How to Transfer Pictures From Android Phone to Computer

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to transfer pictures from your Android phone to your computer. In this article, we will explore different methods that you can use to effortlessly move your precious memories from your phone to your computer for safekeeping or further editing.

Method 1: Using a USB Cable

If you have a USB cable handy, this method is the most straightforward way to transfer pictures.

  1. Connect your Android phone and computer using a USB cable.
  2. Make sure both devices are turned on and unlocked. Then, locate the USB port on your Android phone and plug in one end of the USB cable. Connect the other end of the cable to an available USB port on your computer.

  3. Enable file transfer mode on your Android phone.
  4. Swipe down from the top of your Android phone’s screen to open the notification panel. Look for a notification that says “USB charging this device” or “USB for file transfer.”

    Tap on it and select “File Transfer” or “Transfer files” option (the wording may vary depending on your device).

  5. Access your Android phone’s storage on your computer.
  6. Once connected, open the file explorer/manager on your computer (e.g., Windows Explorer or Finder on Mac) and look for your Android phone’s name or model under “My Computer” or “This PC.” Click on it to access its internal storage or SD card.

  7. Navigate to the DCIM folder and copy pictures.
  8. Within the internal storage/SD card of your Android phone, locate and open the “DCIM” folder. This folder usually contains all your pictures. Select the pictures you want to transfer, right-click, and choose “Copy” from the context menu.

  9. Paste the copied pictures on your computer.
  10. Navigate to your desired location on your computer where you want to store the transferred pictures (e., a folder on your desktop or a specific directory). Right-click and choose “Paste” to transfer the pictures from your Android phone to your computer.

Method 2: Using Google Photos

If you prefer a wireless method or want to sync your photos automatically, Google Photos is an excellent solution.

  1. Install and set up Google Photos on your Android phone.
  2. If you haven’t already done so, download and install the Google Photos app from the Play Store. Open the app and sign in with your Google account. Follow any additional prompts to complete the setup process.

  3. Enable backup and sync in Google Photos.
  4. Once in the app, tap on the three horizontal lines (hamburger icon) in the top-left corner of the screen to open the menu. Go to “Settings,” then “Backup & sync.”

    Toggle on “Backup & sync” if it isn’t already enabled. This will automatically upload new photos from your Android phone to your Google Photos account.

  5. Access Google Photos on your computer.
  6. Open a web browser on your computer and visit Sign in with the same Google account used on your Android phone.

  7. Select and download pictures from Google Photos.
  8. In Google Photos on your computer, navigate to the desired album or use the search function to locate specific pictures. Click on a picture to open it, then click the three vertical dots (more options icon) in the top-right corner of the screen. From the dropdown menu, select “Download” to save the picture to your computer.


Both methods mentioned above are efficient ways to transfer pictures from your Android phone to your computer. Choose the method that suits your needs and preferences best. Remember to keep your pictures organized and backed up regularly to ensure their safety.

Now that you have learned these methods, you can easily transfer your pictures from your Android phone to your computer and free up space on your device. Enjoy preserving and editing your memories with ease!

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