Moving files between your Android device and a Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook doesn’t have to be difficult — or dependent on any cloud services.
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Your smartphone is a powerful computer in your pocket — and with Android, part of that PC-like muscle means being able to plug your phone into any Windows, Mac, or Chrome OS system and then drag and drop files either way.
Unlike iPhones, Android devices allow you to access their file systems directly from a desktop, without the need for any cumbersome interfaces or complicated procedures. In fact, transferring files to or from an Android device is basically no different than plugging an external hard drive into your computer and moving data to or from it.
All you need is your phone, your computer, and a cable to connect ’em — with micro-USB or USB-C on the phone side and USB-A or USB-C on the computer side, depending on the specifics of your devices. (Most current Android phones use USB-C, whereas most pre-2016 devices have the older micro-USB standard. USB-A, meanwhile, is the traditional connector port you’re used to seeing on computers, though more and more models now also offer USB-C.) There’s a decent chance that the same cable that connects your phone to its wall charger will work.
Got it? Good. Here’s what you need to do next, depending on whether you have a Windows, macOS, or Chrome OS system:
Android file transfers for Windows computers
With Windows, things are as simple as can be. Just plug your phone into any open USB port on the computer, then turn on your phone’s screen and unlock the device.
Swipe your finger down from the top of the screen, and you should see a notification about the current USB connection. At this point, it’ll probably tell you your phone is connected only for charging.
After you connect your phone to your computer, a notification will let you prepare it for transferring files.
Tap the notification and select “Transfer files” or “File transfer” in the menu that appears. If media files are all you’re planning to move, you could also use the “Transfer photos” (sometimes listed as “PTP”) option, which’ll treat your phone like a digital camera. Once you’ve made your selection, go to your desktop and open up a File Explorer window using the method that makes the most sense for your Windows configuration:
- Click the File Explorer icon in your taskbar
- Open the Start menu and click This PC or Computer
- Click the This PC, Computer, or My Computer icon on your desktop
Then look for an icon representing your phone alongside other portable devices and drives. Click or double-click that icon, and ta-da! You’re staring at your Android phone’s internal storage. You can now click around and browse folders, drag and drop files between your phone and PC, or manipulate the data in any way you want.
Your Android phone’s storage looks like any regular hard drive when viewed from a computer.
Android file transfers for Mac computers
Got a Mac? The Android file transfer process is a bit more complicated for you — but fear not, for it’s still pretty darn easy.
The main difference is that before things will work, you’ll need to download and install an official Google program called Android File Transfer. To use the program, your Mac must be running macOS 10.7 or later, and your Android device must have Android 3.0 or later — something that should pretty much be a given with any reasonably recent Android product.
Once the program’s in place on your Mac, just plug your phone into your computer, turn on your phone’s screen and unlock the device, and then look for the same USB status notification described above.
Tap the notification and select “Transfer files” or “File transfer.” The Android File Transfer program should then automatically open on your Mac, and you should be able to browse your phone’s storage and transfer files to your heart’s content.
If the official Android File Transfer program doesn’t work well for you — a vexingly common complaint among Mac users these days — consider the favorably reviewed third-party Commander One Pro as an alternative. It costs $30 for a single license, $100 for a five-user team license, or $150 for a 50-user company license.
Or — well, skip down to the final section of this story for one other option.
Android file transfers for Chrome OS computers
You’d expect file transfers between Android phones and Chromebooks to be as simple as can be, considering that Google’s the driving force behind both of those operating systems — and by golly, you’d be absolutely right.
Just like on a Windows system, all you’ve gotta do to connect your Android phone to a Chromebook is plug it into any open USB port, then tap the USB charging notification on the phone and select either “Transfer files” or “File transfer” from the prompt that appears — or select “Transfer photos” or “PTP” if you want your phone to be treated like a camera, with a focus exclusively on multimedia files.
Once you do that, the Chrome OS Files app should automatically appear on your Chromebook with your phone present as one of the storage options. The system will probably even prompt you to back up all of your phone’s media files to Google Drive; you can allow that, if you’d like, or dismiss it and simply drag and drop files in either direction as needed.
Pulling up your Android phone’s storage on a Chromebook is easy as can be — and typically includes a one-click option to copy all your device’s media files as well.
There’s really not much to it — nor should there be.
And if you want an even simpler way to take care of business.
Don’t like cables?
Hey, wait a minute — aren’t there apps and cloud services for this sort of thing? Sure there are, and we’ve got you covered there, too. Check out “Transferring files wirelessly between devices” in our in-depth Android file management guide for everything there is to know.
This article was initially published in August 2017 and updated in October 2019.
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Need to move data from your laptop to your Android device? Here are some easy ways to transfer in no time at all.
Smartphones have evolved to the extent that they can easily replace our PCs for day-to-day tasks such as email, video streaming, and web browsing. Regardless of your primary device, sooner or later, you will need to share files from your phone to a PC or vice-versa.
There are plenty of different ways to share files from a PC to your Android phone, but the best method depends on the amount of data you need to transfer. Let’s look at how you can easily share files from a PC to an Android mobile phone.
1. Transfer Files From Laptop to Phone Using a USB Cable
If you have to transfer many files between your Android phone and PC, you should opt for the oldest and most reliable transfer method. It’s still quick and easy to share files from a phone to a laptop, as long as you’ve got a compatible cable on hand. Plug your charging cable into the PC and connect it with your phone.
Once you’ve got it set up, do the following on Windows or a Chromebook:
- Connect your phone.
- Tap on the notification Android shows labeled Charging this device via USB.
- Under USB settings, set Use USB for to Transferring files or File transfer.
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That’s it. A file transfer window will open on your computer, showing your phone (and SD card if you’ve got one). Then you can start copying your files across.
The instructions are almost the same on a Mac, but you will need to install the Android File Transfer software first.
This method is suitable for copying large amounts of data. Try it when you want to transfer some movies or your entire music collection. It makes it easy to move files to your phone’s SD card as well.
2. Share Files Between Laptop and Mobile Without a Cable
The Google account you’ve set up on your phone gives you access to 15GB of cloud storage space through Google Drive. This gives you a convenient way to move files between your laptop and phone.
You need to install the Google Drive app on your laptop. If you’d rather, you can use Dropbox or Microsoft’s OneDrive, as they all work pretty much the same way.
When you set up Google Drive, you need to sign in first. Then select Back up all file types and click Next.
On the next screen, choose Advanced Settings at the bottom. Select Sync My Drive to this computer, then click OK.
This creates a Google Drive folder on your computer. Everything in this folder will sync to and from your Drive account. So to upload files to your phone, just move them into the Drive folder. Open the app on your phone, and they’ll be there after syncing.
The main caveat to remember here is that the files shown in your Drive app are not stored on your phone. If you try to open one, it needs to download first—a gigantic file can take a big bite out of your monthly data allowance.
To get around this, you have two options for downloading the files you need to your phone. Select a file, and from the menu, choose either:
- Make available offline. This downloads the file for you to view offline within Drive. Any changes you make to it will sync next time you go online.
- Download. This saves a new copy of the file to your Downloads folder, and you can open it in any compatible app. However, any edits you make won’t sync—you need to re-upload the file to your Drive account.
A lack of free space is the main limitation of this solution. You can always set up an extra account, though, and it is possible to transfer files from one Google Drive account to another.
3. Share Files From PC to Mobile Using Email
Emailing files to ourselves is hardly the most efficient way of moving data from a laptop to a phone, but we’ve all done it at one time or another. It works for quick sharing of files when you can’t use any of the other methods.
You’re limited to 25MB attachments in Gmail. If you need something larger, check out WeTransfer. That allows you to send files up to 2GB for free, with no registration.
Enter your email address on the website, then drag your files into the browser window and send. You’ll then receive an email on your phone with a link to the files you may download. For security, files are encrypted and erased after seven days. You’ll need a Pro membership if you wish to erase your files sooner or keep them up for longer.
4. Share Files From PC to Mobile With Messaging Apps
Alternatively, another easy way to transfer files between your Android device and PC is to use WhatsApp Web. This is an excellent way to quickly share images, documents, or even videos if you have a fast internet connection.
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Android doesn’t have an iTunes-like desktop program, so the process of syncing your data may not be as obvious as it is with an iPhone. However, you don’t need a desktop syncing app — even iPhone users are leaving iTunes behind.
While you can move files back and forth with a USB cable or wireless network connection, the ideal way to keep data in sync between your devices is by relying on online services that do the work for you.
Transfer Files Manually to Your Phone
If you do want to transfer files the old-fashioned way, you can copy files directly to your Android device. This is ideal if you want to copy music, videos, or other media files to your Android phone or tablet. After copying the files over, they should be automatically appear in your Android media player app. You can also use a file manager app to view them.
- USB Cables: Connect your Android phone directly to your computer using the USB cable you use to charge it. It will appear as a new drive in the Computer window, where you can copy files back and forth like you would from a USB flash drive. Older Android devices may require you to pull down the notification bar on your phone and tap the Turn on USB storage option to make the Android’s storage accessible on the PC after plugging it in.
- Wireless File Transfers: If you want to transfer files wirelessly, you have a wide variety of options. AirDroid is one of the most convenient. Install the AirDroid app and you’ll be able to access your phone from a web browser, giving you the ability to copy files back and forth. You can also set up Windows networking or create an FTP server to allow your phone to access your PC’s storage.
