Easy Ways to Transfer Android Files to Mac

Easy Ways to Transfer Android Files to Mac

You may have plugged your android phone into your Mac and nothing happens. This is familiar, right?

That shouldn’t be a problem anymore. Here’s how you can transfer files easily between Android and OSX- Desktop operation system and Earth’s best mobiles.

You can plug in your android phone and explore your files on windows just like any other hard drive. However, Macs are different and sometimes can be just so annoying but there is an authentic fix. Also, there are third party solutions that while having issues with Mac in some areas, they could be even better afterwards.


The easy way to Android File Transfer

There are many free Mac applications developed by the android team. When this is installed, you will see a window pop up menu anytime you plug your device to your Mac. From this pop up window, you can locate your device and transfer what you need. Isn’t that easy?

This is pointed out of the pop up window menu because there isn’t really much options here on the pop up. Copy and paste don’t work on this pop up, you can’t use quick search to preview your files. All there is and you can do on this pop up is to delete and transfer files. Nothing more!

For the quick and easy transfer of files, this is the best choice. If there is a need for complete combination with your Mac’s locator/finder or any of its alternatives, there will be a need to use a third-party tool.


Using the Wi-Fi-alternative: DROIDNAS

While intending to browse Android files using finder, there won’t be any USB option. However, you can get your files through the network with a program known as “DROIDNAS” which is the easiest way to make this set up. This is one of the ways you can get your device wireless access.

With this, you can get all your Android folders including the SD Card shared on the network with just a few taps. This will give a direct access to all your files from Finder, assuming that both your devices are on the same network.

Test results showed that, browsing folders with this was a bit slow but everything worked perfectly. You can transfer half a gig or more of files to your android device with no problems whatsoever.


DroidNAS, in theory is supposed to make your device visible from Finder, all you need do is click an icon and start your files browsing. But, this may not work if using Mavericks.

This may be a little difficult to set up, but once it’s set up, you are off the glitch totally. Also, this may not be a perfect solution and may be a little slower than Android File Transfer with a bad connection. However, if you would rather do a wireless file transfer, it’s the best you can try.

You can try other solutions

Have you tested any of those and it worked for you? There are yet many other options that may work better too.


Air Droid:

This enables file sharing between Macs and Android, and precisely one of the seven tools that will help great functionality of your Android and Mac.


This lets easy file transfer between two operating systems, and works efficiently for easy distribution of single files. Here, browsing the system is not possible but you can send files quickly from one device to another.

The Cloud and Synchronizing services:

Functions like the Drop box can make file transfer much faster. All you need do is drop a file into a synchronized folder and then download it with the help of the Android client.

These are all great choices for Android Files Transfer and lots more. However, when talking about simplicity, a USB cable and Android files transfer could be the best option.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals



    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.



      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.


      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.



          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.


            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.


            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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