There are many different ways to transfer photos from your Samsung phone to your Mac - and in this article, we’ll take you through some of the best ways to do this. You could use an app that you download, like MacDroid or SyncMate. Or you could use cloud services or free tools like Android File Transfer or Samsung Smart Switch.
Some apps and services support transferring photos from your Samsung phone to your Mac via Wi-Fi, while for others, you’ll need to connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable. It can be difficult to decide which way is the best way to transfer Samsung photos to Mac, so below we’ll take you through a few different methods, provide you with step-by-step instructions, and help you choose the right method for you.
MacDroid is a Mac app that makes it quick and easy to connect Android to Mac to transfer photos from your Samsung phone to your computer. If you want to transfer photos, from a single photo to a whole folder of holiday snaps, from your Samsung phone to your Mac computer, it’s simple to do.
MacDroid lets you choose between two modes: MTP Mode, which we’ll cover in our step-by-step guide, and ADB Mode (more on that below). Here are the step-by-step instructions you’ll need to follow to transfer your photos from Samsung to Mac in MTP Mode using MacDroid:
In MacDroid, select MTP Mode.
A pop-up window should appear on your phone. Select File transfer.
As we mentioned earlier, MacDroid also allows you to use Android Debugging (ADB) Mode to transfer Samsung photos to Mac. ADB Mode requires you to enable USB debugging mode on your Android phone and is a little more complicated than using MTP Mode. For this reason, we don’t recommend it for beginners as MTP Mode is much quicker and simpler to use.
Don’t want to pay for standalone software to transfer photos from your phone to your Mac (and vice versa)? You could always use Android File Transfer, a free app. In case you’re wondering how to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac with Android File Transfer, just follow our step-by-step guide below:
It may take some time for images to transfer to your Mac, depending on the size and quality of the images you select and how many you are transferring. You can leave Android File Transfer running while you go and do something else, if you’re transferring a lot of high-quality photos.
Another great way to move photos from your phone to your Mac is using a dedicated sync tool like SyncMate. With SyncMate, your photos will be synced across both your devices, so they’ll automatically remain on your Samsung phone while also being copied to your Mac. Here’s how to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac with SyncMate:
Smart Switch is another way to transfer Samsung photos to Mac. It’s free to download and relatively simple to use. As well as transferring files, you can also use Smart Switch’s backup feature to backup your data from your phone to your Mac – great in case you lose your phone or if you are buying a new Samsung phone and want to transfer data to it.
It’s easy to use Smart Switch to transfer photos to your Mac or PC, although the app may not be as reliable as some software like MacDroid or SyncMate – and getting support if you get stuck can be tricky. Here are the step-by-step instructions you need to follow to transfer photos from Samsung to Mac with Smart Switch:
In this article, we’ve taken you through some ways to transfer photos from your Samsung phone to your Mac. We’ve looked at how to download photos from Samsung to Mac using Smart Switch and Android File Transfer, as well as paid apps like MacDroid and SyncMate.
We’d always recommend using a paid app like MacDroid or a sync tool like SyncMate to transfer your photos, as these are generally more reliable and efficient, although apps like Smart Switch and Android File Transfer are easy to use and ideal if you’re only transferring files infrequently.