- Cloud Storage: Copying files the old-fashioned way is best if they are very large — for example, if you want to copy a video file to your Android phone. However, transferring small files and keeping files in sync is easier if you use cloud storage. Whether you use Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, or another cloud storage service, you can drop the file into the cloud storage folder on your computer and open the associated app on your phone. This will give you access to the file without having to transfer it to your phone manually or take up any of your phone’s internal storage.
There are third-party syncing apps that try to replicate that iTunes experience with an Android phone, but you don’t need them.
Sync Your Browser Data
Want all your browser bookmarks, open tabs, history settings, and other data to follow you between your phone and computer? Just enable the sync option in your web browser, install the appropriate browser on your Android phone, and activate the sync option there, too.
- Google Chrome: Log into Chrome on your PC with your Google account and use the Google Chrome browser on Android.
- Mozilla Firefox: Enable Firefox Sync on your PC and use Firefox for Android.
- Opera: If you’re an Opera user, you can enable Opera Link and use Opera for Android.
Users of Internet Explorer or Safari don’t have an official syncing solution. There are unofficial sync apps available, but we haven’t tested them.
Get Music On Your Phone
You could connect a USB cable and copy all your music files to your phone, but that won’t be ideal if you have too much music to fit on your phone. Instead, try using Google Music Manager, which will upload a copy of your music files to Google’s servers for free. You can then use Google’s Play Music app on your phone to listen to your entire music collection if you have an Internet connection, or to cache music on your device to make it accessible offline.
You may also want to try using a third-party music apps, instead. Read more about ways to get music on your Android without iTunes here.
Use Online Services
In the old days, people synchronized their palm pilots and old smartphones with their computers to keep their contacts, calendar events, and other data in sync between their PC and their handheld device. This isn’t the way things are done anymore — in fact, you would have trouble finding a software solution that let you sync your data in this way.
Instead, data is synced by relying on online (“cloud”) services, and Android does this by default. Your Android’s contacts and calendar events are automatically synchronized with Gmail’s Contacts and Google Calendar, where you can access them from a web browser by logging in with the same Google account. Any changes you make to the Contacts or Calendar from your browser will replicate themselves on your phone.
Instead of worrying about synchronizing data back and forth, look for services that have solid Android apps and useful websites or desktop apps and use them to keep your data in sync across your devices. For example, it’s much easier to use the popular Evernote (or another note-taking app, such as Google’s own Google Keep) to keep your notes in sync across your devices than it is to take text notes on your Android and copy them back and forth using a USB connection.
Assuming you use the same services on your PC and your phone, keeping their data in sync should be a snap. This part should happen automatically.
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How to transfer files between your Android phone and your PC using Wi-Fi
Last Updated : 13th September 2021 | Author: Wide Angle Software Dev Team
Transferring files between your Android mobile phone to your computer does not need to be a tedious or a difficult task. This article will take you through 3 different ways for wireless file transfer between your Android phone and your PC, without needing to use a USB cable.
Here are the three Wi-Fi file transfer methods reviewed:
Transfer files from Android to PC: Droid Transfer
Our most comprehensive solution comes first – Droid Transfer software. This option is for users who desire ease of use and an intuitive interface, as well as the ability to browse, copy, delete or add files to and from your Android device just like you would in Windows Explorer on your PC.
Droid Transfer does not require your Android mobile phone to be rooted and will also save different types of data from your Android phone to your PC, such messages, music, photos, contacts, and more. Transfer files from Android to PC Wi-Fi – Here’s how:
- Download Droid Transfer on your PC and run it.
- Get the Transfer Companion App on your Android phone.
- Scan the Droid Transfer QR code with the Transfer Companion App.
- The computer and phone are now linked. Select the files that you’d like to transfer from your Android device and hit “Copy to PC” in Droid Transfer.
- To add files from your PC to your Android device, click on Add File in Droid Transfer and choose a file on your PC you wish to add to your device.
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Summary (Droid Transfer):
✔Wireless file transfer ✔User-friendly interface ✔Transfer of many different data types ✔Locally stored data ✔Unlimited storage space
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Transferring files between Android phone and a PC: Cloud Services
Another great way of transferring files between Android device and your computer is using a cloud service. Cloud Services such as Dropbox and Google Drive allow you to upload files from your computer, or phone, and then allow you to access those files from any of your devices. Bear in mind that your data will be stored externally, so it’s not as secure as a simple file transfer between mobile phone and PC. This option is perfect if you plan on syncing files between your devices.
File transfer Android – cloud services. Here’s how:
- Go to your chosen cloud provider’s website.
- Register for the cloud service. Most provide a free option which gives a limited amount of online storage, with the option to pay for more.
- Download the accompanying app on your phone, and set up with your account details.
- You can now transfer files between all of your devices, through your cloud storage.
Summary (Cloud Services):
✔Wireless file transfer ✔Transfer limited data types ✔Externally stored data ✔Limited storage space
Transfer files from Android to PC: Bluetooth
The last method I’ll mention is Bluetooth. “What is Bluetooth?”, you may ask, and rightly so – the once popular Bluetooth has now taken a backseat to make way for more accessible Wi-Fi. However, there is still a place for Bluetooth for file transfer, as you can use it if you have no Wi-Fi. Bear in mind that not all devices will have Bluetooth available, especially some computers/laptops. Here’s how it’s done:
- Turn on Bluetooth on your computer and on your phone, and ensure that your device is discoverable.
- On your PC, go to your Bluetooth settings (you can search for “Bluetooth” in your Start menu).
- Select your Android phone from the list of devices, and pair.
- You may be prompted to enter a security code that will be provided, otherwise, you are paired (Image 1).
- You may also need to allow the receiving of files from your phone on your computer. If this is the case, you can find this option by clicking “Send or receive files via Bluetooth” on the right of the Bluetooth options on your PC (Image 2).
- Find the file you wish to transfer from your phone (eg a photo). Choose the “Share option”.
- Share via Bluetooth and save to PC (Image 3).
Image 1. Enter PIN
Image 2. Send or receive files via Bluetooth
Image 3. Share via Bluetooth and save to PC
✔Wireless file transfer ✔Transfer limited data types ✔Internally stored data ✔Unlimited storage space ✔Does not require Wi-Fi
Transfer files from PC to Android: Wi-Fi
OK, here’s some extra information for you hungry readers. If you want to transfer files from your PC to Android, you can use Droid Transfer as seen in Method 1. The tool allows you to transfer files from PC to Android using Wi-Fi or USB and vice versa.
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- AirDroid or Pushbullet
- Cloud Storage apps
- Resilio Sync
AirDroid and Pushbullet
Price: Free / $1.99 per month / $19.99 per year / $38.99 per two years
AirDroid is one of the more popular apps to transfer files from Android to PC. It can do other stuff too. The features include sending and receiving SMS/MMS from your PC, see your device notifications, and much more. It can even find a lost phone, control the camera, and use apps. You’ll also be able to transfer files to your computer from your phone. You get the basic stuff for free. You’ll have to subscribe to the service to get everything. Pushbullet works very much the same way in terms of transferring files to PC from your Android device, even if it costs a little more. You can go with either of these options. They are the two most popular options.
Price: Free / Varies by app
Cloud Storage is an excellent method to transfer files from Android to PC and back again. There are a variety of services to choose from, including Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box.com, and others. Transferring files is easy enough. You upload the file to cloud storage on one device. You then download it on another device. Most cloud storage apps have their own dedicated apps and it makes the process easier. We have our best cloud storage apps list linked up toward the top of this article.
Feem is a simple app that does one thing very right. It transfers things from devices connected to the same WiFi network. That includes mobile phones, tablets, computers, laptops, or whatever else. Each device simply downloads Feem and runs it. From there, you can transfer whatever you want to and from those devices. The WiFi doesn’t need to be connected to the actual internet. A local network is all you really need. It’s simple, effective, cheap, and the Material Design looks nice. ShareIt is another app in this same style that does well.
Price: Free / Up to $75
Resilio Sync (formerly BitTorrent Sync) is kind of a wildcard. It works a lot like cloud storage. However, the cloud storage server is your own desktop or laptop. You can sync as much data as you’d like, transfer files back and forth at will, and a lot more. It should support Mac, Linux, and Windows as well. It’s definitely among the more secure options. Your stuff is never on a cloud server. It’s just your phone and your device talking to each other. The app is free for limited use and you can unlock all the features for a single, albiet somewhat expensive payment if you want to. This can easily replace cloud storage entirely if you want it to.
Xender is one of the most popular apps in this space. It lets you connect your phone to another device and transfer over WiFi. It works with other Android or iOS phones, Macs, PCs, and even Tizen. The app does its job as intended most of the time and it worked okay in our testing. However, this is one of those apps that either works perfectly or it doesn’t work at all. It also has a few other features, like the ability to convert video to audio and you can apparently use it to download Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram videos. Another strong (albeit less popular) competitor here is Feem (Play Store link).
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Non-app ways to transfer files
- Use Bluetooth – If your laptop has a Bluetooth module or if you have a Bluetooth dongle for your desktop or laptop, you can pair your device with your computer using Bluetooth and send files that way. The transfer rates are very slow so only use this method for smaller files.
- USB On-The-Go – USB OTG cables allow you to connect your device to USB devices such as external hard drives or flash drives. You use the cable to transfer documents to your flash drive or external hard drive or vice versa. They are relatively inexpensive.
- Share to email – This only works with small files like photos or documents, but you can send most types of files over email. Most emails have a limit of around 25MB for attachments.
- Share to chat – This works for a number of file types, especially if you use something like Discord, Slack, or Skype. You send yourself the file in a chat on one device and retrieve it on another. This should work for smaller files like photos, documents, or similar things. Skype and Slack have support for things like PDF files, archived (zipped) files, and other document types as well.
