Most latest Android smartphones come with at least 128GB of storage and it's convenient to transfer data from Android to Android wirelessly. However, with the photos, videos, and documents taking up the space, it may not be sufficient. It is a good idea to move some files to your computer to get more space for mobile without deleting anything and serve as a backup. The good news is moving files from Android to PC is not difficult.
This article will tell you how to transfer files from Android to PC in 5 different ways, with a USB connection or wirelessly.
|?MobileTrans||Transfer diverse files without losing quality||Moderate|
|?USB cable||Safe transfer and enough storage but probable data loss||Easy|
|?Bluetooth||Low latency and low power but limited transfer distance||Easy|
|Immediacy, but limited in file size||Easy|
|?Google Drive||Secure transfer but only 15 GB storage space for free||Moderate|
The best practice to transfer large files from an Android mobile device to a computer is through a phone-to-PC transfer tool. ( For Mac users, you can refer to other Android-to-Mac file transfer tools.) MobileTrans is one of the best mobile-to-computer file transfer tool.
The charging cable bundled with your Android device can be used to transfer files from Android to PC. If your phone has the new Type-C-to-Type-C charging cable but your computer doesn't have a USB-C or Thunderbolt port, get a USB-C adapter. For iPhone users who want to initiate the transfer process on iPhone, you can also transfer files from PC to iPhone using USB.
Step 1. Connect your Android device and PC with the USB cable.
Step 2. On the Android phone, tap the Charging this device via USB or USB Preferences notification.
Step 3. Under Use USB for, select File Transfer.
Step 4. A file transfer window will open on your PC and navigate to the Camera > DCIM folder for photos and videos and the Downloads folder for downloaded files.
Step 5. Drag files to your PC, usually the desktop folder for later organization.
Step 6. Eject your Android device and unplug the USB cable when you are done.
In fact, you're also available to transfer files from Android to iPad if your iPad is around.
If somehow your USB cable doesn't work or your Windows computer can't recognize your Android device, here are 3 methods for transferring files from Android to PC wirelessly. After getting familiar with the methods, you can further transfer everything from Android to iPhone via computer.
Thankfully, the remarkable Bluetooth technology can be used to share data between Android and PC. All you need to do is to pair the two devices through Bluetooth and send files from Android to PC.
Here are the detailed steps you can follow when using Bluetooth:
Step 1. On your Windows computer, navigate to Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and turn Bluetooth on.
Step 2. On your Android, go to Settings > Bluetooth, toggle to turn it on, and place it near your computer.
Step 3. In the detected device list, tap your computer and wait for the two devices to be paired.
Step 4. On your Android, open the app or folder containing the files you want to send to the computer.
Step 5. Open the file and tap the Share icon.
Step 6. Tap on the Bluetooth icon and then your paired PC.
Step 7. When prompted on your PC's desktop, click Accept to receive the file from Android.
Another way to transfer files from Android to PC wirelessly is to use the email system. However, email client software has a limit on the file size. For instance, Google Gmail only allows you to attach files smaller than 25 MB. This method is useful for sending small files at a time from Android to a computer.
Step 1. Open your email app and click Compose or the pencil icon to write a new email.
Step 2. Type in the recipient's email ID, subject, and message.
Step 3. Tap the paperclip icon to select Attach file.
Step 4. Browse the contents of your Android phone and select the files you want to send to the computer, be they photos, videos, and documents.
Step 5. Tap on the Send icon.
Step 6. Log into the mail service on your PC and access the attached files in the mail inbox.
You can upload files with a cloud storage service from your Android and access them on your computer. Google Drive, Dropbox, and Amazon Drive are the most common options. Follow the below steps to learn how to transfer files from Android to PC with Google Drive.
Step 1. Open the Google Drive app on your Android device. If you don't have it, install it from the Google Play store.
Step 2. Tap Add and then Upload.
Step 3. Tap Photos and Videos if you want to upload image or video files or Browse to find other types of files.
Step 4. Tap the files you want to upload and tap Upload.
Step 5. On your PC, open a browser to visit the Google Drive website and sign in.
Step 6. Select My Drive and find the uploaded files.
Step 7. Click the three dots on the file and choose Download to download the file to the PC.
To sum up, this article tells you how to transfer files from Android to PC. Using a USB cable or wirelessly, these solutions make it simple to transfer one or more files from an Android phone to a Windows computer.
Use a phone-to-PC transfer tool like MobileTrans if you would like to transfer unlimited data to a computer for backup, including songs, apps, messages, contacts, and more.
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Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on both your Android and the PC. Alternatively, if you are transferring data from an Android device to a PC via a USB cable, verify the connection by using a different USB port or cable.
Using Bluetooth is the quickest method for transferring several files. For a large number of files, the fastest way to transfer them from Android to PC is to use a third-party transfer tool.
Connect your Samsung phone to your computer using a USB cord. Then unlock your phone and tap the USB notification to select Transferring File. You will see a file transfer window show up on your computer. Drag the files to your computer.