How to download photos from your mobile phone to a USB. Would you like to transfer all your photos from your mobile to an external memory of the USB type? It's normal that you don't know how (yet). Phones do not allow direct insertion of "classic" USB storage devices, and you are concerned that this is too advanced an operation for your computing skills.

Using a computer or some "special" adapter, you can do it quickly and very easily. Actually, there are several methods to make the transfer, and we will see them below.

How to download photos from your Android mobile phone to USB

Do you have a mobile phone Android and want download photos from your mobile phone to the pen drive ?

It's a pretty simple operation and you can complete it in two different ways: In the first method I'm going to suggest, you need to have a little adapter, called USB OTG, which allows you to operate directly from your phone without using your PC.

If you don't have it, you can buy it for a few euros directly from Amazon or other stores, paying attention to the model that best suits your phone. Some smartphones have a connector USB type B, others by connector USB 3.1. You can distinguish them because the latter, in particular, can be inserted in both verses.

Regarding the second method, however, you must use a PC and have a USB Cable to connect the mobile phone and then perform a simple cut and paste operation.


Before continuing, if you don't have it yet, I suggest you install the File Manager + app - it's one of the most comfortable file managers for Android that, with a few taps and with disarming simplicity, allows you to move photos from one position to another.

After downloading and installing File Manager + from Play Store, connect the USB OTG adapter to your mobile phone and insert, at the other end, the USB in which you intend to download your photos.

Wait for a notification regarding inserting a new USB device on your phone check the box Always use this USB device that appears on the screen and select the button cancel.

At this point, launch File Manager + by tapping on the icon you find in the list of applications installed on your device. Touch the button allow to grant you access to the phone memory.

Now press the icon Main storage, located in the folder that contains the photos to be moved (for example, the folder that contains the photos taken by the phone's camera corresponds to DCIM> Camera ).

Make a long touch on the photo you want to move to enter the selection mode (from now on, you can also touch other photos to select more than one) and press the button. move  o to copy placed at the bottom.

After completing this operation, press the icon casa located in the upper left corner and on the icon USB storage.

If this is the first time you access your USB memory, click I Accept to allow access to the application.

Then go to the device folder where you want to download the photos and tap the button Catch placed at the bottom.

If you want, you can create a new folder dedicated to your photos on the USB device: tap the icon located in the upper right, select the items new y binder, write the name to be assigned to the new folder and touch the button to accept.

You can repeat this as many times as you want!

If File Manager + has not convinced you much, you can check the application X-plore file manager, available for free at Google Play Store.

Thanks to its simple interface and without too much detail, you can download your personal images in a few taps!

Once the application has been downloaded and installed from Google Play, run it from the main screen of your device, touch the button allow to grant access to the internal memory of your mobile phone, then press the button located in the upper right.

Select the item setting From the menu that opens, scroll down until you find the item Allow USB access, put the check mark in the corresponding box, give ago  and press the button to accept on the panel that appears on the screen.

Granted permissions and returned to main app screen, tap item Internal Memory, go to the folder containing your photos, set the check mark in the boxes next to the photos (or photo folders) you want to move, then tap the button Copy to clipboard you find in the right bar and if you want to move the photos (and not just copy them) check the checkbox Move mode (delete source files ).

Once you have selected the photos you want to download, scroll down and tap the icon USB, choose the folder where you will download your images (if necessary, you can create new ones by pressing the button Create folder present in the sidebar) and tap the button Catch.

By computer

Do you think that the transfer with the OTG cable is too complex and would you prefer to act in the classic way, using the PC?

Don't worry, it's much simpler than it sounds: it all comes down to a simple copy and paste operation, or the use of some built-in tools. operating system.

To be clear, if you have one Windows PC, connect your mobile phone to the PC using the USB cable and repeat the same operation with your device.

Take the Android mobile phone, open the notification area Swiping from the top to the bottom of the screen, touch the notification related to USB options and set the check mark in the folder File Transfers.

Finally verify that the article USB debugging (present in Settings> Developer options ) is not selected, and if it is, remove the check mark from the box.

If you don't see this menu, it probably hasn't been activated, so you have nothing to fear. If you cannot find the item "Developer options" in the Android menu, it means that you have not activated this option on your mobile phone and therefore USB debugging cannot be enabled.

At this point, move to the PC, open the File Browser (the folder icon in the bottom bar), select the icon This PC / Pc from the left sidebar of the window that opened and double-click on your phone icon.

