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.
Thank you.

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.

1. Backup Galaxy S6 to Mac with a Android Transfer

2. Copy pictures and files to Mac by mounting Galaxy S6/S6 Edge as a flash drive

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.
transfer data from Android to Mac

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.

galaxy s6 file transfer home

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.

connect galaxy s6 to computer

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.

export photo from Samsung to Mac

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.

backup Galaxy S6 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

Free Trial | Mac

android file transfer

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.

android file transfer app

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.

media device transfer mode

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.

backup Samsung S6 to Mac

Transfer Photos from Galaxy S6 to Mac OS

6 thoughts on “Transfer Photos from Galaxy S6 to Mac OS

  • April 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    How can I access my pictures once they are transferred onto my Mac?

    • April 7, 2016 at 1:55 am

      When the photo transfer completes, click Open Folder then you can check the exported photos on your Mac.

  • May 30, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Didnt work for me.
    My samsung 6 still isn’t registering on my macbook and the green android ( the file transfer app) keeps telling me It couldn’t connect and to reconnect/ restart my device. I restarted my macbook and phone and reconnected several times, same thing keeps happening.

    • May 30, 2016 at 8:11 am

      Sorry to hear about that! You can try the 1st way I’ve recommended. I’ll test and recommend more practical solution.

  • June 1, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    None of this stuff works!
    For every method,as soon as I plug in the S6,The Bloody Guy pops up and says “If you device’s screen is locked, disconnect its USB, unlock your screen, and then reconnect the cable.”
    The screen is never locked and I cannot get past that little green screwball who keeps telling me it is. If I had a garbage disposal, I would chuck it in laughing maniacally the whole time…

    • October 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      The same behaviour for me.


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