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How to Transfer Files from Android to Computer?

Q: I have recorded a few videos on my Samsung captivate and I can't figure out how to upload them on my computer. Can someone tell me step by step how to do this? I've tried emailing myself the videos but the files are too big. Also, how do I upload music from my computer to my phone? Thanks for everything! - From Android Support Forum

No matter you like it or not, Android smart phones have become the most popular mobile phone in the market. And its full-functional design makes it also become a good entertainment device in the daily life and work. Thus, it is inevitable that you have lots of videos, music or photos on the phone. And to avoid data losing, you may want to transfer files from Android to computer. And at the same time, you may also need to export the files on your computer to the Android phone for sharing or viewing whenever you want and wherever you are. Therefore, we write this article to show you several ways to copy or share files between Android phone and computer.

Solution 1. The Recommended Way to Transfer/Share Files between Android and PC

Solution 2. Transfer Android Files with USB Cable

Solution 1. The Recommened Way to Transfer/Share Files between Android and PC

Here, if you want to complete the moving process simply, you need a powerful Android File Manager as your assistant. With it, you can transfer everything on your mobile phone to computer/PC in a few clicks. And you can manage some special data like apps, messages, or contacts in the program directly. After using the tool, no matter you want to import files from the computer to your phone or export files from Android phones to computer, the task can be done quickly. Now, just get the free trial version and follow the below steps to see how easy the program works.

First of all, please be sure your mobile phone is connected to the computer and the USB debugging is opened. If you're not sure, you can click here to get the full guide.

After that, just choose "USB debugging opened" and click "Next" button to detect your device and install USB driver to your PC. Just follow the instructions to finish the installation and then you can see the detailed information of your Android phones like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, etc. in the interface.

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Here, you can see different options on the top of the panel, such as Apps, Music, Photo, Video, Book, and so on. Finally, according to the type of your desired files, choose the right option, and then import or export files between the phone and computer as you like.

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Notice: If you want to backup all the files on your Android, you can select to backup them with 1 simple click. What you need to do is just choose Super Toolkit after the device is detected successfully. Then elect Backup option and tap on Back Up button to complete the file transmission.

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Solution 2. Transfer Android Files with USB Cable

If you do not like to download and use any other software, you can choose to connect your phone to the computer with a USB cable and move the files directly. To achieve your goal, you can:

At first, link your Android phone to the computer with an available USB cable.

Secondly, you can go to Settings> Tethering & portable hotspot> USB Tethering option.

Then, you need to turn to your computer and open the Windows Explorer to search for your connected Android phone.

Finally, you need to double-click the icon of your device to open it and find out the files you want to move to PC. Then drag-and-drop them onto your computer.

That's it! The operation is very easy and time-saving, right?

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