Gone are the days of disposable cameras and 1-hour photo printing. With today's technological advancements, people can take instant digital pictures with the ease of their cellphones. However, taking amazing photographs with a cellphone often creates hundreds, if not thousands of pictures stored on a single device. Each image or video recording takes up a specific amount of space, and that space can quickly take over a phone's storage capacities. To both save your cherished memories and reclaim your phone's storage, you should regularly transfer your photo and video data from your phone to your computer.
Fortunately, how to transfer photos from your phone is simple, and within this article, we will walk you through the process. No matter what type of smartphone or computer you have, one of the below options will fit your particular device requirements on how to import photos from your phone. In this article, we will discuss the following techniques:
Before you begin, make sure your computer has internet access, and every device is fully charged. There is nothing worse than trying to upload your photos, and halfway through the transfer, a device runs out of charge and you have to restart!
With all of your devices fully charged and ready to go, it's time to learn how to import photos from your phone. First, identify if you are going to use a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cord for your upload or if you are going to try and upload them wirelessly/automatically or through a third-party application. Each data transfer has its pros and cons, but you may prefer one technique over the other. For some, it can be just a personal preference.
Depending on the phone you are transferring from (iPhone vs. Android), make sure your USB cord is compatible. The USB cord was created to transfer digital data from one device to the next and it is vital to import photos this way. You may already have a USB cord in your collection (new phones typically come with one, and are used to charge your phone), but if you don't have one, you can purchase one. You can find a USB cord through your phone provider, or most stores have relatively cheap adapters that are compatible. Before you purchase, make sure you buy the type of USB cord that works with your devices to connect to your Mac or PC correctly.
If you would like to skip the USB connection completely, you can learn how to import photos from your phone wirelessly. Depending on the age of your computer and your specific devices, this process can be a bit more tricky than a direct export using a USB cord. For example, if you are an Apple user, you can use Airdrop to transfer images between devices. However, when you move data between different platforms such as between an Android phone to Mac computer, there may be additional downloadables needed for the process. Try to think of it this way: Androids and iPhones speak different languages. To help them understand each other, you may need additional programs to help bridge the gap between the two platforms. It isn't too tricky, and once the proper applications are downloaded, the process is relatively straight forward.
Luckily, iPhones and Macs speak the same computing language and have a built-in iCloud Photo program that simplifies the transfer process. iCloud Photo is a program that automatically uploads, stores, and dates your original, full-resolution photos from your phone. Those who have an iPhone can create an Apple ID account that links all devices with their iCloud account to keep them automatically uploading pictures and videos wirelessly. However, older iPhones or Mac models may not have the ability to connect through iCloud wirelessly, and using a USB to upload your photos is your best bet. Below are the steps to upload via USB cable:
Remember, when we said earlier that you might need additional programs installed to upload photos between different programming languages? This is the transfer we were talking about. It takes a few extra steps, but once those steps are met, you will never have to do them again. Get started with these steps below:
This transfer also takes another additional step that requires downloading an application to help move data. The Android File Transfer is a Google-made application for your Mac that lets you browse and transfer files between your Android phone and your Mac. If you want a direct transfer from Android to Mac, this is the program that needs to be downloaded and before you begin. To get started, follow the below steps:
Ahh, the simplicity of two devices that speak to each other! One of the more straightforward transfers between Android and PC typically takes a good USB cord or connectivity to wireless. Get started with these below steps:
If you have wireless access and an active email account, you can transfer your photos to your computer from your smartphone. The pro to sending pictures via email is that you don't have to worry about any cords or program downloads. However, most email providers have size limitations with their video or photo data, so you may be restricted to only sending a couple of photos. Get started with these below steps:
Another great way of transferring files between your devices is by using a cloud service. Besides iCloud that we discussed earlier, you can also look into additional services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. These third-party services allow you to upload your videos and photos from any computer or phone and then offer access across all devices. However, with these applications, be aware that your data will be stored externally, and your privacy and safety of your files/data could be jeopardized. You may also have a limited amount of storage space and will need to pay for anything additional.
While Rosy is also a third-party provider, it has additional advantages for security, organization and storage within its robust platform. Rosy has the ability to help you organize all of your photographs from many devices into one specific place. No more phone, desktop or online storage solutions - Rosy will centralize all of your data providing you access to it from everywhere. Rosy also provides a safe and secure space for your photos and videos and offers additional customization options such as family sharing, photo editing, narration options, and automatic organization and filing.
If you'd like to learn more about how Rosy can help you organize and transfer your photos from your phone, be sure to join our waitlist for the Rosy console and app launching later this year.