- Use your data/charging cable – This one is fairly obvious. Just plug your phone into your computer using the USB cable that comes with your charger. This is the most common and reliable method of transferring files to PC from Android devices.
- Your micro SD card – Devices with micro SD card support can transfer files much like flash drives. You use a file manager app to move the files to the SD card, pop it out of your phone (after turning it off, of course), and then use an adapter to put it into your card reader on your laptop or a different adapter to connect it to your computer’s USB drive.
- Android’s Nearby Share feature – Android’s Nearby Share utility works a lot like Apple AirDrop, but for Android. You can quickly share small or large files with devices right next to you. This only works from one Android device to another Android device, but it’s still a method to move files around.
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There are a number of reasons you may need to transfer files from your Android device to your PC or Mac. Perhaps you’d like to back up photos in order to clear up storage space or move music to your desktop that you downloaded on your phone.
Because of the open and transparent nature of Android, there are many, many ways to do it. You can use a USB cable, or a third-party app, or even take advantage of a local wireless connection. With so many different options, it’s not always immediately clear which one you should go for, so we’re here to show you the five easiest ways to transfer your files from an Android phone to a Windows PC or a Mac.
1. USB cable
Using the USB cable that came with your smartphone is probably the easiest way to connect to your computer. You may need a different one if your phone has the newer USB Type-C-to-Type-C cable and your desktop or laptop doesn’t have a USB-C port, but if this isn’t an issue, the bundled charging cable should be all you need to move files between the two devices. The transfer speed will depend on the type of cable and storage you have on both devices. For example, the transfer speed will be slower if your phone used eMMC storage, but a lot faster if it comes with UFS. Similarly, transferring files to a SATA drive on a PC will take longer than to an SSD.
If you’re transferring to a Windows PC, it couldn’t be easier.
Connect your phone and PC using the USB cable.
There are plenty of ways to transfer large files between Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, including AirDrop, Google Photos, Bluetooth transfer, and third-party programs.
You need to copy a huge file from your phone to a computer. Maybe it’s a lengthy video or a large document. If the file is too large to transfer directly through email, a USB cable, or other conventional means, how can you get that big file on your computer?
Apple devices can use AirDrop to transfer the file to your computer. However, neither Windows nor Android support AirDrop. In that case, there are other options that work between Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, including Google Photos, Nearby Share, and Bluetooth transfer, as well as third-party programs.
If you haven’t yet used AirDrop to transfer files between your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it’s fairly straightforward. On your phone or tablet, open the file you wish to copy. Tap the Share icon and select AirDrop. In the AirDrop screen, select your Mac.
You should see an AirDrop notification on your Mac, at which point the file is automatically copied. Open the Downloads folder on your Mac to access it. For more detailed help, check out our AirDrop guide.
Google Photos should automatically save and sync photos and videos on your Android device, which means you can access them on your phone and computer. If this isn’t working for you, open the app, tap your profile icon in the upper right, and go to Photos settings > Back up & Sync and turn on the switch for Back up & Sync.
You can also use Google Photos on an iPhone or iPad if you download the app from Apple’s App Store. Inside the app, tap your profile icon and select Google Photos settings > Back up & Sync and turn on the switch for Back up & Sync.
Open the Google Photos website on your computer, and you should see all your synced photos. To download a specific photo, click it and open the three-dot menu in the upper right corner, then select Download.
If you do use Google Photos to sync and store every photo and video you take on your phone, just keep an eye on your Google storage space. The company no longer offers unlimited photo storage for free and limits you to 15GB of space for all your online files (Gmail, Google Drive, and Google Photos combined) unless you shell out for the Google One monthly subscription. (Here are some alternatives.)
Another option just for Android is Google’s answer to AirDrop, Nearby Share. To get started, go to Settings > Google > Devices & sharing > Nearby Share and then turn on the switch for the feature. You can use Nearby Share to send and receive files as long as both devices are running Android 6.0 or higher, and Bluetooth and location services are turned on.
From the Nearby Share settings page, you can tweak a few options. Tap Device name to change the name of your phone as it would appear to the other person when sharing a file. Tap Device visibility to determine if you want to use Nearby Share with all contacts or just some contacts, or keep it hidden. Tap Data to control whether Nearby Share works over cellular data, over just Wi-Fi, or without internet.
With Nearby Share enabled on both the sending and receiving devices, open an Android app on the sending device, such as the Files app, Gallery, or Google Photos. Tap the Share icon and select the Nearby Share icon. If you don’t see it, tap the More icon, and it should appear.
A notification on the receiving phone prompts you tap it to become visible to nearby devices. On the sending device, tap the name of the receiving device. After both devices connect, tap Accept on the receiving device. Then open the received file in an associated app to view it.
Android devices can use Bluetooth to send files to a Windows 10 computer, but it won’t work with an iPhone or iPad. You first need to link and pair your Android phone with Windows 10 and then make sure Bluetooth is turned on for both devices.
Go to Settings > Devices on your Windows 10 computer and click the Send or receive files via Bluetooth link on the right or at the bottom of the page. At the Bluetooth File Transfer window, tap the Receive files option.
On your Android phone, go to the file you want to transfer to your PC. We recommend the Files by Google app or Google Photos for this. Open the file, tap the Share icon, and select Bluetooth. At the next screen, select the name of your PC.
On your Windows PC, browse to and select a location to save the transferred file and click Finish. Open the location to view the file.
Snapdrop is a web-based file-transfer tool that can copy photos, videos, and other files between different devices and computers. Fire up the site on both your computer and on your mobile device. The screen on your computer should identify your phone or tablet, while your mobile device identifies the browser on your PC.
To transfer a file from your phone to your computer, tap the computer icon on the phone screen. You can select Photo Library to grab an existing photo, Take Photo or Video to snap something new with your phone’s camera, or Browse to transfer an existing file from your phone. Whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you should be able to transfer a file saved on the device itself or saved on an online storage site.
On your computer, the file should show as received. Click Save to save it to your hard drive.
Documents by Readdle
Available for iOS and iPadOS, Documents by Readdle lets you view the folders and files on your computer from a mobile device. You can then select the files you want to download to your PC. This can be done by downloading and launching the app on your mobile device, then opening the Docs Transfer website on your computer.
From the mobile app, go to Connections > Computer to view a four-digit code. Enter the number on the Docs Transfer website on your PC and wait for both devices to confirm the connection.
Your PC then displays certain folders and files from your phone, such as your photo library. On your PC, drill down to the folder that contains the file you wish to transfer. Check the box for the file you want and then click the Download link.
At the File Save box, click OK to download the file and then choose a location to store it. When you’re finished, tap the Disconnect button in the mobile app to sever the connection.
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It’s common to transfer files between a smart phone and a laptop or desktop computer. There are several ways to do so. You can generally connect the phone to the laptop to transfer the files, or send them wirelessly with Bluetooth if both devices support it. You can also transfer the files indirectly through a cloud service such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
Laptop Mobile Data Transfers
There are many reasons why you might move files between a laptop and an Android smart phone. You might have photos you want to download from a phone to a laptop so that you can back them up or store them on a larger drive. You may also want to move files, such as work documents or spreadsheets, from the laptop to the phone so you can access them when you’re away from you computer, such as while you’re commuting to work.
Whatever the reason, it’s generally easy to move data between the devices using a variety of technologies.
Connect Android to Laptop
Assuming your laptop has a USB port, you can generally connect your smart phone to your laptop using the same cord you use to charge it. Plug the cord into the Android phone and the USB end into your laptop rather than into a charging adapter.
When a notification pops up on your phone saying, “Charging this device via USB,” tap it. In the “Use USB for” menu that pops up, tap “File Transfer.” If you’re using Microsoft Windows or a Google Chromebook, a window should pop up on the laptop to let you drag files back and forth between the two devices.
If you’re using an Apple Mac computer, you may need to download an additional Android File Transfer program on your computer. Download the app from the Android website if you don’t already have it, and open it to transfer files. Once you’ve used it once, it should automatically open the next time you connect you phone to the computer.
Transfer Files With Bluetooth
If your computer supports Bluetooth, the wireless protocol, you can also use Bluetooth to move files between your laptop and Android phone. First, enable Bluetooth on both devices.
On a Windows PC, you can find your Bluetooth settings by typing “Bluetooth” into the search box in the Start Menu or on your taskbar. On a Mac computer, you can find Bluetooth in the “System Preferences” menu, accessible through the Apple icon on the top of your screen. On an Android phone, you can usually find Bluetooth in the pull-down menu accessible from the home screen.
Once Bluetooth is enabled, choose the Android phone from the list of available Bluetooth devices in your computer’s Bluetooth preferences menu. You may be prompted to enter or verify a security code on one or both of the devices. Once the devices are paired, browse your phone for the file or photo you want to send to the computer, and use the sharing options to select “Share via Bluetooth.” You’ll be prompted to save it on the computer.
To send a file from the computer to your phone, click the option within your Bluetooth preferences to send a file, then browse for the file you wish to transfer. Confirm on the phone that you want to receive the file on that device, and indicate where to put it.
Using Cloud Services
You can also use cloud file management services such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive to sync files between your devices. Many allow some limited file storage for free and will charge you to store and transfer more data.
Shop around to find a cloud service that suits your needs.
This article was written by Travis Boylls. Travis Boylls is a Technology Writer and Editor for wikiHow. Travis has experience writing technology-related articles, providing software customer service, and in graphic design. He specializes in Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and Linux platforms. He studied graphic design at Pikes Peak Community College.
