One of the very first questions I received after starting PhonetographyPRO was an Android user that had problems importing and then locating his photos on his PC. After investigating Android to PC, iPhone to Mac, iPhone to PC and Android to Mac we found several different ways to import, locate and save your PRO smartphone photographs on either Mac or PC.
Jump right in and find out how to import your smartphone photos to your computer.
The simplest way to import your photos on your Android device to your PC would be to use a USB cable. The most common cable, if you are an Android user, is the Micro-USB. Turn on your PC. Unlock your Android device. Connect the Micro-USB charging cable to your Android device and the other end to your PC.
If your PC is set-up correctly and your phone is set-up to work as a plug-in external storage, you will see a pop-up window that will show up something like this.
As on this Android phone an external memory card has been set-up as the backup storage. So, two drives are showing up – Card and Phone.
Navigate to the folder where your images are. It is recommended that you use a folder on the backup card for storing all your photos. This clears up the internal memory (Phone memory) and leaves more room for Android and the other apps.
So something like Computer\Galaxy J7 Prime\Card\Images could be the path where your images are stored.
Once you have located your images, copy all of them and then paste them to any folder of your choice on your computer. You could either do this: Press Control + C to copy the images and then press Control + V to paste the images into your PC folder.
Some PC systems are set-up to handle a click and drag action as just a copy and paste command. In case your PC / Windows version is not configured to do that, the Control + C option would be the best way to go about it, just to be sure.
Make sure that you copy and paste and not move them. There are a few reasons for this. Number 1, if you want to leave a copy of the images on your Android device then copying is what you need to do.
Number 2, in some cases, if the moving fails, for any reason whatsoever, you could lose your data.
This is yet another cool technique to import all your images and videos in one go directly from the 'My Computer' or 'This PC' screen. Right click on the Android phone icon and select 'Import Pictures and Videos'.
A dialogue box like this will appear as Windows starts looking for pictures and videos on your Android device. Once it has finished searching for them, it will show you another dialogue box to confirm the import settings. You can select separate download locations for the images and the videos, as well as a bunch of other settings.
But in case you need to move your images, just in case, such as when you want to backup and clean your phone memory / SD card to make room for additional images, you will need to use the move option. Instead of Control + C simply use Shift + Click and Drag to move the file from your Android device to your PC.
In any case, I am not a great fan of the move command. Even if I need to take a backup before factory resetting my phone, I would still do a plain copy of the images and then manually reset my phone.
Another option to transfer your images to your PC is to use the built-in Bluetooth connectivity. Bluetooth is a slow system of transferring images, and they are not the best option according to me, especially when transferring large video files of 50 MB or more.
There is yet another avenue to transfer your images from your Android device to your PC. This one involves using a third-party app. One of these apps is the Wi-Fi File Explorer. Download this app from the Google app store. It installs in less than a minute. Tap to open the app. It detects the wireless network and gives you an URL something like this - http://192.168.0.2:8000
By using this URL, you can access your Android phone from your PC which needs to be connected to the same wireless network. This is the sort of directory structure that will open on your PC when you type in the above URL on your browser.
The easiest of methods to import images from your iPhone to your Mac is to use iTunes. But iTunes is best used as a syncing program rather than a backup program. Anyways, use iTunes to sync your photos do this.
Connect your iPhone to your Mac using the lightning connector. iTunes should open up automatically and once it does so click the device tab. Next select Photos. Now check the Sync Photos option. Specify the destination where you wish the photos to be synced and click Apply. These would copy all your photos on your iPhone to your Mac.
Another option is to use Image Capture. When you launch the application, you immediately get to see a display that shows all the images on the connected iPhone. You can select straight from this screen the image you need to transfer. You can choose the folder where they should be copied to.
We had been discussing about the Android to PC and iPhone to Mac transfer of images scenario. This is the easy bit. But not everyone who owns a Mac also owns an iPhone. Many prefer the freedom and customizability of an Android device.
But that freedom comes at a price. There is no easy way to transfer files between your Android device and a Mac. There are some third-party apps, but they are not always reliable. There is one, however, which is reliable. And that is Handshaker.
Handshaker is an application for the Mac platform. You have to download and install the application. Next, connect your Android phone to your Mac. Launch Handshaker. The application will now install an application on your Android device.
Once the application installs and you have reconnected your Android device to your Mac, you will be able to check all the files and images on your Android device right in the Handshaker app.
Just like the Wi-Fi File Explorer app that we discussed above for Android to PC transfer of images, there is an app for doing the same on a Mac. This one is called AirDroid. This is an app that allows you to transfer your files from your Android device to your Mac using a wireless connection.
It pretty much works the same way. Upon installation, you get an URL which you can copy and paste into your web browser and access the images on your Android device.
iPhone and Android are the two biggest smartphone operating systems, but they treat Windows differently when it comes to file transfer. This interoperability issue has continued with the iOS 11 that we can now see in the latest iPhone X. Apple has introduced a new High-Efficiency HEIF / HEVC format that promises a reduction in the file size with no apparent image quality degradation. The problem is that this format is not supported on Windows.
So unless you are too finicky about saving storage, (remember you can always backup your photos on iCloud or a backup drive) I would recommend changing the image format in camera. Use one of the high compatibility options. It will take up more space for sure, but at the same time it will guarantee a lot more devices and image editing programs being able to open your images.
To do this go to Settings > Camera > Formats. Choose Most Compatible. Your iPhone X could come with the option High Efficiency selected by default.
Another change that you should do is go to Settings > Photos > Transfer to Mac or PC and make sure that Automatic is selected. This change will ensure that whenever you transfer your images to PC or Mac, the most compatible version will be automatically transferred.
Finally, there is one more way to ensure that you have uploaded the most compatible version. You can use iCloud. Uploading to iCloud automatically converts the images to JPEG. This does not require any additional app or the use of any image editing software. You can achieve similar results if you email the images.
Now for the actual transfer methods. The same way you connected your android device to your PC, use the accompanying data cable/charging (lighting connector) cable of your iPhone to your PC. Except in this case you will have to tell your iPhone to trust the PC.
Usually, if you have iTunes installed it is going to pop-up automatically. We are going to discuss using that option to download your images and videos. But for the moment let's see if there are any other ways of doing this.
Minimize iTunes. Next, navigate to My Computer or This PC depending on whichever version of windows you are using. Your phone should appear there as one of the icons. If it does not, try to unlock your phone, and go to the home screen. Unplug your iPhone and plug it back again.
Right click on the phone storage and from there on navigate to the folder where your images and videos are. From here on following the same steps to copy and paste your images and videos to your PC.
This technique as discussed above under Android to PC works in the case of iPhone to PC as well.
Let's discuss at least one third-party applications before we wound this up. This is the WonderShare TunesGo application for Windows. Download and install it on your Windows PC. Now plug in your iPhone X. Launch the application. There are several options on the application including Rebuilding the iTunes library, transferring iTunes media to the device as well as backing up photos from iPhone to PC. Choose the third option, i.e., backing up photos from iPhone to PC.
Click on 'Backup Photos to PC'. A dialogue box will open up asking for the destination folder. You could specify an existing folder, or choose to create a new one. Press OK when you are ready to transfer the images. WonderShare TunesGo will now start to transfer the images to the destination folder.
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