Completely Useless 1/5
This app does not do what it's advertised as doing. The only thing it can do is connect to your phone wirelessly and show you what's on it. There was a button to delete a given file, but I didn't bother trying that. I didn't want to delete anything. I just wanted to add a file.
I also wanted to connect to my device via USB. No, I do not like transferring files wirelessly, except through AirDrop on my iPad and iPhone because that at least works. Even so, I generally don't like transferring files wirelessly. Unfortunately, I am seen as old fashioned.
So this app claims it can connect via USB...but that is clearly not true, because it did not work for me.
That's really all I wanted it for. Oh, and you have to install a companion app on your Android device, one that's riddled with ads. You have to pay 99c for a version without the ads.
And to top it all off, this app hasn't even been updated in two years. So who knows if it will even work with Catalina. I am still on Mojave, and I'll be there for the forseeable future because paying money to access my Android devices on my Mac is utterly ridiculous.
This has a stdupid UI and very diffucult to use.
WHY Apple? Why 1/5
The instructions are in Chinese! Why carry a non functional app in the app store? Apple has deserted the land of it’s birth!
Buggy… but it DOES transfer photos with correct date/time 3/5
Because on transfer from phone to Mac, Android File Transfer overwrites photos' date/time stamps, Android File Transfer really isn’t an option. So I’m trying HandShaker. First, you need both the app from Mac App Store, and then from there you can scan the QR code to download the app on the Android phone, which is what I did since I didn’t find the app in my phone’s Google Play store. My Android at first didn’t want to open the app or trust it since it wasn’t downloaded from Play Store, so I had to over-rule this in the phone’s settings. Seemed sketchy.
HandShaker actually keeps the date/time stamp on each photo upon transfer. However, the app is buggy on both Mac and phone, crashing, freezing, and there’s no instructions for USB transfer, which is required if you’re transferring more than a few photos. It appears that USB transfer is enabled by simply connecting phone to Mac with USB cable, and then selecting “USB media transfer” on the Android. Then selecting on the Mac photos to transfer, right clicking the photos, clicking “save to Mac” (select folder), and Export. But HandShaker natively wants to set up a Wifi WLAN connection automatically… seems like you just need to have the phone USB cable attached to the MAC and restart the app on the phone and Mac.
Not really user friendly 2/5
By Dino Martin
You have to be computer savy to get thist thing to work. You to install the app on the android for it to work.Install a bar code scanner to scan it to begin. Once installed open it up and it starts to mAke sense.
Worked Great for Me! 5/5
Knowing that Android File Transfer is, for all intents and purposes, no more, I had to find a replacement. I tend to over-research things, so I was sick of spending hours trying to research the best replacement program. I finally just tried this one, and had the 30 photos from my Galaxy S9 on my macbook pro within 2 minutes of installing the programs on my mac and phone. Just try it! The worst case is it doesn't work with your phone and you just uninstall it... Don't be put off by the not-so-great ratings in the app store. Worked perfectly for what I needed!
does nothing 1/5
i download the mac app and the phone app, nothing happens at all. they are on the same wifi...
I give it 2 stars only because it's better than nothing. (You do, sometimes, need to move stuff from the phone to the computer.) But this program is buggy, hard to use, and has no support. Today when I wanted to move pictures from the phone to my Mac, Handshaker recommended a "USB Connection." Yes, I was already plugged in. But the only option was to "Continue to use WIFI connection." I've spent 30 minutes trying to figure out how to get it to use the USB, but there seems to be no option in Preferences or in the app, and no help on the web. Not very well thought out or implemented.
Installed and deleted in 5 minutes 1/5
after installing this, I plugged my phone in and immediately started getting repeating requests to make the app automatically launch whenever the phone is plugged in. Can't get it to stop so I deleted it. Surprised this is allowed on the Apple store.
Great tool 5/5
I have used android file transfer and other tools. The best in free tools. Was very easy to use, not crashes or issues. Was able to detect when I moved from WiFi to USB. Not sure why so many negitive reviews.
I say its a 5 star tool.
Worked just as described. 5/5
Worked flawlessly over both WiFi and USB. Using an LGE VS996 (Verizon LG V30 ThinQ) and an Early 2015 MacBook Air.
