Share files between your Android device and a Mac with Droid NAS

Droid NAS for Android allows Android devices to show up in Finder for Mac, so you can transfer files between them over Wi-Fi.

Droid NAS and Mac
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You can share files between your Android device and a Mac by using a USB cable and running Android File Transfer on your Mac. If both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, however, there's an easier way: Droid NAS. Droid NAS is an Android app that makes your device appear in Finder as a Bonjour computer. There's no need to open a Web browser or run a separate program on your Mac.

Launch Droid NAS on your Android device, then select which profile you want to use. You can choose among the three profiles that are preconfigured: Home, Office, and Cafe. Once you've selected the profile, tap on the "Start Server" button.

Droid NAS for Android
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Your Android device should now show up in Finder on your Mac and you can begin transferring files back and forth..

Android in Mac Finder
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The Droid NAS settings allow you to change the name of the server, choose a new Finder icon, restrict access by users, and choose which profiles to load when connected to different Wi-Fi networks.

Droid NAS settings
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While Droid NAS certainly isn't the only way to transfer files from your Android device to a Mac, it's drop-dead simple to use, and being able to manage your files within Finder is very convenient.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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