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How to transfer/sync media files (video, music, photos) to Nexus 4 from Mac OS X?

If you are a Mac user and have a Nexus 4, you probably have already noticed that the LG Android phone does not seem to be accessible when connected via USB to the Mac. This is because The USB connection uses the MTP protocol, which is not supported by Mac OS X natively. Therefore, you first need to install Android File Transfer and LG Nexus 4 USB Drivers for Mac. By following these steps you can mount the phone and copy local videos, music and pictures to Google Nexus 4 for watching on the go.


Transferring videos and music from Mac OS X to Nexus 4:

1. Install the free Android File Transfer application on your Macintosh. It’s available from www.android.com/filetransfer, along with instructions on how to install it.

Android File Transfer

2. After you install Android File Transfer, connect your Nexus 4 to your Mac via the USB cable. Wait for the phone to get connected and drivers to be installed.

3. Open up the Android File System app. It should recognize your Nexus 4 and then will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.

Android File Transfer

Tip: If you get a “No Device Found” message, be sure your Nexus 7 is in Media device (MTP) transfer mode. You can do this by swiping down to open the notification tray and then tapping on the Connected As… message.

 Android File Transfer

4. You can drag and drop files and media (video, music and photos) into the window (Nexus 4). Additionally, you can create new folders and delete files. During this time, you can't access the SD card from your Nexus 4 or share your Android phone's data connection with your computer via USB.

5. When the videos are copied to Nexus 4, you can disconnect your Nexus phone from Mac.

Like the Nexus 7, it does not include an SD card slot for additional storage, so you may need a Video Converter to compress very big file to smaller file size.

Note: You need to make sure that the file format is supported by the Nexus 4 before transferring video/music to Nexus 4.

Refer to Google Nexus 4 supported codecs:

Video codec: H.263, MPEG-4 SP, H.264 AVC

Audio codec: AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1 (AAC+), HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+), AMR-NB, AMR-WB 9, MP3, MIDI SMF, Ogg Vorbis, WAV

MKV, MOV, TS, and some AVI videos are not accepted formats and you have to convert the HD video to Google Nexus 4 optimized H.264 .mp4 files before downloading them to the phone. Your Blu-ray and DVD movies can also be compressed to fit in Nexus 4 with handy shareware (how to rip Blu-ray movies to Nexus 4).

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