Still with a double click, select the icon of the Internal Memory (o SD, if the photos are saved in the microSD) and then the folder DCIM - Copy (or cut) all the photos you are interested in downloading, click on the USB stick icon on the left, go to the folder where you want to move the images (or create a new one) and paste them as usual.

If you have a Mac and not a Windows PC, the easiest way to download photos from your mobile phone to your device is to use the tool Image Acquisition, already present in the operating system.

So plug it in mobile phone for mac Using the USB cable, access the Android notification area, press the banner USB options and set the check mark in the box Photo transfer (PTP).

At this point, go to Mac, connect the USB memory, open the Execution area (by clicking on the rocket icon located on the However, ), select the folder more and click on the tool icon.

Wait a few seconds, select your phone in the bar on the left (eg. MotoG3 ), then click the photo that interests you (you can use multiple selection by holding down the key cmd while clicking photos), expand the dropdown menu Import in placed at the bottom and choose the usb memory stick to download the images.

Then click on import to acquire the selected images or in Import all to capture all the photos on your device.

Alternatively, you can open a window in the finder, select the USB stick from the sidebar and drag the photos directly on it.

Once the copy is complete, if you wish, you can delete the photos from your mobile phone by whatever method you deem appropriate.

How to download photos from your iPhone mobile phone to USB

Have a iPhone and you have no idea how to download photos to your PC? Don't worry, this is a very simple operation and one that you can complete even if you are not particularly skilled.

Actually, it has at least two ways to proceed: the first involves the presence of a PC and tools integrated into Windows y / o MacOS, the second instead makes use of Adapters for phone memory expansion.

By computer

If you have the operating system Windows, the first thing you should do is install iTunes (if you have not already done so) so that the PC can correctly recognize the iPhone.

To continue, go to the iTunes website, press the button Download and, once the operation is complete, start the package you just downloaded (eg. iTunes64setup.exe ).

Click the button siguiente, remove the check mark from the box Use iTunes as the default player for audio files (you can leave it if you want to use this program to open files audio), then click the buttons install, yes twice and final.

Finally click on the button I agree to share your library data with Apple, or on No thanks else.

After that, connect iPhone to PC using cable USB / Lightening and unlock the screen, touch the button Authorize, enter iTunes in security code from your iPhone and wait a few seconds for the mobile phone to be recognized.

At this point, you can close iTunes (or follow the onscreen instructions to perform the first sync).

Now, the way to proceed is completely similar to what we saw a few moments ago with Android: open a window in File Browser (the yellow folder icon on the system bar) click on the icon This PC / computer that appears in the left bar, double-click its icon iPhone and repeat the operation with the folders Internal storage, DCIM y 100Apple, finally the size (or copy, if you don't want to delete them from your phone) the photos you want to download.

Still from the file browser sidebar, click on the icon indicating your USB stick, go to the folder where you want to download the photos (or create a new one) and stick them using the Windows context menu or the key combination CTRL + V.

If you have a Mac, the easiest way to proceed is by using the built-in Image Acquisition tool .

To continue, connect your iPhone to your computer, then click the icon Execution area, in the folder more and finally in Image Acquisition.

Once the program has started, select the name of the phone in the  side bar, select the photos to download with the mouse (also with the button cmd to make a multiple selection) click on the drop down menu Import in and select the entry for your USB memory.

Finally, click on to import  to download the selected photos or in Import all to fully download the iPhone gallery.

Alternatively you can download as many photos as you like select with the mouse and dragging them on the USB memory.

Double-click the memory-related icon that appears on the desktop, create (if you need) a folder in which to host the photos, and finally drag the photos directly from Image Acquisition  in the window of finder.

Through Lightning storage devices or portable hubs

Before I explain how to download photos from your mobile phone to the device "directly", I want to tell you that this type of transfer is not possible with the common USB storage devices that you are used to using.

This means you need a detail to continue clef equipped with entrance flash of lightning (designed specifically for the iPhone) or a Wi-Fi storage device o portable file hub.

Here are some solutions that are particularly suitable for your purpose.

Once you have purchased what you think is most suitable, all you have to do is install the complementary application (available on the App Store) on your iPhone and follow the onscreen instructions to download your photos.

Unfortunately, in this case, I cannot be more specific.

Apple does not accept the installation of "external memories" in its Apple phones (among other things incompatible, natively, even with microSD), for which there are no procedures iOS "Standard" for downloading photos. The specific applications Connected to each device can be very different from each other, but, in principle, what you should do is choose the images to download from the main screen of the application and confirm the willingness to transfer them.