Android file transfer not working fixed on my Mac finally

Just taking a second stab at something I gave up on last year. Getting Android File transfer to work on my Mac.
With the help of this blog post I figured it out

I had to open the notifications window and change the USB settings from Camera to Media device (MTP)
Way too simple…

Also remove the KIes (Smart Switch) software by Samsung.

If you have it installed on your Mac you need to use the installer to uninstall it properly as it…


  1. Solved for LG G5:
    Turn on developer mode= go to Settings -> About phone -> Software info -> Build number – tap on build number 7 times
    Go to developer mode= Turn on USB Debugging and Set USB Configuration to MTP (Media Transfer Protocol)

  2. No go. dialled in *#0808# this brings up list, MTP was already set, bloody crapple Mac. 🙁

  3. I requested How to make file transfer FROM MacBookPro TO Android notebook, but this describes the opposite and is of NO VALUE!

  4. The first time I downloaded File Transfer and plugged in my phone, it worked. After that, it stopped working, I went online and found an article as well that had different solutions. I tried each of them, but it still does not work. My Mac does not recognize there is a USB plugged in, and my android does not recognize that the Mac has file transfer downloaded on it.

  5. Solution for me: Install any software by the manufacturer you could have installed sometime in the past. Short: install the drivers found on their website. THAN DEINSTALL everything again, using their deinstalling tools! It worked for LG. Their "drivers" were preventing the mac and phone to be friends again…

  6. I don't even have a"developer option on my Galaxy tab A (that I can find anyway). Thanks for the try though, appreciate you putting up.

  7. that helped a lot. In my case I had to enable the debugging feature, and it worked. Cool!

  8. Hm, I can't see how you get to 'notification' (when I search it on my Motorola, it says even 'no notification found') and/or 'connect as camera'. Too fast to see where you actually clicked. I am stuffed after watching a long ad as I need to get photos off prior full factory reset.

  9. thank you so much. Before this video I had enabled the developer mode and tried everything. But Even though MTP was already selected on my usb options, android file transfer was still showing me that error. I just unchecked and rechecked the same option and it is working now 🙂

  10. For me it didnt worked becase i had a VirtualBox running and it was redirecting to the VBox the connection ,if anybody has the problem based on that.

  11. I am developer, but haven't been developing in a long time. My device was no longer connecting using Android File Transfer. Enabling USB Debugging (as you mention was the key for me). I bet this video has all the down-votes simply because their problem was something else (not covered by the video). This video has value, but it won't fix everyone's problems. Thanks!

  12. The BIG missing piece of information on this video is how to activate the "Developer Options" on your phone; the OP of the video assumes everyone has this feature activated. If you have a Verizon phone, mine is an LG G7 Thin Q, there's a good chance the "Developer Options" choice is NOT activated; mine was not. Once you activate the developer options then you can find the mysterious "USB Debugging" switch.

    Here is the link to the Verizon knowledge base:

    Notice the arrow remark under step one; this is how you activate the "Developer Options" features. You will have to use the PIN you use to sign into your phone to make the change. Once you activate the "Developers" feature, go back and do step 1 in the link instructions and follow them. Once completed you should have no problems transferring information from your Android phone to your Mac using the Android File Transfer App. Mine works like a champ now. BTW, for the "USB Options" I selected "File Transfer" as this not only covers photos …which is what I primarily use the transfer for …but also other media files like movies, et. al.

  13. Android file transfer never work on my Macbook Pro & Galaxy S10+.
    Gave up and move to Handshaker and it works!

  14. THX Todd! it is working. IMPORTANT!!!! to those who has a still issues, 1 check did you delete KIES (if no DO IT) / 2 Put wire straight to ur computer ( WITHOUT any devices hub's and others) / 3 Restart phone ( I think that helps too)

  15. Thank you, great advice. Saved me a giant headache trying to get an old Rolling Stones song into my ringtones. Works great, now! 🤠

  16. It's been FIVE YEARS since I could transfer files from my Mac to my phone. Less and less features work with my technology with every "update".

  17. This worked enough to give me a glimpse of my file structure. But AFT crashes when I try to access any of the files. How is this SO difficult? Finding developer options on a Samsung 7 was tricky.. had to do some secret mojo of tapping the build number 7 times and saying 'Open Sesame'

  18. Yeah I already had that turned on and it's still not working. Thanks for the thought though.

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