When Apple started making tablets, phones, and laptops, they simplified your life, by allowing these devices to easily sync with one another. If you have more than one Apple device, you know how easy it is to transfer content from one device to another, especially if you’re using the same Apple ID across all of your Apple devices.
If you take photos using primarily your iPhone, then you can easily transfer these photos to your Mac, with the press of a few buttons. However, what happens if you don’t have an iPhone and instead prefer to use an Android mobile device, but an Apple computer? How would you transfer your photos from your Android to your Mac? Is there an easy way to do this without having to email photos one by one?
The answer is yes. There’s no problem with owning an Android mobile device, and an Apple computer, when it comes to transferring content. Though if we’re being honest, you may have other problems, such as tech enthusiasts teasing you for being a traitor to either Apple or Android, or both. Don’t worry about them. You have the best of both worlds.
You have two options when it comes to transferring your photos. You can either use one of the image transfer applications already built in on your Mac, or you can use the Android File Transfer application. With the former method, you would use a USB cable to connect your Android phone to your Mac and you would launch either Preview or Image Capture on your Mac.
For the latter method, you would have to download the File Transfer application on your Mac, and also connect your Android phone to your Mac using a USB. Both methods are fairly easy to carry out, so feel free to carry out whichever method you feel most comfortable using. In order to get started, follow the instructions below.
Use Image Capture
Image Capture is actually the ideal application when it comes to transferring photos from any digital device to your Mac. This makes it perfect to use for your Android mobile device as well.
Image Capture will also provide you with a thumbnail preview, and allow you to delete pictures from your device afterwards, if you would like. The best part is that the application is fast and efficient. In order to get started and use Image Capture to copy pictures from your Android to your Mac, follow the instructions below.
1. Connect your Android device to your Mac using a USB cable.
2. Launch the Image Capture application. You can find the application by clicking on the Magnifying Glass icon in the upper right corner of your screen, and then typing in Image Capture.
3. Towards the left side of the application you’ll see a Devices heading. Select your Android device from the list.
4. Select a destination folder for the photos that you would like to transfer into your Mac.
5. Click on the Import All button in order to transfer all your pictures from your Android device to your Mac.
If you only wish to import select pictures from your device, you also have the option to select certain photos from the Image Capture window, and then click the Import button, instead of the Import All button. After you complete this process, all of your selected photos will be in the destination folder that you specified in step #4.
Use Android File Transfer Application
Although Image Capture is the best option when it comes to transferring photos, sometimes the application may not work for your Android device, due to whatever reason. In this case, you can use the File Transfer application option.
This application is a file management application that will enable you to copy files to and from a Mac to an Android. As long as your device is currently running Android 3.0 or onwards, you’re all set to begin using this method. In order to get started and use Android File Transfer in order to transfer photos from your Android to your Mac, follow the instructions below.
1. Download and install File Transfer from Androids website.
2. Using a USB cable, connect your Android device to your Mac.
3. Launch Android File Transfer and be patient as the application takes time to recognize your Android device.
4. Your photos will be stored either in the DCIM folder or the Pictures folder. Please look in both of these folders.
5. Lastly, simply use the classic drag and drop method in order to transfer photos into your Mac.
You’ll notice a progress bar that Android File Transfer is displaying in order to let you know how much time is left to complete the transfer. You also have the option to cancel the transfer, if you wish.