The easy guide to transfer pictures from phone to computer

Taking pictures with your smartphone camera is the easiest way to capture a moment of your life and save it instantly. But after taking many photos, your phone storage will run out of free space and you should know how to transfer pictures from phone to computer.

Ways to transfer pictures from phone to computer

Transferring pictures can be as simple as capturing an image using the camera app. Also, it doesn’t matter if you own a Windows or Mac computer as both are compatible. Hence, what follows are several ways to transfer pictures from phone to computer – make sure you pick the one you’re most comfortable with.

Direct connection

You surely have a data cable that came with your smartphone when you opened the box for the first time. This data cable is known as a Lightning connector for Apple, and a mini-USB for other smartphones. It will help you transfer pictures by plugging one end into a USB port on the PC,  and the other one into your smartphone.

After plugging the data cable, your Mac operating system should recognize the device by showing the message digital camera on the screen. This means your phone has a DCIM (Digital Camera Images) folder, which is the default folder for organizing pictures in digital cameras.

For Windows users, open the DCIM folder after Windows recognizes your smartphone as a new drive under the This PC section. Next, click the folder to browse through the pictures and videos on your phone. Lastly, select the pictures that you don’t want on your phone’s hard drive and move them to your computer. That’s it!

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Backup service

Backup services don’t need you to plug cables and transfer pictures by moving them from one hard drive to another. They offer automated backups/syncs for your photos and videos on your phone. For example, Microsoft has a backup service called OneDrive, which is compatible with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android.

So, if you choose OneDrive as a backup service, turn on the Camera Backup feature by going into the settings of the app. Afterwards, you can monitor the pictures and videos as they are uploaded immediately after they’ve been captured with your smartphone camera.

You can also use our Sherish app to automatically back up pictures and videos from your phone and store them safely. We can assure you that your pictures will be safe thanks to the unlimited space you get as soon as you create a Sherish account. At the same time, you don’t have to worry about the photo quality being degraded, or premium features which ask for extra money.

Online-only backups

Flickr provides another way to transfer pictures from your smartphone, but it only stores them online without syncing to the hard drive. If you want to do a transfer, just create a new account in the Flickr app and you can start transferring pictures – you’re given 1TB of space.

In case you need more storage space, Google Photos is an app which offers unlimited online storage for photos limited to 16 megapixels. The Apple’s iCloud is a convenient app for iPhone users (i.e. iCloud Photo Library). It lets you store 5GBs of pictures and videos for free.

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Removable memory

MicroSD cards are basically USB hard drives for smartphones, although a bit more complicated. You can make them work by inserting them into the core of your smartphone, close to the battery. There are cards with different storage space. Make your choice based on the amount of pictures you want to be stored in your phone and transferred to your computer later.

One of the flaws of removable memory is that it only works for non-iPhone users. But even Android and Windows phone users are not always satisfied with the MicroSD card performance. Don’t forget that if you want your PC to recognize these cards, you need to get a card reader, too. Meanwhile, online storage apps like Sherish offer a better/faster way to store and transfer pictures.

Still, if you decide to go with MicroSD cards, the transferring process is as simple as it gets. Just insert the card in the reader, wait for your computer to recognize it and start browsing pictures and videos. Your media files won’t suffer in terms of quality as you can transfer them using the dead-simple drag-and-drop process.

Bluetooth and WiFi transfer

If you prefer a wireless connection with your computer, install the AirDrop app. Basically, this app connects your iPhone to any iOS or MacOS device. It can be activated using the Control Center on the bottom of the screen. From there, the app will ask whether you are interested in sharing pictures with every smartphone device around you, or a specific one.

While AirDrop is an app for iPhone users, Send Anywhere works perfectly well on all operation systems. It literally lets you send pictures and videos to any device, no matter if it’s a smartphone or a computer. Also, your transfer will be secure (by adding a six-digit key for the recipient). The downside are the minutes you have to spend waiting for the transferring process to be finished.

Social media and email

Sharing pictures on social media is the most popular way to transfer pictures these days. You simply go to the photo gallery of your smartphone, select the pictures you want to upload on the social media platform of your choice (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and click share.

Of course, you can also share pictures with others directly, via a text message or email. Even if this is considered outdated, it’s a rather safe way to share moments of your life with your closest friends or family. Also, emails allow you to share pictures without decreasing their quality, unlike social media.

There are many ways to transfer pictures from phone to computer

Ultimately, Sherish is the best way to transfer pictures from phone to computer, mainly because it’s safer and more secure than any other app in the App Store or Google Play. You get unlimited storage space to upload your pictures without compromising on their original quality. Also, there is an automatic backup feature, which basically means that you don’t have to do anything but install the Sherish app and enjoy its features.

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