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Do you have files on your Android phone that you want to transfer to your computer? Do you wish there was an easy way to do it without having to connect your phone to your computer using a USB cable? There are several ways you can transfer files from your Android phone to your computer wirelessly. You can use cloud storage, Bluetooth, or file transfer apps. This wikiHow article teaches you how to transfer files from your Android to your PC wirelessly.
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How can I transfer large files from PC to mobile?
Send files from Google Drive, such as documents and photos if the document is larger than the email file size limit.
- Log in to your email on the PC.
- Select file attachment you would like to share to your phone.
- Share it to your very email and open it from your phone.
- Download the file.
How do I transfer files from PC to Android?
How to Transfer Files From Android to PC: 7 Methods
- Transfer Files From Android to PC With Bluetooth File Transfer. …
- Transfer Files From Android to PC With AirDroid. …
- Transfer Files From Android to PC With Pushbullet. …
- Transfer Files From Android to Shared Windows Folders. …
- Transfer Files From Android to PC With a USB Cable. …
- Transfer Files From Android to PC Using an SD Card.
How can I transfer large files from my computer to my phone without USB?
Transfer Files from PC to Android without USB via Wi-Fi. Using Wi-Fi is the simplest way to transfer files from PC to Android. It lets you transfer files to/from your computer, phone or tablet over a wireless connection, no USB cable needed. AnyDroid is just the exact tool that has that function.
How do I transfer files from PC to Android phone wirelessly?
Transfer data wirelessly to your Android device
- Download Software Data Cable here.
- Make sure your Android device and your computer are both attached to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Launch the app and tap Start Service in the lower left. …
- You should see an FTP address near the bottom of your screen. …
- You should see a list of folders on your device. (
How can I transfer files from PC to mobile via WIFI?
Transfer Files between Android and PC Using Bluetooth
- Make sure your PC’s Bluetooth is on. …
- Once Bluetooth is enabled, right-click the icon in the ‘System Tray’ and select “Add a Bluetooth Device.”
- In the Bluetooth Settings window, select “Add Bluetooth or other devices.”
How can I share data from PC to mobile without USB?
You can build connection between phone and PC just by scanning a QR code.
- Connect Android and PC to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Visit “airmore.net” on your PC browser to load a QR code.
- Run AirMore on Android and click “Scan to connect” to scan that QR code. Then they’ll be connected successfully.
What’s the fastest way to transfer files between two computers?
Here are the five most common methods you can try for yourself.
- Cloud storage or web data transfers. …
- SSD and HDD drives via SATA cables. …
- Basic cable transfer. …
- Use software to speed up your data transfer. …
- Transfer your data over WiFi or LAN. …
- Using an external storage device or flash drives.
How do I download and install Android File Transfer?
- Download the app.
- Open AndroidFileTransfer.dmg.
- Drag Android File Transfer to Applications.
- Use the USB cable that came with your Android device and connect it to your Mac.
- Double click Android File Transfer.
- Browse the files and folders on your Android device and copy files.
How can I share files from PC to mobile via WiFi?
How to Transfer Files From Android to Windows With Wi-Fi Direct
- Set Android as a mobile hotspot in Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering. …
- Launch Feem on Android and on Windows too. …
- Send a file from Android to Windows using Wi-Fi Direct, choose the destination device, and tap Send File.
How do I transfer files from one computer to another without a USB?
Tutorial: Transfer Files from PC to PC without Using USB
- Open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers. …
- Connect two PCs via the network by entering the password or verification code of the target PC. …
- Then, choose “Files” and click “Edit” to select files to transfer.
- Select the specific files as you want.
How do I transfer large files from my phone to my computer?
On your Android phone, go to the file you want to transfer to your PC. Using the Files app is a handy way to do this. Press down on the file, tap the Share icon, and select Bluetooth. At the next screen, select the name of your PC.
How much does Droid transfer cost?
Droid Transfer is available with a free demo enabling transfer of 50 copies of Music and Photo items. The full version costs $30 and will run indefinitely with no restrictions. The software works alongside a free Android Application, Transfer Companion, available for download on the Google play store.
How can I share files from PC to mobile without cable?
Method 2: Droid Transfer
After launching the Droid Transfer app on both PC and Android, use the “Scan QR Code” option in the companion app. Your Android and PC should now be wirelessly synced via the software – you can now simply drag and drop files between both platforms.
How do I transfer files over WiFi?
- Connect both computers to the same WiFi router.
- Enable File and Printer Sharing on both computers. If you right click on a file or folder from either computer and choose to Share it, you will be prompted to turn on File and Printer Sharing. …
- View the Available Network computers from either computer.
How can I share files from PC to mobile without Internet?
- Step 1: On your Android device, open device Settings and go to Network & internet.
- Step 2: Tap on Hotspot & tethering followed by Wi-Fi hotspot.
- Step 3: If you are using the hotspot for the first time, give it a custom name and set a password here. …
- Step 4: On your PC, connect to this hotspot network.
Transfer files between Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS, seamlessly and wirelessly, across all networks and file formats. You could also manage your mobile files through a computer.
How can you benefit from AirDroid Personal’s file transfer & management?
Enjoy cross-platform support for file transfer
As one of the most popular file transfer applications, AirDroid Personal has gained many affirmations from users worldwide.
AirDroid Personal not only allows you to transfer files across different platforms without using cloud storage but also lets you share files to your friends and even people nearby. Fast and secure.
No more frustrations from network type
AirDroid Personal isn’t limited to the local area network, it can also be used under different Wi-Fi or hotspot networks.
Cross-platform support for file transfer
AirDroid Personal allows you to wirelessly transfer files and documents across various devices and platforms, without limitations for formats nor the need for a cable. Supports multiple and cross-platform file transfer. You can transfer files from Android to Android, Android to iOS, or iOS to iOS. The support also extends to Android and iOS to Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. All can be done effortlessly.
Enjoy hyper-fast file transferring without limitations
You can use AirDroid Personal to enjoy the incredibly fast file-transferring speed at 20MB/s, under both local and remote connection. Enjoy the uncompromising experience for productivity even when switching to Wi-Fi, 4G, or 5G network. AirDroid Personal’s Nearby feature also allows you to instantly and directly send photos & video files to your nearby friends, even without an account or internet connection.
* Remote data quota will be consumed when two devices are not under the same network. For free account users, you get up to 200MB remote data quota each month. Upgrade to Premium to get unlimited data for file sharing.
Sharing photos & videos with original quality
AirDroid Personal is capable of sending photos, videos, and other multimedia files without losing quality or compressing files. Unlike other conventional file transferring tools, AirDroid Personal is able to transfer media files losslessly. Any types of photos or videos can be delivered to another device smoothly and flawlessly.
All-in-one file management
From the desktop client or the web client web.airdroid.com, you can check up and manage photos, videos, music, apps, storage, and more on your devices. You can even automatically sync and upload your photos & videos to your PC, that way you can not only save up your device’s storage but also avoid the risk of having your privacy leaked.
* Due to the restrictions of iOS systems, iOS devices can only share photos & videos under the same local network.
More than just files
Besides file sharing, AirDroid Personal can also let you share messages between different devices. You can send instant messages through AirDroid Personal to your friends and families directly. You can also share links, texts, and clipboard between devices.
You can use Wi-Fi to transfer files between your Android phone and your PC or Mac, but it’s useless if your internet connection is unavailable or unstable. Thankfully, there’s another option: your trusty USB cable. Read on to find out how to use it to move files between devices without a hitch.
To start, you’ll need the following:
- Your Android phone
- A computer with a USB Type A or C port
- A USB cable
- Unlock your phone.
- Plug it into your computer’s USB port using a cable.
- Your Android phone will display a “Charging this device via USB” notification. Tap on it.
- Tapping on the notification will display other options. Select File Transfer under “Use USB for.”
- Your computer will show a file transfer window. Drag and drop files from this window to your preferred location on your computer.
- Once you’re done, unplug your USB cable from the computer.
Transferring files from an Android device to a Mac is pretty much the same process as that for Android to Windows file transfers, but with a few additional steps:
- Download and install Android File Transfer on your computer. Take note that this app only works on Macs running on macOS 10.7 or later.
- Open the Android File Transfer app. You need to open it the first time you use it, but the next time you plug in your device, it will automatically open.
- Unlock your Android app and connect it to your Mac using your USB cable.
- On your phone, tap on the notification that says “Charging this device via USB.”
- Your phone will then display other USB options for your device. Under “Use USB for,” choose File Transfer. This will prompt your computer to display an Android File Transfer window.
- Drag and drop files from this window to your preferred location on your computer.
- After backing up your data, eject your USB by right-clicking the icon for the external device on your desktop and selecting “Eject [volume name].” Alternatively, you can drag the external volume icon into the trash can in the Dock.
- Unplug your USB cable.
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Let’s say you want to do some extensive editing of a photo that you took with your Android’s HD camera. Or that you want to get your favourite new songs onto your phone so you can listen to them on the go. How do you transfer these files? Luckily, it’s easy to transfer files from Android to PC and vice versa with TeamViewer – even without a USB cable.
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How to transfer files from Android to PC: Step-by-step
With TeamViewer installed on your Android and your PC, you’ll be able to access your device as if it were right in front of you. That also means that sharing files between both devices is a cinch. We’ll go over the process of android transfer below.
- Once you’ve installed TeamViewer on your PC and the TeamViewer App on your Android, open the app on your phone.
- Enter the Partner ID of the PC that you would like to transfer files with.
