How to Transfer Photos from your Android Phone to PC

Running out of space on your smartphone? We know photos, videos, apps, and miscellaneous files can take up a lot of space if you don’t clear out your Android phone on a regular basis.  

Whether you’re tech-savvy or not, here are a few easy ways to transfer photos from an Android phone to a PC. 

Use a USB 

Every Android smartphone and tablet comes along with a USB. By plugging the USB into your PC, it should prompt an option to save photos to the desktop or laptop. Here’s a quick how-to:

Step 1: Plug the USB to your phone and PC.

Step 2: Choose connect as a media device: tap or click the MTP option. If your smartphone has a certain type of software installed on your PC and MTP isn’t available choose the Camera (PTP) option.

Step 3: Tap open the device to take a look at your photo & video files.

Step 4: Double tap on the phone icon.

Step 5: Double tap on the folder which says DCIM. DCIM is where photos are typically stored.  

Step 6: Search for the photos you’d like to store on your PC then begin the process of transferring them. 

Use a Cloud Storage App

We actually wrote an entire article on the best cloud storage apps available on Android. We highly recommend you use Dumpster as your go-to backup, but here are a few great alternatives that are also safe & secure to use:

Setting up cloud storage is extremely easy no matter which app you install. Simply install the app of your choosing on your device, set up your account, and the cloud app should automatically start the process of saving the photos & videos on your device to the cloud. You should be able to access your content on PC or on the web.

A nice option these apps provide is that most will automatically save new photos & videos straight to the cloud if your smartphone is connected to Wi-Fi. 

Cloud storage is simple, easy, and gets the job done. However, be sure to keep an eye on how much space you’re utilizing. After you hit a certain limit, most apps will charge for additional storage space.

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