How to Get Photos From Android to Computer

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to transfer photos from your Android device to your computer. Whether you want to backup your precious memories or simply free up some space on your phone, transferring photos to your computer is a convenient way to manage and organize them. With a few simple steps, you can have all your photos safely stored on your computer’s hard drive.

Step 1: Connect Your Android Device to Your Computer

The first step is to connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure that both devices are turned on and unlocked.

Once connected, you may see a notification on your Android device asking for permission to allow USB debugging. Tap “Allow” or “OK” to proceed.

Step 2: Enable File Transfer Mode

On your Android device, swipe down from the top of the screen to access the notification panel. Look for the USB connection options and tap on it.

From the list of options, select “File Transfer” or “Transfer files.” This will enable file transfer mode and allow you to access the files on your Android device from your computer.

Step 3: Open File Explorer on Your Computer

On your computer, open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac). You should see your Android device listed under “Devices and Drives” or “This PC.” Click on it to open its contents.

If You Can’t Find Your Device:

  • Make sure that you have enabled file transfer mode on your Android device.
  • Try using a different USB cable or USB port.
  • Restart both your Android device and computer.

Step 4: Locate and Copy Photos

Once you have opened your Android device’s contents in File Explorer or Finder, navigate to the “DCIM” folder. This folder usually contains all the photos and videos captured by your device’s camera. Double-click on the “DCIM” folder to open it.

Organizing Your Photos:

To keep your photos organized, you can create a new folder on your computer before copying the photos. Right-click inside the “DCIM” folder and select “New Folder.” Give it a name that makes sense to you, such as “Android Photos,” and press Enter.

Step 5: Copy Photos to Your Computer

To copy the photos from your Android device to your computer, simply select all the photos you want to transfer by clicking and dragging over them or holding down the Ctrl key while clicking on each photo individually. Once selected, right-click on any of the highlighted photos and choose “Copy.”

Navigate to the folder you created earlier (e.g., “Android Photos”) and right-click inside it. Select “Paste” to transfer the photos from your Android device to your computer.

Step 6: Safely Disconnect Your Android Device

After successfully transferring all your photos, it is essential to disconnect your Android device safely. On your computer, find the notification area located in the taskbar (Windows) or menu bar (Mac).

Click on the USB icon and select “Eject” or “Safely Remove Device.” Wait for a confirmation message before unplugging the USB cable from both devices.

Alternative Method: Using Google Drive

If you prefer not to connect your Android device directly to your computer or have limited storage space on your computer, you can use Google Drive as an alternative method for transferring photos. Install Google Drive on both your Android device and computer, upload the photos from your Android device to Google Drive, and then download them onto your computer.


Transferring photos from your Android device to your computer is a straightforward process that allows you to manage and backup your photos effectively. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily transfer all your cherished memories to your computer’s hard drive.

Remember to safely disconnect your Android device before unplugging the USB cable. Happy transferring!

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