Openmtp Mac

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OpenMTP This software is very advanced and very complete: it enables transfer between Android and MacOS via USB while preventing traditional computer imbalances through the MTP protocol. It works perfectly to transfer files, ad-free, and free Developed in open source. What is OpenMTP for Mac OpenMTP is a Free and Open-source alternative to Google's officially dead Android File Transfer app for macOS. Use OpenMTP to transfer files between macOS and Android phone using your phone's USB cable. FL Studio The DAW powering the world’s best music. Celebrating Lifetime Free Updates for over 23 years. If you’re looking for an open-source alternative to Android File Transfer, this one is for you. OpenMTP gives you access to all the functionality to transfer files without costs. This Android file transfer Mac alternative supports bulk transfers and there are no limits when it comes to what you can transfer.

I recently bought a new smartphone from Huawei. It is primarily for testing purposes to find out what is possible with it. The operating system is Emui, an Android version edited by Hauwei. As a first step, I looked at a few free and easy-to-use data transfer tools. Because an important point for me is to be able to transfer data from and to my Android.

Android File Transfer for Mac

Probably the best known program that we can use to move data back and forth between an Android device and an Apple Mac is 'Android File Transfer'. After a quick installation of the program, it can be used directly. You open it and then connect your Android device to the PC or Mac with a cable. But promptly an error message appears:

This is because we have to confirm the connection on the Android device first. Some Android devices open a dialog box on the screen that explicitly asks whether the connection should be allowed. On the Huawei P40 Pro, however, nothing opens after connecting with a Mac. On the Smartphone we have to act manually by swiping from the top to the bottom of the screen with a finger which opens a settings window. Among other things, the item 'Charging via USB (tap for more options)' appears. We click on it and a window with the title 'Use USB to' opens (see picture 1). Here we now have several options: 'Transfer Photos', 'Transfer Files', 'Charge only', 'Reverse Charge' and 'Input Midi'. We need to select the 'Transfer Files' item at this point (See image 2).

Then we open the 'Android File Transfer' tool again. This time there is no error message. 'Android File Transfer' connects properly with the smartphone. The great thing about the program from Google is that it has a minimalistic design and everyone understands what to do right away.

However, there are some disadvantages to this app as well. Fist, it is not an open source tool. This means that no one knows what exactly happens in the background of this tool. Especially for companies whose basis is data collection (like Google), you should be very careful. In addition, 'Android File Transfer' offers only limited options for data transfer. The tool reaches its limits with files larger than 4 gigabytes. Download Android File Transfer for Mac.

LanXChange for Windows, Mac and Linux

An alternative to 'Android File Transfer' is the small open source tool 'LanXChange'. This program has been around for almost two decades. It is programmed in Java and can therefore be used on any platform. That means: It runs on a Windows, Mac and Linux computer. And even via WIFI. An installation is not necessary. To use this program, we need to download the corresponding ZIP file from the website and extract it.

Those who have a Windows computer open the program with the file 'lxc.exe'. Mac or Linux users open the file 'lxc'. In order to be able to establish a connection with the Android device, we also have to download an app for the corresponding smartphone or tablet. This is also available as an APK file directly on the LanXChange website. So we open the browser on our Android device, switch to the website and scroll down to the 'Getting started' headline. Here we find everything we need. By clicking on 'Android Version (APK, expert users only)', we download the necessary APK file. After downloading we can find the file in the file manager (on the Huawei P40 Pro, the file manager is simply called 'Files'). We open the file manager and switch to 'Internal storage' (see Figure 1). Then we click on 'Download' (see Figure 2) and here we will find the installation file.

To be able to install this file, we simply tap on it once. The installation process should begin. It could be that you will face a message which tells you that you cannot install this app because it is from a foreign source. To allow the Android device to install apps from external sources, open the 'Settings', scroll to 'Security', tap 'More settings' and activate 'Install apps from external sources'. Depending on the Android version, this option can also be found directly under 'Security'. The installation of the app is straight-forward, like we do it with any other app. We then tap on the 'LanXChange' icon to open the app. Using the plus sign, we can now select files (see image 1) and then send them to the computer (see image 2).

