Avoid Android File Transfer starting automatically in Mac OS X after Android device plugin to USB port

“Android File Transfer” application starts automatically in Mac OS X when you plug your Android device to the USB port. Even if you only want to charge it.

Adroid File Transfer

This are the steps you have to take to avoid this (annoying) behaviour:

  1. Open the “Activity Monitor” and kill the “Android File Transfer Agent” process.
  2. Open “System Preferences” > “Accounts”. Go to the “Login Items” tab of your user. Remove the “Android File Transfer Agent”.
  3. Find your “Android File Transfer.app” file (usually in /Applications):

    • Right click (or ctrl+click) on it and select “Show package contents”.
    • Go to Contents/Resources.
    • Rename “Android File Transfer Agent.app” to e.g. “Android File Transfer Agent_DISABLED.app“.
  4. Go to /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Google/Android File Transfer (you can open Library folder with the “Go” menu in Finder while pressing “option” key or from the terminal running “open ~/Library”) and rename “Android File Transfer Agent.app” to e.g. “Android File Transfer Agent_DISABLED.app“.

Now “Android File Transfer” won’t auto-start when you plug your phone on the USB port, but if you open it manually everything will work just fine.

Ref: http://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/mobile/3hPIZjP0rDo

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  1. This seems like an ugly workaround. I’m guessing there is still something trying to run Android File Transfer every time you plug in a device. It’s just not finding the application.

    • I did it and it worked! It isn’t as complicated as it seems.

    • Agreed, horrible workaround. I hate it when apps decide what’s best for me with no way to disable it. I just delete it and if I need it I’ll reinstall, copy and uninstall it again.

  2. worked for me….Thanks!

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