How to transfer photos from Android to pc

When browsing the photo gallery of your Android smartphone, you have noticed that there are many saved images and, above all, that they are not organized in the order that you would like. For this reason, also because he fears not having enough space for applications, he decided to take his photos off the device and save them in a "safer" place, such as his computer, organizing them in convenient folders to find them quickly.

It's definitely a great idea, but there's a very specific question in your head: what if transfer photos from Android to PC was it too difficult, maybe out of his technological background? Do not worry, it is rather a very simple operation, which can be carried out even by those who, like you, are not used to computers: below I will explain the simplest and most effective techniques to pass photos of the Android devices to the computer, both for Windows and for Maceven in wireless mode.

I managed to calm you down, right? Alright, time to get to work! All you have to do is sit in front of the computer, take your Android device And keep reading this guide: I am sure that, following the advice and suggestions that I am going to give you very carefully, you will be able to do it without problems, even if you do not have any special technological skills. That being said, I just have to wish you a good read and a good job.

  • Transfer Photos from Android to Windows
  • Transfer Photos from Android to MacOS
    • Image acquisition
    • File transfer via Android
  • Transfer photos from Android to your PC wirelessly
    • AirDroid
    • Cloud services

Transfer Photos from Android to Windows

The first procedures that I am going to show you refer to operating system Windows. I'll let you know right now that you're going to need the USB Cable supplied with your device Android Also, you won't need to download third-party programs as everything you need is already present in your operating system.

File Browser

Exploit File Browser is certainly one of the easiest ways to transfer photos from Android to PC Windows: to be precise, Esplora File is the program designed to manage files within the Windows operating system, already present from its installation. In addition, the latest versions of Microsoft's operating system already have the necessary drivers for the correct recognition of Android devices, so no additional download will be necessary.

To move photos on your PC using File Explorer, first take the USB Cable and you will use it to connect your Android device to your computer. Then go to your Android device, call notification area Swipe your finger from the top of the screen down, select the notification USB options… Put the check mark on… File Transfers and wait for the device to be recognized by the PC (this may take a few minutes).

For this to work, make sure the voice USB debugging of your device is disabled To do this, go to the menu Setting; Developer options (or Developer options) and, if necessary, uncheck the box. Sorry? This menu doesn't appear on your device? This means that it has never been activated, so the USB Debugging item cannot be active.

Now open the File Browser by clicking on the icon in the form of yellow folder found on the Windows taskbar (lower left corner), click on the Android device icon located in the left bar, double-click the icon Internal Memory o External memory (depending on where the photos are stored) and then in the folder DCIM Once this is done, you can transfer the photos to your computer and organize them in folders with a classic cut and paste.

If you are not satisfied with this procedure, you can choose to transfer the images using the Windows Capture Wizard: after opening File Explorer and connecting your device as explained before, call notification area from Android, tap the voice USB options and check the box Photo Transfer (PTP ). Go back to File Explorer, click right-click about your device icon and select the Import images and videos from the menu that appears.

Once the scan is complete, enter the name you want to give the collection in the text box, check the box Import all new items now and press the button Import In this way, your photos will be saved in a subfolder with the name of your choice, contained in the folder Images Windows. After following this procedure, you can manually delete photos from your Android device.

Sorry? Is your version of Windows having trouble recognizing your Android device and you need additional drivers? So please see my guide on how to connect Android to your PC for instructions on how to install them.

Windows 10 photo application

If your operating system is Windows 10 You can move your photos even faster using the app Photos also already present since installation. First, put Android on Photo transfer as I showed you before, then move to the PC, open the menu Begins Windows by clicking the icon in the shape of flag located at the bottom left, scroll down until you find the icon Photos and select it with one click (you can get the same result by typing the word "photo" in the search bar of Cortana and choosing the first available application).

Once the application is open, click on the Import… Select the article… From a USB device… Wait for the system to complete the analysis of the connected device, press the button… Keep going and in the link Change import position choose the folder where you want save your photos and finally click the button Import. After the procedure is completed, you can manually delete the images from your Android device.

Transfer Photos from Android to MacOS

You have a Mac ? Don't worry, transferring photos to this type of computer is just as easy. All you need is the USB Cable of your device and, this time too, you can choose between two different procedures: the first involves the program Image acquisition already installed in MacOS while the second requires downloading the software File transfer via Android. Choose calmly the solution that best suits your case.

