How to Fix “No Android Device Found” Error on Mac [7 Tips Included]

Get “No android device found” error when using Android file transfer app on Mac? Get 7 tips here to fix it.

Android has changed our way of life by improving the status of mobile phones from “just a phone” to “pocket personal computer”. With the advent of Android OS and small base processing chips with extraordinary computing capacity, now our phone is a camera, a pager, a typewriter USB based storage, and a telephone along with a fax facility (email) on a single board.

Imagine how frustrating it would be when, after recording a video of your favorite pet enjoying in the lawn, you come to your MacBook or an iMac to transfer the footage from your android device to your computer and your device is not mounting on your Apple Mac machine for file transfer and get an error of “No Android Device Found”.

No Android Device Found Error - Android File Transfer
No Android Device Found Error – Android File Transfer

In this article, we will guide you through to correctly mount your Android phone storage on the Mac machine to interchange the files between your Mac and Android devices. Besides, give you 7 tips to quickly fix the “No Android Device Found” error.

How to Correctly Mount Your Android Devices on Your Mac?

The original is better!

In order to connect your Android phone with the Apple Mac machine, you will require a USB cable compatible with your phone. Most of the new android phones have switched from mini-USB to C-type Connector. The rule of thumb is “Original is better”. So make sure you are using the original cable shipped with your phone while connecting it with your Apple Machine. Non-branded cheap USB cable off the shelf from the market is sometimes the first and foremost point of failure between the Apple machines and Android-based Phones.

Use Android File Transfer [AFT]

Unlike Microsoft Windows, Android phones do not mount on the Apple machine as a USB storage. Hence, an application is required to be installed on the Mac computer to make Android phone storage to be mounted well. And the official application provided by Android is Android File Transfer know as AFT.

Following are the steps on how to connect your Android device with your Apple Mac Machine and how to transfer your files from Android device to Mac Book or an iMac;

  1. Install AFT on your Apple machine by downloading the package from Android project website and open the package and drop the AFT application to the Application folder
  2. Connect your Android device to your Apple machine using the original standard USB cable provided with your phone.
  3. Once plugged in, the phone will prompt to select the connection type. Based on the Android version, the connection type can be “Charge only”, “USB File sharing” or Media transfer mode i.e.  Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) for pictures and videos only.
  4. In case of a successful connection, the Android File Transfer Application will launch and display the content of your Android Device Storage.

In case of failed connection, the AFT application will open a dialogue box saying “Android Device not connected” or. “No Android Device found”. There can be many reasons for this error. The following steps can be taken in order to fix this issue.

7 Tips to Fix “No Android device found” Issue on Mac

1. Use original cable

Make sure you are using original cable and cable is plugged in properly on both ends.

2, Select the file transfer mode

2. If the cable is working fine and it is creating a successful connection between Universal Serial Bus of your Apple machine and Android device, it will invoke a prompt on your Android device to select the connection type; make sure to select the file transfer mode.

3. Check whether the cable is working

To confirm if the cable is working fine or not you can follow these easy steps;

Check whether your android phone well connected to Mac
Check whether your android phone well connected to Mac
  • Click on the Apple Logo in the top left corner of your screen on your computer > About This Mac
  • Go to Overview > System Report > Hardware > USB option.
  • In the information pane, you will find the list of devices connected to USB bus 3.0  under the label of USB Device Tree if the identifier (usually the make of your android device) of your device is present the hardware connection has been established if there is no identifier for the Android device change the USB cable and USB port on Apple Machine and re-launch the system report

4. Trust the computer

Few phones with the blend of their own security feature can have an additional check of “Do you trust this computer”, make sure to check ‘Yes’. This will invoke the Android file transfer application automatically because the parent process to this connection is the Launch process of OSX.

5. Allow the AFT installed

If AFT is not launching make sure to allow this application in the security tab of Apple device, in order to do so follow these simple steps;

Allow apps installed on Mac
Allow apps downloaded and installed on Mac
  • Go to system preferences > Security & Privacy.
  • Allow the installation of third-party applications.
  • If the AFT application is being blocked by the security make sure to allow it.
  • Exit the preferences and re-launch the Android File Transfer manually from the Application Menu.

