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How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac for Backup? 4 Ways in 2019

The Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus/S10e is equipped with a camera without any obvious weakness, which is irresistible to any photo-minded smartphone user. They are willing to buy a Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e or S10 Plus to try out its excellent camera to record every moment in their life! However, how do Mac users transfer photos from Samsung to Mac in order to protect these wonderful photos from being lost? If you've tried it, you should know that Samsung phone can usually communicate better with your PC, but you can't simply connect Samsung Galaxy to your Mac and start transferring photos.

This is because there is no direct way for your Samsung device, which is an Android phone, to communicate with an Mac computer. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac. This article will share with you some simple ways to transfer photos from Samsung Galaxy S10/S10+/S10e/S9, Note 9/Note 8/Note 7, etc. to your Mac for backup.

Way 1: How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with Android Assistant
Way 2: How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with Android File Transfer
Way 3: How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac Using Smart Switch
Way 4: How Do I Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with USB Cable

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Way 1: How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with Android Assistant

To better protect the photos you have taken with your Samsung mobile phone, it is highly recommended to use the Samsung to Mac Transfer tool - Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac (or Coolmuster Android Assistant for Windows PC users) to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac (or PC) computer for local backup. This program is designed to make it very easy to move data from Android device to your computer. You can do so in a single click quickly and conveniently.

Look at other features that offer by the Coolmuster Android Assistant:

> Backup Samsung and other Android phone contacts, SMS, call logs, photos, videos, music, app, eBooks, documents, etc. on PC or Mac;
> Import contacts, SMS, photos, videos, music, apps, etc. from PC or Mac to Android phone, including Samsung devices;
> Backup and restore all Samsung files to Mac or PC with one click;
> Delete, add, unduplicate and edit Samsung phone data on computer (See how to edit Samsung contacts);
> Apply to various Android brands: Samsung, Xiaomi, Google Pixel, HTC, Huawei, Sony, ZTE, Motorola, OPPO and so on;
> Supported Samsung devices: Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus/S10e/S9/S9 Plus/S8/S7/S6/S5, Note 9/Note 9 Plus/Note 8/Note 7/Note 6/Note 5/Note 4, Samsung J3/J3 Pro, Samsung Galaxy A9/A8/A7/A5, Samsung Galaxy Tab S4/S3/S2, Galaxy Tab A, and more;
> Supported Mac OS: Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

Download it to have a try:

Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac offers users to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac in 2 ways: transferring photos selectively (in batches) or transferring overall photos with one click. Now, please check the steps to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac with it.

#1 - How Do I Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with 1 Click

Step 1: Connect Samsung phone to computer

Launch Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac on your Mac, and connect the Samsung device to the computer via a USB cable. Make sure you have enabled USB debugging on your phone at first. Once your phone is connected successfully, you might see the interface as below.

launch the program to transfer photos from samsung to mac

Step 2: Select photos for backup

Click "Super Toolkit" from the top menu and then choose "Backup" option. Then, all the phone content are displayed in list. You can check the categories that you would like to backup. Here, you should tick off "Phone Gallery" for backup.

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Step 3: Backup Samsung phone on Mac

After you have selected the photos you want to backup, you can click on the "Backup" button to move all photos from your Samsung phone to computer. You can select a location to store the backed up data by clicking on the "Browse" button.

#2 - How Do I Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac Selectively or in Batches

Step 1: Connect Samsung phone to computer

Connect your Samsung device to Mac computer with a USB cable after launching the program, then follow the onscreen prompts to have your Samsung device recognized.

Step 2: Select photos and start to backup

Go to "Photos" > "Photo Gallery" to preview and choose one or more pictures that you want to back up from Samsung to Mac. And click "Export" button to download photos from Samsung phone to Mac immediately.

how to transfer photos from samsung to mac selectively

So this is how to download photos from Samsung phone to Mac computer using Coolmuster Android Assistant for Mac, you can open and edit the photos as you like after that. It is quite simple and useful.

