How to transfer files from your smartphone or tablet to your PC

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years ago)

It couldn’t be simpler to get files from your smartphone or tablet to your PC. There are several ways to do it, the most common of which we have described below:


Via Bluetooth:

  1. Enable your device’s Bluetooth. For iPhone/iPad, go to Settings > General > Bluetooth. For Android devices, hit the menu button and go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth.
  2. Enable your PC’s Bluetooth. For Windows 7, click Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Bluetooth Devices. For Windows 8, press the Windows key + C > Settings > Change PC Settings > Wireless.
  3. On your phone, find the files you’d like to transfer.
  4. Go to the menu and select Send. If it prompts you, choose the via Bluetooth option.
  5. Select your computer in the list of devices that pops up.
  6. You may be asked for a passcode. Follow the instructions your computer gives you to accept the request.


Via Email:

  1. Make sure you are connected to the Internet, preferably via Wi-Fi so as not to incur extra charges.
  2. Attach the files you wish to send to a blank email and send it to yourself.


Via Android USB:

  1. Plug your Android device into your PC via its USB wire.
  2. Navigate to the USB Connected notification on your device’s screen.
  3. Select Mount.
  4. On your PC, locate your device in Windows Explorer.
  5. Drag and drop the files you want to transfer from your phone to your computer.


Via Apple USB:

  1. Plug your iPhone/iPad into your PC via its USB wire.
  2. If it doesn’t open automatically, launch iTunes.
  3. Click the Devices button in the upper-right corner. Corresponding tabs to the data on your device will appear.
  4. Configure the different content types in each tab.
  5. Click Apply in the lower-right corner of the screen to sync your data.


Via SD Card:

  1. Locate the SD card in your device. This is usually in a slot in the side of your phone.
  2. Plug it into your PC via the SD card slot.
  3. Go to Windows Explorer and navigate to your SD card.
  4. Open it and locate the files you would like to transfer to your PC.
  5. Copy and paste them to the folder you would like to save them in.


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