- Click on File Transfer and start the connection.
- The File Transfer Window will open. The files on your Android will be displayed on the left and those on your PC on the right.
- To transfer files from one device to the other, you can use the buttons on the top, or simply drag and drop the files from one part of the File Transfer Window to the other.
It’s as easy as that!
Taking Android data transfer to the next level
However, because TeamViewer is also so much more than simply a file sharing program, you can also take it to the next level. If you install TeamViewer on your PC and then set up Unattended Access, you can access the files on your PC from your Android at any time and from anywhere in the world. Plus, you’ll be able to easily share files with other devices no matter their operating system, thanks to TeamViewer’s cross-platform compatibility.
By transferring your files via TeamViewer, you won’t need to worry about storage space on your Android. Removing files you no longer wish to have on your phone, but don’t wish to get rid of completely, can be simply moved to your PC or another device.
TeamViewer makes it fast to transfer large files, with speeds of up to 200 MB/second. You won’t need to wait ages for your files to appear on your other device.
When you use TeamViewer to transfer photos from your Android to a PC, or any other files for that matter, you can rest assured that their contents are protected with end-to-end encryption and top-notch security.
TeamViewer can be easily integrated with other file sharing systems like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive for Business, and the iOS app Files, making it a convenient way to manage all your files, even those stored in the cloud.
Let me start by asking you some questions – Is your smartphone bugging you with the slow-mo speed when you tap the browser? Or are you suddenly get a ‘force close’ pop up for a particular app on your smartphone’s screen? If yes, my friend your phone is gasping for space! It needs to undergo a factory reset to gear up its performance. However, your device includes thousands of data from images, to chats, to a dozens of videos, contacts and a lot more which can get completely erased from your smartphone when you tap on the factory reset option. Horrific thought isn’t it? Well you can avert the loss of your precious data by taking preventive measures by which I mean taking backup of the data stored in your Android device. So let’s check out some easy methods you can use to take the back up of all your data from your Android device to your Windows or Mac.
As an Android user, you can take a backup of the data via:
- Google Account
Here’s a quick take on the process of taking backup via the above mentioned individual options.
While many of you would prefer to opt for wireless connectivity and cloud storage option, at times it’s good to opt for the old classic USB connectivity as it’s an ideal choice to go in for if you have a lot of data or content to transfer and save at once. That being said, it’s quite easy to transfer data from your Android device to the PC via USB cable. However you must know that the process of transferring data from your smartphone varies depending on whether you own a Windows PC or Mac.
Let’s take a look at the techniques used to take a backup from Android to Windows and Android to Mac.
First and foremost you need to install the ‘Android File Transfer’ app. It’s an official Google program application that works on Macs running with Mac OS X 10.5 or the following upgraded versions. You also need to ensure that your Android device is running on either 3.0 version or up. Further to this, the process for file transfer from Android to Mac is pretty similar to that of an Android to Windows. So once setup here’s what you need to do:
One of the perks of owing an Android smartphone is that most of the backing up of the data is done automatically within certain intervals. But that’s only when you are signed into your Google Account on your Android smartphone. Through this signed in account, Google automatically backs up most of your data – including the details of your Android settings, display preferences, Wi-Fi networks, passwords.Wait that’s not all, Google also saves all those precious photos and videos! If you haven’t yet… here’s how you can enable this setting and take backup of your data via Google account.
If you have data that frequently needs to be shared you can always look for other cloud storage options. Apart from Google Drive there are other alternatives like; Dropbox that you can go for. Similar to Google Drive, Dropbox too can transfer images, videos etc. from your Android device to your PC, Laptop or Mac. Here’s how you can setup Dropbox in your device.
Wi-Fi connectivity is the easiest and quickest way to transfer those thousands of images, videos and more from your Android device to your PC, Mac or Laptop. That being said, you can easily download third party apps like AirDroid to transfer data in a matter of moments. AirDroid app is a specially designed app for Android smartphones and is compatible with both Windows and Mac desktop. This screen sharing app allows you to transfer images, videos etc. from your Android smartphone to your Mac or Windows desktop that too wirelessly! All you need to do is ensure to install app on your Android device as well as on your PC or Mac. Here’s how can install and use the AirDroid App on your smartphone and desktop.
If you are facing Wi-Fi connectivity issues you can always turn on connecting your Android device to your desktop or laptop via Bluetooth. But here’s a word of caution- Comparative to Wi-Fi, transferring files through Bluetooth could be time consuming as pairing the devices isn’t that quick. However, you can always give it try right? Well to enable Bluetooth;
Backing up the data is often the most neglected task. However, with the above suggested methods taking a backup of your data is a pretty simple job and it could save you from the nightmare of losing all your valuable data. So procrastinate no more and save all your priceless photos, videos, and important contacts safe and secured.
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Here’s how to transfer data from one Android phone to another Android phone.
These methods are simple and easy to do.
You can transfer all your data from files, music, videos and more.
Data transfer from one Android phone to another is fairly simple as you have multiple ways to transfer data from one Android phone to another Android phone. For instance, you want to share some data or a video with your colleague or friend and both of you own an Android smartphone, there are many ways using which you can exchange data between Android phones. So, here are the best ways to transfer data from an Android phone to another Android phone by which you can share files, music, videos and more between two Android phones.
One of the default ways to transfer data from an Android phone is by using the Bluetooth feature of your phone. By using Bluetooth to transfer data between Android devices, you can share images, videos, music, documents and more wirelessly and without any hassle.
Enable Bluetooth on both Android phones and pair them.
Open File Manager and select the files that you want to transfer.
Tap the Share button.
Select Bluetooth from the list of options.
Select the receiving device from the list of paired Bluetooth devices.
File transfer will be activated and both the phones will display the status of the transfer.
Using NFC (Near-Field Communication)
If two smartphones are equipped with NFC chips, close distance data transfer is easily possible. NFC is an efficient way to transfer data from Android phone and doesn’t require pairing between phones. In case you want to transfer data between two Android devices that have NFC, make sure both NFC and Android Beam is enabled.
Enable NFC and Android Beam.
Go to Settings and select Bluetooth and Connections.
Select NFC and enable it.
Then select Android Beam and turn it on.
Next, open File Manager and select the file you want to send.
Open the file and place both the phones with their rear panel touching together.
The phone will vibrate and you will see an option saying “Tap to beam”.
Tap the file and the transfer will begin.
Using Google Drive
All Android smartphones come pre-installed with the Google Drive app which lets you upload files, documents, images, videos and more to the Drive. The data that’s uploaded on your Google Drive can now be accessed from anywhere, be it another phone or a PC or a Mac.
Open Google Drive.
Tap Create New button.
Select the files you want to share.
Enable data transfer from your phone to Google Drive.
Using third-party apps
There are many third-party apps available that will help you transfer data from one Android to another Android smartphone. The apps can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and be used to transfer files, important documents, music and videos between Android devices. Different smartphone companies also offer their own data transfer apps and you can use those as well.
SHAREall lets you share files between two Android phones easily and is pretty fast too. The app also offers offline file sharing that doesn’t require the use of Internet or Bluetooth. SHAREall can transfer heavy files without any issues and at blazing fast speeds. The app also offers other tools such as Junk Cleaner, uninstaller and more.
Files by Google
Files is Google’s official file management and transfer app that allows users to share files offline and back up to cloud storage along with other tools such as advance search and storage optimisations. You will be able to send files at super-fast speeds of up to 480 Mbps and the free up space tool lets your get rid of the clutter by cleaning junk files, optimizing the performance and better file management.
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Today, almost all Android smartphones come with a file manager, file browser or explorer. These file management tools are very helpful. For example, you can use them to copy, move, delete, rename files on mobile phones; some of them can even help users connect to a computer, server, other mobile devices for data transfer. A built-in file manager for iPhone is not available yet. However you can find a lot of third party file explorer or manager on the App Store. FileMaster is one of them. It is designed specifically with file management and transfer in mind. You can not only use it to manage all kinds of files on iPhone but also share files between iPhone and PC, Mac, Android in an easier way. It works like a SD card for iPhone. To transfer data between iPhone and computer or iPhone and Android phones, you firstly have to send files to this file manager app, then forward files from the file manager to iPhone, Android mobile or computers. Imagine if you could send any files from iPhone to Android or from Android to iPhone wirelessly without any USB cord or a computer in the middle. File Master is such an app makes file transfer over Wi-Fi between Android and iPhone never easier before.
In this article, we will describe how you can share files, such as photos, videos, music and more documents between iPhone and Android phones using this free file manager for iPhone. At the lower section of this post, we will also suggest other great file transfer apps that are free, cross-platform, powerful and easy to use.
Transfer files between Android and iPhone over WiFi
Firstly go to download it from App store on to your iPhone from the linked page in the first paragraph above. You do not need to install any app on Android phone for the file exchange. We will use the stock internet explorer or web browser on Android phone as the client to communicate with the iPhone file manager and share data between them.
Run the File manager on iPhone, tap on the More button and choose WiFi Transfer from the pop-up menu, see below screenshot.
Slide the toggle to on in the WiFi Transfer screen, so you will get an iPhone file wireless transfer address.
Connect your Android phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. Then launch the internet browser on the phone to access the above iPhone Wi-Fi file transfer address, you will then get the access to all kinds of files and folders from the iPhone file manager on your Android device.
Here are how you can transfer files between iPhone and Android:
Transfer files from iPhone to Android
- You will firstly need to import files from iPhone to the iPhone file manager app;
- Then visit iPhone file transfer URL address using the web browser on Android phone. Browse to the folders from iPhone and download files from iPhone to Android.