Wasted my time 1/5
Limping along with AFT is bad enough, feeble UI and refusing to move items at random whim. But this thing wouldn’t connect to the phone via USB and threw a bunch of chinese web pages at me when I started troubleshooting.
Somewhere in between the lash-up tried to push a sideload at me.
Game over, man.
Does what it says, BUT... 3/5
The app really is good at tranferring data from phone to computer or back; 5 stars for that.
HOWEVER, it insists (at least on my machines) on starting when the computer starts up, and slows startup of EVERYTHING but itself after login to an absolute crawl, searching for a phone. The app isn't in my startup items, there is no option to turn this off in the app preferences, and the developer website appears to be in Chinese with no obvious ability to translate. Attempts to email the vendor don't get answered. 0 points for hijacking resources and ununresponsiveness.
No partner app in Play Store 1/5
There is nothing in the Play Store called "Handshaker" which is what this app says to look for. There is an app called "AirHandshaker", but that's not what the Handshaker app on the Mac says to look for. Same thing? Different? Don't care. I don't mess with inconsistant crap.
This app is bullsh*** 1/5
It just doesn't work! I can do nothing. If I wanted to tranfer anything through wi-fi, I'd use drive.
Didn't Work 1/5
Wouldn't connect to my phone.
No Crap, Just Functionality! 5/5
Downloaded this from the App Store, then downloaded the Android version from the Play Store. Started Handshaker on the Mac (running OS-X 10.14.4). Connected my old Galaxy Note 4 to WiFi, started Handshaker there, and the Mac found it in seconds. The transfer window opened, and I was moving photos to my Mac. Altogether, I was able to get Handshaker working as advertised in less time than it took to write this review. For me anyway, it Just Works.
HATE THIS APP 1/5
Rarely do I react to problem applications, but this one is crap. No instructions. Wouldn't connect with USB. On launch, it just runs on with no actions. Clicking the "USB won't connect" link in the app takes you to an ALL ASIAN help page which is impossible to read and no easy English alternative link available. Haunts the sytem until you find the associated demon agent with Activity Monitor and force quit. Can't go back to Android File Transfer until you manage all the above. Really.
Doesn’t work. Just loads ads on phone. Don’t bother. 1/5
Doesn’t work. Just loads ads on phone. Don’t bother.
Easy and Simple using Wifi 5/5
I tried several other apps that didnt work..this worked perfectly for me im using Mac OSX Mojave and Android Note 4.... using Wifi file transfer was smooth
best sync app ever used 5/5
simply awesome, fabulous easy to use. it's not easy to find such a good app on mac for android phones
Finally one application that works 4/5
By Plant geek
The only reason I removed one star is that the ad that appears at launch of the app in the phone is super loud, but that is the only problem. After 3 hours of installing non apple applications and not being able to connect my samsung phone with my Mac, I was able to do it :). And the best is that it keeps the pictures dates :).
How do I uninstall HandShaker? It won't let me use Samsung Smart Switch.
Works fine, times out 4/5
By uncompressed music lover
This app is fine for transferring a photo or photos to my Mac and is easy to use. However, when it times out, rescanning does not find the phone until I close and reopen the app. Minor annoyance, but if they offer a rescan, it should work.
"Current storage device unavailable,File transfer failed" 1/5
By Guy Terry
That's what I get every time I start a transfer. It gets about 1/3rd of the way done, and leaves no option for "Move" rather than copy. I have a new USB 3 cable that is lightning fast on everything else. S9 phone. This app just plain doesn't work as advertised.
This app is an amazing advertising platform 1/5
Could not connect via USB. (accessory not supported or something)
Went to the app store on my phone and found what I thought might be an app that went with HandShaker. I guess it was, because I managed to connect via wifi only to have Handshaker tell me not to transfer big files over wifi.
I wanted to use USB in the first place, but it won’t connect. Then the phone app locked up my phone trying to load an advertisement. No clicks would do anything, not even the power button. Finally managed to re-start my phone and tried the phone app again. This time it loaded a video ad which it played at full volume while I’m at work. My boss it trying to run a meeting with a full-volume Groupon ad playing from the back of the room. Again, my phone is totally locked up with this app and the ad is still playing. Someone finally handed me some headphones to plug in to the phone to silence the video advertisement.
Summary: The desktop application didn’t work without the phone application. The phone application worked amazing as an advertising platform and nothing more.
