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4 apps every Android owner with a Mac needs to use

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:00PM EST
Best Android Apps For Mac Users

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As amazing as it may seem, some people aren’t fiercely loyal to one platform or another and will use products from Apple, Google and Microsoft. One Android user who also happens to be a Mac user recently asked Reddit’s Apple community for some advice on how to get their Android phone to work with their Mac at least on a comparable level to the way an iPhone would. Below we’ve posted some of their best suggestions for apps that everyone who owns both a Mac and an Android phone should know about.

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AirDroid basically sets up a way for your to receive and respond to your Android notifications on your desktop computer. It works on Windows, Mac or the Web and it’s completely free. In addition to managing your phone calls, Gmail messages and texts, the app also allows you to reply to Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp messages. Future versions of the app will also support Telegram, Kik and more.

Download AirDroid here.


This one is fairly obvious but it definitely makes the transition from one platform to another easier if you use a single web browser that remembers your common searches and favorite websites on both your smartphone and your Mac. If you aren’t comfortable using Chrome because of how much Google tracks you, well, then you probably shouldn’t be using an Android phone in the first place.

Download Chrome here.


Like AirDroid, Pushbullet delivers notifications from your Android phone to your desktop or laptop. It also offers easy ways to send files from your phone to your computer and it lets you share links right from your notifications so you don’t have to email them to yourself ever again.

Download PushBullet here.

Google Photos

Our last app on the list just launched last week, but it’s a good one. Google Photos gives you free, unlimited storage for all your photos and it offers fantastic organization features that you can’t get from storing photos on iCloud. There are, of course, some privacy concerns about the new app, but once again: If you’re really concerned about Google mining your data to sell it for ads, you probably shouldn’t be using Android in the first place.

Download Google Photos here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.