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  1. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    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.
    04-23-2015 01:21 PM
  2. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I have 3 alternatives for you:

    (1) You could transfer the photos with bluetooth, which is what I do with my Mac. Just turn on bluetooth on both devices, select the photos you want to send, and select the Mac. The photos should transfer to the "Downloads" folder on the Mac.

    (2) Download this app could AirDroid, which is an AMAZING app for this. What you do is install it on your phone, then go airdroid.com, and it will connect with your phone, and show you all your pics, and you can easily just download them to your computer

    (3) Alternatively, you could just email them to yourself and download them on your Mac. the bluetooth method is much faster though
    04-23-2015 01:36 PM
  3. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    Thank you for the answer. Do you have any recommendation for transferring music to the S6?
    04-23-2015 01:40 PM
  4. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Thank you for the answer. Do you have any recommendation for transferring music to the S6?
    AirDrop (my second suggestion) lets you transfer anything to your device, so you can transfer music as well.

    Alternatively, you could use Google Play, which you transfer music to your Google Drive, and then you could just stream it on your phone. Saves space on the phone.

    I personally use Spotify, so I don't save any music on my phone
    04-23-2015 01:45 PM
  5. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    Do you have a link to AirDrop. All I get via a Google search is the AirDrop stuff between iPhone and Mac.
    04-23-2015 01:54 PM
  6. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Do you have a link to AirDrop. All I get via a Google search is the AirDrop stuff between iPhone and Mac.
    Sorry I meant AirDroid lol

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....sand.airdroid
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    04-23-2015 02:01 PM
  7. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    Gotcha. Taking a look at it now.
    04-23-2015 02:08 PM
  8. Daspoo's Avatar
    I think you should be able to find it in the Google Play store. But here's the link to the app website - https://www.airdroid.com/.

    FYI - another alternative is an app named "WiFi File Transfer Pro". You start it on your phone and then navigate to the URL specified in your computer's browser, and have full access to the phone's file system.

    -# Cheers! #-
    04-23-2015 02:12 PM
  9. Berry me a G's Avatar
    smooth4lyfe..out of curiosity can you 2way transfer with your mac? I can only send files from my mac to phone but it will not receive from S6. I have a MB air 2013. Ill check out airdroid though as it sounds like a decent option.
    04-23-2015 03:04 PM
  10. Byron Hinson1's Avatar
    I installed Android File Transfer and it worked fine with my S6

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    04-23-2015 03:26 PM
  11. Raymond Elliott's Avatar
    smooth4lyfe..out of curiosity can you 2way transfer with your mac? I can only send files from my mac to phone but it will not receive from S6. I have a MB air 2013. Ill check out airdroid though as it sounds like a decent option.
    I'm using Smart Switch on an iMac and can transfer files both ways.
    04-23-2015 03:48 PM
  12. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    I'm using Smart Switch on an iMac and can transfer files both ways.
    Are you using a Samsung Galaxy S6?
    04-23-2015 04:08 PM
  13. mistyisland's Avatar
    This is some great information. I am able to do this via Wi Fi file transfer. However, I would like to use bluetooth, and I have paired the macbook and the Gs6.

    They both recognize one another, and it shows "connected" in the mac, but only for a second, then it shows "not connected." When I highlight the Gs6 in the mac and click "browse" it says "does not have necessary services." What services? Do I need to install something else on the Gs6? Or is it the mac that does not have the necessary services?
    04-23-2015 04:10 PM
  14. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    I am glad I am not the only one that is finding this difficult. Funny if I plug the S6 into my PC at work to charge all that comes up is do I want to view the files. Can't for the life of me figure out why this is so hard for Samsung to figure out on OS X.
    04-23-2015 05:20 PM
  15. Daspoo's Avatar
    I am glad I am not the only one that is finding this difficult. Funny if I plug the S6 into my PC at work to charge all that comes up is do I want to view the files. Can't for the life of me figure out why this is so hard for Samsung to figure out on OS X.
    I don't think it's so much Samsung but rather the whole MTP / OSX conversation, or lack thereof. It pretty much drove me crazy trying to use USB to foster communication between my old M7 and Mac Mini. Its actually the reason that device is still rooted. Tried to unroot it to update it to Lollipop - ended up being a real PITA so I conceded.
    04-23-2015 06:58 PM
  16. Raymond Elliott's Avatar
    Are you using a Samsung Galaxy S6?
    Yes. When you start Smart Switch, is your info window expanded so that you can see the little folder icon? If not, click the little down arrow next to "SAMSUNG-SM-XXXXX

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    Click on the folder icon to open the file manager (MTPB Browser).

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    Navigate to the folder...for folder actions, right click.

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    Then just drag files like normal. It is a little different; for example you need to open a folder before dragging files into it.
    04-23-2015 08:29 PM
  17. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    smooth4lyfe..out of curiosity can you 2way transfer with your mac? I can only send files from my mac to phone but it will not receive from S6. I have a MB air 2013. Ill check out airdroid though as it sounds like a decent option.
    AirDroid should allow you to 2-way transfer fine...just drag and drop
    04-23-2015 08:31 PM
  18. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    I am glad I am not the only one that is finding this difficult. Funny if I plug the S6 into my PC at work to charge all that comes up is do I want to view the files. Can't for the life of me figure out why this is so hard for Samsung to figure out on OS X.
    Its Apple's fault I think. They make their computers much easier to use with iPhones than with other products that are not Apple so they can force users to be on the same ecosystem. They do this with a lot of their products, pretty stupid imo.
    04-23-2015 08:34 PM
  19. TheRealJTRay's Avatar
    If that's the case why does the iPhone work the same way on Windows?
    04-23-2015 08:55 PM
  20. madhatter2426's Avatar
    I can confirm the Smartswitch app works both ways. Just click the little folder icon next to internal memory. Drag and drop both ways.
    04-27-2015 10:03 AM
  21. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    If that's the case why does the iPhone work the same way on Windows?
    Windows is not as restrictive as Mac

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S6!
    04-27-2015 10:09 AM
  22. strassrachel's Avatar
    Hey,

    thanks for your precious comments. I am looking to be able to see for exemple my pictures on my MAC so that I can do come "order" and put them in folders etc.
    Is there a way to be able to see the S6 as an external usb for exemple ?
    When I plug in my S6 in my MAC it doesn't show nowhere ...
    thanks for your help
    Best
    05-03-2015 08:04 AM
  23. madhatter2426's Avatar
    Hey,

    thanks for your precious comments. I am looking to be able to see for exemple my pictures on my MAC so that I can do come "order" and put them in folders etc.
    Is there a way to be able to see the S6 as an external usb for exemple ?
    When I plug in my S6 in my MAC it doesn't show nowhere ...
    thanks for your help
    Best
    No you can't do it as a usb device you must use the smart switch app which will allow you to transfer files both ways. See above for how to do it. It actually works much better than Kies.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-03-2015 08:18 AM
  24. strassrachel's Avatar
    Great !! Thanks for your help
    05-03-2015 10:51 AM
  25. 0dBu's Avatar
    Its Apple's fault I think. They make their computers much easier to use with iPhones than with other products that are not Apple so they can force users to be on the same ecosystem. They do this with a lot of their products, pretty stupid imo.
    Not really. I'm hard-core Mac and I've had 0 issues ever with an Android phone. If anything I'd even say its easier than dealing with Windows. There's no drivers, etc. ADB and Fastboot are easy to set up. Everything is plug and play. Hell, you can build Android natively on a Mac.
    05-03-2015 12:26 PM
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