How to Transfer Files from Samsung Phone to PC

1. Transfer From Samsung Device to Computer Using a USB Cable

We put this method first because it’s the easiest and most likely to work with pretty much any Samsung device. After all, all mobile devices use USB to charge, and every modern Windows PC has at least one USB port that you can use.

To transfer photos from a Samsung device to your PC using a USB cable:

  1. Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
  2. The first time you do this, device drivers will automatically download and install on your PC. If your system asks for permission to do this, grant it.
  3. On the Samsung device, when asked to Allow access to device data, allow it.
  4. Open File Explorer on your computer to This PC and you’ll see the Samsung device under Devices and drives. You can now use File Explorer to access the device’s file contents, including all of its photos. Photos are found in the DCIM folder on most devices.

2. Transfer Files to Your Computer Using an External SD Card

If your Samsung device has a slot for a microSD card, you may prefer this method over using a USB cable. While some laptops have built-in SD or microSD readers, most computers don’t. Thankfully, you can buy an adapter like the Anker 2-in-1 SD Card Reader, which connects via USB.

Insert the external card into your device, then use an Android file explorer app to transfer all your photos to the card. Remove the card, plug it into the adapter, and you’ll see it on your PC as an external device under This PC. You can then copy photos from it using the USB directions above.

3. Transfer Files From a Samsung Device Using Bluetooth

Your Samsung device most likely supports Bluetooth, but this method requires a Bluetooth-capable PC as well. Most laptops fit the bill, but some desktops don’t. Like SD card compatibility, you can purchase a USB Bluetooth adapter to add this functionality to your PC for cheap.

If you transfer files often, it’s worth the few dollars to avoid having to connect any cables.

On your Samsung device, pull down twice from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings panel, then tap Bluetooth to enable it if it’s not already. When the Bluetooth dialog box comes up, tap on your device to make it visible. This will allow your PC to find and connect to it.

On Windows 10, connect to the device with these steps:

  1. Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and enable Bluetooth if it isn’t already.
  2. In the list of visible Bluetooth devices, select your device and click Pair. If you don’t see it, click Add Bluetooth or other device at the top.
  3. A numeric passcode will appear on both. If they match, click Yes on Windows 10 and tap OK on your Samsung device.
  4. When paired, click Send or receive files via Bluetooth, then Receive files.
  5. On the Samsung device, use the My Files app to select all the photos you want to download. Share them and select Bluetooth as the method, then choose your PC as the destination.
  6. When the file transfer request shows up on the PC, click Finish.

4. Use Cloud Storage Sync to Transfer Files

Cloud storage is arguably the easiest way to move files across devices, but it does have a big downside: limited storage space. This doesn’t matter if you only need to grab a handful of photo. However, since high-quality photos take up a lot of space, you may have trouble transferring large albums.

First, set up an account with a free cloud storage service. Google Drive is probably your best bet, because it provides a large amount of space for free users at 15GB. You’ll then want to install the Google Drive app on your Samsung device and PC.

On your Samsung device:

  1. Open the Gallery app.
  2. Select all the images you want to transfer, then hit Share and select Save to Drive.
  3. Choose the right Google Drive account (if you’re logged into more than one), pick the folder where you want them saved, then tap Save.
  4. Wait for it to sync.
  5. On your PC, navigate to your Google Drive folder, find where you saved the images, then move them to wherever else you want on your system.

Download: Google Drive for Android | Windows (Free, subscription available)

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