How to Send Photos from Your Cell Phone to Computer?

Shreyas Patil
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How to Send Photos from Your Cell Phone to Computer?

Sending photos from your cell phone to your computer is a great way to view and organize your pictures on a larger screen. With the right tools and methods, transferring photos can be quick and easy. In this guide, we'll go over several ways to send photos from an Android or iPhone to a Windows or Mac computer, both wirelessly and using a cable connection. We'll also provide tips for organizing and backing up your photos once they are on your computer. Read on to learn how to efficiently and reliably move photos between your devices.

Set Up Wireless File Sharing on Your Phone

To send photos wirelessly, you'll need to enable file sharing on your phone. The steps vary slightly depending on whether you have an Android or iOS device.

For Android

Most Android phones running Android 5.0 or higher support wireless file transfers through a technology called MTP. To enable it:

  1. Go to Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences.

  2. Turn on Media device (MTP) to allow file transfers between your phone and computer.

Some Android phones may also have an additional File Transfer option you can enable. MTP is usually sufficient for basic photo transfers.

For iPhone/iPad

On iOS devices, use AirDrop to wirelessly transfer files to your Mac. To enable:

  1. Open Settings and tap General.

  2. Turn on AirDrop.

For quick wireless transfers to a Windows PC, enable AirDroid on your iOS device and install the AirDroid app on your computer.

Install Companion Apps on Your Computer

To wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to computer, you'll need some companion apps.

For Windows

Install the Your Phone app from the Microsoft Store to connect your Android device and PC.

For iPhone, install the AirDroid Windows client.

For Mac

You can use AirDrop to transfer photos wirelessly from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac.

For Android, install the Android File Transfer app to enable MTP connections.

These apps allow you to access your phone's media files and transfer them over a WiFi connection.

Send Photos Wirelessly from Your Phone

Once you have file sharing enabled on your phone and the appropriate apps installed on your computer, sending photos wirelessly is straightforward:

On Android

  1. Open the Your Phone app on your PC and select Photos.

  2. On your Android device, open the photo you want to transfer in your Gallery app.

  3. Select the Share button, then choose Your Phone/Link to Windows.

  4. The photo will transfer instantly over WiFi to the Photos section in Your Phone app.

On iPhone

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and select the photos you want to transfer.

  2. Tap the Share button and choose AirDrop.

  3. Select your Mac from the list of nearby AirDrop devices and the photos will be sent over WiFi.

For Windows PCs, open AirDroid on both devices and use it to select and transfer photos.

How to Transfer Photos from Phone to Computer with USB

Using a USB cable provides a fast, reliable way to transfer photos directly from your phone to computer. Here's how:

On Android

  1. Connect your Android phone to your computer using a USB cable.

  2. On Windows, your phone may automatically connect using MTP. On Mac, open Android File Transfer.

  3. Browse to the DCIM folder to find your camera photos and videos.

  4. Select the files you want to transfer and copy them to your computer.

On iPhone

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB to Lightning cable.

  2. Open Photos or Finder on your Mac or PC. Your phone should appear as a device.

  3. Select the photos you want to transfer and click Import or Download to copy them to your computer.

Transferring photos over USB only takes a few clicks and ensures all your files are moved quickly and securely.

How to Save Photos to External Drives or Cloud Storage

Once your photos are transferred to your computer, it's important to have a backup strategy in place. Here are some options:

  • External hard drive: Connect an external HDD to your computer via USB and copy your photo folders to it for safe keeping.

  • USB flash drive: Flash drives provide portable storage you can keep in your pocket or bag for easy photo transfers.

  • Cloud storage: Services like Google Photos, Dropbox, and iCloud allow you to upload your photos to the cloud across devices.

  • NAS (Network Attached Storage): A NAS gives you networked storage that all your family devices can access within your home.

  • Online photo services: Flickr, Shutterfly, and Snapfish are popular for storing and sharing your photos online.

Backing up your photos to one or more sources ensures they stay protected from hard drive failures or other technical issues.

How to Organize Your Transferred Photos on Computer

Once your phone photos are safely transferred to your computer, you can organize and manage them more easily. Here are some tips:

  • Import photos to your Photos or other photo management apps to catalog and tag photos with dates, locations, names, and more. This makes searching and browsing much easier.

  • Create a folder structure based on dates or events. For example, create folders like “2022 Vacation” or “Kids Birthdays.” Move relevant photos into these parent folders.

  • Use folders or albums to organize photos by people and subjects. Have folders for different family members, pets, places you’ve visited, etc.

  • Add geotags and location info to photos to map out where they were taken. Use an app like HoudahGeo for Mac.

  • Go through your photos and delete blurry ones, duplicates, and shots you don’t need to help pare down your collection.

  • Edit your best photos using editing software like Adobe Lightroom. Crop, adjust lighting, apply filters to perfect them.

  • Save edited versions separately from originals to preserve the raw files.

Putting in the time to organize your growing photo library makes it easy to find, access, and enjoy your photos for many years to come!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Transferring Photos from Phone to Computer

How do I transfer photos fast from my Android phone to PC?

The fastest way is to use a direct USB connection. Enable USB debugging and media transfer on your Android, connect it your PC with a USB cable, then access and copy over the photos quickly. Wireless transfers are convenient but slower.

Does connecting my phone to a computer transfer photos?

Yes, when you connect your phone to a computer via USB, it gives you access to the phone's files for transferring photos and videos. For Android, enable MTP file transfer mode. iPhones will connect automatically through Photos or Finder.

Is it better to transfer photos from phone to computer wirelessly or with USB?

USB transfers are generally faster, more reliable and work with both operating systems. Wireless transfers are more convenient but may be slower with larger files. For regular photo backups, using a USB cable is recommended.

How do I backup all photos from my phone to an external hard drive?

First transfer the photos to your computer using a USB cable or wireless transfer method. Open the external drive on your computer, then locate the photo folders and copy them over. This backups up all photos for safe keeping.

Can I set up automatic photo transfer from phone to computer?

Yes, apps like Dropbox or Google Photos allow you to automatically sync your phone's camera photos with the cloud and your computer. So new photos taken on your phone are automatically copied to your computer for safe keeping and backup.

How do I import photos from Android phone to Mac Photos?

Connect your Android phone to your Mac using a USB cable. Open Android File Transfer and copy over the DCIM folder which contains your camera photos. Then in Photos app, go to File > Import and select the photos to import them into your Photos library.

How do I view photos from my phone on my PC?

Install the Your Phone Companion app on Windows 10 PCs and link your Android phone. You can then view your phone's photos right in the app. For iPhone, enable iCloud Photo Library on your devices to sync photos across your phone and PC Photo app.


Sending your photos from a mobile device to a computer opens up more possibilities for securely storing, organizing, editing, and sharing your precious pictures. Whether you transfer photos wirelessly for convenience or use a wired USB connection for speed, you now have several seamless options to get photos off your phone. Just remember to always have a backup of your photos on an external or cloud drive. With the right tools and consistent effort, you can expertly manage a growing photo collection across all your devices.

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