How to transfer files from Android to PC

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2021-03-05
Abraham Miller

If you want to transfer files from Android to PC but you don't know how to go about it, you've come to the right place. Sometimes we want to transfer some files, videos, photos, documents, etc., to our computer to view them on a bigger screen or simply free up space on our Android phone. But it can be quite troublesome if you don't know how to go about it.

In this post, we'll be guiding you on several ways to transfer files from Android device to PC: either wirelessly or with some wires.  

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USB cable file transfer

The drag-and-drop or copy-and-paste method is by far the widespread way of transferring files from your Android to a computer. All it requires is to connect your Android phone to the PC with a compatible USB cable, locate the files/folders you want to transfer, then start the transfer process.  

  • Start by connecting your Android phone to the PC using a USB cable, preferably the original USB cable of your phone. You'll receive a notification on your phone saying "USB - Charging this phone" or something similar. Tap on the notification and select File Transfer (or MTP) on the list.
  • On your computer, open the File Explorer and select This PC. Look for your device from there and open it to access the files on your phone.
  • Now locate and select the files you want to transfer to the PC, then drag-and-drop the files to a folder on your PC. You may also copy-and-paste the files manually. Depending on the size of the files, it might take a while to transfer the files completely. Do not remove the USB cable until it completes the process.

Bluetooth File Transfer

Unless you're looking forward to transferring small-sized files like word documents, text files, contacts, etc., we do not recommend using Bluetooth as it can be sluggish most times. That aside, it's somewhat beneficial if you don't have a USB cable around or you just need to transfer a small file.

To get started, you need to have a PC with inbuilt Bluetooth functionality or get a Bluetooth USB dongle. Now follow the steps below to transfer files to your PC using Bluetooth.

  • Turn on Bluetooth on your PC and pair it with your Android phone.
  • Click the Start button on your PC and enter "Bluetooth" into the search bar with your keyboard. Now select Bluetooth File Transfer.
  • From there, select Send or Receive files via Bluetooth. Now click on Receive Files.
  • On your Android device, locate the file you want to share, then tap on the Share button to show the Android Share Sheet. Select Bluetooth from there and allow your phone to turn on Bluetooth.
  • Your phone will start looking for devices. Click your PC name on the list to begin the transfer process.
  • After the transfer process is completed, save the file to the desired folder on your computer and tap

Transfer files from Android to PC with Air Droid

Air Droid is a popular, robust app that lets you do various things between your Android phone and a PC. From sharing extensive files like videos to sharing tiny files like contacts, Airdrop provides all you need about sharing files to your PC.

To get started, simply download the Airdrop app to your phone from the Play Store. Also, download the Airdrop desktop client from their website, then follow the simple steps below.

  • After downloading Air Droid, you'll be prompted to sign-in or register an account. Do the same on both Android and PC.
  • Now, ensure you connect the PC and Android to the same Wifi network. After that, tap your PC name on the devices' list on your Android to connect to the PC.
  • Click on the attachment button to select the files you want to transfer, then tap the Send button to send them.

Using cloud storage services (Dropbox, Google Photos, or Google Drive)

If you have access to Wifi or you don't bother spending your mobile data to transfer data from Android to  PC, cloud storages are one of the effective ways to transfer files from Android to PC. And since the files are backed up to the cloud, you can always access them later anywhere, anytime.

There are a couple of cloud storages you can use, but we've chosen Dropbox and Google Drive, which are popular and as well offer free storage for a start. Meanwhile, if photos and videos are all you want to transfer to the PC, Google Photos is a pleasant option for you.

Dropbox

To get started with Dropbox, you need to download the Dropbox mobile app on your phone from the Play Store, then login or create a Dropbox account if you don't have one already.

After that, locate or create a folder you like to store the files. Now tap the "+ button" below the screen to select and upload the files from your Android phone. Wait for the files to finish uploading, then prepare to share the files with your computer.

To share the files with your computer, you need to log in to your original Dropbox account on the computer to access the files directly from there.

Visit www.dropbox.com on your computer (via browser), then sign-in to your account. Locate the folder of the uploaded files and download them from there.

Google Drive

Google Drive is pre-installed on most Android devices, and it's an extraordinary way of storing and sharing your files. At the start, you'll be given a free 15GB cloud storage, which is also Alfredo shared across other Google services like Docs, Photos, etc. Transferring your files from Android to the PC using Google Drive works simply like Dropbox. First, you need to upload the files to Google Drive on your phone. You can then sign in to your Google account on the PC to access and download the files.  

  • To get started, open the Drive app on your Android phone or get it from the Play Store.
  • Tap the large "+ button" below the screen, then tap Upload to select and upload the required files from your phone.
  • After the files are uploaded, visit drive.google.com on your PC. Now sign-in to your Google account to access and download the files.

Google Photos

As said earlier, you can synchronize your photos and videos between your Android phone and PC seamlessly with Google Photos. All you need is to upload the pictures via the Photos app on your Android phone. You can then access and download them from your computer.

  • To begin with, Open Google Photos on your Android phone or download it via the Play Store.
  • Tap on the profile icon to sign-in to Photos with your Google Account if it's your first time on the app.
  • If you've not been backing up your photos with Google Photos earlier, you'll need to enable Backup & sync so the pictures can go to the cloud. To do that, click on your profile icon in the Photos app and tap Photos Settings. Click on Backup & sync and enable it from there.
  • In case you don't want to back up all the photos on your camera roll, you can select the ones you need and back them up manually. Select the images, tap the 3-dot button on the upper part of the screen, then tap back up now.
  • After backing up the photos, visit photos.google.com on your PC. Sign in to your Google Account from there. You'll now be able to view and download the pictures.

Transfer files from Android to PC with an SD card

If you don't have a USB cable around, don't want to use cloud storage services, Bluetooth, or Air Droid; you can also transfer files from your Android device to the PC using an SD card. And that's a bonus for you if you use a smartphone that supports micro SD card, like TECNO, Infinix, or itel. Meanwhile, if you don't have an SD card, you can also make use of a Flash Drive if your phone supports OTG.

Transferring files to your PC using an SD card is pretty simple. All you need is to copy the files from your phone to the SD card, then eject it after that. You can now safely insert the SD card or Flash Drive on your PC to access and transfer the files.