How to transfer photos from your phone to computer

How to transfer photos from your phone to computer

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Introduction

There are many reasons you may want to transfer photos from your phone to your computer. From backing up your images for safekeeping, transferring a snap to edit on your computer, or simply to free up space on your phone - learning how to transfer your photos is essential.

Quickly jump to your specific transfer situation:

Transferring photos from Android phone to PC: Droid Transfer

If you need to transfer lots of data from your Android phone, including photos, music, contacts and messages, you can use Droid Transfer. This piece of software lets you easily see the data on your device, and transfer it to your PC or laptop. Here's how:

  1. Download Droid Transfer on your PC and run it.
  2. Get the Transfer Companion App on your Android phone.
  3. Scan the Droid Transfer QR code with the Transfer Companion App.
  4. The computer and phone are now linked. Select the photos that you'd like to transfer, and hit "Copy Photos"!
Transfer photos from android to pc

Transferring photos from Android phone to PC: USB Transfer

If you only need to transfer photos from your Android phone, you can do so simply by connecting your phone to your computer with a USB cable.

Once connected, you'll see your device name in the Windows File Explorer on your computer.

Double-click your device. Here you can access it's internal storage. Your photos will be located in either the "DCIM" or "Pictures" folders.

Simply select the photos you'd like to transfer, right-click and hit copy. Then, right-click and paste into a location on your computer.

 

Transferring photos from Android phone to Mac: Android File Transfer

Transferring files from your Android phone to a Mac can be a little more difficult. For this type of transfer, we would recommend using Android File Transfer. Once installed on your Mac, you'll be able to connect your Android phone to the Mac, and copy files from the device to the Mac.

Transferring photos from iPhone to PC: TouchCopy

If you need to access and copy lots of data such as messages, music, contacts and photos from your iPhone to your PC, we recommend using TouchCopy. TouchCopy allows you to access all data on your iPhone, and copy it to your PC or Mac. Let's see how:

  1. Download TouchCopy on your PC and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable.
  3. Click the "Photos" tab to view all of your iPhone's photos on TouchCopy.
  4. Select the photos that you'd like to transfer, and hit "Copy Photos"!
Transferring photos from iPhone to PC

Transferring photos from iPhone to PC: Windows Photos App

If you only need to copy photos from your iPhone, you could use iTunes and the Windows Photos App. Here's how:

  1. Firstly, ensure that you are running the latest version of iTunes on your PC.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable.
  3. Ensure that your iPhone is unlocked. You may also need to tap to allow the PC to access your device.
  4. Open the Windows Photos app, click Import > From a USB device, and follow the instructions to complete the transfer.

This process is slightly different between different versions of Windows. For specific instructions to your version, please follow the relevant link below:

Transferring photos from iPhone to Mac: TouchCopy

If you need to access and copy lots of data such as messages, music, contacts and photos from your iPhone to your Mac, we recommend using TouchCopy. TouchCopy allows you to access all data on your iPhone, and copy it to your PC or Mac. Let's see how:

  1. Download TouchCopy on your Mac and run it.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable.
  3. Click the "Photos" tab to view all of your iPhone's photos on TouchCopy.
  4. Select the photos that you'd like to transfer, and hit "Copy Photos"!
Transferring photos from iPhone to PC

Transferring photos from iPhone to Mac: Mac Photos App

If you only need to copy photos from your iPhone, you could use iTunes and the Mac Photos App. Here's how:

  1. Firstly, ensure that you are running the latest version of iTunes on your PC.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable.
  3. Ensure that your iPhone is unlocked. You may also need to tap to allow the PC to access your device.
  4. Open the Mac Photos app, select the iPhone photos that you wish to transfer, and click "Import Selected".
  5. To import all of the photos, simply click "Import all new items" instead.

Syncing photos between computer and phone

If you find yourself regularly transferring photos from your phone to your computer, you may want to consider using a cloud service. Cloud storage services store your data in "the cloud" (an external server). This is great, because you can then link your computer and multiple devices to your cloud account which allows you to access all of the data at anytime, on any device. Thinking about photos specifically, you can set your phone up to store any photos you take in your cloud storage, so that they're not taking up loads of space on your device.

There are many cloud services available, but some of the most popular are iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox.

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