How to Transfer Content From a Droid to a Mac

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Droid smartphones running Google's Android operating system use microSD cards to store music, videos and app data. These phones also support a USB drive mode, which allows a Mac (or a PC) to access the memory card without removing it from the phone. Once connected, the computer can access the card as a USB flash drive. You will need the USB cable that came with your Droid to connect the phone to your Mac.

Things You'll Need

  • MicroSD card
  • USB cable
  • Press the "Power" button on your Droid and then slide the unlock tab down or to the right to unlock the screen.

  • Plug the USB cable into your Droid and your Mac. Tap "Mount" on the phone or lower the notification bar, tap "USB connection," then select "USB Mass Storage" and tap "OK."

  • Switch to your Mac. Click the "Finder" icon (it looks like a face) in the dock.

  • Click the USB drive in the left pane. You now have access to all of the files on the Droid's microSD card.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unfortunately, accessing your Droid's internal drive from an external computer will void your warranty. However, you can view the read-only files on the phone itself by installing a file manager such as Astro or ES File Explorer.

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