacBook to Android device. If you utilize the USB cable, you may not be able to transfer files from Mac to Android because of some restrictions or barriers. However, here are some methods you can use to move files from Mac to Android device without any problem. These are free methods, and you do not have to waste a lot of time on this. On the other hand, you can transfer any number of files and files with any size using these simple tips and tricks.
These following methods will let you transfer files from Mac to Android and vice versa. That means some of the methods will let you transfer files from Android to Mac as well. Let’s check which one works better for you.
The basic way to share files between Macs is to use File Sharing. To use this feature. Send Files from Mac to Android Via Bluetooth. MacOS has known as a user-friendly operating system. It contains a utility called Bluetooth File Exchange that makes transferring files from the Mac to an android phone as simple as it could be. Enabling Bluetooth On the Mac And Android Phone. Once you invite the other person to share the file that file will automatically appear in the Shared (on Mac or iOS) or Shared with Me (Android) list. For more information about this see See files.
Share Your Windows Folder. Open up your File Explorer on Windows and go to the folder whose. . Download Android File Transfer to the computer. Connect Android phone to Mac (USB port with charging cable). Open the Mac Finder. Look for ‘Android File Transfer’. Finally, double click Android.
1] Cloud Storage
Cloud storage option is a pretty old but still working method to transfer files from Mac to Android and vice versa. It doesn’t matter how big your files are; you can certainly send between MacBook and Android mobile. There are some good cloud storage options such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box and more others. To get started with cloud storage, you need to download the app on both of the devices, i.e. Android and Mac. Most of the cloud storage services have cross-platform apps, and hence, you should get any problem related to compatibility. Also, you can utilize the web version of cloud storage. For example, you can upload the file from the Mac using the Web version of Dropbox or Google Drive or anything. Later, you can download the file using the app on Android. As we are talking about Android, this is good choice to have Google Drive since you may not have to download it.
Although this is an old-school method, it works smoothly. However, it works perfectly when you need to send a small file like document, text file, PowerPoint presentation or spreadsheet. This method is not wise for sending large files and for them, there are other ways. You can use the “attachment” option in your email to send a file from Mac or Android, and you will receive that file on another device by opening the same email. This is easy, and you can transfer files faster.
3] Android File Transfer
If you attach your Android mobile with Mac computer using USB cable, you won’t be able to transfer files because of different file systems and other protocols. As this is quite frustrating, here are some other methods to make the transfer. However, if you still want to use the USB cable to transfer files between Mac and Android device, here is an app that will make that happen without any problem. However, you must have macOS 10.7 or later version. There is an app called Android File Transfer that you can need to install on Mac computer. Without this app, this is not possible to transfer files from Mac to Android and vice versa. Therefore, download Android File Transfer from the official Android website and install it accordingly. Following that, connect your Android device with your Mac computer using a USB cable. Following that, you need to follow the screen options to get it done.
USB OTG or On-The-Go is yet another very useful method when you need to transfer large files within moments. An OTG cable and pen drive can do your job within seconds. In you do not know, OTG cable helps you connect your pen drive with your mobile and hence, you can transfer from pen drive to Android device and vice versa. Let’s assume that you want to transfer files from Mac to Android. For that, insert the pen drive in MacBook and transfer all the files from Mac to pen drive. Following that, connect the OTG cable with your mobile and attach the pen drive with your OTG cable. After that, you would be able to transfer files from pen drive to Android device. This method and fast and very useful when you need to transfer very large files between those two devices.
5] Use Websites
There are countless websites those may help you send large files from any device to any device. You can utilize such websites to send large files from Mac to Android device. That is easy and not much time-consuming. Check out this article to know more.
6] Wi-Fi File Transfer
The best thing you can get is Wi-Fi file transfer. There are tons of free apps those will allow you to transfer files from one device to another over Wi-Fi. The only requirement is you need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Some of the apps are mentioned below.
7] Send Anywhere
Send Anywhere is yet another awesome website and method to send large files online. Send Anywhere also has an Android app that will let you send files from Android device to Mac or vice versa. This is very easy to use, and the Free edition allows you to send files up to 10GB at a time. To send, you need to head over to the website and attach the file. You will get an Input Key that you need to enter on another device in the Receive section. Following that, your files will be downloaded automatically.
There are several ways to Access your Windows shared folder from other devices. For instance, you can use TeamViewer remote file access feature to access your computer files from any part of the world. Though, this needs an active internet connection on both devices. But if both your PC and Android phone are on same Wi-Fi network, then you can easily access your PC files over LAN connection.
