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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Transfer Videos to a Windows Computer via Windows Explorer App

Transferring videos stored in your phone to other storage or devices periodically to backup them is a preventive thing that can be done to avoid you lose them since you can use the backup to retrieve videos when you accidentally lose them from your phone for whatever reason. If you have a Windows computer, you can transfer the videos from your phone to your PC by using the Windows Explorer app. You can use this way if you don't like transferring multimedia files from your phone to PC by using Samsung Kies 3 app.

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.

How to transfer videos from Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 5.0.1 Lollipop to a Windows computer via Windows Explorer app?
As the example, we'll copy and move all videos stored in the DCIM\Camera folder in the internal storage of Samsung Galaxy S4 to a Windows PC via Windows Explorer app 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 successfully 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 app.
  3. Navigate to the DCIM\Camera folder in the internal storage of your phone by using these steps:
    • In the Windows Explorer app, click the Phone folder to explore the internal storage of your phone.
    • Click the DCIM folder.
    • Click the Camera folder. FYI, it's the default folder used to save all videos recorded by the stock Camera app.
  4. Since the DCIM\Camera folder contains with photos and videos, you can make it easier by sorting the files within this folder by its type. You can do so by clicking the right-mouse button and then hover the cursor above the Sort by then select Type. Now, select all videos (those with .mp4 file extensions).
  5. If you'd like to copy the videos, use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+C, or click the right-mouse button and then select Copy. While, if you'd like to move the videos, use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+X, or click the right-mouse button and then select Cut.
  6. Now, navigate to a folder in your PC where you want to copy/move the selected videos and then paste them by using the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+V, or click the right-mouse button and then select Paste.
  7. The videos will be copied or moved from the DCIM\Camera folder in the internal storage of your phone to the selected folder in your PC.
  8. Once done, close the Windows Explorer app and then you can disconnect your phone from the PC by unplugging the USB cable from your phone and your PC.


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