Transfer files from Android to iPhone
- Visit iPhone file transfer URL address using the web browser on Android phone. Click the Upload button to select files you want to upload from Android to iPhone.
- The files will be uploaded from Android phone to the iPhone file manager app first. You can then export the files from the file manager to iPhone, open the received files with other compatible apps on iPhone, share the received files from iPhone to others or other devices using compatible tools or apps on your iPhone.
Using this wireless transfer utility, you can easily exchange photos, videos, music and more documents between iPhone and Android phones.
FREE & EASIER mobile phone data transfer alternatives
- SHAREit: It is free and cross-platform. Works with Android, iOS, Mac, Windows. See how you can transfer photos, videos from iPhone to Android. Transfer files of any format and size without internet connection or using your cellular data.
- Zapya: Another very popular, free, cross-platform, wireless, multilingual, powerful file sharing app. Compatible with phones, computers, tablets, Android, iOS, Windows, Mac.
Exchange files between iPhone and computer
The iPhone file Wi-Fi transfer can also help you back up files from iPhone to computer or send files from computer to iPhone, see this guide to transfer Photos, Videos, Music, and more files between iPhone and computer for FREE.
Get the free file manager app for easy file management and file transfer across mobile phones and platforms now, and share it with your family and friends when it is still a free app in Apple App Store
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You can transfer files, such as pictures or audio files, between your computer and your phone.
1. Connect phone and computer
Connect the data cable to the socket and to your computer’s USB port.
2. Choose setting for USB connection
Slide your finger downwards starting from the top of the screen.
2. Choose setting for USB connection
Press Android system .
2. Choose setting for USB connection
Press Tap for other USB options. .
2. Choose setting for USB connection
Press Transferring files .
3. Transfer files
Start a file manager on your computer.
3. Transfer files
Go to the required folder in your computer’s or your phone’s file system.
3. Transfer files
Highlight the required file and move or copy it to the required location.
1. Connect phone and computer
2. Choose setting for USB connection
3. Transfer files
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Phones can give laptops and desktops a run for their money in terms of computing ability but we’re still a little away from chucking the phone’s big cousin out the window, at least for a little while. And as long as they’re still breathing, data transfer between phones and PCs or laptops will be a necessity.
Zeroing in on the best technique from all the options available is not the easiest of tasks. The option that you should go for also depends on how big the file that you need to transfer and the number of files that you need to transfer. The options available to transfer files have been listed below:
The move to USB-C has left a lot of old USB cables redundant but the USB-C to USB-A cables that phones come with making it easy to transfer files between phones and laptops.
The steps are as follows:
a) Connect your phone to the PC
b) Click on the notification on your Android device labeled ‘Charging this device via USB.’
c) Under the option named Use USB for, choose File Transfer
The same procedure can be used for Mac as well, the only extra step is that you will need to install the Android File Transfer software.
Through Cloud Accounts
The Google Account on your phone gives you access to 15GB of cloud storage space. Install the Google Drive app on your laptop. You can also use Dropbox or Microsoft’s OneDrive. When you set up Google Drive, after signing in, choose ‘Back up all file types’ and then click Next.
On the next screen, choose Advanced Settings at the bottom. Choose Sync My Drive to this computer and then tap on OK.
This will create a Google Drive folder on your computer and everything in this folder syncs to and from your Drive account. If you wish to upload files to your phone, you just need to move them into the Drive folder. You can make the files available offline or download it on to your phone.
Email and messaging apps
Gmail limits you to 25MB in terms of the size of the attachments, WeTransfer allows you to send 2GB for free with no registration. Head to wetransfer.com, enter your email address and then drag your files into the browser window and hit send. The files are encrypted for security and get deleted after seven days.
Bluetooth is the best bet if you only have smaller files to transfer. To send a file over Bluetooth from your Windows 10 laptop to your phone, you will need to pair the two devices. Go to Settings>Devices and hit the toggle to turn on Bluetooth. Make sure it’s enabled on your phone. Go to Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth and find your phone. Select it, click on Connect on your PC and then Pair on your phone to complete the process. To share a file over Bluetooth, go to Settings>Devices>Send or receive files via Bluetooth>Send files. And then choose the file you want to share.
This is the fastest option available and the best one to use for large files. Portal by Pushbullet is an app that you will need to install on your phone. Open a web browser on your laptop or desktop and go to portal.pushbullet.com where you will see a unique QR code. Open the Portal on your phone, click Scan and point it at your OR code to scan it. This establishes a direct wireless connection between your phone and desktop or laptop. You will need to do this every time you need to transfer files.
AirDroid and Feem are great options as well.
We always take a backup of our mobile phones on our laptop to free up space for new stuff. A few of us know how to transfer files from phone to laptop using the USB cable however you will wonder that there are numerous other ways to transfer files from phone to PC.
This article is a compilation of a few possible steps on how to transfer files from phone to laptop through various modes. Here you will also explore how to find and remove duplicate photos before taking a backup of the device. Let’s begin with the most basic one.
Transfer Files from Android to PC Using USB Cable
The best and easiest way to transfer files from Android to PC is using a USB cable. Here is how you can transfer unique files from your phone.
Step 1. Connect your Android device to the laptop using the USB cable.
Step 2. Download and run a scan using Duplicate Photos Fixer Pro to eliminate the duplicate files. This will identify and remove identically similar images from the device and will only keep the unique images. It will also group your photos in an organized manner.
Step 3. Open Windows Explorer and explore the image, music or videos that need to be backed up.
Step 4. Copy and paste the files from the Android device to your PC in a specified location. Once the transfer is complete, you may disconnect the device and delete the files from your phone and free up space.
Transfer Files from Android to PC via Bluetooth
Next widely used method to transfer files from Android to PC is via Bluetooth connectivity. Setting up the Bluetooth pairing is easy.
Step 1. Click on start and type ‘Bluetooth’ in the search bar.
Step 2. Click on the ‘Bluetooth and other devices settings’ option from the search results.
Step 3. The ‘Settings’ window will open with Bluetooth settings.
Step 4. Turn ON the Bluetooth toggle button and click on the Plus Sign to add a Bluetooth device.
Step 5. A new window will open to select the device type. Click on the Bluetooth option to scan for devices.
Step 6. Ensure you have your Bluetooth turned ON from the Android Settings and it is discoverable.
Step 7. You will receive a popup on your Android device and the PC with a passkey. If both the key codes match, tap on Yes/Allow to give permissions to pair the devices.
Step 8. Once you see the device paired in your list, it will show Paired/Connected.
Step 9. Select the files on your Android device that needs to be transferred to the PC and tap on the ‘Share’ icon. From the available options, tap on the ‘Bluetooth’ icon.
Step 10. Tap on the paired PC to initiate the transfer.
Wi-Fi File Transfer to PC
If both the devices are connecting to the same Wi-Fi connection, you can also take help of a file transfer software to transfer files between Android and PC.
There are tons of apps that can be used to transfer files from Android to your PC. AirDroid, Feem, and Pushbullet are a few of the best file transfer apps that can be used to perform this action. You need to download and install the app on both the devices to keep them synced and transfer the files from one device to another. These software also comes with a monthly or yearly paid subscription that also opens a pool of different utilities and features.
Transfer Files from Phone to PC on Cloud Storage
If you use a Google or Microsoft account, you can also make use of Cloud Storage like Google Drive or OneDrive. You can upload files from Android devices on these storages and download it on the PC. You get 15 GB of space on Google Drive with your Gmail account and 5 GB of space with a Microsoft account. You can configure multiple accounts if you have large data to transfer.
Transfer Files from Phone to PC using Email
If the size of the file is not that huge, you can also make use of the Email feature to transfer files from Android to PC.
Step 1. You just need to open your email on an Android device and attach all the files that need to be transferred to the PC.
Step 2. Send the email to your own email address and the files are sent.
Step 3. You can open the same email account on the PC and download the attachments.
Step 4. You can also save drafts instead of sending emails.
Share Through Chat
You can also upload files on Slack, Skype, WhatsApp Chat or any other chat messengers. There are limitations through chat messengers but this is a quick and convenient method to transfer files from Android to PC. The only concern here is the pictures and videos are compressed while sharing through chat resulting in reduced quality.
Transfer Files Through External Drive
You can also connect a USB drive, Micro SD Card, or an external Hard Drive and connect it through the type C USB cable with your Android device. Open files explorer and move the files to the connected device. Connect the USB device to your PC and transfer the files to your computer.
Transfer Files Using Nearby Sharing
Microsoft Windows 10 has a unique file sharing utility known as ‘Nearby Sharing’. It is faster than the Bluetooth sharing service and connects to the nearby devices using Wi-Fi connectivity. You need to type ‘Nearby Sharing’ in the search bar and open the Nearby Sharing settings window. Toggle ON the ‘Nearby Sharing’ button and the PC will be discoverable. You can transfer both ways using this device.
There are numerous ways of how to transfer files from phone to laptop. You can opt for any of these available options as per the file size. If the files are huge, then a wired connection is recommended however small files can be transferred wirelessly. Which one is your favorite method to transfer files from phone to PC? You may drop us a comment in the comments section.
DATA TRANSFER PAIN
Welcome to a guide on how to transfer files between Android and PC – Wired and wirelessly. Smartphones and tablets, the modern-day convenience that allowed us to watch videos, listen to music, play games, and work anywhere we please. But when it comes to transferring files between the Android device and PC, things are not really straightforward with many ways to do it:
- Connect the android device to the PC using a USB cable.
