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Photos Transfer

Methods for transferring Photos from your Mobile Phone to a Computer

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There are 4 main ways to transfer photos from a mobile phone. These are:

  • via a Cable connection between your mobile phone your computer (PC or Apple). When you do this, the computer will just see the mobile phone as an external ‘disk’ and you can simply copy the photos from the phone to your computer’s hard disk.
  • Wirelessly via a WiFi or Bluetooth connection between the two devices (phone and computer). Once you’ve established the connection, you can again copy the photos from the phone to the computer.
  • Using ‘The Cloud’, which is the general term used for online storage services now provided by many suppliers. Generally, whichever service you use, you can set up that your photos are automatically copied to ‘the Cloud’ and, from there, they can also be accessed from your computer.
  • via a Memory Stick - this process is a two-stage copy; from mobile phone to memory stick, then from memory stick to computer.

Cable Connection
For most modern phones, the cable used to charge the battery will have a USB connector at the non-phone end. You will usually connect this to a plug to charge the phone but this can just as easily be connected to a computer (PC or Apple). When you do this, the computer will just see the mobile phone as an external ‘disk’ and you can simply copy the photos from the phone to your computer’s hard disk.

Wirelessly via WiFi or Bluetooth
This requires you to link the 2 devices (phone and computer) via the method you are using. Once you’ve done so, you can again copy the photos from the phone to the computer.

Using ‘The Cloud’
This is the general term used for online storage services now provided by many suppliers. Your broadband/mobile phone supplier (eg. BT, Virgin, Sky) may offer a service; there may be one that comes from the phone manufacturer (eg. Apple iCloud, Samsung Cloud); other suppliers also offer services, such as Microsoft (Onedrive), Google (Photos), Amazon (Prime Photo Storage), Dropbox.
Most of these services offer some storage for free, then you pay for additional storage. Generally, whichever service you use, you can set up that your photos are automatically copied to ‘the Cloud’. From there, they can also be accessed from your computer.

Via a Memory Stick
An adapter cable will often be needed to connect your mobile phone to the memory stick. However, there are now a number of memory sticks on the market that have both a USB and a mobile connector (make sure you get one with the correct connector for your iPhone or Android phone). The process then is a two-stage copy - from mobile phone to memory stick, then from memory stick to computer