For those who want to transfer all their photos from the smartphone (Android operating system) to the computer (operating system Windows), the important thing is that they know that there are multiple options and that we are going to see all of them here, with and without software dedicated.
You may have taken thousands of photos with your Android phone over the years. And now you want to copy them to your computer to edit them or just keep them safe. No problem. You can get it in several ways in Windows.
You can connect your device to your PC via USB cable and access the photos from your phone. You can use the Windows Photos app to import photos from your phone.
You should also know that by default, your photos are automatically saved in Google Photos, from where you can download them to your PC. And if you sign in to OneDrive, you can automatically upload new photos from your phone to the OneDrive pictures folder.
And finally, you can use Microsoft’s Phone Link app to transfer your photos. Each method works the same on Windows 10 and Windows 11 with your own software. Let’s see each of them in detail:
So you can transfer your photos from the mobile to the Microsoft operating system
Connect your phone to PC: The easiest way to transfer your photos is to copy them directly from your phone. To do this, connect your phone to a USB port on your PC. On your smartphone select the option to Transfer files.
Next, open File Explorer on your Windows PC and navigate to your device Android. Navigate through the Internal Storage or Shared Internal Storage folder to the DCIM subfolder, and then open the Camera folder.
Use the Windows Photos app: You can also import photos from your mobile phone using the Photos application of the Windows operating system. Open the app on your PC. Click the Import button and select the From a connected device option.
Select your Android phone and allow the app to generate all the photos on the device. Click the Change destination link to choose a different folder to import the photos. When you’re ready, click the Import button.
Use Google Photos: First, make sure the photos on your phone are backed up and synced with Google Photos. Open the Photos app. Tap your profile icon and select Photo Settings. Select Backup and sync and confirm that the switch is turned on for Backup and sync.
Also, make sure you have enough space on your Google cloud storage to accommodate all of your photos. You can also change the upload size to upload your photos in a compressed format to save space.
Use Microsoft OneDrive– This is a useful option if you already use Microsoft OneDrive in Windows. Install the OneDrive app on your Android phone if you haven’t already. Open the app and sign in with your Microsoft account.
Tap the Photos icon at the bottom. Tap the Camera Upload option and tap the Enable button. Then flip the switch to charge the camera. Once the photos are synced, open the OneDrive folder on your computer and you should see all the photos.
Use Microsoft Phone Link: Another option is to use Microsoft’s Phone Link, which allows you to view and retrieve photos and other items from an Android phone. The first step is to pair and sync your Android phone with Windows.
Once your phone is paired, select the Photos option in the Phone Link app on your Windows PC. Then you will see all the photos on your phone. Right-click on the photo you want to download and select Save As.
The downside of Phone Link is that there is no way to select and download multiple photos to your PC at once. So this tool is most useful for downloading only a few photos at a time.