How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac

The least demanding approach to duplicate pictures from an Android gadget and to a Macintosh is utilizing one of the picture exchange applications that is packaged with OS X. That is on account of all Android gadgets, including the prominent Nexus and Universe S arrangement, ought to be gotten by the standard camera applications in OS X as though they were an advanced camera, you’ll should simply dispatch a suitable application and associate the Android gadget to the Macintosh with a USB link. We say “ought to” on the grounds that it doesn’t generally work that way, so another extraordinary alternative is to utilize the Android Document Exchange application, and when Picture Catch or generally comes up short it’s just about ensured to work. We’ll stroll through exchanging photographs from Android to your Macintosh with both of those arrangements.

Longtime Mac users familiar with digital cameras or the iOS world will find that with the exception of the AFT app, these are the same methods used when copying pictures from an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad to a computer as well.

How to Transfer Photos from Android to MAC with Image Capture

Image Capture is the preferred choice for transferring pictures from just about any digital device to the Mac. It’s fast, efficient, provides a thumbnail preview, and lets you delete the pictures from the device afterwards if you want. It’s no frills but gets the job done quick, here’s how to copy pictures from an Android phone to a Mac with this app:

  1. Connect the Android device to the Mac with a USB cable
  2. Launch “Image Capture”, which is found in the /Applications/ folder
  3. Select the Android phone under the ‘Devices’ list on the left side of Image Capture
  4. Optionally but recommended, select a destination folder for the photos
  5. Click the “Import All” button to transfer all pictures on the device to the Mac

Image Capture also lets you selectively pull pictures off the device by selecting them from the window, then choosing “Import” rather than the Import All button.

How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac

When finished, locate the destination folder you specified in the OS X Finder and all of your pictures will be there.

Some Android devices seem to have issues with Image Capture though, and if you encounter any such problems you should download Google’s Android File Transfer utility and use that instead.

How to Transfer Photos from Android to MAC with Android File Transfer

Android File Transfer is a file management app that lets you copy files to and from a Mac to an Android device, and naturally that means you’ll also have access to photos and movies too. If for some reason there is an issue with Image Capture not recognizing the Android device, then Android File Transfer is the next best thing and will almost certainly recognize the device so long as it’s running Android 3.0 or later (most devices are):

  1. If you haven’t done so yet, download FileTransfer from and install it on your Mac by placing it into the /Applications/ folder
  2. Connect the Android device to the Mac with a USB cable
  3. Launch Android File Transfer and wait for it to recognize the device
  4. Photos are stored in one of two locations, the “DCIM” folder and/or the “Pictures” folder, look in both
  5. Use drag & drop to pull the photos from Android to the Mac

Android File Transfer will show a progress bar with the estimated time remaining, how many pictures are copying over, and an option to cancel the file copy.

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In terms of the two folders, “DCIM” tends to be where pictures taken with the digital camera apps appear, whereas “Pictures” is usually where photos saved from apps appear. That is not always the case though, which is why we recommend looking in both locations to be sure you find the items you’re looking for.

Android File Transfer is one of those apps that all Mac users who also own an Android tablet or phone should have handy. You’ll find that if you explore the device a bit with AFT, there is access to much of the Android devices file system. Though it’s neat to have raw direct access to a lot of these files some of the data shouldn’t be bothered with manually, and for things like email, calendars, and notes, you can sync those between Mac OS X and Android with fairly little effort.

Using iPhoto

iPhoto should recognize the Android device as a camera immediately upon launch. There isn’t much to using iPhoto for this purpose, just launch the app after connecting the device to the Mac and it should gather all photos and provide an option to import them all. iPhoto really functions more as an image manager mores than a transfer app though, so we won’t spend too much time on it for this purpose.

How to Transfer Photos from Android to MAC with Preview App

Preview is the standard image viewing application for OS X that can also serve as a means of copying photos from cameras, phones, and tablets.

  1. Launch Preview after connecting the Android device to the Mac
  2. Pull down the “File” menu and near the bottom of the menu options choose “Import from (device name)”
  3. Select the images to transfer, then choose “Import”

Preview’s interface for copying pictures is a lot like Image Capture, but with less options, and there is also no option to automatically launch and import the photos upon connection.