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In the last article we showed How to Transfer files from Mac OS & Android MTP via USB , But its not possible to carry our USB cable all the time. So, In such cases we can share files from Android device to Mac OS even wirelessly! over WiFi. Sharing files between Mac OS & Android over WiFi doesn’t require any Internet or cellular data connection and is really fast using the Share It app. In this tutorial we will cover How to Transfer Files from Mac OS to Android or from Android to Mac OS X over WiFi by Share It app .

Pre – Requisites / Requirements –

  • Share It app for Android should be installed on your Android device –
    Click here to Download Share It App for Android from Google Play Store.
  • Share It app for Mac OS X which should be installed on your Mac OS Machine –
    Click here to Download Share It App from Mac OS App Store.
  • Install Share It app on both devices.

We will divide our tutorial into two parts –

  1. How to Transfer Files & Documents from Mac OS X to Android over WiFi.
  2. How to Transfer Files & Documents from Android to Mac OS X over WiFi.

Part . 1 – Method to Transfer or Share files from Mac OS X to Android over WiFi by Share It-

ShareIt on Mac OS X

Important – This method Requires both your Mac OS X & Android device to be connected to a common WiFi Network . The Common Network must not be coming from(hotspot) from either of the devices (Mac OS X or The Android Device) which are transferring files. We Recommend connecting both the devices to a 3rd Party WiFi Network e.x a WiFi Router , or a Hotspot created by a non-transfer involved Android Hotspot.

  • Connect both the Sender (Mac OS X device) and Receiver (Android Device) to a common WiFi Network.
  • Now First launch the Share It app on Mac OS X either through Applications folder or via the Launchpad. It will look as shown in the alongside image. (Do make sure you do not close / minimize the app) .
  • During our tests the Scan & Connect option wasn’t visible on Android Phone, hence we did the following steps –
  • Launch Share It app on Receiver Android Phone and now you will see “three vertical linesat the top right hand side , tap on it and select the Option “Connect to PC Option” as shown in the below image –

    Tap on the “Connect to PC Option” , now it will give you a Radar view on your Android Device with your Mac Device name. Now tap on your “Mac Device name” in the radar view on the Share It android app as shown in the image below-

    Tap on the Screen icon on your Android

  • Now, On your Mac OSShare It app it will ask you for permission to share files , Here tap on “OK” as shown in the below image –

    Once you have clicked on OK button, it will now display you a connected screen as shown below –

  • Now Open Finder app and select the files which you want to transfer to your Android device. Simply Drag & Drop” files on to this ShareIt window! Your files will be successfully copied to your Android device as shown! –

    Drag & Drop Files on Share It window

  • That’s it! Congratulations You have successfully transferred Files from Mac OS X to Android over WiFi.

Part . 2 – Transferring Files & Music from Android to Mac OS X via WiFi –

Transferring Files & Music from Android to Mac OS X again could be done via 2 Methods –

  1. Using ShareIt WebShare , ShareIt App required only on Android Sender. (Mac OS X Connected to the Android Sender HotSpot)
  2. Both Devices Required to be Connected to a 3rd Party WiFi (ShareIt App Required on Both Android Sender & Mac Receiver).

1 . ShareIt Webshare Method to Transfer Files from Android to Mac OS X

Note – Unlike the above method this method doesn’t require a 3rd party WiFi device , your Android device itself will act like a HotSpot WiFi and we need to connect to that WiFi on your Mac.

  • Now, First open the Share It App on your Android Sender device. Click on the Vertical lines on the top right hand side and select the option “WebShare” .
  • It will now open a viewer tab, here select the files which you want to transfer to Mac and tap on “Send” as show in the image below –

    Tap on Send After tapping Send

    It will now show you the Procedure to be done on Mac OS X device as shown –

  • Now on your Mac OS X , Connect to the WiFI network mentioned in the Android Share It app screen.
  • After connecting to the mentioned HotSpot, Open any web browser Safari or Google Chrome on your Mac OS Machine.
  • Now, Type in the URL / Link along with Port mentioned in the second step on ShareIt Android app.
  • Here you will see all your content, which was shared via the app – Simply Click on the Download icon beside the app as shown below –

    Check the URL Tap on the Down icon

  • Once you tap it the file will be downloaded or we can say successfully copied from your Android device to your Mac OS Device!!