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Way 2: How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with Android File Transfer

Android File Transfer is another way for you to transfer Samsung photos to Mac, which allows you to transfer files between your Mac and your Android device with ease. Now let's see how to download photos from Samsung Galaxy to Mac using Android File Transfer.

Here is how it works:

Step 1. Download Android File Transfer and install it on your Mac. Then drag the app to "Application".

how to transfer photos from samsung to mac with android file transfer

Step 2. Click "Get started" on Mac to launch it app and connect your Samsung phone to your Mac via a USB cable. Once connected, please move on to the next step.

transfer photos from samsung to mac with android file transfer

Step 3. Now you can search for the image file folders from your Samsung device, such as "DCIM" and "Pictures".

transfer photos from samsung to mac with android file transfer

Step 4. Locate the photos you want and drag them to the desktop or your preferred folder on Mac.

how to transfer photos from samsung to mac with android file transfer

So this is how to download photos from Samsung phone to Mac with Android File Transfer app.

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Way 3: How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac Using Smart Switch

The Smart Switch is an application introduced by Samsung that is designed to transfer data from one phone to another. Apart from that, it also has a backup feature that allows you to easily back up your Samsung data to your PC or Mac. Now you can follow the steps below to see how to back up your Samsung photos to your Mac using the Smart Switch.

Here is how it works:

Step 1. Go to the official web page of Smart Switch and scroll down to find the "Transfer content from a PC or Mac to your new Galaxy phone" option. Click on "DOWNLOAD FOR PC OR MAC" to get the application on your computer.

Step 2. After successfully downloading and installing the Smart Switch on your Mac, launch the program. Then, connect your Samsung phone to this Mac via a USB cable.

Step 3. Click on the "Backup" pane on the Smart Switch home page to start backing up your Samsung files to your Mac.

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Note: You can change the location of the backup, the type of data to be backed up or other settings by selecting "More > Preferences" on the Smart Switch program interface.

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Way 4: How Do I Transfer Photos from Samsung to Mac with USB Cable

The last option to back up your Samsung photos to Macbook is using USB cable transfer, which enables you to transfer not only photos, but also your music and videos from Samsung Galaxy S10/S10 Plus/S10e/S9/S9 Plus/S8/S7/S6, Galaxy Note 8/7/6/5/4, etc. to Mac or PC for backup.

Here's how to download photos from Samsung Galaxy to Mac by a USB cable:

Step 1: Connect your Samsung phone to the Mac computer with a USB cable, and unlock your Samsung device.

how to transfer photos from samsung to mac via usb

Step 2: Swipe down from the top of Samsung phone screen to connect your phone as a media device. To do so, please change the USB connection type to "MTP (Media Transfer Protocol)" or "PTP (Picture Transfer Protocol)". Thus the Mac will detect the connected Samsung phone soon.

Step 3: On your Mac computer, please open your Samsung device and go to "DCIM" > "Camera", or any other folders that contains the images you want to backup.

Step 4: Preview and choose the pictures you want and drag them to your Mac. You can create a folder to save the pictures as required.

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There will be a progress bar showing you how many photos have been transferred. This is how to transfer photos from Samsung S6/S7/S8/S9/S10 to Mac using USB cable.

Summary - A Simple Comparison of These 4 Ways

OK, those are the different methods to help you backup your Samsung photos on Mac. Just make a comparison and pick out your favorite one.

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Android Assistant for Mac
Android File Transfer
Smart Switch
USB Cable
Supported Data Type
Almost all types of data
Almost all types of data
Almost all types of data
Media files
Supported Phone Model
Almost all popular Android devices
Almost all popular Android devices
Samsung Only
Almost all popular Android devices
Supported File Size
Null
4GB
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Null
Supported Mac OS
Mac OS 10.7 or later
Mac OS 10.5 or later
Mac OS 10.6 or later
Mac OS 10.7 or later


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