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How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac

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Written by Hassan Abbas

We mostly take photos with our Android mobiles, however, it is always a headache when we need to transfer photos from Android to Mac OS X El Capitan. In this article, we are going to talk about How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac. Let’s begin!

However, some people might want to transfer pictures selectively and would like to have a thumbnail preview. For those who have hundreds or even thousands of pictures on their, Android must prefer synchronizing pictures from Android to Mac with just one click. Here, we’ll walk through transferring pictures from Android to your Mac along with both of those solutions.

The easiest way to copy pictures from an Android device and to a Mac is by using one of the image transfer apps that is bundled with Mac OS X. That’s because all Android devices, that includes the popular Google Pixel, Nexus, Huawei, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and Samsung Galaxy series as well. It should be treated by the standard camera apps in Mac OS X as if they were a digital camera. All you’ll have to do is launch an appropriate app and then connect the Android device to the Mac with a USB cable.

We say ‘should’ because it doesn’t always work that way actually, so another great option is to use the Android File Transfer app, and when picture Capture or otherwise fails it’s almost guaranteed to work. We’ll walk through many different methods for transferring photos from Android to your Mac with a variety of solutions.

Copy Pictures from Android to Mac with Image Capture

Image Capture is the preferred choice to transfer pictures from just about any digital device to the Mac. It’s fast, efficient, also provides a thumbnail preview, and lets you remove the pictures from the device afterward if you want. It’s no-frills but gets the job done quick, then see how you can copy pictures from an Android phone to a Mac with this app:

  • Connect the Android device to the Mac along with a USB cable
  • Open “Image Capture”, that you found in the /Applications/ folder
  • Choose the Android phone under the ‘Devices’ list on the left side of Image Capture
  • Optionally but recommended, choose a destination folder for the pictures
  • Then tap the “Import All” button in order to transfer all pictures on the device to the Mac

Image Capture also lets you selectively pull pictures off the device through selecting them from the window. Then choose “Import” instead of the Import All button.

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

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

Copy Pictures from Android to the Mac with Android File Transfer

Android File Transfer is a file management app that actually lets you copy files to and from a Mac to an Android device. And naturally, that means you’ll also have access to pictures and movies as well. 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 for you. And will almost certainly recognize the device so long as it’s running Android 3.0 or later than that(most devices are):

  • If you haven’t do that so yet, download FileTransfer from and also install it on your Mac through placing it into the /Applications/ folder
  • Then connect the Android device to the Mac along with a USB cable
  • Open Android File Transfer and then wait for it to recognize the device
  • Pictures are stored in one of two locations, the “DCIM” folder and/or the “Pictures” folder, look in both
  • Use drag & drop in order to pull the photos from Android to the Mac

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


In terms of the two folders, “DCIM” tends to be where pictures were taken with the digital camera apps appear. However, “Pictures” is mostly where photos saved from apps appear. That is not always the case though, which is why we recommend you to look in both locations. To make 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 as well. You’ll also find that if you explore the device a bit with AFT, there is access to much of the Android devices file system. Although it’s neat to have raw direct access to a lot of these files some of the data shouldn’t be irritated with manually. And for things such as email, calendars, and notes, you can sync those between Mac OS X and Android with fairly little effort.

Use Preview App for Image Transfers from Android to Mac OS X

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

  • Open Preview after connecting the Android device to the Mac
  • Now pull down the “File” menu and near the bottom of the menu options choose “Import from (device name)”
  • Choose the images to transfer, then select “Import”

Preview’s interface for copying pictures is a lot such as Image Capture, but with fewer options. And there is also no option to automatically open and import the photos upon connection.


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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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