Over time, we all start to accumulate lots of different files on our Android smartphones and tablets. They’ve pretty much become mobile computers for us in our every day lives! Carrying all your important files around on a daily basis. I’m sure a time has up when you’ve needed to transfer some of those files over to your primary computer at work or home. What about all those great pictures and videos you’ve been taking with the 13 megapixel camera on your Android smartphone. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy them in all their beauty on your computer? Or you’ve started writing a document on your phone, but want to continue on your computer, since the large keyboard is always a more comfortable way to edit text. Or perhaps you simply want to transfer over your all your data files from your Android smartphone or tablet as a precautionary measure (god forbid you ever lose that device!). There are many valid reasons to want to transfer over files from your device to your primary home computer. Fear not, transferring files from your Android smartphone or tablet to your computer is a breeze, and it can be done a number of ways. Just follow the steps outlined in our tutorial below and you’ll be transferring those files over in no time!
Transfer Files Using a micro USB Cable:
Your smartphone has a micro USB cable in its box – in most cases, said cable is part of your charger and can be detached from it. If you can’t find that one, any micro USB – USB cable will do; if you can’t find one, any IT store stocks them, or you can get one on eBay.
Connect it to your phone and your computer’s USB port; you’ll notice very soon that your computer has found your smartphone and is installing drivers for it. It shouldn’t take too long to do so.
After the drivers are installed, you’ll notice that you can see your device in Windows Explorer, just as you would a flash drive or external hard disk. Feel free to browse through the folders, find the files you want and copy everything you need to your computer.
The folder structure is pretty simple, so it shouldn’t really cause anyone problems.
If your smartphone uses a microSD card, you’ll notice that Windows Explorer displays two separate drives – one is the phone’s internal memory and the second one – the card.
If you don’t have a cable around, there is another way, provided you’re a Dropbox user or willing to become one. Of course, you need an internet connection, too.
If all of these conditions apply to you, you can just fire up the Dropbox app, go to the folder where you want your file uploaded and, in the menu which will appear when tapping the “three dots” button, tap Upload here.
You can then choose between Photos and Videos and Other files.
Find the file you want on your computer and upload it. Then, after it’s been uploaded, open Dropbox in a browser and download it to your computer from there.
Or, if you have Dropbox installed on your computer, the files will be downloaded to the respective folder on your hard drive.
WiFi File Explorer:
The third method we recommend is an app called WiFi File Explorer. There is a free version available in the Play store, with a few limitations (but those shouldn’t bother you too much), which you can get in the Google Play Store.
In order to use this method, you’ll need your smartphone to be connected via Wi-Fi to the same network your computer is connected to.
Once you’ve installed the app, start it and you’ll get an IP address and port.
Enter those coordinates into a web browser and you’ll be free to download files from your phone on your computer. The interface is very simple, and it’s quite easy to use.
I hope you find these methods of transferring files from your Android smartphone to your computers useful! But if you use a different method that you like, please let everyone know in the comment section below! Or let us know if you need some assistance in getting any of these methods to work for you.