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Transfer Files between Mac OS & Android over WiFi by Share It (Wireless File Sharing)

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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 –

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 lines at the top right hand side , tap on it and select the Option “Connect to PC Option” as shown in the below image –

    Connect to PC Option in Share It App on Android

    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 OS Share It app  it will ask you for permission to share files , Here tap on “OK” as shown in the below image –

    Tap on OK button on your Mac

    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 –

    Procedure For Mac OS X

     

  • 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.

14 Comments

  1. Stuti January 25, 2016

    Hi Chaitnya

    When I am trying to send the file from MacOS to Android phone using the same steps as mentioned by you on the phone I get the following prompt on the phone “Please update PC Shareit to the latest version to support the feature”, whereas, the version installed on my MAC is the latest. Please help.

    Reply
    1. Chaitanya January 25, 2016

      Hi Stuti,
      Yes, the latest android ShareIt version is giving this error 🙁 Thank you for bringing it to our notice, Creating a new tutorial using Zapya App, shall ping once ready.

  2. Guillermo February 14, 2016

    There’s no “Share it” Mac app. The link in the article goes to the iOS app.

    Reply
    1. Chaitanya February 15, 2016

      Hello Guillermo, We checked and the ShareIt app for Mac is there on the mac store as well. Pls check the below screenshot – http://prntscr.com/a3j25a

      Else you could even try searching for SHare It on the App store app inside the Mac OS X

  3. Guillermo March 3, 2016

    Hi. Thanks. Now I found it. Not found that day, I don’t know why. I will try it. Regards.

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  4. Guillermo March 3, 2016

    Sorry, but I don’t understand how to send non-photo, non-video, non-contact files. In “More” section it only let me enter in my iCloud files, but I can’t select any file.
    If I try to share a file, for example from GoodReader, I select “open in…” then select ShareIt, but ShareIt on Mac says that the iPhone is not connected. I found the file in ShareIt iPhone app into the “My files” icon in home screen, in Inbox, but the only things I can do is: Open it, share it (with other apps on my phone) or delete. No “sent to Shareit on my Mac” option.
    Bad design, I’m sorry.

    Reply
  5. Guillermo March 3, 2016

    I tryed to snd a file FROM GoodReader, but if I try to keep the conection open, when I change from ShareIt app to GoodReader, in background, the conection is lost.

    It looks that I MUST scan the code EVERY time I want to send a file. Bad idea. I prefer other sharing apps. Sorry.

    Reply
  6. S March 17, 2016

    Hi,i sent a file successfully from my phone to mac via shareit. Now where do i find the file in the mac?

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  7. Eduardo A Saad January 15, 2017

    Share It worked great! THANK YOU.
    MTP via USB, Android File Transfer, Developer Mode, Usb debugging… FAIL. (In my case).
    Copied more than 800 video files to my mac, and then deleted them from cellphone.
    4gb free…
    AT LAST.

    Reply
    1. Chaitanya January 23, 2017

      I am glad that the tutorial worked great for you Eduardo 🙂 , feel free to share the tutorial to your friends as they might need it too!

  8. Leonard Andrews April 6, 2017

    I was successful in connecting both devices. But when I tried to send the files from MAC to android.. it say NETWORK Error. Can someone help me?

    Reply

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