- Use a memory card.
- Use a flash drive.
- Transfer wirelessly through Bluetooth.
- Transfer through WIFI.
- Upload to a cloud drive.
- Email the document to yourself.
Just how exactly does each method work? Which one should you use and which is the best? Read on to find out!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
WIRED FILE TRANSFER
All right, let us now get started with the wired file transfer methods.
1) USE A USB CABLE
This one should be “Captain Obvious”. Just connect your Android device to the PC using a USB cable, and Android will prompt you what you want to do with the USB connection.
Select “File Transfer”, and it should connect just like any flash drive – Just copy whatever files you need.
2) USE A CARD READER
This is kind of a roundabout method if you don’t have (or don’t want to use) a USB cable. Most mobile devices come with a built-in memory card slot these days, and so do laptops/desktops.
- Use an app such as Asus File Manager or Files by Google to help you move files into the memory card on the Android device.
- Switch off the Android device, remove the memory card.
- Insert the memory card into your PC, copy the files out.
Yep… Captain Obvious to the rescue again – You can also copy files vice versa from the PC to the Android device.
P.S. There are plenty of cheap USB OTG (on-the-go) card readers that you can directly plug into your Android device and PC – Use it just like a flash drive to transfer files.
3) USE A FLASH DRIVE
While we are still on the topic of flash drives, yes, we can plug flash drives into Android devices.
- If you have a flash drive that reads “USB OTG” or “for Android”, then it will be as easy as directly plugging into the Android device.
- No sweat if you have a “traditional flash drive”. Attach a USB OTG hub to your Android device first, then plug the flash drive into the hub – Some of these USB hubs also double up as a card reader. Very handy to keep one of these simple gadgets around.
- The same as before, use a file manager app to help you copy the files into the flash drive.
- Unplug the flash drive, plug it into your PC, copy the files out as usual.
WIRELESS FILE TRANSFER
Yes, we live in a wireless age. It is possible to transfer files via wireless connections as well.
4) TRANSFER VIA BLUETOOTH
PAIR THE DEVICES
Sending files across Bluetooth is not the friendliest… But it does work in a pinch if you forgot to bring a USB cable. Start by pairing your Android device to your PC.
- First, make sure that Bluetooth is activated on both your Android and PC.
- Depending on the manufacturer, you might need to manually switch on “visible to nearby” on your Android device.
- Once that is done, on your (Windows) PC > Hit the ^ icon in the lower right system tray > Bluetooth Icon > Add a Bluetooth Device > Choose your Android Device.
- The pairing process should start, and a 6 digit code should show up. No need to do anything with that code… Just make sure that it is the same on your Android device and PC, make sure that you are connecting to the correct device.
- Finally, just hit “OK” on both sides to complete the pairing.
- Sending from Windows PC > Hit the ^ icon in the lower right system tray > Bluetooth Icon > Send a File > Choose Android Device > Choose File.
- Sending from Android > Fire up File Commander > Select File > Send > Bluetooth > Select your PC.
No rocket science is required here. Once you have sent a file on one side, there should be a prompt on the other if you want to receive it or not.
5) USE AN APP – WIFI TRANSFER
Bluetooth is quite a pain to set up and it does not have the fastest transfer speed. There is an easier and faster way to transfer data via the WIFI network instead.
- Make sure that both of your devices are connected to the same WIFI network.
- Install the Asus File Manager and launch it.
- Tap on “PC File Transfer” > Start > There should be a URL address on the screen.
- Simply launch your web browser on your PC, access the given URL, and that’s it.
If you don’t like Asus for some reason, there are also various other apps that will allow you to do file transfers this way. Simply search for “Airdroid” or “WIFI share”.
P.S. If you are not at home, you can create a WIFI hotspot by turning on WIFI tethering.
6) UPLOAD TO CLOUD DRIVE
This is kind of the alternate roundabout way to transfer files wirelessly. First, sign up for a free cloud drive, and download their app.
- Google Drive | Google Drive App
- Microsoft OneDrive | Microsoft OneDrive App
- Dropbox | Dropbox App
This may seem like a hassle, but once you have uploaded your files to the cloud drive, you can pretty much access them anywhere you want. So long as you have an Internet connection.
7) SEND VIA EMAIL
This last method should be self-explanatory. If the file that you want to transfer is small enough, then just email it to yourself… Nothing to download, nothing to install, nothing to set up.
That’s all for this guide, and here is a small section on some extras and links that may be useful to you.
WHICH IS THE BEST?
A direct file transfer using the USB cable is probably the fastest and easiest method – Just plug in the cable, and it’s good to go. If not, I will highly recommend installing one of those “AirDroid” apps beforehand. That will save you from a lot of setup pains, help you to transfer files quickly between many devices using WIFI.
LINKS & REFERENCES
- How to Transfer Files From Android to PC – MUO
- Share files over Bluetooth – Microsoft
- Share files between your Mac and Bluetooth devices – Apple
Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. I hope this has helped you to better understand, and if you have anything to share with this guide, please feel free to comment below. Good luck and may the cyber force be with you.
I want to copy some movie files from Linux to my HTC One SV Android phone (not rooted).
In Windows, my phone mount its internal and SD-card volumes automatically when I plug it in, allowing me to transfer files.
In Linux Mint 13 Mate, I always get an error when I plug my phone in with a USB cable, then it may take some minutes to mount, and it sometimes fails. I think the error was—
Error initializing camera: -60: Could not lock the device
How can I make this work?
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UPDATE: There are several, better alternatives to Airdroid now. However, it seems most Linux distros are now working with MTP fairly well. I know in my experience, Mint (Ubuntu based) works out of the box, as does Manjaro (Arch based). If it doesn’t work out of the box or natively, then be sure to search your package manager for an MTP solution.
Newer versions of Android mount storage as an MTP device instead of mass storage. The benefit to this is simultaneous access on the Android device and the PC. Unfortunately, while Windows supports it natively just fine, linux solutions are fairly buggy as of right now.
Currently, the most reliable (and it still is a little flaky to get going, but once connected is fine) that I have found is go-mtpfs. Here is a link to help you get it set up. You have to mount/dismount from command line. There is also a unity launcher in that thread if you’re on Ubuntu unity, however.
The best option, though, unless you are transferring a lot of data, is to use something like AirDroid. It is a free app in the play store for local network transfers, and provides a web interface to use with your computer’s browser. It even provides a drag and drop file interface, as well as even allowing access for sms messaging, call logs, app installs, and many other things.
Follow these directions and you’ll be good
A few years back, transferring files from a mobile device to a PC was a real pain. There were no built-in tools to ease the transferring of files, but that’s no longer the case today.
There are many ways to transfer high resolution photos, lengthy videos, audio files, or large documents from your mobile device to PC (and back again). Some file transfer methods work between Android or iOS and Windows, while others are native to each operating system.
Here’s everything you need to know about transferring files from iPhone or Android to PC.
How to Transfer Files from a Smartphone to PC
You can transfer files from your smartphone to a PC via email by simply attaching the file or document to a new email, and sending it to yourself.
However, if your file is larger than 25MB (or beyond the attachment limit of your specific email service), email may not be the best option. In such cases, other options like USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, Nearby Sharing, AirDrop, using an SD card, or using Cloud storage, are more practical.
How to Transfer Files from Android to PC
Let’s look at each option and how you can use them to move files between your devices.
Transferring Files Via USB
If you have an Android phone, you can use the original USB cable that shipped with it to transfer files between the devices.
The typical USB cables are micro-USB to USB-A/B/C, USB-C-USB-A, or USB-C to USB-C, but you need to check the ports your PC has before connecting.
For example, if your phone shipped with a USB-C to USB-C cable, and your PC only has the classic USB-A port, you’ll need a USB-C to USB-A cable to connect.
The USB method is secure and fast. Once you connect your phone to the PC, check for your phone in the File Explorer window. Select the files you want to move and then drag them where you want to save them on your PC.
Transferring Files Via SD Card
If you don’t have a USB cable, you can use a microSD card or SD card on your Android phone to transfer files from Android to PC. Just copy the files you want to transfer onto the SD card, and then use a microSD or SD card adapter to move the files to your PC and view the data.
Transferring Files Via WiFi
Using WiFi is a quick, simple, and reliable way of moving files from a mobile device to your PC. If your Android phone and PC are both connected to a wireless network, you can use a third-party program like AirDroid, which will cast your phone’s screen to your PC and will allow you to control your phone from your PC. Just download AirDroid, sync your phone and PC, and then control your phone remotely to transfer files over the local network.
If you’re using a Samsung phone with Samsung DeX, you can connect your phone to the PC over your local network, and then drag your files out of the DeX window into a folder on your PC.
Transferring Files Via Bluetooth
Bluetooth is another great option if you don’t have a USB cable, microSD or SD card, or WiFi. However, it has a slow transfer rate, especially for large files.
Make sure Bluetooth is enabled on both your phone and PC. Learn more in our guide on how to transfer files to PC via Bluetooth. If your PC is old and doesn’t have Bluetooth, check out our guide on how to make a computer Bluetooth capable.
Transferring Files Via Cloud Storage
If you have large files and want to transfer them from your Android phone to a PC, you can use a cloud storage service like the native Google Drive for Android phones. If your Google Drive storage is used up, you can try Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.
For Samsung phones, check out our guide on how to access the built-in Samsung Cloud storage service to save your files in the cloud and open them on your PC.
Transferring Files With Nearby Sharing
Android’s Nearby Sharing feature is Google’s answer to Apple’s AirDrop sharing feature.
