From time to time we need transfer files between iPhone Y Mac. But how can we do this in a simple way? We can think of several easy ways to achieve this. So we decided to create this article to explain them in detail.
Transfer files between iPhone and Mac with AirDrop
With AirDrop we can transfer files locally between Apple devices, be it: iPhone, iPad, MacBook or a desktop Mac. In order to find AirDrop, we will have to access the share menu from both mobile devices and computers. It will be something as simple as pressing the Share button and we will be able to see AirDrop.
On Mac, we have the possibility to right click on a file and then choose Share, this is where we will see the AirDrop option and we can choose where we want to send it.
The files we receive on a Mac will be saved by default in the Downloads folder; in the case of mobile devices, we will have to specify an application to save and open the file.
AirDrop is the best way to transfer files between iPhone and Mac, although it can be a bit glitchy at times. Luckily, in case that happens, we have other alternatives to send files to another device.
Via a cable with Finder
In the event that the AirDrop option does not work or we rely more on cable connections, we will have to take the charging cable from our iPhone and connect it directly to our Mac. We will also have to click on “Trust” on each device when request it. We’ll launch Finder and click iPhone in the left sidebar, then click the Files tab.
Now we are going to see all the files that we can send to our Mac, it will be a matter of dragging them to the desired location and that’s it.
iCloud upload and download
With our Apple account we have access to iCloud that gives us 5 GB of free storage. So we have the ability to upload files to this account and then download them from another device.
Using alternatives to iCloud
We understand that iCloud can be somewhat limited in terms of space, perhaps we want to use it exclusively for work-related documents. In that case, we can sign up for another cloud storage service like Google Drive and we’ll get the same results, even staying with 15 GB of free storage.
Google Drive has an Upload option under the “+” icon that allows you to select photos and videos or Browse to find other kinds of files in the system.
Once we have the file uploaded from our device, we go to our Mac and access the Google Drive website or the application, and proceed to download it. The good thing about cloud storage is that we can also save things from our Mac to download to any mobile device.
There is no need to establish Bluetooth connections, we are not dependent on cables and we will always have access to those files, regardless of the device and its accessories.