How To: Stop Android File Transfer from Launching Automatically

usb_android_smallAndroid File Transfer is a great tool for mac users! Unfortunately, it is annoying that it auto-launches when you plugin your phone. There is no setting to disable this feature in settings.

Problem: Android File Transfer Auto Launches

Solution 1: Disable the process from starting up
Thanks to Giorgos for a better solution! ( see comments)

  • Go to “System Preferences”
  • Go to “Users & Groups”
  • Click on “Login Items”.
  • Select it from the list and click on the minus.

Solution 2: Internally disable app

  • Close Android File Transfer
  • Open Activity Monitor and kill “Android File Transfer Agent”
  • Go to where you installed “Android File” (I have it under /Applications)
  • Right click and –> “Show package contents”
  •  Within the Contents/Helpers folder you will find the Agent.
  • Rename “Android File Transfer Agent” to e.g. “Android File Transfer Agent_DISABLED
  • Then go to “/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Google/Android File Transfer” and again rename the Agent app.. “Android File Transfer Agent_DISABLED”.