The program works very well. However, occasionally it happens that the tool hangs after transferring data to a Mac computer. If you want to transfer more data afterwards, you have to restart LanXChange on the Mac.

Handshaker for Windows and Mac

Handshaker is a program to transfer data from Android devices to Windows computers and Macs. It is easy to use and works with a wired connection and with WIFI. For the tool to work, you need to install the app on the Android device and the corresponding program on the PC or Mac. The Android app is available in numerous app stores, including the Google Play Store. The tool for Windows or Mac can be downloaded directly from the manufacturer's page (Smartisan). Since the manufacturer is from China, the corresponding page is mostly visible in Chinese language. There is currently no English translation on the page. But even without a translation, you can understand how to download the app: on the Mac via the AppStore. If you need the tool for Windows, you can click the 'Windows' button at the top right of the page and download the tool on the following page in a small version (left button to click) or in the full version (right button to click). The short version is sufficient for data transfer.

Note: Another way to download the program for PC or Mac is via the English-language website Easy Tiny Tech. This information comes from the manufacturer's smartphone app. However, the 'Easy Tiny Tech' website is not SSL-secured.

After installing the app on our Android device and the corresponding program on our computer, we first launch the app on our smart device (see image 1). Then we open the program on our computer. There, our smart device pops up.

If we now click on the 'Connect' button above our smartphone, a window pops up in the associated smartphone app asking us whether we should allow a connection between the computer and the smartphone.

After confirming that we only want to connect once the entire Android directory structure opens in the PC program. Now we can easily move data back and forth. The program is minimalistic and works great. The only disadvantage is that this software is not open source. That means we don't know what is going on in the background of the app. So you should definitely keep in mind that the maker of this program are from China and the privacy regulations in China are different than in Europe.

OpenMTP for Mac

One of our favorite apps for transferring data between an Android device and a Mac is the open source tool 'OpenMTP'. The source code is available on Github. First, we download the latest version of the program to the Mac via the webpage and install it. Then we connect the Android device to the Mac computer using a cable and launch the OpenMTP program.

OpenMTP first gives a small error. It says that there is no connection to the Android device. In fact, we still have to tell the Android device to allow a connection for a data transfer. On our Huawei P40 Pro, with our finger we simply swipe from the top of the display to the center. This opens a window with settings. Among other things, the item 'Charge via USB (tap for more options)' appears. We click on this and a window with the title 'USB usage' opens (see image 1). Here we now have several options: 'Transfer Photos', 'Transfer Files', 'Charge only', 'Reverse Charge' and 'Input Midi'. We need to select the 'Transfer Files' item at this point (See image 2).

Then we click on the 'Refresh' button in OpenMTP and the entire directory structure of the Android device will be displayed. Now you can move all kinds of data back and forth. We have not found a disadvantage with this program so far. The only wish we would express is: A wireless connection between the Mac and the Android device would be cool.

Nitroshare for Windows, Mac and Linux

The last program we want to introduce in this article is 'Nitroshare'. This is an open source program that can transfer data using WIFI. Moreover, 'Nitroshare' is available for all popular operating systems. In order to run the programm, you first have to download and install the Android app and afterwards the corresponding desktop tool. The Android app is available, for example, in Google Play Store or in the open source Android store F-Droid.

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The corresponding computer program can be found on The installations of the app and the computer program are straight forward. After the installations, we open the Nitroshare program. Our test computer for this is a Mac. On this, a new 'N' icon appears in the status bar on the upper right of the screen. Nitroshare does not have a classic, graphical data management interface.

Via this icon, we now simply copy data to the Android smartphone. To do this, select 'Send Files' and then mark the file to be transferred. A window opens in which all devices on the network that have Nitroshare installed can be seen. We select our Android smartphone and the data is copied.

