It's easy to sync your devices and transfer data if they are all from Apple. But, sometimes, you have a device outside of the ecosystem. For example, you own an Android phone and a MacBook. In that situation, how will the Android and Mac sync to allow you to share data?

Syncing two devices with different operating systems is often challenging for most people. You might even wonder if an Android and Mac can sync. But don't worry. This quick guide is designed for this and related answers you have.

You'll learn to sync these gadgets easily and move data with a click. So, read on.

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In this article
    1. Android and Mac Sync with Google Chrome
    2. Android and Mac Sync with Google Drive
    3. Android and Mac Sync with Google Contacts

Can Android and Mac Sync and Allow One to Share Data?

Yes, an Android and a Mac can sync, but indirectly. These two devices run different, incompatible operating systems: Android and MacOS. Thus, a Mac will only directly sync with other devices within the Apple ecosystem.

For example, you can connect a Mac to an iPhone/iPad and quickly transfer data with AirDrop or iCloud. In other words, it's very convenient to use Apple devices together. However, many people want to experience the conveniences of Android and MacOS.

So, it's understandable if you have an Android phone and a Mac. You can use a third-party app to do an Android Mac sync. A file-sharing software like Wondershare MobileTrans makes things easier for you. It allows you to sync Android with Mac and transfer data with one click. Find the details in Part 2 below.

Sync Android to Mac and Transfer Data in One Click

Wondershare MobileTrans is an easy-to-use software. It's designed to transfer data between devices securely. What sets it apart is its ability to support cross-platform data transfers. That makes it the perfect choice to sync Android phones to Mac.

Through its Phone Transfer feature, you can share data between your devices in a minute. The software is also fast and ideal for moving large files across devices. It doesn't matter whether you want to transfer data from your phone to the Mac or vice versa. MobileTrans is your go-to tool.

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Learn to sync Android to MacBook Pro and move data with the MobileTrans - Phone Transfer:

  1. Download and install the MobileTrans software on your MacBook Pro. Next, connect your Android device to the Mac with a functional USB cable.
  2. Open the MobileTrans app on the MacBook Pro and choose the Phone Transfer mode on the interface. To move data from the Android phone to the Mac, click Export to Computer.
    open the mobiletrans software and click phone transfer then choose export to computer
  3. At this point, your phone is synced with the Mac. MobileTrans will display up to 5 data types you can transfer from the mobile device to the computer. So, select file types to transfer, then click Export.
    select data to transfer from android to mac then click the export button
  4. The software will begin exporting your files immediately. Wait and keep the connection intact until the process is completed.
    keep both the ipad and mac connected until the data exporting is completed

It's also easy to sync and import files from Mac to your Android phone. The following are the simple steps:

  1. Ensure your Mac has the MobileTrans software installed on it. Next, connect the Android device to the PC through a USB data cable.
  2. Open the MobileTrans software on the Mac and click Phone Transfer on the home page. Choose the Import to Phone option.
    open the mobiletrans phone transfer then choose the import to phone option
  3. MobileTrans will automatically sync your phone to the computer. Now select data to transfer from the PC to the Android phone.
    select the data type from the the left sidebar to import to android
  4. Click Import for the MobileTrans to begin importing your data. The process will take a few minutes. Keep both devices connected until it's completed.
    keep the devices connected and wait while mobiletrans imports your data

Another Trick to Do an Android and Mac Sync

Apart from the MobileTrans, there's another trick you can use to accomplish an Android-to-Mac sync. You only require having a Gmail account. If you don't have one, consider signing up to sync your devices quickly.

With your Gmail email address, you can sign into Google Drive on your Mac. You can also log into and access Chrome, Play Store, Photos, YouTube, and other Google Services. Below are a few examples:

  • Android and Mac Sync with Google Chrome

Do you use Google Chrome on your Android phone? If yes, the app collects your browsing history and bookmarks. Check the steps to set up the syncing options from your Android and sync this data to your Mac:

  1. Open Chrome on your Android phone and tap the three-dot button in the top-right corner.
  2. Choose Settings (you may need to scroll down). Under You and Google, tap Sync.
  3. Tap the Sync Everything button. That will sync your history, passwords, bookmarks, and more. Or you can sync the data individually by checking the boxes against each data.
  4. Open Chrome on the Mac and sign into the same Gmail account. You'll find all the information there, mirrored to your phone.
  • Android and Mac Sync with Google Drive

Google Drive is a great way to sync your files and folders across your devices. It's straightforward to use. All you need is a stable internet connection, then proceed as follows:

  1. On your Android phone, open the Drive app and sign in to your Google account.
    open the google drive app on your android phone and sign in to your account
  2. Once you've successfully signed in, click the New button with a plus (+) sign. The button is on the lower-right corner of the screen.
    tap the plus sign button to start adding new data into the drive
  3. Choose the Upload button.
    tap the upload button to upload new files to transfer to your mac
  4. Browse your phone and select the data you wish to transfer to your Mac. After that, tap Select at the top-right of the screen.
    select the data you want to transfer then tap the select button at the top-right
  5. Wait as your data is being uploaded. The process can take anywhere from a second to a few minutes. It depends on the size of your uploads.
  6. Once your files are uploaded, open a browser on your Mac. Go to (or install the Google Drive app on the Mac). Sign in using the same account as your phone.
    go to your mac and sign in to google drive to download the freshly uploaded data
  7. You'll find your recently uploaded files on the Home page. You can select a file, then click on the three-dot button on the right side of the file. Choose download.
    select the uploaded data on the drive home page and download it on your mac

    Or you can select multiple files, right-click, then choose download. Once the files are downloaded, open a Finder window and choose Downloads.

  • Android and Mac Sync with Google Contacts

It's also easy to sync your Google contacts on Mac. After that, changing any contact details will change everywhere across your devices. Check the steps:

  1. On the Mac, open System Preferences, then click Internet Accounts.
  2. Click Google, then enter your Google email address and password. Click Next.
  3. Check Contacts and click Done.


This article has discussed ways to sync an Android phone and Mac and move data between the two devices. You can use MobileTrans - Phone Transfer, which is easy and secure for everyone.

Or you can use your Gmail account and sync the various Google services across your devices. From Google Chrome to Google Drive and much more, syncing Android to Mac has never been easier!

What if you want to share large files, such as videos, saved on your Android phone? We recommend MobileTrans. It's fast and will allow you to move your content in minutes. Uploading long videos, for example, through Google Drive can take forever if you're in a hurry.

Axel Nash
Axel Nash Mar 06, 24
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