Ways to Sync Android with Mac OS X (99% People Don't Know)

Syncing iPhone with your Mac seems pretty easy. But what if a user owns an Android phone and wants it to sync with his/her Mac computer?

If you want to sync Android phone with Mac, well then, this should not stress yourself at all. Why? Because for your convenience, we are going to explain various ways to sync Android with Mac in this article.

Read further to find the easiest way for Android to Mac OS sync.

Is Android File Transfer (Mac) still popular?

Android File Transfer is developed by Google for supporting Mac users to organize their Android phone/tablet. This tool helps you to browse, view and transfer music, photos, videos, contacts, etc. to your Mac computer easily. On an average it works fine, but it somewhere loses the charm when transferring heavy files.

Apart from that syncing Android with Mac is bit cumbersome with Android File Transfer on Mac, the major disadvantages with Android File Transfer are:

  • During file transfer or establishing connection between Mac OS and Android, numerous errors keep cropping up. It prevents properly transferring the files between a Mac and Android phone.
  • While trying Android and Mac sync for large files, it times out every now and then.
  • Only selected Android models are supported by this software.
  • Not all file types are supported for data transfer with Android File Transfer. Also, it is not possible to manage Android apps on your phone from the Mac.
  • The interface is not intuitive enough for users, making it hard to transfer Android data to a Mac computer.

Sync Android with Mac: contacts, calendars, mails (light data)

When you want to sync light data such as calendars, contacts, mails etc. between Mac OS and Android, Google seems the most viable option.

For syncing emails between the Android device and Mac, you would require POP or IMAP protocols on your Mac computer. For this you would need a Gmail account over which your data must have been from Android. Having a Gmail or Google account will help you to get your Android’s contacts, calendars, mails data (light data) sync with Mac OS effectively.

Here are the step by step tutorials on how to sync Android with Mac.

How to sync contacts with Mac OS X

Syncing contacts on Mac OS X for Android needs you to first setup your Android phone with Google account. Here are the steps to setup Google account on your Android device:

  1. Browse for ‘Settings’ on your phone and then tap ‘Accounts’. Go to ‘Google’ and log in to your Google or Gmail account credentials thereafter.
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    Log in to your Google or Gmail account
  3. Once the account has been setup successfully, tap on the [email ID] which you just recently configured and toggle the ‘Contacts’ option on. Then hit on ‘3 vertical dots’ from the top right corner and push the ‘Sync Now’ button from the drop down menu.
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    Toggle on the Contacts option

Note: While setting up the Google account, make sure to enter your Gmail/Google credentials correctly. Passwords are case sensitive.

Now that the work on your Android phone is complete, let’s see what needs to be done over your Mac computer.

  1. On your Mac computer launch the ‘Address Book’ app and tap the ‘Address Book’ tab from the menu bar. Now, look for ‘Preferences’ on the drop down menu. After selecting it move to ‘Accounts’ section.
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    Launch Address Book on Mac
  3. Now, under ‘Accounts’, tap ‘On My Mac’ and mark the checkbox against ‘Synchronize to Google’ and tap ‘Configure’. Hit ‘Accept’ on the popup window when you are prompted.
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    Confirm the sync with Mac
  5. Key in your Gmail credentials that you have synced with your Android phone upon being prompted.
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    Enter the user name and password
  7. On your Mac computer’s menu-bar, there will be a tiny sync icon. Tap the sync icon and from the dropdown menu select ‘Sync Now’.
  8. Now, Android and Mac OS sync for contacts has been done successfully.

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How to sync calendars with Mac OS X

Let’s see how to carry out Android and Mac sync for calendars. You can sync your Google or Android calendar with Mac’s iCal.

