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With Android phone's upgrading, the photography technology of newly released Android smartphones with Android OS 10 is comparable to that of iPhones. As a trend, we are taking more photos using our Android smartphones than ever before. However, the storage of any phone is not unlimited, as photos accumulate every day, we tend to backup photos to computer. What if you are using an Android phone and Mac? How to transfer photos from Android to Mac? In this article, we will introduce 9 proven ways to help you easily transfer photos from Android to Mac.

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Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac Using USB
1.1: Best Way to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac - Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac
1.2: How to Transfer Pictures from Android to Mac via Image Capture
1.3: How to Import Photos from Android to Mac via Android File Transfer
1.4: How to Download Photos from Android to Mac via Preview
1.5: How to Download Pictures from Android to Mac via Photos App/iPhoto
Part 2: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac wirelessly
2.1: How to Download Pictures from Android Phone to Mac via AirDroid
2.2: How to Sync Pictures from Android to Mac via Google Photos
2.3: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac via Dropbox
2.4: How to Import Photos from Android to Mac via Bluetooth

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac Using USB

You may know that the easiest way to import photos from Android to Mac is using a USB cable. By connecting Android to Mac via a USB cable, you can fast transfer Android photos to Mac without waiting too long or without any other complex or superfluous steps. In this part, we concluded total five ways concerning how to transfer photos from Android to Mac using USB cable. You can choose the most convenient way for you from following possibilities.

1.1: Best Way to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac - Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac

The best way to transfer photos from Android to Mac is using Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac - the most popular app to transfer photos from Android to Mac on Google platform. With this super photos transfer app, you can fast transfer pictures from Android to Mac with original quality and manage Android albums on Mac (add albums and delete, copy or move photos).

Besides photos, this powerful app also supports other file types, like contacts, SMS, call logs, music, videos, user apps, photos, documents and books. You can backup and restore those files with one-click or selectively according to your demand.

What's more, you can add, delete, export, import and edit contacts on Mac and save as various contact formats, including vCard (*.vcf), BAK (*.json, *.bak), XML (*.xml), CSV (*.csv), HTML (*.html), etc., you can delete, reset, import, export, send and reply text messages directly on Mac, download, install, uninstall and backup Android user apps from Mac, as well as import, export, or delete call logs on Mac.

Then you may concern about whether your old Android phone is compatible with it. Well, Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac is fully compatible with almost all Mac computers running Mac OS X 10.9 or later and Android devices running at least Android 2.0, such as Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony, Motorola, Google, ZTE, Huawei, DELL, Acer, Asus, etc. For example, Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e/S9+/S9/S8+/S8/S7/S6/S5/S4/Note 9/Note 9 Plus/Note 8/Note 7/Note 6/Note 5/Note 4/J3/J3 Pro/A9/A8/A7/A5 and other types are all supported.

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How to transfer photos from Android to Mac?

1. Launch Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac after installing it on your Mac, and enter in Android Assistant module from toolbox.

2. Connect Android device to Mac via a USB cable, enable USB debugging and grant permission on Android by tapping Allow or OK when pop-up windows ask you. After successful connection, you will see this main interface with Android information as below.

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3. Select Photos file from left window, you can preview thumbnails which are under different albums in right window. Then check wanted items and hit Export above to conduct Android to Mac photos transfer.

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After a few seconds, you will finish photo sync from Android to Mac. Using Coolmuster Android Assistant to transfer pictures from Android phone to Mac computer is absolutely safe (without any damage to Android data), speedy and convenient.

1.2: How to Transfer Pictures from Android to Mac via Image Capture

Image Capture is a fine choice to transfer photos and movies from digital cameras or scanners to Mac. It can also import photos from Android to Mac. However, some Android devices seem to have problem with Image Capture, in this regard, you can use Coolmuster Android Assistant instead.

How to import photos from Android to Mac?

1. Connect Android device to Mac via a USB cable.

2. On Mac, go to Applications folder and launch Image Capture. Then select Android phone under Devices from left window of Image Capture.

3. Select pictures, destination folder on your Mac and hit Import or Import All to transfer pictures from Android to Mac.

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1.3: How to Import Photos from Android to Mac via Android File Transfer

Android File Transfer is an app to transfer files between Android and Mac, which is developed by Google company. Theoretically, as long as your Android device runs Android 3.0 and above, you can use it to upload photos from Android to Mac. However, because this tool has not been updated for a long time, sometimes you may have trouble in connection.

