How to Transfer Photos from a Galaxy S6 to Mac OS X via USB?
I have moved to a Galaxy S6 after being an iPhone user since 2009. I love the phone, but I can’t exactly figure out how to transfer my photos to my Mac running OS Yosemite. I had installed Samsung Smart Switch, but it appears that this application is for getting information from my old iOS device to my S6. I am fully aware that I can use sources like Google Drive and Drop Box to upload the photos, but I would rather do this via USB.
Samsung Kies does not work with the S6 based on my initial use of that program. When using the program with the S6 I received a prompt to use Smart Switch as Kies does not work with the S6. A suggestion that was given to me today was use Android File Transfer for Mac. I read though that this will not work with the S6 either. I would be happy at this point to simply plug the device in and go to finder and work with the files like I can on a Windows machine, but I don’t see myself using a Windows PC any time in the future.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.
Having a Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and need to sync photos and files with Mac?
Chances are that you might want to transfer music, videos and photos from Galaxy S6 to Mac/PC for storing or using them elsewhere. Then how to get your favorite pictures from your Samsung Galaxy S6 and save on Mac or PC? Since Mac can’t detect Samsung S6 / S6 Edge, then it is a little difficult to transfer files like music, movies, pictures to your Mac. Here we’ll give you 3 ways you can choose for transferring photos from Galaxy S6 to your Mac for long-term storage and other usage.
Way 1: Backup Galaxy S6 Photo to Mac by using a Android Transfer tool
Android Transfer enables you to transfer files between Android and computer, including contacts, photos, music, SMS, and more. What’s more, it can transfer media files between iTunes and Android.
- Transfer photos and videos between Android devices and computers.
- Transfer music between Android devices and iTunes/computers.
- Add, export, and delete media data on computer in batch.
Step 1. Launch and connect your Galaxy S6 to Mac
First of all, download Android data transfer from the above link and install it on your computer.
Then, launch it and bring the primary window. Just select “Transfer” option from the modules.
Step 2. Connect Samsung Galaxy S6 to Mac
Now, it’s time to plug your Samsung Galaxy S6 into the USB port of your Mac. Your Samsung phone will be recognized and displayed in the primary window. No matter you transfer photos, videos or music, the steps are similar.
Here you should note that you should make sure that you have enabled USB debugging mode on your Galaxy S phone. If your Android os version is 4.2.2 or above, there will be a pop up window on the Android phone asking you to allow USB Debugging. Please tap on OK.
Step 3. Choose photo file type to transfer
Click Photo to enter Photo management panel. All the albums will be displayed on the left. Select your desired photos and click Export > Export to PC.
This brings up your file browser window. Select a save path to store the photos from your Android device to computer.
You can also transfer the whole photo album from Android to Mac.
Beside photos, you can also transfer contacts, text messages, call logs, videos, apps from Samsung Galaxy phone to your computer.
The transfer process will take a few minutes. Please make sure the connection of your Android phone and the computer, and don’t use the device or delete any data on the phone during the transferring process.
Way 2: Copy pictures and files to Mac by mounting Galaxy S6/S5 Smartphone
If you’re new to Apple’s OSX for iMac, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air, you might have already noticed it is a difficult task to transfer files from your Galaxy S6 to Mac. And your Samsung smartphone or tablet can’t get detected and recognized by your Mac. This is because the USB connection uses the MTP protocol, which is not supported by Mac OS X natively. Therefore, to access the captured pictures and videos of Galaxy S6 / S6 Edge, you need to install a Android File Transfer which empowers you the ability to view and transfer files and photos from your Galaxy phone to your Mac computer. Now read on to get the details:
Step 1. Download Android File Transfer on Mac
Android File Transfer is available at www.android.com/filetransfer/.
Step 2. Run the app on your computer
Just launch the app and open androidfiletransfer.dmg.
Then drag Android File Transfer icon to Applications icon as following.
Step 3. Conncet your Galaxy S6/S6 Edge to your Mac with the USB cable
Plug your Galaxy smartphone into the USB port of your Mac, then your computer will quickly detect your Samsung S6 and display it as a flash drive.
Continuely, double click Android File Transfer. It will recognize your Galaxy S6 and then automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.
Tips: If you get a No Device Found message, be sure your Samsung Galaxy S6 is in Media Device (MTP) transfer mode. Tap Connected as media device and select Media Device (MTP) when a check mark is present.
Step 4. Transfer photo, video, music and files from Galaxy phone to your Mac
Now, you can browse the file and folders on your Samsung Galaxy S6/S5 and then copy your wanted files and photos to your Mac OSX.
PS: It seems like many people encounters problems while transferring files from Android to Mac via USB by using Android file transfer Mac. The following method might fix the issue: Android File Transfer not working.