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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Transfer Photos to a Windows Computer

There are some reason why you'll probably need to transfer your photos from your Samsung Galaxy S4 to your PC, e.g: when you want to periodically backup your photos so that you can easily retrieve your photos if something bad happens with your phone, if you want to free up some space in your phone by moving your photos to your PC, etc.

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Disclaimer: this post is written based on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 runs with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop and the computer uses Windows 7 Professional 32-bit as the operating system.
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How to transfer photos from Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to a Windows computer?
As the example, we'll transfer some photos taken with the Camera app to a Windows PC by using the following steps:
  1. Connect your phone to the computer using the provided USB cable by plugging the micro USB connector to the micro USB port in your device (it's located under the Home key) and the USB connector to a USB port on your PC. If it's the first time for you to connect your phone with the PC, your PC may need a few minutes to install the driver. By default, your phone will use MTP as the connection mode.
  2. When the phone has been connected to your PC and is ready to use, a pop up window will appear on your computer. Click Open device to view files to automatically explore your phone in the Windows Explorer.
  3. By default, photos taken with the Camera app will be saved in the DCIM folder in the phone memory. In the Windows Explorer, click Phone folder to explore the internal memory of your phone and then click DCIM folder and then click Camera folder. All of photos taken with the Camera app will be displayed here.
  4. Select the required photos you want to transfer to your PC.
  5. To copy photos from your phone to your PC go to the step #6, while to move photos from your phone to your PC go to the step #7.
  6. Copying the selected photos to your PC:
    • Use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C, or click the right-mouse button and then select Copy.
    • Now, navigate to the folder on your PC where you want to save the copied photos.
    • To paste the copied photos, use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+V, or click the right-mouse button and then select Paste.
    • The selected photos have been copied from your phone to your PC.
  7. Moving the selected photos to your PC:
    • Use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+X, or click the right-mouse button and then select Cut.
    • Now, navigate to the folder on your PC where you want to save the selected photos.
    • To paste the selected photos, you can use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+V, or click the right-mouse button and then select Paste.
    • The selected photos have been moved from your phone to your PC.
  8. Once done, close the Windows Explorer and you can disconnect your phone from the PC by unplugging the USB cable from your phone and your PC.

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