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Guide on 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 files on the phone. And to avoid data losing, you may want to transfer files from Android to computer. 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 Export Files between Android Phones to PC

Solution 2. Transfer Files from Android to Computer with AirDroid

Solution 3. Share Files between Android and Computer via Cloud Storage

Solution 4. Email the Android Files to PC

Solution 5. Move Android Files to Computer Through Bluetooth

The Recommended Way to Export Files between Android Phones to PC

Here, if you want to complete the moving process simply, you need the 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 export files from Android phones to computer or import files from the computer to your phone, the task can be done quickly.

Now, just click the icon below to download and install the trial version of the software onto your computer and then go with the tutorial to easily perform the Android to PC transfer.

Step 1. Launch the software on your computer and the following interface will appear. Here you can choose to connect your Android phone to computer via USB cable or Wi-Fi. Then you need to go with the prompts on the screen to make the connected device be recognized.

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Step 2. After the connection, the parameter information and files of your device will be displayed on the program.

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Step 3. You can see different folders are listed in the left column, such as Apps, Music, Photo, Video, Book, and so on. Just tap on the folder that you want to transfer and then its detailed contents will be displayed in the right panel. Just tick off the data you want and hit the "Export" button at the top menu to copy the selected files to computer.

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Additional Tip: If you want to back up 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.

- Elect "Backup" option and you will get a window with several categories.

- Just tick off the folders that you would like to back up and choose a location to save the data.

- At last, you can simply tap on "Back Up" button to complete the file transmission.

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This is the whole process of copying files from Android to PC with Android Mobile Manager. After the transfer, you can also use the program to move the files from PC to Android if needed.

Transfer Files from Android to Computer with AirDroid

AirDroid is a remote control App based on AirMirror technology. It enables you to transfer files like photos, documents, music or APKs without a cable. What's more, you can transfer folders and manage files remotely with this application. Then how to transfer Android files to computer with AirDroid? The steps are as below:

Step 1. Download, install and launch the application on your Android phone.

Step 2. Sign in to AirDroid and read through the intro screen.

Step 3. Get the IP address from second URL bar on the bottom center and then input it into the web browser of your computer.

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Step 4. After that, an accept or reject message will pop up on mobile phone. Just tap the "Accept" button to establish a connection between your computer and device.

Step 5. Now the model of your mobile phone will appear at the top right of the screen of your PC.

Step 6. Tap on the file types that you want to transfer and a window will pop up. Select the wanted files and click "download" to save the selected data to your computer.

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Share Files between Android and Computer via Cloud Storage

There is another wireless way to transfer Android files to PC - making use of cloud storage. Some cloud storage services like Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, etc. provide users with different versions - Windows version, Mac version and App version. Hence, you can first upload the files on your Android phone to a cloud storage and then sign in to the cloud on your computer and download the wanted files. Let's take Dropbox as an example!

Step 1. Launch Dropbox App on your mobile phone and turn on the folder where you want to save the files.

Step 2. Tap on the "+" icon at the bottom of the screen and choose "Upload files". Go on to tap the files you'd like to upload.

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Step 3. Click the folder icon and select where you'd like the files to be added.

Step 4. Now you can tap on "Set location" followed by "Upload". After that, the selected files will be uploaded and saved in your Dropbox.

Step 5. Next, you need to sign in your Dropbox account on your computer and download the uploaded files.

That's how to transfer Android data to PC with Dropbox. And certainly, you can also select to complete the transfer with OneDrive, Google Drive or other services.

You may also be interested in:

Full Guide on How to Share Dropbox Photos on Android

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Email the Android Files to PC

Emailing files from Android phone to computer is also a good choice. And for most users, this way is easy to perform - what you need to do is to send an email to yourself. Here is how:

Step 1. Login to your email account on your Android phone.

Step 2. Compose a new email, attaching the files you want to transfer and send it to yourself.

Step 3. Access your email on the computer and download the attached files to the desktop.

Move Android Files to Computer Through Bluetooth

Here is a rarely used but available way of transferring Android files - making use of Bluetooth. By using this way, you need to pair your mobile phone and computer via Bluetooth and then you can start transferring the files between two devices.

Step 1. Turn on "Bluetooth" on both your Android phone and computer and pair them.

Step 2. Select the files that you want to transfer by using a file browser or the Gallery App on your Android.

Step 3. Tap on the menu option and then select "Bluetooth" from the "Share" or "Share via" menu.

Step 4. Elect your PC from the list. After that, a notification will pop up on your computer, asking whether to accept the Bluetooth file transfer request.

Step 5. Tap on "OK" to accept the request and begin the transferring process.

The Bottom Line

Now you can choose one method from above to transfer files from Android phone to computer. By following the tutorial, you will find that the Android to computer is so easy. Just have a try!


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