There are a number of methods for transferring photos from a phone to a PC, then on to the family photo album, but it all depends on your device/carrier. Here is a quick guide to help you get those precious memories off your phone and onto your hard drive, no matter what kind of phone you have.
Newer phones often come with their own USB cable, ready to sync with your PC right out of the box. This cable will be phone-specific, fitting a standard USB port on one end, and your phones specialized jack on the other. The USB connection can quickly sync images, contacts lists, and ringtones between your phone and PC.
If your phone did not come with a USB connection kit, it is still possible to purchase one yourself. You would be wise to take your phone to a store that sells phone accessories to ensure you'll get a compatible cable. The kit will indicate whether or not you will need to download or purchase special syncing software. Most telephones DO NOT require any special software.
Cost: No cost to transfer photos. If your cell phone did not come with a USB cable of its own, a third-party USB connection kit runs from $20 to $75. Image quality reduction: None
Just plug in the USB to your Phone and the other end to a USB port on your computer. On some phones you may have to press a Connect icon on the phones screen. After you plug in the USB cable and tell the phone to connect, the Auto Play window should open with several options. One option may be to download all the pictures. Another option will be Open Folder to Display Files. I always chose this option, as it gives me more control over what to download. After you pick this option your Windows File Manager (Windows Explorer) will open showing your device and all the folders. The pictures are in the DCIM folder. Just drag and drop the pictures you want to your pictures folder.
Removable Disk (H:) is the Telephone and the DCIM Folder contains the Camera Folder where all the pictures are stored. Your drive designator may be different.
This slide shows the pictures in the Camera Folder. Just drag them to the Pictures folder.
If your phone uses a removable memory card, transferring your photos will be a cinch. Most newer phones feature a microSD card slot, even if the card itself is not bundled when you buy the phone. You can either save photos directly to the card as you take them, or pop them over to the card from the phone's internal memory after the fact, via a move to or similar function in your phones photo album. You may need to purchase a microSD-to-SD card adapter so your computer can accommodate the minuscule microSD card. Once connected to your computer, the card functions like a simple flash drive, and you can browse, drag, and drop your cell-phone photos on your PC. Cost: No cost to transfer photos. MicroSD card and/or a card adapter run from $15 to $50 together. Image quality reduction: None
A close runner-up to the memory card method, Bluetooth transfers are simple and do not involve any additional hardware (usually). If both your phone and PC are Bluetooth-ready, it is simply a matter of pairing the two via the short-range wireless connection, then sending the photos on over. The transfer may not be as speedy as the move via memory card, but it is just as free (provided that your carrier hasn't disabled this function on your device). You may need to purchase a Bluetooth USB adapter, or dongle, if your computer does not support Bluetooth. When this device is inserted into a USB port, it allows your phone and non-Bluetooth PC to pair. Cost: No cost to transfer photos. If your computer does not support Bluetooth, a Bluetooth USB adapter runs from $15 to $30. Check your manual/customer service to see if Bluetooth image transfer is enabled on your phone. Image quality reduction: None
- This page last updated on 2 Sep 2017