Organizing your Phone: Backing up Pictures and Files to your Computer
Are you running out of space on your phone, or looking for more ways to back up your favorite pictures and videos? Maybe you want to view these files easily, whether you have your phone on you or not. Moving pictures and files to your computer is fast and easy, and there are multiple ways you can do it. Here are just a few of my preferred ways to transfer pictures and files to my computer:
One easy way to transfer your desired files is to directly connect your phone to your computer using a micro USB cable. First, plug your phone into your computer. If you are using a Windows computer, depending on what version of Windows you are running, you might need to download the Windows Media Feature Pack for your appropriate Windows version. A quick Google search for “Windows Media Feature Pack [your operating system]” will bring you to the Microsoft page you need for this installation. If you are using a Mac computer, you will need to download the Android File Transfer tool. Windows Users When you plug the phone into your computer for the first time, the computer might ask if you want to install drivers. Be sure to click OK to continue. If your phone is not recognized by the computer, you will need to download those drivers here. You may notice a new notification at the top of your phone at this time. Drag down your notifications menu and select the “USB connection” notification. Then, connect as a Media device (MTP). Finally, you can open and view your phone’s folders in the Computer devices on your computer. All you need to do is drag and drop the files you’d like to save to your computer and, voila! Everything is now on your computer. Mac Users After installing the Android File Transfer tool, simply plug your phone into the computer. It should automatically detect your phone and pop up the file folder with all of your phone’s files. Simply drag and drop any files you’d like to save to your computer.
Google Photos App
The Google Photos app on your phone is a great means of syncing your photos to the Google cloud. You can find it by opening your app drawer and selecting the app called “Photos.” If you do not have the Photos app, you can download it easily from the Play Store. If you are new to the Photos app, you will have the option to Back up & sync your device with your Google account when you open it the first time. If you have already used the Photos app and want to check your settings, simply tap the menu button in the top left, select Settings > Back up & sync and switch it on. Be sure you are connected to WiFi when uploading your pictures to the Google cloud so you can save on your data usage.