Impportant Note – For Transferring Files from Android to Mac OS without Webshare method –

  • Make sure that both Mac OS X & Android Sender device is connected to same 3rd Party WiFi.
  • First Open the Share It app on Android device, and tap on “Send”.
  • Now Open the Share It app on Mac OS X device.
  • Again return to your Android device and Select the Files which you want to Share to Mac OS Device and after you’re done selecting the files tap on “Send”.
  • You will see a radar view on the Android device, Tap on the Mac device name.
  • Return to the Mac OS X Share It App to accept the files!

Cngratulations! You have now successfully shared files betwen your Mac OS X device and Android phone. If you face any problems or encounter any issues feel free to comment.

Related

Back in the day, we used USB cables and Bluetooth to move data between Android and PC. Today, we don't carry around cables everywhere and Bluetooth isn't efficient enough to transfer a large number of files without throwing up an error.

Most users rely on a stable internet connection to transfer data using various mediums such as cloud services, email, chat apps, etc. But what if there is no internet connectivity?

Suppose you are traveling and you need to transfer files from your phone to PC or vice versa. And you're not carrying a USB cable and mobile data isn’t exactly reliable. What do you do in such a situation? How do you move files?

That’s what we are going to explore. Let’s see how to share files between Android and PC without a working internet connection.

What’s the Secret

No hidden manifesto exists. We will just be taking advantage of Wi-Fi Direct technology. When you hear Wi-Fi, it’s usually synonymous with the internet, but Wi-Fi Direct is a Wi-Fi standard which doesn’t require an internet connection. It creates a Peer-to-Peer connection without using any Wi-Fi router and works almost like Bluetooth but with faster data transfer rates.

Wi-Fi Direct makes your device a portable virtual router that can be used to connect printers, mobile phones, PCs and more. However, the technology currently doesn’t support direct transfer of files without using apps.

What to Do

Fortunately, two ways exist — use third-party apps and native hotspot with FTP server. Let's check them out.

Third Party Apps

Most apps on Play Store that let you transfer files require a working internet connection. Thankfully, some of these apps come with the ability to take advantage of Wi-Fi direct too.

To name a few worthy apps, we have SHAREit, Xender, and Zapya. For this tutorial, I will be showing you the steps with the Xender app.

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Step 1: Open the Xender app on your phone and tap the profile picture icon at the top-left corner. Then select Connect to PC from the sidebar.

Step 2: Go to the Hot Spot tab and tap on Create Hotspot. Xender will create a virtual network with its name and password on the next screen.

Step 3: On your PC, connect to this Wi-Fi network using the password provided in the above step.

Step 4: Once connected, open a web browser on your PC and enter the address given in step two. A confirmation window will appear on your mobile device. Tap on Accept.

Step 5: You will be able to access your Android files on the PC in a beautiful, user-friendly interface. Use drag and drop method to add or remove files. Alternatively, select files and hit the Send button on mobile.

App

If your device runs MIUI, you are in luck for you don’t need to download any third-party app. Your device comes with Mi Drop, a pre-installed app that uses Wi-Fi Direct for letting you transfer files without internet. Google's file manager called Files by Google also offers this feature.

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Native Hotspot

In the above method, one had to rely on apps to create a hotspot. But you can do it without any app too. Does that mean you can then directly transfer files using Wi-Fi Direct? Sadly, no. Once you have set up a hotspot, you have to use FTP. For that too, you need a third-party FTP server app already installed on your phone.

You can use apps like WiFi FTP Server and Ftp Server. If you're using file explorers such as ES File Explorer and Solid Explorer, then both have the FTP server feature baked inside.

Here are the steps for the entire process.

Step 1: On your Android device, open device Settings and go to Network & internet.

Step 2: Tap on Hotspot & tethering followed by Wi-Fi hotspot.

Step 3: If you are using the hotspot for the first time, give it a custom name and set a password here. Then enable it by turning on the toggle.

Once set, you can enable hotspot in the future from the quick settings directly.

Step 4: On your PC, connect to this hotspot network.

Step 5: Open the FTP supported app and tap on Start. I’m using WiFi FTP Server app here. Note the server URL for you will need it in the next step.

Step 6: Open File Explorer on your PC, type the server URL given in the app in the address bar and press Enter.

Your Android folders will now be available on your PC. You can add or remove files here easily.

What’s the Caveat

The only challenge here is that you need the third-party apps, and you must install them on your phone before you attempt to transfer files. So download and install them today for you never know when you might need them.

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Is Old Really Gold?

You can use the above mentioned methods even when you have the internet connectivity. Both ways have several essential benefits over the traditional methods like cloud sync, email, or chat apps. To start with, you enjoy faster data transfer speeds followed by the ability to transfer large files. Also, your files aren’t transferred or stored on any server in the process.

So which method works the best for you? Let us know in the comments below.

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