Do you have a lot of pictures on your Android device and want to be able to view them on your laptop or desktop computer? No problem!
In today’s tutorial you will learn how to easily transfer pictures from Android to computer in two easy ways. I will show you how to do it with the use of a USB cable and using the Google Photos service.
Ready to start? Let’s do it!
How to Transfer Photos from Android to Computer Using the USB Cable
This is the simplest and the most obvious (as well as the oldest :D) method of transferring stuff from our phone to our computer. I would even consider it obsolete and not as comfortable as other wireless methods (like the one described below).
However, this method almost always works and is very reliable (we don’t need a stable Internet connection to transfer stuff because we only need a USB cable).
If you are against keeping your photos in the cloud and want to have their copy only on the hard drive of your computer, this is the method for you.
Here is what you need to do step by step:
- Connect your Android phone to your computer with the use of a USB cable (usually provided together with your phone).
- Once your computer recognizes your Android phone, navigate to the folder where you store pictures and photos.
- By default pictures in your Android phone are stored in Internal storage > DCIM > 100ANDRO.
- Once you are in the desired folder, simply copy and paste the pictures to the desired place on your local disc.
TIP: If you are not sure where you store pictures on your Android phone (in what folder), you can use the built-in search feature (in Windows 10) which lets you look for files according to their type.
All you need to do is:
- When you are browsing the content of your connected Android device, move to the Search tab by clicking on the search box on the upper right. When in the tab, choose Picture under Kind dropdown.
- You can also type “kind: =picture” in the search box in the upper right.
- The process may take a few moments (depending on how many pictures there are on your Android device). Once it’s compete, you will be able to browse all pictures that are on your Android device.
How to Transfer Pictures from Droid to Computer Using Google Photos
In May 2015 Google announced its new photograph and video sharing service called Google Photos (and separated it from Google+).
I was at first a bit skeptical about it, but when I finally started to use it I immediately loved it.
Google Photos makes organizing, sharing and managing your photos extremely easy. All of the photos are automatically backed up in the cloud (over WiFi or cellular data) and there are no space limits for your stuff (you can upload as many photos as you want).
Here is what you need to do to start using Google Photos:
- Download Google Photos app (if you don’t have it installed by default) from Google Play.
- Sign in using your Google account (the one that you added to your Android phone).
- Go to settings and adjust them to your needs.
- I suggest you turn Backup on.
- If you choose Upload size to be High quality (instead of Original), you will have free unlimited storage for your photos. Depending on your mobile data plan, choose to have photos uploaded either over Wi-Fi only or both Wi-Fi and cellular network.
- From now on all of the photos will be automatically backed up and you will be able to view and manage them from your computer by going to https://photos.google.com (remember to sign in with the same account you used on your Android device).
You can also use other services offering cloud storage like Dropbox or OneDrive, but using Google Photos is the most comfortable (as it’s automatically associated with your Google account).