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    Mac and Android
    Not sure if this is the right forum but here goes
    I got my mac in April and hand,t given much thought to my phone. I have just bought a Samsung Galaxy not 3 and cant find it on the mac as an external drive even though the phone says it's connected as a media device.
    any help resolving this would be greatly appreciated

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    There's a program called DoubleTwist I used to use to sync my Android and PSP to my Mac. I currently just use bluetooth to transfer songs and files back and forth but it does take forever.
    2012 MacBook Pro 2.5Ghz Core i5,10GB DDR3 1600Mhz, 500GBSSD, Intel 4000, OSX 10.8.5
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    I sync my daughter's Galaxy S2 with my macbook - there's a bit of setting up (see link)

    The complete guide to using Android with a Mac | How To - CNET

    I also use doubletwist to get music onto her phone.
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    thanks for the replies
    I downloaded android filetransfer and all that does is keep asking for me to eithe reconnect the phone or restart the phone, so no further forward

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    You could use Android File Transfer.
    I works well for me.
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    To late posting missed the post above

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    Do you have Samsung Kies installed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by docx View Post
    Do you have Samsung Kies installed?
    Yes and it's a crock. Just looking for a way to access the phone as an external drive for quickness

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    Uninstall Kies and Android File Transfer should work,
    I believe the Kies dmg file has an uninstaller. I only ever used Kies for software updates and uninstalled it straight after.

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    uninstalled kies and reinstalled file transfer and it still wont work

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    Re installed kies then used the dmg file to uninstall it and now I have file transfer working.
    Cheers people

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    Glad you got it working.

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    Can I ask what was wrong with KIES?
    I have a Galaxy Note 2 here and the easiest way I could find was to have KIES installed and just connect the phone. Then everything is easy, from syncing to file transfer.

    But I am looking into improving that as well. Because file transfer seems so slow and it's like it stops sometimes and then resumes. This is likely to corrupt big files like a new ROM (1.2 gb usually). There is a new leaked fimware for my phone and it seems I am the only one who has problems with it. I thought that might be because of KIES and its dodgy file transfer.

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    Lots of people, myself included have had problems getting Kies to connect to their phone.
    Not sure about file transfer speeds as I only ever used it for firmware updates.

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    You should give Airdroid a try. It's pretty seamless, you just drag and drop your files. They upload to your phone wirelessly, and very quickly. AirDroid

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