How to transfer photos from phone to computer: step-by-step instructions

Most users use their own smartphone to take pictures, especially since some flagship touch devices shoot so well that “soap dishes” will envy. However, not everyone knows how to transfer the resulting image to a computer. We will show what actions need to be taken..

What do we need?

Actually, the smartphone itself.

Computer or laptop.

USB cable (some also call it a charging cord – it also performs such a function). It can be a micro USB cable or USB Type-C – in this case it does not play a role. The main thing is that the cable is at your fingertips.

How to transfer photos from phone to computer?

Now proceed to action.

First of all, connect the cable with one side to the smartphone, and the other to the USB port on your computer or laptop. After that, you will hear a sound signal about pairing devices. Now you need to unlock the smartphone so that your computer gets access to it. On the screen of a smartphone with an unlocked screen, you can see something like the following:

If after connecting nothing appears on the screen, it doesn’t matter – call the curtain and you will see a message about the connection.

After clicking, a menu will appear with the option to select a connection.

What to choose from the list? Since we will transfer images, select “Camera” or “Photo Transfer” (we highlighted them in the screenshots above). In this case, you will not see extra folders on the device’s file system, which can only interfere. However, if you want to transfer additional files, for example, some folders, then you need to select “File Manager” or “File Transfer”.

Why are we doing all this? Starting with Android 6.0 and above, access to the file system of the device using a PC or laptop is closed until the user gives the go-ahead. And this was done in order to protect user data, because getting to the device’s file system if its desktop is protected by a password or other type of protection will be impossible for third parties. In general, another useful step towards Android protection.

On the desktop of a computer or laptop, open the section “Computer” (or “My Computer” – to whom it is more convenient). Find our smartphone and double-click on it with the left mouse button.

Next, open the internal memory of the device, because photos taken on a smartphone are usually stored on it. If the images are saved on the memory card, select it – it will also be displayed.

Video instruction

Here we see only a few elements, the main one of which is the DCIM folder – Digital Camera Images, which is where the images taken on the smartphone’s camera are stored by default. Open it.

Next is the Camera folder.

Here is a list of photos. We select the necessary ones, you can have several (hold the Ctrl key and select) or even all at once (Ctrl + A).

Click on the right mouse button and select “Copy” in the context menu (Ctrl + C). Or “Cut” (Ctrl + X) – depends on the need.

Now you need to select the folder on the computer where you will transfer the files. We have this, for example, the “Photos” folder located on drive C. Open the folder, right-click on an empty space to display the menu, and select “Paste” (Ctrl + V).

Waiting for image transfer. This may take some time if there are many photos..

The transfer took place.

If you need to transfer photos to a smartphone from a computer, you also act, only transfer will be carried out from a PC.