The same works in reverse. Via the 'Nitroshare' app on the Android, we can select all possible file types and then send them over to the computer (see image 1). Here, too, the devices on the network that also have Nitroshare installed are displayed. In our case, this is only the Mac (see image 2). So after we tap the Mac, the data is quickly transferred.

The great thing about 'Nitroshare' is the blazing speed at which data is transferred – to Windows, Mac and Linux computers. The fact that 'Nitroshare' is also open source makes the program on of our favorites. In our tests, we could not find any errors. Obviously, however, it seems that there are a lot errors experienced by different users. On the Github ticket page of Nitroshare you can get an overview of the problems that individual users have had.


For the connection between an Android device and a Mac computer, we recommend OpenMTP. You need a cable to establish the connection. The tool works without any problems. It also has a minimalist design and is self-explanatory. For Windows and Linux users we recommend 'Nitroshare'. In our tests, the program convinced us with its simple and also self-explanatory handling.

Writer of this article: Michael Trampert
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For those that have trouble using their manufacturer’s macOS software for transferring files between Android and macOS, here are 3 alternatives for your Samsung Galaxy Note, Nexus, HTC, LG and more.

↓ 01 – OpenMTP

Transferring files between macOS and Android or any other MTP devices has always been a nightmare. There are a few File Transfer MTP apps which are available online but most of them are either too expensive or come with bad UI/UX. The official “Android File Transfer” app for macOS from Google comes with bugs, innumerable limitations, some of which include – not being able to transfer files larger than 4GB, frequent disconnections, unable to rename the folders or files on the android/MTP devices.

Most of the other apps available online uses either WiFi or ADB protocol to transfer the files, which is an extremely time-consuming process. Tired of using expensive, outdated, bug heavy, Android File Transfer apps for macOS? Now, have easy, smooth sailing experience and transfer multiple files in one go! Introducing OpenMTP – Safe, Transparent, Open-Source and free for a lifetime! Advanced Android File Transfer App for macOS.

  • Plug and Play. No hassles, easy and instant connection.
  • Connect via USB cable – Highest data transfer rates.
  • Transfer multiple files which are larger than 4GB in one go.
  • Select between Internal Memory and SD Card.
  • Split pane views for both Local Computer and Android device.
  • Drag ‘n Drop your files.
  • Choose between Grid and List view.
  • Use Keyboard Shortcuts to navigate through your files.
  • Safe, Transparent and Open-Source.

↓ 02 – Android File Transfer

Browse and transfer files between your Mac computer and your Android device. You can move photos, music, and other files between your computer and phone or tablet with a USB cable. You can also move files from your device to a computer. You can upload music on your computer to your Google Play library using Music Manager. Browse the files and folders on your Android device and copy files up to 4GB.


↓ 03 – AirDroid

AirDroid allows you to access and manage your Android phone or tablet from Mac wirelessly. Calls, SMS, and the app notifications you allowed, mirrored to the large computer screen you are focused on. Control your Android from computer and use any apps on computer, like WhatsApp, WeChat, and Line. (root NOT required.)

↓ 04 – Handshaker

The usual method for transferring and managing files between Android and Mac systems has always been rather crude, and so we meticulously developed HandShaker to make managing content on your phone from your Mac easy and effortless. HandShaker intelligently organizes files on your phone by type, including photos, music, and video, and lets you edit files on your phone right from your desktop.

↓ 05 – Pushbullet Portal

Portal makes transferring pictures, videos, and other files from your computer onto your phone simple. Just grab the app, scan the code above, and then drop as many files as you want onto this site. We’ll get them onto your phone, and we’ll do it fast! Files are transferred over your WiFi connection. This means they don’t count toward your mobile data limit and that files are transferred very quickly (even if they’re over 1 GB in size). Have Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer and a removable SD card in your phone? Portal can save files to that removable SD card so you can get the most out of it (just tell us to in the Android app’s Settings).

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