Transfers stop midway 1/5
Doesn't really work. I need to transfer large files and it always stops midway through. Probably fine for small files.
Very limited and buggy little program 1/5
Outside looking in, this P.O.S. looks like the perfect solution to accessing and working with your android phone from your mac, but does it fail hard. Glitchy doesnt begin to describe the U.I., but even if it finally did what you have been clicking on it to do, it is super limited as far as file control and editing. Also the freaking pop up automatically. And if you're unlucky to get a VIDEO AD, it plays full volume without warning!
Stay away and use a more competent program by a more competent developer!
Best (only?) app for Android - Mac 4/5
Only thing I don’t like is that it opens on start up/login without an option to turn it off.
I’ve used this app to connect to several android phones over the past few years, including LG G4, Oneplus 3, Galaxy S8, and now Galaxy Note 9. I’m successfully able to transfer files with ease and the user interface is great!
Cannot install on Mojave! 1/5
It just download, and after the loading bar finished the button didn't change to "OPEN". It just shows the cloud download button again.
Easiest way to transfer files from an Android Phone 5/5
This app is great, it is the easiest app for transferring files from an android phone to the mac. NOTE: I was having an issue where large video files (+1GB) would stop transferring after a few seconds, I thought it was a Handshaker software issue on either my computer or phone, but just out of curiosity I changed the USB cable to a different port on my iMac and the issue stopped and i was able to transfer all of my large video files without any further issue. So try that if you are having problems.
I don’t know... 5/5
…what everyone is complaining about but this app is amazing. It gives you the ability to share files between your mac and non appl products such as my Note9. simply the best. Just download it and try it yourself. 5 stars from me for sure.
Nothing really special 3/5
I’m not one of those unlucky ones who didn’t get it to work or deleted all their files, mine work for the most part. Unfortunately, there was nothing really special that it offered me… view files, copy to local, delete files, that’s it. So basic. You can’t even move files from one location on your phone to another (i.e. move files from phone storage to SD card) because it doesn’t let you write.
I’m still waiting for the day that an Android device can:
(1) Sync iTunes Library even if you need to play your library on a different music player in Android (windows can do this).
(2) Able to project your phone screen in a “simulator-like” representation on your Mac, with touch, tap, two/three finger simulation capabilities.
Which unfortunately, this does not do.
SPEC: SM-G955FD Samsung Galaxy S8+
Samsung phone video transfer to Mac 2018 5/5
By Jennifer Ressmann
So, I found it worked great. Of course was hesitant - but it did work just fine. And, free - Thank you for sharing!!
I transfered videos I made on my phone to my Mac.
You need to install the app both on your Android phone and on your Mac.
After that I didn’t really even need to read the directions. But, if you do - read them in Chrome - and then click translate. (Because it is writen in Chinese)
Then - Just plugged the phone into my computer with USB cord and it pretty much did it all for me.
It couldn’t see my device—support pages not bilingual-stick with Android File Transfer 1/5
By Audiobook Junky
I saw a review of this and downloaded it. Interface seemed robust, but when i connected my android tablet, HandShaker was never able to locate it.
Worked when Android File Transfer wouldn’t. 5/5
May 2018 install, worked like a charm. Android File Transfer stopped recognizing my Pixel 2 XL no matter what cable, order, version, port I tried. I was hesitant because of negative reviews, but desperate. So I installed on Sierra 10.12.2 MacBook Pro, it asked to install on my pixel, I installed, it asked to connect, I allowed, and there were all my files ready for import or export. Wirelessly no less. When I connected USB, it stopped wireless transfer and went smoothly to asking if I wanted to transfer using USB cable. No chinese instructions, no bogdowns, no problem. Transferred at 18 mbs when USB connected.
Don’t be afraid to use this next time. PS: workaround for Android File Transfer seems to be to quit DropBox and Google File Transfer, then try AFT again. I’d rather just use Handshake…it’s free, and it works well.
Did not work 1/5
Did not at all work on a Mid 2011 MacBook Air and a Note 5.
Nice App 5/5
I have download the app & it’s work very nice. Just translate the website.
By owo what’s this??
