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
Ed Rhee/CNET

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
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

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
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

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
Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

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.

 

Join the discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Don't Miss
Hot Products
Trending on CNET

HOT ON CNET

Love heavy and clunky tablets?

Said no one ever. CNET brings you the lightest and thinnest tablets on the market.