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How to make your Mac play well with your Android phone

For some reason, it’s normal to believe that Android devices and Macs do not get along. This misunderstanding could be true in Android’s childhood, but today there is a long list of methods, applications, and services that allow you to use your Android device with your Mac. It is impossible to cover all the apps and services available, but we’re going to tackle about the best options that you can do.

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Most of the options listed below make data transfer simple, while other methods require the tried-and-true method for transferring data over a USB connection. So, read on


When you want to sync all your documents

Unlike iPhone, file transfer is as easy as dragging and dropping. The way you do it, however, will depend on which version of Android runs your phone. Not only can you sync documents to your Android device, but your phone can also act as a jump record, store vital documents for you, or help move files between computers.

Earlier Android devices have a USB storage mode that can be activated when you connect the device to your Mac, lowering the notification tone and tapping the USB notification. From there, select “Enable USB Memory”.

At this point, your Android phone will appear as a drive on your desktop. Open it and you can move files to and from different folders on your phone.

When using this method, be sure to unmount your Android device before disconnecting it from your Mac. To do so, open Finder and click on the Eject icon next to your device. Do not eject or disassemble the device before disconnecting it may damage the memory of the device, resulting in loss of files.


When you want to sync your Music

There are a number of options that will help you sync your music files on your Mac with your Android device. As you know, you can drag and drop the entire music library on your phone, but you’ll come across a couple of problems. First of all, you do not want to have to do it every time you download a new song. Secondly, you may not have enough space on your device to store all those files.

Fortunately, Google Music solves these problems and simplifies music synchronization. With Google Music, you can upload the entire music library with up to 20,000 songs, and transmit or download to your phone as long as you have an Internet connection. And, every time you download a new song on your Mac, it will be available on your phone.

To start using Google Music, you must first download the Music Manager application. After downloading the application to your Mac, you need to show where your music is stored. After receiving a folder to monitor, the app automatically uploads your music to the Google Music service. This method not only provides an easy way to bring your music to your device but also frees up storage space that would otherwise take care of the music.


When you want to sync all your Photos

There are several ways to sync photos between your Android device and your Mac, so that every time you take a picture, it will be backed up to your Mac. The beauty of some of these options is that you do not have to do anything else to get the photos from your phone to your Mac. This type of system not only allows you to easily access photos on your computer but also ensures you have a backup of your photos in case you miss the telephone Before continuing, sign up for a Dropbox account if you do not already have one.

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Dropbox offers a free way to automatically sync your photos through your service, which downloads them to the Camera Uploads folder on your Mac. This is the fastest way to get photos from your device to your Mac, but not the only way SyncMate Expert it will also help you achieve the same results.

There is also another application called DoubleTwist, which has an additional AirSync feature. The application requires the installation of software on both the Android device and the Mac. Once installed and configured, you can synchronize music, photos, and videos wirelessly between the two devices.


When you prefer using iCloud or Apple apps 

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If you’re an avid Apple user, this one’s for you. The only bad news is that you can’t access everything on the Android platform, except Apple Music. You can not play iTunes movies on an Android phone unless you are going through many circuits to decrypt the DRM. You can not view the iCloud photo library, access iMessage conversations, or make a FaceTime call.

These applications are all Apple applications blocked, without third-party solutions. At this point, you probably think it’s easier to simply change Apple’s Apple system completely, but you can get some of the Apple information on Android. It could also be enough for you to keep going.

For example, an iCloud account can be added to Gmail on Android by tapping your username in the application menu and then selecting Add account and Other. Enter iCloud credentials to log in and add your e-mail address. You can export contacts and calendar information from iCloud to Google apps on Android, but syncing here is just one way.

Once you’ve exported your data, you’ll need to continue with the Google platform onwards, unless you’re happy with working on the process every time you update something in macOS.

In the lower left corner and select Select all. Click the gear again, then Export vCard and you can save the contact details in a file that can be imported via the Google Contacts portal by simply clicking “More” on import. These contacts are then synchronized with Android.

For calendars, you can do it again from iCloud on the web. Click Calendar, and then click the Share calendar button to the right of the selected calendar. Make the calendar public and copy the link, which can be pasted into Google Calendar. Just click on the plus icon in the left panel and then From URL. Events created in macOS will appear in Android, but not vice versa.

There are some third-party options for synchronizing data such as calendars and contacts. You might want to consider that Apple or Google can modify any part of your configuration at any time. So, be careful and try to ask experts in this field if you find yourself in a little trouble.

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