Worked quickly and perfectly. Worked when nothing else did. Phenomenal, would reccomend to anyone!!! ^^
This app does so much more than I expected! THANK YOU!!! 5/5
Its really sad how there is so many bad reviews on this app due to stupid people that dont know how to get it to work.
I hope all you arsenuggets edit your reviews after I give you some common sense advice on how to get it running…
Download the app on your Mac from the play store.
When you open the app on your Mac it will give you a link to go to for “more info” about the apk needed for your phone to use the software you just downloaded to your Mac.
Go to the browser on your android device and type the link from the window message on your Mac.
That link is a direct download link…
After you click on the link it will show up in your browsers downloads section.
After it downloads, open it.
Then follow the Mac screen as you connect.
(dont forget to connect to the same wifi as your laptop, or just use it via the cable)
Go EDIT YOUR SHHYTE REVIEWS NOW!
I have no affiliation to them, but it made me so upset to see such an amazing app get this kind of low ratings.
I deleted android file transfer as soon as I saw the interface.
THIS THING DOES IT ALL. PERIOD
Big thanks to the developers!
This app is AMAZING!! 5/5
This app is TREMENDOUS!! Not sure why about the other bad reviews I’m seeing - I found this beautiful app after trying so many garbage apps, including Google’s own Android File Transfer (which crashed constantly) and Airdroid which also crashed and wanted a subscription (its not really free) then being chided by my programmer buddy who told me just to do the whole thing in command line / terminal - I am a VISUAL learner and given how important my photos are to me, I wanted to SEE exactly what was being saved, we’re talking the FIRST photos of my first son and videos of the day he was born, I’m not trying to play any games here - so far Handshaker has backed up like 35GB of these precious photos and videos, without a hitch, a great way to interface Android with MacOS I am VERY happy I found this app!! THANK YOU!!!
System: MacOS El Capitain | 10.11.6 (15G19009) | MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
64GB transferred from Samsung S7 (Phone & SD) to MBP = Success!!
Great Great Great ! 5/5
SO GLAD to be done with Android File Transfer (Android phone <—> Mac file transfer). That was so buggy, inconsistent connections, etc etc. I just downloaded Handshaker and it works very very smoothly. Much better interface, simple drag-and-drop across devices, etc.
There does seem to be some upper limit on how much can be dragged and dropped at one time; something above 1.5GB or so (I hit this as I was transferring about 5GB of photos from my phone to Mac)
It works, only when it works 3/5
This app used to work flawlessly.
So far in 2018, I have not been able to get this app to work. I am very adept supporting these devices and definitely how to use/repair/customise the Apple and the Android infrastructures. The app simply does not work. It does not connect to my new top of the line phone which is using Oreo 8.1. It does not see the phone wirelessly or with a usb cable. So I used Android File Transfer instead, which works without a hitch.
What the what? 1/5
It gives you a qr code, so you download another app to scan it to find out its a bad weblink. Waste of time and resources. Girl, bye
By P Riehl
Requires adjusting installation settings on Moto G to allow unknown apps (what this prompts you to download). Then you have to select files, and it will transfer them without album artwork.
Lasted about ten minutes on my Mac before I gave up on it. It’s not clear that it can be removed from your phone/device once installed.
UPDATE: reinstalled; can’t get it to connect via wifi or USB. Downgraded from 3 stars to 1.
Works great. 5/5
Don’t listen to the complaints about chinese. Just install the app, hook up your phone and then scan the barcode when it come up to go to artisan’s website. Click on the blue button for the apk file. Done.
The worst app I have ever used 1/5
The worst app I have ever used. Crashes every single time. Avoid. Should be removed from the store. I repeat: THIS GARBAGE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE STORE. IT DOES NOT WORK.
Wow, it works. 5/5
I had a problem with Android File Transfer, it would crash constantly - it would stop in the middle of transfers. The issue was bad! Airdroid and Airmore are not a subsitute to USB connection for large transfers. Finally, I found something that just works, and I am moving my gigabytes of music to my phone. It works extremely well and stable both with usb cable (fast) and wifi, however, coping files to the SD card from external drive resulted in disconnections. So if you are coping to internal phone memory, this program works. I had to move files from internal memory to SD card later on the phone.
Works great with Google Pixel 5/5
This is definitely the smoothest interface I’ve had between my Mac and an Android phone. I used it with my first generation Google Pixel and it worked great.