Let’s be honest: importing and managing personal media without relying on big tech software is a stressful, itchy, and exhausting process. I am constantly trying to make it as simple, quick, and reliable as possible, but I am having a hard time. Below I noted some some of my experiments and the steps I currently follow.
Transferring files #
The cleanest way to move files from an Android to a MacOS device is by using ADB.
- Connect the phone to the computer;
- Open the terminal and move to the
platform-toolsfolder (I keep in
- Check if the two devices are connected correctly by running
- Navigate in the phone directories
- once the path of the directories which contain the content that has to be copied on the computer has been noted, execute
./adb pull /path/in/phone /destination/path/on/computer;
- Done. This is how simple, neat, fast, and powerful this process is.
I still haven’t figured the best way to transfer a lot of images from iPhone to MacOS. AirDrop is wonderful, but it cannot work with all of the photos and videos in my mobile gallery.
- make a desktop computer remotely reachable via SSH
- Importing pictures automatically via SFTP
- I configured PhotoSync so that directories based on date are automatically created.
- I set a weekly reminder to make me start the import when Linuxplosion is scheduled to be on