Here is the step-by-step guide:

  1. On your Mac computer, browse for ‘iCal’ and then tap on the ‘Preferences’ tab. Visit ‘Accounts’ option from there.
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    Preferences settings in iCal
  3. Here, you need to tap the ‘+’ icon from the bottom-left corner of the interface. It will help in adding a calendar to your Mac’s iCal.
  4. Select ‘Account Type’ to ‘Automatic’ and then provide your Gmail credentials here. After that hit on ‘Create’ button.
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    Create a new account
  6. To initiate sync and automatic refresh, you need to launch ‘iCal’ and then select ‘Preferences’. Under preferences hit the ‘Accounts’ tab and click on ‘Refresh calendars’ then make sure to select the desired timings of automatic refresh.
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    Select the time of calendar refreshing

This process will sync your Android/Google Calendar with your Mac’s iCal.

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How to sync mails with Mac OS X

Setting up Android and Google sync with Mac is identical to setting up any standard mail account with OS X, you can activate the ‘Mail’ app using the same Gmail account.

  1. Get Gmail configured on your Android phone first. If you have already configured it then skip this.
  2. On your Mac computer, go to ‘System Preferences’ and then opt for ‘Mail, Contacts & Calendars’. Under that option click on ‘Gmail’ tab and provide your Gmail credentials here.
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    Provide credentials to sync mails
  4. After keying in the Gmail account details, tap on ‘Setup’ and you are good to go.

Note: You need to select the checkboxes against ‘Mail & Notes’, and ‘Calendars’. These are same for Mac OS X Mountain Lion. But, in Mac OS X Lion all these options are separate.

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Separate options in Mac OS X Lion

Mails synced to Android with Mac using Gmail are carried out instantly. Whereas, on OS X 10.8, the ‘Notes’ app is synced to Android through Gmail and tagged in the form of Notes.

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Sync Android with Mac: photos, music, videos, apps, files (heavy data)

Well! It’s pretty annoying to carry out different processes and alter settings for Android transfer to Mac OS or vice-versa. If you found the previously discussed processes were bit confusing to carry out, dr.fone – Transfer is sure to amaze you.

Syncing your Android phone with Mac is a cake walk with dr.fone – Transfer. It can transfer photos, SMS, music, contacts, and more between iTunes to Android devices, computer to Android devices, and between 2 Android devices as well.

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  • Manage apps on your device using a Mac/Windows system, which was not possible with Android File Transfer.
  • Export, backup and uninstall apps on your phone.
  • Selectively transfer almost all file types between your Android phone and Mac (OS).
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How to Sync Android to Mac

Here is the step-by-step guide for syncing Android phone with Mac. However, for your reference we are taking an example of Music files in this guide. You can follow this guide for other data types as well to sync Android data to Mac:

Step 1: Install dr.fone Toolbox on your Mac and launch it. Then select the ‘Transfer’ option from the main interface and get you Android device connected with your Mac.

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Main screen of Android-Mac sync tool

Step 2: Now, the program will detect your device and you need to tap the ‘Music’ tab. Then select the desired music files and tap the ‘Export’ icon found besides the ‘Delete’ button.

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Go to the Music sync
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Select music files to export to Mac

Step 3: Select the destination on your Mac to save these selected music files that you are exporting and then tap ‘OK’ to confirm.

How to Sync Mac to Android

After learning Android music transfer to Mac OS, let’s learn Mac to Android transfer. It will complete the Android Mac OS sync process.

Step 1: Launch dr.fone Toolbox on your Mac and connect your Android phone using a lightning cable. From the program interface, click the ‘Transfer’ option to initiate dr.fone – Transfer. Let the Mac detect your Android phone.

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Android to be detected by Mac

Step 2: Now, from the dr.fone – Transfer main screen, click on ‘Music’ tab available on the top. After selecting the ‘Music’ tab, tap on the ‘Add’ icon and then tap ‘Add File/Folder’ depending upon your preference.

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Import desired music from Mac

Step 3: Lastly, browse and locate for the desired music files on your Mac computer and hit ‘Open’ to transfer music from your Mac to your Android phone.

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