6. Check for any logged errors.

If your device was previously connected to your Mac, follow the given steps and check for any logged errors;

  • Click on your finder and on the main taskbar select “Go” from the drop list
  • Select the ‘Go to folder’ option and type the following directory: /Users/ “your username”/Library/Logs/MTPViewer.
  • In the folder you will find MTPViewer Log and MTPAgent Log, copy both files to your desktop and open will text utility, MTPAgent log file will contain the specific error against your device. If no error found clear both log files for the directory mentioned above and try connecting your device again.

7. Other tips.

For the advance user who has android developer studio SDK installed on the Mac machine, if the error “No Android Device Found” occurs following steps can be time-saving;

  • Make sure the Version of Android developer studio SDK is compatible with your OS version.
  • Make sure that android_sdk/platform-tools/ are installed from the package. This will automatically install the MTP Agent for Android devices so that the device can connect to the file transfer app.

If you confirm that the USB Cable connectivity is working well and there is no error in the MTPAgent.Log, you can just open the activity monitor to quit the threads of the Android File Transfer app, and then relaunch it. This will fix the error of “No Android Device Found” and you will be able to transfer the files across.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps to Transfer Data from Android to New iPhone iPad

Move to iOS app didn’t work, and you are considering a replacement? Read this post to get 5 top best Move to iOS Alternatives that we collected in 2019.

You may think that you can move everything from your Android phone to the new iPhone 11 (Pro) or the new iPad using Move to iOS app, and you think it’s the best app to transfer data from Android to iPhone. But after trying it out, you found this app was so complex to use or even didn’t work?

Move to iOS app ratings and reviews
Move to iOS app ratings and reviews

 

In fact, the users’ rating for Move to iOS is not so good – it got only 3 stars of average ratings on Google Play.

To smoothly migrate data from Android to iPhone iPad, you may need a replacement of Move to iOS app. In this post, we collected 5 professional Android to iPhone transfer tools that you can take as replacements. Now let’s take a look at these apps.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps I Collected in 2018 and 2019

There are some best apps to transfer data from Android to iPhone. I’ve been collecting this kind of apps since 2018 and I’ve recently added some new apps to this list in March 2019. Just enjoy them!

  1. AnyTrans ($49.99)
  2. Dr.Fone ($35)
  3. Syncios Mobile Data Transfer ($39.95)
  4. FoneCopy ($39)
  5. MOBILedit Phone Copier (9.9)

Most of these apps require you to connect devices to the computer using USB cables since this could be stable for transferring large numbers of files. (Generally, it would be more stable using cables than Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to start a connection.)

These apps are not free. I’ve tried my best to get free ones but found that none of them are free.

AnyTrans for iOS – Move to iOS Feature ($49.99)

AnyTrans is one of the excellent iPhone transfer apps developed by iMobie. In 2018, it added a new feature to help new iOS users to migrate data from their old Android devices.

As one of the top Move to iOS Alternatives, this app would be more stable than Move to iOS app to transfer all or only some specific items to iPhone from Android, and even from cloud drive and another iOS device. Watch the attached videos to know more.

This app is more than one Move to iOS alternative, but also one of best iPhone transfer programs I found that supports backing up your iPhone, making custom ringtones, downloading videos, etc.

Supported Data Types

Contacts, Photos, Music, Videos, Books, Messages, Call Logs, Ringtones, and Files.

Supported iPhone

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS (Max ), iPhone XR, iPhone 11 (Pro)

Move to iOS Alternative: Dr.Fone – Switch ($35+)

Dr.Fone (Switch) by Wondershare is one of best phone transfer apps that you should have as one alternative to Move to iOS app. Its neat and simple interface helps you easily put your important data like photos messages and contacts between Android and iOS with a few clicks.

With nice device compatibility for Android models, you can take it to get things easily moved to your new iPhone from various android brands including Samsung, HTC, Google Pixel, Huawei, LG, Motorola and so on.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Calendar, Photos, Songs and Videos.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and iPhone 11 (iOS 13).

Syncios Mobile Data Transfer ($39.95)

This Mobile Data Transfer developed by Syncios is another data transfer app working on Windows and Mac. Similar to Dr.Fone Switch, it is also developed for phone-to-phone transferring. Compatible with a large number of Android brands, this app will be another helper for people who want to move data from Android to iPhone and iPad.

