The ecosystem of Apple devices and the interaction between iOS and macOS is increasingly enriching to start a task on an iPhone and continue on the Mac or vice versa. However, another great reality is that there are more and more Mac users with Android phones.
If this is your case, you have found yourself in need of having to share information or synchronize it between your Android phone and your Mac, such as contacts, calendar, photos or even files, something that is not easy.
The boom in cloud storage has helped to some extent automate processes, such as iCloud and Google Drive, but there are also manual ways to manage Mac files on your Android smartphone or synchronize information between them.
Keep in mind that if you only want to move a photo or other file from Android to Mac, it will probably be easier to use the file transfer that Android offers.
How to synchronize Android with Mac using Google services
The easiest way to synchronize information between your Android phone and your Mac is to use the new Google services. For this, you only need to have a Gmail email account, to allow both platforms to communicate.
At this point, if you have an Android phone, surely you have had to register a Gmail account, since it is essential to download applications and to take advantage of the full potential offered by the platform.
With your Gmail account you can log in to Google Chrome, Google Maps, YouTube, Google Drive, Photo and Play Store. This will help you synchronize bookmarks or bookmarks from your browser, Google Maps places, videos, photos and much more.
Google sign-in on Android
It is not difficult to find out which of your email addresses from Google is associated with your Android phone.
Click on ‘Settings’ of your Android phone and then go to ‘Google> Google Services> Log in’. In case you have it active, click on ‘Google Account’ where you will be shown all the personal information to be able to manage it.
Searching the web
By using these applications on your Android smartphone, Google Chrome will collect your browsing history and bookmarks. In this way, if you use the Chrome browser on your Mac, having identified yourself with your Gmail address, everything will be synchronized.
All your mobile contacts will be saved automatically if you use your Gmail account. In this way, every time you change your device or platform and log in with your account, you will see that you have your updated contact book.
Access the Contacts application that your Mac has and you will have the information.
To synchronize the Calendar between your Android mobile application and the Mac you have to launch the MacOS Calendar application. In the taskbar, click on ‘Calendar> Add account’. Next, select Google from the list displayed.
From this point you can log in to your Gmail account and, once completed, your Calendar will appear synchronized. Note that if you happen to have several calendars (both personal and professional), you can run several at the same time as a tandem.
This section is somewhat more complicated, but not impossible. In fact, it is more difficult to transmit music and videos successfully because they are files that typically occupy much more. Contacts and markers are very light compared to these.
The simplest and most recommended process is to use the Google Drive cloud storage service. So you can transmit files of all kinds by simply dragging them to your folder, so they will be synchronized instantly.
At this point and talking about audio content, keep in mind that your phone will not play iTunes m4a files, the standard format that is associated with iTunes downloads, as well as recordings from CD support.
There is an alternative to moving files from your Mac to an Android device and vice versa, using the Android file transfer application.
All you will need is to connect your Android smartphone to your Mac using a USB cable. Your mobile may show you a notification message to switch between loading mode and transfer mode.
Do this and the Transfer application will open on your Mac. Now you can access the Music folder to easily drag content.