1. Download Android File Transfer on your Mac.

2. Connect Android device to Mac via a USB cable.

3. Launch Android File Transfer on your Mac and wait for it to recognize Android.

4. Locate to DCIM and Pictures folder that contains your photos, and select wanted photos.

5. Use drag & drop to download photos from Android to Mac.

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1.4: How to Download Photos from Android to Mac via Preview

You can also transfer photos from Android to Mac using Preview, and the steps are as follows:

1. Install and Launch Preview on your Mac.

2. Connect Android device to Mac via a USB cable, then click: File > Import from (Device Name) > Select images to transfer > Import photos from Android to Mac.

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After a few seconds, you will be able to download pictures from Android to Mac.

1.5: How to Download Pictures from Android to Mac via Photos App/iPhoto

Photos app will recognize Android device as a camera, thus, you can also transfer photos from Android to Mac via Photos/iPhoto.

How do I transfer photos from Android to Mac?

1. Download and launch Photos/iPhoto app on your Mac, and connect Android device to Mac via a USB cable. You can change the USB setting from the default Media Transfer Protocol(MTP) to Picture Transfer Protocol(PTP) mode, if the Android device is recognized as a camera.

2. In iPhoto Library Manager window, choose your wanted photos and import photos from Android to Mac.

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Part 2: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac wirelessly

The above methods are all about how to transfer photos from Android to Mac using USB cable, well, if you do not want to use a USB cable, you can transfer photos from Android to Mac wirelessly.

2.1: How to Download Pictures from Android Phone to Mac via AirDroid

By using AirDroid, you can transfer multiple files from Android to Mac, like photos, videos, ringtones, music, etc. However, while enabling you to transfer even larger files, AirDroid also has some drawbacks. For example, both your Android and Mac need to connect with same Wi-Fi network.

How to transfer pictures from Android to Mac?

1. Install and launch AirDroid from your App Store on your Android phone, then log in AirDroid on Android.

2. On Mac, go to Safari and visit AirDroid.com and scan QR code or enter password to login.

3. Once your Android phone and Mac are connected, select photos to transfer from Android to Mac and hit Download on Mac to receive.

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After that, you will successfully download pictures from Android to Mac.

2.2: How to Sync Pictures from Android to Mac via Google Photos

As Google Photos is pre-installed in most Android device, which automatically backs up pictures on Android when this feature is switched on. You can transfer photos from Android to Mac as following guidance does:

1. Install Google Photos Uploader on your Mac.

2. Install Google Drive sync app to synchronize Google Drive on Mac.

3. Access Google Drive from a browser, then go to Google Photos option.

4. Navigate to Google Photos settings on Google Drive and make sure you have enabled Create Google Photos folder.

5. Go to Google Drive settings, select Google Photos folder, and start syncing photos.

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After a while, you will transfer photos from Android to Mac.

2.3: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac via Dropbox

Many Cloud services can facilitate Android to Mac photos transfer, here we take Dropbox for an example. Dropbox provides 2 GB free space for every user, and you can pay for more storage.

How to download photos from Android to Mac?

1. Create a Dropbox account on Dropbox official website if you do not have a Dropbox account.

2. Download Dropbox from Google Play Store on your Android phone and sign in.

3. Inside mobile app of Dropbox, Click three vertical dots on the top right > choose Upload here > select photos from your Android files > Click Upload below to upload photos from Android to Mac.

4. On Mac, sign in Dropbox official website or Dropbox Mac version with the same account, find uploaded photos and download photos from Android to Mac.

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After that, you will successfully transfer photos from Android to Mac.

2.4: How to Import Photos from Android to Mac via Bluetooth

If you do not want to transfer photos from Android to Mac via USB cable or any other apps, there is still one way to transfer pictures from Android to Mac: Transfer via Bluetooth. Though Bluetooth is convenient to transfer pictures or files within only a few megabytes, when it comes to large files, the transfer process may become very slow or even be interrupted by ringing calls or incoming text messages.

How to transfer photos from Android to Mac?

1. Turn on Bluetooth on both devices.

On Mac, go to: System Preferences > Bluetooth to toggle Bluetooth on;

On Android, go to: Settings > Bluetooth to turn on Bluetooth, and you will see your Mac's name in available devices. Click Mac's name and begin to pair two devices.

2. On Mac, go to: System Preferences > Sharing > Check Bluetooth Sharing, you can also designate folder for accepting items.

3. Go to your Android photos album, select photos and share via bluetooth.

4. Tap Receive files on Mac upon receiving.

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Then you will be able to transfer photos from Android to Mac.

Conclusion

There are numerous ways about how to transfer photos from Android to Mac, of which we have introduced 9. From above, you may acknowledge that each way has its own advantages and disadvantages. Honestly speaking, we highly recommend you to transfer photos from Android to Mac via Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac, which is rapid, easy-to-operate, highly secure (without any damage to Android data) and worth a try.

Of course, if you have other tricks about how to transfer photos from Android to Mac or if you encounter any problem during use, welcome to share your opinions by leaving a comment below.

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