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If you need to transfer your photos from your Android device, we have you covered here. We have the basics as well as some advanced methods. Here is how you transfer photos from your Android device. 

Transfer photos directly to PC

Though it's not the most optimal of methods, a lot of people prefer it. It can be a little tricky if you don't know what to do. So here are the few easy steps:

1. Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB to the computer and a mini-USB to the phone. 

2. Drag the notifications bar down from the top of the screen on your smartphone.

3. Tap 'USB Connected'

4. Turn on 'USB Storage' and/or hit the 'Camera' button.

5. On your PC, go into 'This PC'

6. Double-click your device.

7. Click the 'DCIM' folder. 

8. Double-click the 'Camera' folder. 

9. Drag your photos onto your desktop or into a folder on your PC.

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Transferring your photos to your PC is easy with a couple of quick steps. / © ANDROIDPIT

Transfer photos using Google Drive

Google Drive is the easiest method to transfer and share your photos, and in my opinion, it's the best way. It takes just a few minutes to set up and once you have it started you will be sharing effortlessly. It's also a great way to back up your photos just in case you lose your device. And don't worry, you only share the photos you choose. So here are the steps for sharing your photos with Google Drive:

1. If you don't already have it, download Google Drive from the Google Play Store (click the icon below).

Google Drive Install on Google Play

2. Sign into your account or create one. 

3. Leave Google Drive and open the photo gallery on your phone.

4. Open a picture and hit the 'Share' button.

5. Hit the 'Google Drive' option. 

6. Go back into your Google Drive and share the photo with the person or people with whom you want the photos shared. You could also transfer photos to your PC or other devices by getting Google Drive on those devices. 

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Google Drive is a great way to transfer and share photos. / © ANDROIDPIT

Transfer photos from your email

I don't recommend it and it's not the most efficient method but if you just want quickly to transfer or share a photo or two (depending on your provider). As long as you have email equipped on your phone you can quickly transfer or share your pic with just a couple of steps:

1. If you don't already have email on your device you can download Gmail here:

Gmail Install on Google Play

For other providers, you can use Cloud Magic:

Newton Mail - Email & Calendar Install on Google Play

2. Open your email and compose an email like you normally would. 

3. Hit the 'Attach' button (the paperclip) and click your 'Gallery.'

4. Click on the photo you want to share and wait for it to upload in the email. 

5. Send the email. The recipient can then open the attachment and download the photo.

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Transfer or share your photos from email one or two at a time. / © ANDROIDPIT

Transfer photos using Facebook

If you already use the Facebook app then you already have a great photo sharing method available to you. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Open the Facebook app. If you don't have it, you can download it below.

Facebook Install on Google Play

2. Go into your app settings.

3. Tap the 'Photo Syncing' button. 

4. Follow the sync instructions. 

5. Retrieve your synced photos in your 'Photos' and click the 'Synced' album from any device that has Facebook.

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You can sync your photos on the Facebook app and retrieve them from any device with Facebook. / © ANDROIDPIT

Transfer photos using WhatsApp

WhatsApp is an easy way to share your photos. You can even take a photo right from your phone and send it right from there. The only problem is you have to send it to a device that comes equipped with WhatsApp. This would exclude PC and most laptops. Here are the few easy steps for transferring your photos using WhatsApp:

1. If you don't have WhatsApp, download it below, because everyone you know probably has it. 

WhatsApp Messenger Install on Google Play

2. Click on the recipient like you would a normal message.

3. Click on the attachment button and attach the photo from your gallery. 

4. The photo should appear after a while. The picture will also appear in you own WhatsApp gallery. 

Alternatively, you can click the camera near the text area and send a picture that you take immediately.

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Transferring photos using WhatsApp is easy but only between devices with WhatsApp. / © ANDROIDPIT

I hope we have shown you how to transfer photos. 

Do you have another easy way of transferring or sharing your photos? Let us know in the comments. 

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  • Or here's another one. Google Daemon Sync. Fantastic and powerful App. EVerytime you take a pic, or even install an App, you could back up your device to your PC. I Use APp Backup and REstore. ANd it backs up my Apps APKs aswell. How awesome is this. hehehe

  • Or to transfer photos you could try

    FIRST Connect your Android device to the PC
    OR a new article I learned which is totally awesome, you could try: using ES File Explorer to connect to your WIndows PC. I am unable to post the link. So google the Following: !MakeTechEasier.com How to Access Android Files on Windows PC"

  • Some good options, thanks! I did wonder why you combined in this one article, options for bulk transfers from phone to PC, with SHARE options that are typically one photo at a time. Seems like the purposes for bulk transfers are much different than the purposes for sharing. Also, sharing isn't usually a "transfer" where the photo is actually MOVED from one location to another.

  • I now use an app called Daemon Tools Sync. So everytime I take a pic, it automatically syncs to my PC. How great is this. heheeh

  • I've been using the Send Anywhere app. It works like a charm. It moves files and photos between 6 devices (not at the same time) without a hiccup.

  • I agree wholeheartedly with Joel Roxx that Aridroid is by far the easiest way to transfer photos and other files between ones computers and Android devices. I do believe however, the transfer path is WiFi rather than Bluetooth.

  • Czacha234 9 months ago Link to comment

    Im using Root Explorer's smb connection to transfer files between my pc and phone. Works like a charm and Im getting decent transfer rates for a wifi connection. I can also stream content from my pc which is great. No hassle, no problems.

  • Joel Roxx 9 months ago Link to comment

    I use AirDroid. It is amazing! I was not able to upload through PC due to some USB problem. And Google drive took to long to upload. Even email, you have to upload and then download. What AirDroid does is that it transfers files like Bluetooth. It is super easy, i would recommend it to anyone!

  • Dean L. 9 months ago Link to comment

    I am currently using Google photos which is like drive (but does have an unlimited storage option). What I like about it is that you can set it up to backup your photos & videos automatically. You can share from Google photos as well. And if something happens to your phone all of your photos aren't lost.

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