Image acquisition

As I mentioned before, Image acquisition is a tool already included in macOS, specifically designed to transfer photos from mobile phones, tablets, cameras and others compatible devices. To transfer photos from Android to your Mac via Image Capture, first connect the device to your computer via the USB cable, then call the Android notification area, tap on the banner USB options and check the box Photo transfer (PTP).

Once you have completed this operation, return to your Mac and, from the LaunchPad (the rocket-shaped icon in the Dock), select the folder Others and then click on the Acquire the image. You can transfer your photos in two different ways: the first is simply dragging them with the mouse, thus moving them from the image acquisition window to the binder of the Mac where you intend to save them.

The second, on the other hand, involves guided acquisition: click on the download photos (or make a multiple selection using the cmd ), choose the folder where to save the photos from the drop-down menu Matters in Click the button Import arriba Everything matters. to unload the entire tunnel) and wait for the completion of the procedure. Check that all photos have been downloaded, and then manually delete them from your Android device if you want.

File transfer via Android

Image acquisition did not fully satisfy you? Then you can take advantage of the File transfer via Android free, and dedicated to transferring files and photos from Android to Mac. To download it, connect to the program's website, then click the button Download now launch the downloaded file and drag its icon to the Applications of macros.

At this point, to start the program, double-click the folder mentioned above (or, from the Finder, select the menu Go to Applications ), do right-click on the icon File transfer via Android… Select the article… Open from the context menu that appears and then click the button Open (This safety measure should only be taken at the first start-up). Now on the button Begins then in the folder DCIM (o sdcard0 / internalSD; DCIM if the photos are saved to the microSD), select the photos that interest you (using the cmd ) and drag them to the most appropriate folder on your Mac. Once the process is complete, feel free to delete the photos from your device.

Transfer photos from Android to your PC wirelessly

Go find a way transfer photos from Android to PC that does not require the use of cables? So this is the part of the guide that suits you: I'll explain how to use AirDroid one of the best management applications of its kind, and how to use the cloud services available in Internet.


AirDroid is an application with enormous potential, if not more, that allows the management and complete control of an Android device directly from the computer: among its features, in addition to transmitting the Android screen to the PC, it also has the possibility of transfer photos using an internet connection, without using any cables.

However, I warn you right now that the free version of AirDroid has some limitations in terms of space: in fact, it can transfer to most 200 MB photo per month and each file cannot be larger than 30 MB. To remove these restrictions, you can subscribe to a Premium Plan at the cost of $ 1.99 per month or $ 19.99 by year. For the transfer to be possible, both the computer and the Android device must be connected to the the same network WiFi.

With that said, it's time to install the AirDroid on your computer: then connect to the program's website and click the button Download now and then on the icon corresponding to the operating system at your disposal. To proceed with the installation in Windows… Launch the downloaded file and click the buttons… OK, Next, Accept, Install and Finish.

About MacOS... start the file ... dmg… Drag and drop the AirDroid icon onto the… Applications of the Mac, opens with a double click on this folder, and then start the program by doing right-click on its icon, selecting the Open from the context menu and finally pressing the button Open (This procedure is necessary only in the first start).

Once the installation is complete and the program starts, click on the entry Sign up / register under button Login to fill in the proposed fields with the required information (a new browser window opens), press the button Register and wait for the confirmation message. Once this is done, close the browser and return to the program, write where necessary the email and Password chosen during registration and click the Login to and, only if you are in Windows, in the Allow access.

At this point, download the AirDroid app to your Android device, launch it, skip the initial tutorial by doing four strokes on the left, press the button Login or Register and, when necessary, enter the e-mail and Password used before.

Now touch the button Login to and then several times on the button Allow to grant the necessary permissions, now click the icon Submission or Submissions and select the name of your computer (for example, the name of your computer). Android desktop ) on the screen that opens. At this point, press the key Photos, select the photos you are interested in transferring and press the button Send to proceed with the move. Once the operation is complete, you can delete the photos from your device.

Cloud services

Sorry? Are you not satisfied with AirDroid or are the limits imposed by the free version too restrictive? Then I suggest you go to a cloud service There are many, for every need, but the most reliable for this purpose are Photos Google, OneDrive e dropbox.

Each comes with a android app and a companion computer program, which will help you access photos taken from your device over the Internet, and move them around your computer with a simple installation of the Android application. For detailed information on how to use these services, I refer you to my guides on the operation of Google Photo, about how OneDrive works and about how Dropbox works.