For anyone with a new Android phone..


Original poster
May 29, 2012
Recently got myself an HTC One Mini as a secondary phone and found that simply plugging it into my G5 would only show an Intel only coded HTC Transfer program. In other words no way to see my photos, iPhoto etc also would not see anything of course.

Started Googling and tried "Android File Transfer" which is PPC but this just kept crashing immediately after starting (a common problem with some newer Android phones apparently).

Finally came across an Android App called "DROID NAS", which is free and it works perfectly. Turns your phone into a memory stick for transferring files but using your WIFi and not the USB.

Just as an FYI in case anyone else has the same problem, my old Android didn't need anything at all so seems it will only affect certain (newer?) phones.
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macrumors Core
Aug 31, 2011
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If you want to sync anything, you can try Eltima Syncmate. You can get that over at They still make a PowerPC version and Syncmate has a button that will mount both an SD card and internal memory as a drive.

Eltima has a free version of Syncmate and a paid version.
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macrumors 6502
Nov 11, 2017
West Virginia
Sorry to dig up an old thread, but it seemed better than creating a new one for the same topic. I'm trying to figure out how to get my current-ish Android phone running Android 6.0.1 communicating with my Powerbook, primarily to transfer images.
Is Eltima still the recommended solution for that? Also, any tips on where to find the old version that's PPC-compatible? I didn't get any good leads with some quick Googling


macrumors 6502
Apr 6, 2016
Napoli, city of sun and pizza!
Photosync. It is the best way to transfer images and videos to your PowerPC Mac ... The app is still available and updated for Mac PowerPc, and you can find the Android app Photosync on the play store. If you want to transfer other kind of files, AirDroid is your choice