Android to your PC
There are many situations when you will need to transfer files from your smartphone to your PC, and knowing how to do it is essential for an Android user.
From freeing up a little memory space by taking photos and videos from the holidays, to passing a new ROM to the SD for flashing.
Here we explain various methods to transfer photos or any type of file from your smartphone to the PC and vice versa.
How to transfer files from your smartphone to your computer
- Via USB cable
- Through the cloud
- With Airdroid
Transfer files via USB cable
One of the essential accessories that every smartphone usually offers in its box is a USB cable. In most cases it is the same cable we use to connect the device to the charger.
Any USB cable with a micro USB connector should be able to serve you, as long as it is compatible with your smartphone’s type B or C port.
To transfer files, the first thing you need to do is connect your smartphone to your computer via the USB cable.
When the PC recognizes your device, the drivers will be automatically installed and then you will see an alert in the smartphone notification bar.
If you access that notification will offer you two options to connect the smartphone: Multimedia device (MTP) this is the default method and the one we choose or Camera (PTP) to transfer photos or for computers that do not accept the MTP.
If you have no warning you can also access the USB connections through Settings > Storage, click on the three points to access the menu and click on USB connection to computer.
On the PC screen you should receive a notification indicating that the computer has detected the device. Here you can choose what to do, the most normal is to open the memory of the device in a window of the file explorer.
Transfer files via the cloud
Cloud storage is becoming increasingly popular in the Android universe, so it is surely the method chosen by many to store their files.
On the other hand, if you don’t have a USB cable at hand, this is a good alternative for transferring your files to your PC. All you need is an internet connection.
Some of the most popular cloud services are Dropbox, Google Drive or One Drive. Each of them has its own application with which we can manage that storage space in the cloud that offers us (both free and paid).
In this case we are going to use Google Drive but in any other service the procedure is the same or very similar.
Enter the application and click on the ‘+’ symbol, a small menu will appear in which you can choose Upload. Find the file you want to upload to your computer and wait for it to upload.
Once the file is uploaded to the cloud, all you have to do is access Google Drive from your computer and download them to your hard drive.
Upload files to the cloud with Google Drive
This application is a complete solution to control your smartphone from your computer and already on the way to transfer files, and of course without using any cable.
The two devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order to share information.
It is available in Google Play for our smartphone and for the computer you can use it through their website or download the program.
All you have to do is run the application and enter the URL it shows in your computer’s Internet browser.
This may be the simplest and most complete solution for controlling our smartphone from your computer.
You can control the device without having to take it out of your pocket and without losing your concentration by taking your eyes off your computer, thus improving your productivity.