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Disable auto start for Android File Transfer on OSX

Android File Transfer is a fantastic little tool for getting your files on/off your Android device on Mac/Linux. Anyone who has used it will probably notice how it (annoyingly) starts every time you plug in your device and often locks up the entire computer for a few seconds in the process. Most of the time when I am plugging in my phone it is to charge it or for development, not to transfer files, so obviously I wanted to disable the auto-start feature. Unfortunately I quickly found that this app, while very useful, has very few features and does not provide a built in mechanism to disable the background agent. Not cool.

However, all is not lost. You can still disable the auto-start behavior by renaming the agent app in two places: within the Android File Transfer app bundle, and in the Application Support directory for the app. Follow these instructions:

– Close Android File Transfer
– Open Activity Monitor and kill “Android File Transfer Agent”
– Go to where you installed “Android File Transfer.app” (I have it under /Applications)
– Ctrl+click –> “Show package contents”
– Go to Contents/Resources
– 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.

Credit goes to YuviDroid on Google Groups for figuring this out. Original post can be found here.

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3 Responses to Disable auto start for Android File Transfer on OSX

  1. Thanks, this really helped me. 🙂

  2. This is verging on necro, but couldn’t you just remove AFTA from your Login Items under Users & Groups? I did this, logged out and back in again and I don’t see AFTA in the Activity Monitor and it didn’t reinstall itself into the Login Items.

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