How to Connect the Galaxy Nexus to a Mac

If you want to connect your Galaxy Nexus to your Mac to transfer pictures, backup files or transfer apps to your phone, you’ll need a free utility to make the phone show up on your Mac.

Because there is no SD card, the Galaxy Nexus doesn’t show up like earlier Gingerbread phones did.

The good news is that the Android File Transfer App for Mac is free and easy to use.  I used this app to transfer my photos and videos over to my Mac before doing a hard reset of the Galaxy Nexus.

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Even though your information is backed up to the Google servers and you can send your photos and videos to Picasa, it makes sense to connect and make a local backup of important photos and files from time to time. Unfortunately this won’t allow your phone to show up in iTunes, so you’ll need to Import the photos later.

How to Transfer Files from the Galaxy Nexus to a Mac

  1. Download the Android File Transfer Utility.
  2. Double click on the androidfiletransfer.dmg file.
    Android to Mac Galaxy Nexus
  3. Drag Android File Transfer to Applications in the window that pops up.
  4. Plug your Galaxy Nexus into your Mac with your USB cable.
  5. Double click Android File Transfer in the LaunchPad.
  6. If asked, allow the program to open. In the future it should open automatically.
    Android File Transfer Galaxy Nexus
  7. Browse the file structure to find the folder or folders you want to backup or add files to.
  8. Drag the files to or from your Mac and they will be copied.

You’ll find your photos in the DCIM folder, which is where most users will need to go.

It is important to note that you can only transfer files up to 4GB, so keep that in mind if you are moving around very large video files.