How To Transfer Photos from Your Phone To Your PC

How To Transfer Photos from Your Phone To Your PC

July 5, 2018 0 By Muhammad

A photo is said to be worth a thousand words. To most of us, it’s worth much more. It’s capturing precious memories, an irreversible moment in time, a fleeting slice of life frozen in time forever.. unless lost through poor storage. Poor storage has been the bane of the photographer for ages, until the arrival of the computer. Today’s computer can help you to transfer and store your precious photographs in digital form, keeping them forever fresh and new. In this lesson, we shall learn how to transfer photos from your phone to your personal computer, and a safe and simple method to accomplish that task.

phone + usb cable

phone + usb cable (note connector shapes)

How Computers Help Today

Most cell phones today also double as a digital camera, enabling us to take those spontaneous photos that we always seem to encounter in the most unusual situations. When such occasions occur, we are then faced with the choice of storing them on our phones, sending them around the digital universe or printing them out on our printers. Today’s technology allows us to readily accomplish this. But what if we wanted to safely and securely store the picture away for a future time and keep the impression pure, crisp and impactful as the very first time captured. That’s where the personal computer can help most today, with its ability to both store and reproduce digital photography on demand. Yes, your computer is able to do, in far less time and with far fewer tools, what was done in the complicated “darkroom” of yesteryear.

usb ports on computer

open usb ports on computer


Phones And PC- A Match Made In Silicon Valley

From its inception, computer technology was able to target known telephone technology and showed its ability to immediately improve telephone capabilities. Not only was computer technology able to reduce the size of the telephone, it also made it easier to cut the cables and still enhance its transmitting abilities. As time progressed, the phone and PC appeared to be a perfect match made in Silicon Valley. They became perfect duplicates of each other, easily replicating and transferring each other’s technologies. Since they had so much in common, it was not long before the ability to transfer photos became commonplace. Since then, this capability has only become more refined. Today, every cellphone comes with a built-in program allowing photo transfers to the PC.

photo transfer message

photo transfer program

Items Needed To Transfer Pictures

In this first method, we shall use the USB (universal serial bus) charge cord, or USB cable, to transfer photos off the cellphone to the PC. Almost every cellphone comes with a USB-enabled charger and connector. Because of the size of the phone connector, these cords have a very different shape to the power cords of times gone by. In fact, they are usually similar to those used by the computer. Usually these cords are two-part, or matching USB cables can be purchased separately. In this method, the USB cable is the most necessary item for enabling the transfer of photographs between the PC and the cellphone. Though not the only method, this is one of the easiest methods we shall study today. Once we have the cellphone and its matching USB cable, we are all set to begin the transfers.

phone + usb cable

phone + usb cable (note connector shapes)

Process Step By Step

Follow the process outlined step by step:

  1. Insert the bigger end of the USB cable into a free USB port on the computer. The cable can only fit one way. The computer may make a sound or display a message on-screen to alert you that the connection is good.
    usb cable in plug

    usb cable in plug (note connector size)

  2. The phone should also display a message showing the options available with the cable plugged in. Tap the option wanted, usually “transfer photos”.
    photo transfer message

    photo transfer message

  3. On the computer there may, or may not, be a message to open the “photos” application or choose the photos you want to transfer. There should be an “all” option. If available, select “all”.
  4. The transfers should begin and end quickly. If prompted to select an album folder name, do so. You may also be given the option to erase the photos on the phone. Do as you wish.
    photo transfer in progress

    photo transfer in progress

  5. Viola! You have transferred your photos!

NB. When disconnecting the USB cable, please click on the little ^ on the bottom right side of your monitor. It will display a series of symbols. Click the icon for the USB disconnect. A message will appear on screen. Disconnect when message appears.

Conclusion

As mentioned above, there are other methods of transferring photos from the PC to the computer. They are all equally as simple as using the USB cable, We shall cover these in upcoming lessons. Now that you have your pictures in digital storage, many options are now open to you. You can rest assured that your pictures can be saved to additional storage like flash-drives and external drives to protect them against computer crashes, etc. You can also make additional fresh, printed copies of any picture you wish; you can also edit your pictures with additional software, etc. The possibilities are endless. What would you do if you transferred your photos to digital media? Leave your comment or questions below and I will get back with you.

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