Once upon a time, you could open up File Explorer on your computer and transfer files with a simple drag and drop. Now, with different operation systems and mobile device platforms, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be. This is especially true if you’ve gone to the “dark side” and switched to a Mac. Fortunately, you can still move files from your non-iOS device or smartphone to your iMac or MacBook without problems. You just have to know what you’re doing 🙂
How to Transfer Files from Android or Windows Phone to Mac
There are several ways you can move files across platforms. I’ve found that these have been the easiest for me to work with though.
- Android File Transfer (Android, using cable) – If you have an Android device, the easiest thing is to use Android File Transfer. This is a free app that you can download to your Mac. After installation, plugging your device to your Mac via USB cable will automatically launch a menu tree. Then, drag and drop file to your desired folders. This is great for all sorts of files.
- OneDrive App (Windows, syncs over WiFi) – OneDrive is basically storage in the cloud. You need to download the app on your Windows Phone and on your Mac. You’ll be prompted to choose a destination folder on your Mac. If it’s set up right, whatever photos, saved files, OneNote docs, etc. will sync whenever you connect to WiFi. I love being able to wireless transfer files right to/from a folder on my Mac.
- DropBox (needs internet connection) – Most are familiar with Dropbox as a cloud storage from which you can even share files with others. What you might not be aware of is how fast and seamless it is to use it. If I move a file from my Mac to my DropBox account, I can instantly access it from my device.
How do you keep all your tech connected?
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