Related: How to Share Files Between Two Computers Using WiFi
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I often use this method to stream movies that are on my Desktop from my Android smartphone when I’m in the Kitchen or rooftop. And assuming that you have 21 Mb/s router (most home router’s are,) you can get around 3 MB/s (21/8) transfer speed, which is sufficient enough for streaming movies and audio over WiFi.
For this instance, we’ll use Solid File Explorer app on Android. It’s our favorite file manager after ES file manager started doing shady stuff like sending user data to the Chinese server. Like ES File Manager you can do pretty cool stuff with the Solid Explorer, and since it’s a paid app, you know where all your money is going.
Also Read 9 Things You Don’t Know You Can Do with Solid Explorer
Open up your File Explorer on Windows and go to the folder whose content you would like to access for the other device. It can be your movie folder or your entire Users folder in c drive. I prefer sharing the entire Users folder since I keep most of my shareable stuff in Desktop or Downloads folder.
Next, Right-click on the folder you want to share, click on Properties to open the folder properties.
Now, go to the Sharing tab and click on the Share button.
A new File Sharing window will open, here you need to specify with whom you want to share your PC files. To avoid any complexity, select Everyone the drop down arrow near the input box and click on the Add button.
If you only want the other party to see and copy your files, then give Read-only access. But if you want them to have complete access to the shared folder, like they can add new files to that drive or even delete yours, then give Read/Write permission.
Once you are done, click on the Share button. And then click on Done.
The next thing you need to do is turn on Network sharing on your computer. Here we’ll configure if you want to keep password protection ON or not.
Go to the Start menu and click on Network and Sharing Center, and click Change Advanced Sharing settings.
A new window will open, click on the drop-down arrow next to your All Networks.
Now, click on the radio button next to the option that says Turn ON Sharing.
Next, choose if you want to enable or disable Password Protected Sharing. This one is a bit tricky, so choose wisely.
If you are on the Home network, then you can choose to disable password protection, this will make the connection process a bit easier since you won’t have to type in your login username and password.
But if you are using it on your office Network, then it’s better to go with Password protection. Better safe than sorry. For this instance, we’ll go with Turn On Password Protection sharing, so that you know the complete steps.
Once done, click on Save changes.
This part is often confusing, as many people don’t know the username and password of their PC. You’ll need this information, only if you have turn ON password protection on your PC.
To find your Windows Username, press Win + R and type in cmd and then press Enter. In the command prompt window type echo %username% and hit Enter. Your current username will be displayed. Remember the username is case sensitive in Windows.
And well, the password is the same password that you used to login into your Windows user account. Once you both username and password, write it down on a piece of paper or remember it. We’ll need them later.
You will have to manually enter the IP address of your PC if Solid Explorer can not detect it. You can find the IP address by typing in ipconfig in the cmd or use the Fing Android or iOS app. Here is the detailed guide on how to find IP address of any device on the network.
Now, Download Solid Explorer File Manager App from Google Play Store if you haven’t already. The app is available for two weeks free trail, and then you have to pay to use more features. Or you can also download the free classic version of the app. It has an older design and is Ads supported, but it’ll also work for this task. Next, open the Solid File Explorer app, and tap on the + sign.
You will see several options, tap on – New cloud connection.
In the Network Connection Wizard, tap on LAN/SMB > Next
It’ll start scanning for all the Shared Computer on your network. Ideally, you should see your Windows PC right here. But in case you don’t, make sure your Windows computer is Turned On and connected to the WiFi network. Select your computer and tap on Next.
In case you don’t see your computer in the list, tap on the arrow next to ‘Didn’t find what you’are looking for?’ A new screen will slide in, under Remote host name, type in your Windows computer IP address that you noted down in step 4.
Login with the username and password (that we found in step 3)
If you set password protection ON. Else. Login as a guest.
Next tap on Connect > Finish.
If everything goes right, you’ll be able to successfully, login to your PC.
Next tap on the User > your username > and there you’ll see all the shared folder.
You can stream the video files directly, no need to download it on your Android tablet or smartphone. The streaming speed depends on your router speed.
You can also copy files from your Windows to Android or vice versa (if you have r/w access enabled)
Or even edit documents without even downloading it on your Android.
So, here we have seen how to access Windows shared folder from Android over WiFi using Solid Explorer. But, guess what you can also use Solid Explorer to access your Mac files from your Android. The steps are same for the Android part, the only difference is, you need to turn ON sharing on your Mac OS. To do this go to System Preference > Network > Enable sharing.
Details steps by step guide can be found here How to Stream Videos From Mac to iPad/iPhone