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How to Export Photos from Android to Computer

author Emily Watson
date Tuesday, June 18, 2019

If you have stored your photos on a portable Android phone or tablet, you can view them anywhere and anytime. However, since the storage memory is limited, and your Android device could be lost or broken, it is safer to transfer important photos from Android to computer to make a backup.

There are multiple methods to transfer pictures from Android to PC, whether by USB connection or Wi-Fi. Here are 4 easy ways to import pictures from Android phones& tablets to Windows PC.

Method 1: How to Transfer Photos from Android to PC Using USB

The most direct way to transfer photos from phone to computer is using a USB cable. Although you can import photos to Windows PC via a USB cable without any software, you should use a data transfer tool if you would like to simplify and speed up photos transfer between Android and PC.

FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window) can organize photos, videos, audio, and other data on your Android phone by categories and folders so that you can easily find the Android photos that you need and import to PC. With this tool, you don't need to go through the whole gallery or switch between the DCIM, picture folders to locate the photos to transfer to PC.

Moreover, DoTrans lets you directly transfer photos from Android to Android, from Android to iPhone (opens new window) or vice versa. It is a handy tool to handle Android data transfer in different situations. It supports Android devices including Samsung, Pixel, LG, HTC, Huawei and more.

Step 1: Download and run DoTrans on your PC. It's free to download.

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Step 2: Run the tool and connect your Android device to PC with a USB cable and follow the on-screen instruction to enable USB debugging (opens new window), which allows the tool to read photos and other data on your device.

Enable USB Debugging

Step 3: DoTrans will display all your Android data by category. Select Photos, tick all photos you want to transfer to PC and click Export to PC.

Export Photos to PC

Step 4: Select a folder on your computer to save the Android photos and click OK. The photos will be transferred from Android to the computer in no time.

You can preview, delete photos or create and manage photo albums of Android on PC via DoTrans.

Method 2: How to Transfer Photos from Android to PC via File Explorer

You can also transfer pictures from Android to laptops via the old-school method - manually copy photos from Android phone on Windows File Explorer.

Step 1: Connect your Samsung, Pixel, Moto or other Android phones to PC with a USB cable.

Step 2: Unlock your Android phone, navigate to the Notification Center and tap MTP/PTP/Transfer images/File Transfer as the USB option.

Step 3: When your mobile phone is successfully detected, open File Explorer and go to My Computer.

Android Phone on Windows Explorer

Step 4: Find a new drive that has the brand/name of your Android phone, for example, GT-I9300. Then enter Phone. There are multiple folders on the Android phone that could contain your photos.

Transfer Photos from Android to to PC

  • DICM/Camera: the photos taken by the phone camera;
  • DICM/Screenshots: screenshots from the Android phone;
  • Pictures/Photos/Images: photos from other sources.

Step 5: Ctrl click multiple photos and copy or drag the photos to a folder on your Windows PC.

Method 3: How to Import Pictures from Android to PC via Microsoft Photos

Windows 10 Photos app can import photos/videos from Android devices or other USB drives. Just plug the Android phone into the computer, select the PTP/MTP USB option, and you'll have the option to import photos and videos to Windows PC. However, Microsoft Photos doesn't provide a preview of the Android photos and the photos are organized by year/month, so it is a little hard to find the needed photos. (Switch to DoTrans (opens new window) for a more effective way to transfer data)

Step 1: Use a USB cable to connect your Android phone to PC.

Step 2: Open Start menu and find Photos. Run the program.

Step 3: Click Import > From a USB device. The program will load photos and videos from your Android device.

Import from Android Device

Step 4: Select the all the needed photos and click Import Selected to import them to your Windows PC.

Import Android Photos to Windows

You can find the imported photos from Android on the Picture folder of your computer.

Method 4: How to Transfer Photos from Android to PC Using Wi-Fi(No USB)

Sometimes, you may want to transfer photos from Android to a computer without USB cable because you don't have a cable on hand or others. There are many ways you can download photos from Android to PC via Wi-Fi. Microsoft once introduced a mobile app for Android & iOS devices to wirelessly transfer files between Android and PC under the same Wi-Fi network. However, this app called Photos Companion is not supported right now.

Despite Microsoft's abortive Photos Companion app, you can also send photos from Android to PC without USB by emails, cloud storage service such as Dropbox, Google Drive.

Method 5: How to Transfer Photos from Android to Mac

The above methods only work for transferring photos from Android to Windows PC. If you are using a Mac computer, you can transfer photos to Mac with the help of Android File Transfer (opens new window). Also, if you have a Samsung device, there is Smart Switch, Samsung's official data management tool that can help you transfer files between Android and Mac.

All these methods are really simple, right? Choose whichever one that you want and start to export photos from Android to PC.