Fix Android File Transfer not working on Mac

Olga Weis

Of late a number of users seem to have reported issues with Android File Transfer. Most complaints are about ‘transfer not working’. What might be the reasons for it, you might wonder, how do you fix the problem? Well, if you think about it - when Android File Transfer doesn’t work, it is not necessarily a software issue. It could be caused by the hardware too, so let us have a closer look at it.

Android file transfer problem

Start with your USB connection.

  • Try changing your USB cable first.
  • If this doesn’t help, check the mini USB port of your phone by connecting it to another desktop or laptop.
  • Now, it is time to test your computer’s USB port. See what happens if you connect another Android device to it
  • OK, try switching your device to MTP (Media device) mode. Prior to that you will have to enable USB debugging on it.

Now it is your Mac’s turn to be checked.

  • Make sure that your machine is running Mac OS X 10.5 or a later version.
  • Restart your computer – this sometimes works magic.
  • It might be a little too obvious, but it doesn’t harm to ask – is your Android File Transfer for Mac OS actually open and running?

No luck yet? May be the issue is with your Android device?

  • The minimal version your phone should be running is Android 3.0.
  • Reboot the device.

Use Android File Transfer app

Now, if you have tried all the above and Android file transfer to Mac is still not happening, may be you should just go for another software.

Eltima Software offers an excellent Android file transfer app for Mac named Commander One. This application is capable of mounting Android devices on Mac, so they appear as additional hard drives. You can easily access their contents to do OS X Android file transfer. Commander One can do the same with all popular cloud storage services, Google Drive and Dropbox included.

Android file transfer

How to transfer files to Android with the help of Commander One:

  • Download, install and launch the app
  • Connect an Android device using a USB cable. Commander One should recognize the device and display its contents right away.
  • Thanks to the dual pane interface you can just use ‘drag-and-drop’ to move files from one location to another.

Simple, isn’it? Mac users will certainly appreciate the way Commander One handles Android file transfer.

Commander One

Requirements: OS X 10.10+ , 13.1Mb free space
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