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How to transfer your files from Android to PC

It is an ancient story. The file meets the computer, the computer wants to insert the file into your cell phone, the computer cannot find the appropriate application to do so. Transferring files from Android to PC is often a hassle, but it's getting easier, in fact, today there are several ways to do it.

A person sitting at his desk with a laptop and a mouse and in his hands a cell phone learning to transfer files from Android to computeranyaberkut / 123RF

In this guide, we will teach you exactly how to transfer files from Android to your computer, even high resolution photos, whether you want to use a more traditional software or hardware solution.

Application for transfer via wifi

If your computer is connected to a nearby wireless network, one of the easiest ways to transfer files to a mobile device is to configure wireless transfer. These services specialize in transferring information through your wireless network and a mobile device.

Pushbullet transfer page

Once configured, these services are fast, simple and reliable, as long as your wireless Internet connection is stable. In fact, there are so many transfer services available that one of the most difficult parts may be finding the right one for your computer.

If you're using an Android or iOS device, you'll want to take a look at Portal, an application of Pushbullet. Once you download the app from your device's respective app store and scan the website's QR code, you can insert images, videos, and other files through the site and on your mobile phone.

It's especially easy with Google Chrome because you can drag and drop files to instantly transfer them from one device to another. Microsoft also has its own application solution for connecting Android devices and computers, called Your Phone Companin – Link to Windows.

This is actually a couple of Android and computer apps that connect many of its functions. In addition to accessing files, phones, and applications, you can use the application to take calls on your computer or view their Android notifications.

If you are looking for something simpler, we are also fantastic for applications like Send Anywhere Y FlyingFile, which are specifically designed to transmit cell phone files to your computer. It's about finding what works best for you!

Cloud storage service

Most of the best cloud storage providers offer a reasonable alternative to wifi transfer applications. You also don't need wifi for every step when you use a cloud sharing service.

Just launch your favorite browser, sign up for a cloud service like OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox (but which one is the best?) And then upload your files. Then, you can download the application for your phone and whenever you have a data or Wi-Fi connection, access the same information.

OneDrive may be the easiest for new users because it comes as part of Windows 10, so you only need to download it for your Android device.

The information will remain floating in the cloud, but is accessible from any destination. This is useful for when you need to transfer data between different platforms, and makes it easy to share this information with friends and coworkers.

A person holding a cell phone in his hands seen from behind

However, both drag and drop transfers and cloud services have some security issues. If you are not using a secure wireless network, there is a possibility of data theft.

You have to be smart about your transfers and confidential information: we recommend enabling two-step verification and using a unique password (save it in a password manager) on all your cloud storage accounts.

Connect via Bluetooth

Bluetooth still has many benefits in an era dominated by Wi-Fi, and while pairing isn't as fast or easy as using cloud storage, you can do it without the need for Wi-Fi. Activate Bluetooth on your computer and mobile device, then look on your computer to see if it detects a nearby device. Try to check the panel Devices and printers if there is no automatic connection.

Most computers will open a confirmation window, where you will have to type in a code or compare numbers. This will allow the computer to connect to your mobile device. The device should appear in your list of connected drives in your menu or file browser. On many computers, you can select Submit a file from the Bluetooth menu by clicking on the logo in the lower right corner of your screen.

Bluetooth is a reliable method because most devices offer this type of connectivity, and once connected, it is easy to automatically reconnect. However, if you have a very old computer and a newer mobile device, there may be some problems with the matching protocols; There is also a possibility that your computer does not have Bluetooth. Although you could buy a Bluetooth adapter, that doesn't exactly help you transfer those files right now.

Use Nearby share

In the early 2000s, Google developed something called Android Beam that allows you to quickly share files with nearby devices. Google has recently gotten rid of Android Beam entirely, but the next version of Android will have a replacement that is now called Near Sharing.

Nearby sharing works with a combination of Bluetooth and direct Wi-Fi to quickly detect nearby devices, connect and send files. Like Apple's AirDrop, it will be easily available with innate Android sharing services, as well as Google Files.

Also, like AirDrop, you will receive a notification on your other device that allows you to accept or reject a sent file. The process seems quick and simple, so be careful when the new version of Android arrives.

Use your USB connection

If you don't mind working with cables, a simple USB cable can help you quickly access Android files from your computer. USB-C makes this particularly easy with its powerful data transfer and ease of use.

Part of an android cell phone connected with a usb cable

While Android phones are increasingly likely to have USB-C, your computer is not guaranteed to have a USB-C port, although it is becoming more common. You can get a USB-C adapter if necessary.

With the right compatibility, it's just a matter of connecting the two devices and accessing your phone as if it were external storage.

This method is very fast with USB-C and more secure than other options such as cloud transfers. But you need to have the right cables on hand to make it work!

When all else fails, try a USB drive

While the common USB drive has recently fallen out of favor due to wireless functionality and cloud storage, sometimes the best option is still to use a flash drive or external hard drive to move your files.

USB flash drive on shiny black surface

Setting up a USB connection is not only safer than wirelessly transferring your data, it's ideal when you want to save a large amount of content and transfer it all to multiple devices at once without overloading your wireless network.

The key is to choose the right USB device to use. Many Android devices, for example, use USB On-The-Go, which can be paired with compatible USB storage devices and allows fast transfers between your computer and Android devices.

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