Nearby Sharing is available for Windows users but you need a supported smartphone and Windows PC. Both devices must have Bluetooth and Location enabled. You also need to enable Nearby Sharing in Windows on the Chrome Dev or Canary channel before you can transfer files from Android to PC.
How to Transfer Files from iPhone to PC
Like Android devices, you can use the original cable that came with your iPhone, WiFi, Bluetooth, or cloud storage like Dropbox to move files to your PC.
You could use other methods that are native to iOS like AirDrop and iCloud to transfer your files from your iPhone, but AirDrop doesn’t work with Windows PCs. In this case, you can use the iCloud web interface to move files from your iPhone to the cloud, and then access them from your PC.
If you don’t have iCloud on your PC yet, you can use a third-party solution like Documents by Readdle, Snapdrop, or Send Anywhere to transfer your files from iPhone to PC via your local network.
Move Your Files Easily
There are plenty of ways to transfer files from iPhone or Android to PC. If you’re using a Mac, we have comprehensive guides on how to transfer files from Android to Mac, and how to AirDrop from iPhone to Mac. Let us know which method works best for you by leaving a comment below.
Elsie is a technology writer and editor with a special focus on Windows, Android and iOS. She writes about software, electronics and other tech subjects, her ultimate goal being to help people out with useful solutions to their daily tech issues in a simple, straightforward and unbiased style. She has a BCom degree in Marketing and currently pursuing her Masters in Communications and New Media. Read Elsie’s Full Bio
How do I transfer files from my phone to my laptop wirelessly?
How to Transfer Files From Android to Windows With Wi-Fi Direct
- Set Android as a mobile hotspot in Settings > Network & Internet > Hotspot & tethering. …
- Launch Feem on Android and on Windows too. …
- Send a file from Android to Windows using Wi-Fi Direct, choose the destination device, and tap Send File.
How do I transfer files from my phone to my computer without USB?
- Download and install AnyDroid on your phone.
- Connect your phone and computer.
- Choose Data Transfer mode.
- Select photos on your PC to transfer.
- Transfer photos from PC to Android.
- Open Dropbox.
- Add files to Dropbox to sync.
- Download files to your Android device.
How do I transfer files from my Android phone to my PC?
Option 2: Move files with a USB cable
- Unlock your phone.
- With a USB cable, connect your phone to your computer.
- On your phone, tap the “Charging this device via USB” notification.
- Under “Use USB for,” select File Transfer.
- A file transfer window will open on your computer.
How can I transfer files from Android to PC via Bluetooth?
How to Share Files Between Your Android Phone & Windows PC with Bluetooth
- Turn on Bluetooth on your PC and pair with your phone.
- On your PC, select Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. …
- In Bluetooth & other devices settings, scroll down to Related Settings, select Send or receive files via Bluetooth.
How can I share files from my laptop to my phone without Internet?
Method 1 — Transfer Files Wirelessly In Xender Without Internet Connection:
- First, open Xender app. …
- Since you are going to transfer files without using data connection, so tap the circular button to turn on your device’s hotspot.
- Next step, in your laptop/PC, connect to the Xender wifi network.
How can I share files from mobile to PC?
On your phone, browse to the file you’re sharing, select it, and use the sharing menu to find AirDroid. Choose the file and send it. Need to send files from your PC to your Android device? Simply drag and drop the file from your desktop into the AirDroid client.
How do I transfer large files from my phone to my computer?
On your Android phone, go to the file you want to transfer to your PC. Using the Files app is a handy way to do this. Press down on the file, tap the Share icon, and select Bluetooth. At the next screen, select the name of your PC.
How do I transfer files from phone to cell phone?
How to Transfer Files Between Nearby Android Smartphones
- Find the file you wish to send – any type.
- Look for the share/send option. …
- Select the ‘Share’ or ‘Send’ option.
- Out of the many available sharing options, select Bluetooth.
- A message will emerge asking you if you wish to enable Bluetooth. …
- Tap scan/refresh in order for your phone to scan for other nearby smartphones.
How do I transfer files over WiFi?
To transfer a file to your device, follow these steps:
- Point your browser to the WiFi File Transfer web page.
- Click the Select Files button under Transfer files to device.
- In the file manager, locate the file to be uploaded and click Open.
- Click Start upload from the main window.
- Allow the upload to complete.
How do I connect my Samsung phone to my computer via USB?
- From any Home screen, tap Apps.
- Tap Settings > Connections.
- Tap Tethering and Mobile HotSpot.
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable. …
- To share your connection, select the USB tethering check box.
- Tap OK if you would like to learn more about tethering.
How do I enable USB transfer on Samsung?
Open the Settings app. Choose Storage. Touch the Action Overflow icon and choose the USB Computer Connection command. Choose either Media Device (MTP) or Camera (PTP).
How do I transfer files using Bluetooth?
Send files over Bluetooth
- Make sure the other device you want to share with is paired with your PC, turned on, and ready to receive files. …
- On your PC, select Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.
- In Bluetooth & other devices settings, select Send or receive files via Bluetooth.
How do I get the pictures off my Samsung phone to my computer?
First, connect your phone to a PC with a USB cable that can transfer files.
- Turn your phone on and unlock it. Your PC can’t find the device if the device is locked.
- On your PC, select the Start button and then select Photos to open the Photos app.
- Select Import > From a USB device, then follow the instructions.
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Keep all your data in your Android safely at all times is to transfer them to a computer. This is vital for you if you make your Android phone the repository for important files. Losing your phone could be disastrous because all your files will be gone. The same fate awaits you if your phone is broken or submerged in water or when you accidentally delete your files. A virus can attack your phone and obliterate everything or disallow you to open the files. Or your system may crash, resulting to massive data loss. You might also think of replacing your old phone and are wondering how to transfer all the file in a quick way. Besides, once you have backed up the files, you can permanently delete them in our cell phone to free some space and to optimize the functioning of your phone. How can you protect yourself from this catastrophe?
Transfer Everything from Android to PC
Here is a solution to this issue. Android Manager is your first choice which designed to transfer files from your computer to Android phone or transfer files from Android to computer. This can make creating backup for all contents of your phone fast and easy. Once you have downloaded the file to your personal computer, you are just a few clicks away total assurance that your files will always be safe. You can copy and save all files or you can transfer selected files, then save the files for future use. With a backup in your computer, you will have peace of mind because no matter what happens to your Android, you can get back all important items that you have stored on it.В В
For a better understanding, it is recommended to read: how to export Android SMS to PC.
Transfer Everything from PC to Android Devices
When you got a new phone, one of the most frustrating things is how to transfer large number of files from your computer to new phone, like photos, music, apps, messages, contacts and other data, because it’s a tricky and time consuming thing. As a android user you should be smart enough to get your work done very quickly, there are a few solutions that I’ve previously mentioned, but none are as versatile as using Android file transfer, which let’s you simply control and manage your Android device in your computer or laptop, each time you connect phone to computer into USB, it can automatically detect your phone and access to your Android phone content, then move everything from your computer to new phone.
Supported Files : Contacts, SMS, Photos, Music, Videos, Apps, Document and other data types.
Supported Android Phones: Samsung Galaxy S, HTC, Motorola Droid, LG, Sony Xperia, ZTE.etc.
Guide: How to Transfer Files from PC to Android and Vice Versa
Step 1 Run the Program and Conenct Your Phone to PC
Install and run the trial version of the Android file transfer program, you’re required to plug your Android phone to PC via USB cable. Then program will detect your device and show the basic information of your device.
Step 2 Analyze Your Device and Transfer Files
When it detects our device successfully, then all the files that stored on your device will be divided into some catalogues and displayed with details in the left bar of the interface, including Contacts, SMS, Music, Photos, Videos, Apps and other files.
For example, it you want to see the detailed information of Music, just click the ‘Music‘ tab on the left bar, it will show all the music on the right area with details. You can simply move them to your computer by click the one you want. Then click the ‘Export‘ to begin to move. You can also directly transfer music from PC to your Android phone by clicking the ‘Import‘ button. A pop-up window will show you how far the process goes.
To transfer videos from PC to your Android devices, just simply click Videos > Import , it shows all the videos files on the right, then mark the video files you want to and click ‘Add’ to move it to your Android device. If the transferred videos isn’t compatible with your Android device, don’t worry, this program is capable of converting it to supported format.
For photos, it is also a simple matter when you need to transfer large number of photos from PC to your Android phone and vice versa. Click Photos button. Then you can see all folders on your Android phone are display as a list, you only need to select a folder to save the transferred photos, or create a new folder. Then click Import to start importing photos from PC, or you can directly drag and drop photos by your mouse.
If you need to move messages from the previous SMS backups to your Android devices, just then click Import. Its premise is that you’ve create a SMS backup file on your computer. Then mark the SMS backups and start to import to your device. This program scanned all the messages that already exist on your phone; you can easily export SMS to PC for further use.
Note: One of the most central features you never neglect is that it allows users to directly send messages from PC to the others and receive messages via PC.
Most noteworthy is contacts management functions, it offers rich functions for users to directly and freely edit, add, delete, export contacts, then all the operations will be synced to your phone automatically
There are many kinds of features I will not introduce one by one, the best way to really get a feel for the enhancements described here is to download the trial version and play with it yourself, this is the best advice I can give you.
People who are aware of the risks of relying on Android phones in keeping their important data create backups for all their files either in their personal computer or in another device. This protects them from the impact of total data loss. But many people do not make this precaution because they think no harm would come to their files or they do not know yet how to transfer files from Android phone to their personal computer.