Move to iOS similar app - SynciOS
Move to iOS similar app – SynciOS

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Messages, Photos, Videos, Songs, Call Log and Bookmarks.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

PhoneCopy for Windows by Aiseesoft ($39)

PhoneCopy by Aiseesoft is one PC-based app that you can take as one of Move to iOS alternatives to transfer contacts, photos, videos and songs from Android to iPhone. Just like AnyTrans and Dr.Fone, this app can auto convert your transferred files to be compatible with your targeted iOS device.  And only by a few clicks, you can finish the transfer process.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Photos, Videos, Songs, and Ringtones.

Supported iPhone:

iPhone 3GS to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

MOBILedit Phone Copier ($9.9)

Phone Copier is one of the professional Phone To Phone Data Transfer Software that are available for people who want to transfer between two smartphones. For Android to iOS switchers, this app can move contacts, messages, calendar and media files. After installing this app on both of your phones, you can begin your transfer between them in Bluetooth.

Supported DataType:

Contacts, Messages, Calendar and Media files.

Supported iPhone:

(Unknown)

Last, if there is some freeway of migrating data between phones, please don’t hesitate to comment on my post to share it. This would be very helpful.

How to Fix “Move to iOS Not Working, Could Not Communicate or Connect to iPhone”

move to ios not working
move to ios unable to migrate

Move to iOS app is available for Android users to move data from Android to iPhone for free. This app is useful but it’s not perfect. The transferring process is not that simple, and sometimes not even work or communicate with the iPhone.

If you got a new iPhone 11 or iPhone 11 Pro, and you encountered a problem while moving photos, messages or other files from your old Android device using Move to iOS app, this post may help you out.

How to Fix Move to iOS App Not Working?

Move to iOS works based on the Wi-Fi network, so it requires a stable network situation. If the network is in a bad condition, you may take a long time to finish the transferring. According to the feedback from the users on Google Play, besides communicating and connecting error, they also met problems including:

  1. Unable to migrate. Try again later.
  2. Stuck at “Moving items into place…“, Stuck at 40% or 50%.
  3. Stuck at “Move to iOS stuck on preparing“.

so are there some tips people can take to fix the Move to iOS errors? Here I’ve made a collection of solutions from some authoritative sites and forums.

6 Proven Ways to Fix Move to iOS Errors?

  1. Restart your mobiles phones.
  2. Unselect the option for “Smart network switch” or something similar, such as Connections Optimizer. Or you can try to switch off your WiFi or switch between WiFi and mobile data on your android phone, which is said helpful to solve the issue of “Move to iOS could not communicate with device”.
  3. Turn your Android phone into Airplane Mode.
  4. Don’t use your devices while migrating data. This may get the transferring process interrupted by accident.
  5. Reset Wi-Fi Network, or restart your router.
  6. Reset network settings on your iPhone Settings app.

Before using Move to iOS, you should check compatibility and do preparation

You should check the items in the below list before you use Move to iOS app.

  1. Move to iOS app requires Android 4.0 or higher.
  2. It cannot be used to transfer from iOS to Android.
  3. This app only works with transferring data from Android to a New or Reset iPhone.
  4. Transferring may take you several hours, depends on the size of data you are migrating and the Wi-Fi network condition.

This post was first published in 2016, and the last update happened on September 20th, 2019. Be free to comment if you have any ideas on “Move to iOS app”.

How to Quickly Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Phone

When changing your old iPhone to the new Samsung Galaxy, such as the new Galaxy S10, you may like to move some messages conversations also besides photos and contacts. But transferring text messages from iPhone to Samsung is not as easy as the way of transferring photos or contacts.

You’ll know how it could be using Smart Switch to make it. It requires more than 9 steps to finish all the transferring process. And it’s easy to make mistakes. So is there some way to easily and quickly get messages to your new Galaxy S10 or S9.

1-Click Transfer Text Messages from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy Phone

There are some best iPhone transfer apps that you can use to 1-click copy all messages to the new smartphone. And below is an example that we show you how to transfer data from iPhone to Galaxy with MobileTrans.

Step 1. Run MobileTrans on your computer, go to Phone to Phone Transfer and click Start.

Run MobileTrans and Click Phone to Phone Transfer
Run MobileTrans and Click Phone to Phone Transfer

Step 2. Connect both of your iPhone and Galaxy Phone to the computer using USB cables, and let this tool load data on your devices.

Transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy
Transfer data from iPhone to Samsung Galaxy

Step 3 Select only “Text messages”, and click “Start Transfer” to copy text messages from iPhone to Samsung phone.

How to Transfer Data from Samsung or Android Phone to iPhone?

