How to sync your Android device that won’t mount on a Mac

Posted on Nov 30 2012 - 11:50pm by Mike Wewerka
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Believe it or not, some Mac owners do own an Android devices, I’m living proof. Back when I had my HTC EVO 4G, when I plugged it into my MacBook Pro, it simply connected just like an external USB drive. But some of the newer Android devices—for whatever reason—don’t mount up on a Mac. My latest device, the DROID DNA, is a perfect example but I’m a little more tech savvy than the average consumer, I know how to get around the issue. But a lot of people may not, so I figured I’d do a little public service and help those who have no clue how to transfer files from their OS X based computer to their Android smartphone.

android data transfer How to sync your Android device that wont mount on a Mac

It’s really as simply as downloading a program, which is provided by Google, and installing it on your Mac. Head over to and click on the green “download now” button. Once you’ve downloaded the file, follow the instructions (just drag the Android icon to your applications folder). Once installed, plug in your Android device via USB and double click the program icon (the green Android with a USB hand) and it will open a file window that shows all the folders on your device. Here you can access the downloads folder, movies, music and more. *Note – You do not need to be in the USB debugging mode for this method to work.

Android file transfer window How to sync your Android device that wont mount on a Mac

As an example, lets say you wanted to add music to your Android device. Once the file window has opened (after you’ve connected your phone), scroll down to the “music” folder and double click it. Now you’ll see an empty window, you can either drag individual music files into this window or a complete album. The same works for movies, which you’ll place in the “movies” folder.

With Android File Transfer, it’s like having your device sync to your computer like a standard USB thumb drive. It’s free and easy to use, and because it’s provided by Google, you know it’s also secure. So for those of you who have been stuck, give it a shot and let us know how it works for you.


  • JB

    Aaaaaaand, how is this different from using Finder?

    • Mike Wewerka

      Certain Android devices don’t mount on a Mac for users to be able to use Finder. Hence why this tool was created by Google for the Mac.