Have been using Samsung smartphone for years, you may like to switch to the Apple iPhone for some new things like ARkit or Messages Memoji. But after purchasing the new iPhone XS or XR, how do you quickly set up it by migrating all important data from old Phone to the new device for future use?  This post gives you some ways to easily make it.

  1. Transfer data from Samsung to iPhone using Move to iOS
  2. Sync files between smartphones using Cloud drive
  3. Move data from Samsung to iPhone using the 3rd-Party Programs

How to Transfer Data from Samsung to iPhone Using “Move to iOS”

move to ios
move to ios

Apple released the Move to iOS app in 2015 for Android to easily put contacts, messages, camera roll, and other data to an iPhone. If you have an old Samsung mobile device and plan to switch it to iOS, you can use the “Move to iOS” app to make it. Below are the steps that you should follow to get data transferred to your new device.

Before you start, you should make sure that the operating system of your Samsung mobile phone is Android 4.0 or higher.

Step 1. Download Move to iOS app from Google Play to your Samsung phone and then install it on your device.

Step 2. Set up your iPhone and choose “Move Data from Android”.  (If your iPhone has been already set up, you have to erase your iPhone first by tapping Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings, to tap “Move Data from Android”.)

Transfer Data from Samsung to iPhone
Transfer Data from Samsung to iPhone

Step 3. Run Move to iOS on Samsung phone and tap “Continue”. It will ask you if you agree on the appearing terms, tap “Agree” on your android phone. After that, tap “Next”.

Migrate Android Data to iPhone
Migrate Android Data to iPhone

Step 4. On your new iPhone, continue and you will get a code. Put the code on your Samsung to build connections between your devices.

Step 5. On your Samsung Android phone, select the data, such as contacts, messages, photos or bookmarks, that you are going to transfer to your new iPhone. After, tap “Next” to start migrating.

Step 6. Don’t use your Android phone or iPhone until the loading bar finishes the transfer process. And after, tap “Done” on Samsung, and tap Continue on iPhone to go on setting up your new device.

The whole process may take you minutes or hours, depending on how much data you transfer.

The disadvantages of Move to iOS

The Move to iOS app will erase all content and settings on the iOS device before moving. So it is not a suitable app for you to transfer data to a device that contains some valuable data because of the potential data loss.

This app is firstly launched in 2015, and last updated on Mar 17, 2016. So it sometimes may not work or even stuck since the long time no updates released. If you get these issues, there are some tips you could have a try.  Surely, you can keep on reading on the next part to get other tools to move your data and files without using the Move to iOS app.

Move to iOS app last updated time
Move to iOS app last updated time

How to transfer data from Samsung to iPhone without Move to iOS?

If the Move to iOS doesn’t work, you can use Cloud drive service to sync some specific types of files between phones or use some third-party programs to quickly transfer all data to your new device.

1. Sync files between Samsung to iPhone using Cloud drive.

It’s known that we can use some free Cloud drive as a tool to sync files between devices. These tools are very helpful for transferring some specific files like photos, videos, and documents.

Cloud Storage Services
Cloud Storage Services You Can Use to Share Files Between Samsung and iPhone

To use the Cloud service, you have to sign up for an account first. And after you got the account, you should download the iOS-based app of the service to your Samsung device, and then add the files. After all the files are fully uploaded to the Cloud server, you can unlock your new iPhone, use the File app to add the drive and sync all files from your cloud storage service to your iOS device.

Most cloud storage services won’t help sync information like messages, contacts, and notes between phones. And these tools restrict the storage space used for a free account.

2. 1-Click Move Data from Android to iOS using third-party programs.

Some software developers have developed professional programs for phone switchers. They made it super easy to get all necessary data from old Android to new iOS by several clicks. But most of them are not free except the AnyTrans for iOS.

To use a program to migrate data, you’ll have to download it first to your computer, and then connect both of your Samsung device and iPhone to the computer using the USB data cables. After this app recognizes your devices, you can select any categories to have a quick transfer.

Top 5 Move to iOS Alternative Apps to Transfer Data from Android to New iPhone iPad

Conclusion

With Move to iOS, you can 1- click transfer almost all data, including Photos, Contacts, Calendar, Messages History and so on. Although it has some disadvantage, it still can be some best way to import data from Samsung to iOS wirelessly. If Move to iOS app doesn’t work or the transferring takes so long, you can try other methods to get data transferred to your new iOS device.