The cameras in modern smartphones have long since evolved than just making grainy Caller ID wanted pictures. In fact, many cell phones today have built-in sensors that can not only compete with those of standalone digital cameras – they have almost completely destroyed the camera market.
There's a good reason for that: Nary's passing a moment in life lately without matching a photo or video. In practically all these moments, our phones are there for us. Not only do they make recording easier, there are also smartphone apps for editing images and footage. You could practically replace your dedicated Photoshop desktop software or the Avid video editing system at work. (Short note: Do not really get rid of these systems.)
But what do you do if you want to get the masterpiece of a small screen recording to do serious work with the Photoshop mentioned above? How can you easily get the media from the phone to the computer?
It's as easy as possible if you know how. Here's a quick guide to help you transfer those precious memories from your phone to your hard drive. If you want to transfer wirelessly directly to a hard drive, proceed directly to . To wirelessly transfer photos from your phone to a PC. For more methods and workarounds, see
The fastest way to transfer many images is to connect your smartphone to your computer using the data cable. This is a Lightning connector for modern iPhones or the mini-USB or USB-C connector for everyone else. Connect the other end to a USB port on the PC.
For iPhones, make sure the iTunes software is not running on your desktop. If you plug in, something magical should happen: your operating system should recognize the handset as a digital camera. More specifically, the computer detects that the phone has a DCIM or digital camera folder . This is the default folder system used by all digital cameras to organize images.
In Windows, for example, it appears as a new drive in the "This PC" section. Click on the drive, open the folder (my name was "Internal Memory") and you have access to all your pictures and videos. If the folder is empty, reconnect it when the iPhone is unlocked. You may need to click a dialog box stating that you trust the PC. I had to plug and unplug an iPhone XS several times before the DCIM was finally displayed.
This method should work even if the software you normally use to synchronize with a phone, such as B. iTunes for iPhones on a Windows PC – does not work or is not installed. Copy all images to your hard disk (or move them if you need space on your smartphone). The folders and names used by the phone probably do not make sense. sort them all out later. Apple kills iTunes later this year and replaces it with a combination of music, television and podcast apps. However, this does not matter to users who completely bypass this method.
Backup and Sync Services
Some of the most important online backup services provide automatic backup of photos and videos on your phone or tablet , For example, you can go to the Microsoft OneDrive settings and enable "Camera Backup" to monitor the photo gallery and automatically upload pictures and videos to your OneDrive account, which you can then access on your PC.
Learn more about managing, synchronizing, and sharing files on Microsoft OneDrive.
There's also an automatic Dropbox photo upload, which instantly retrieves images and places them on your dropbox in the Camera Uploads folder, which you can access via Dropbox.com or your hard disk when it syncs , You can only save as much online as you want with your account. You may have to pay to get all the space you need.
Currently, Google Photos is the ultimate backup app for your photos. The free photo app can store an unlimited number of photos and videos if you let the service compress the files a bit (if they are over 16 megapixels). You can also get them from within the available 15 GB of free space in full quality and upgrade with more paid space if needed. The backed-up images can be viewed on the internet at photos.google.com and downloaded to your PC as needed. Select a number of photos and download a stack of photos from the overflow menu (). To organize pictures in Google Photos.
All options above are available for iOS or Android.
Apple's iCloud (iPhone only) features the iCloud Photo Library to store 5GB of photos and videos for free. Note that iCloud Photo Library is not the same as your photostream.
If you need more space, you'll need to pay: $ 0.99 per month for 50GB and up to $ 9.99 per month for 2 terabytes. iCloud makes your images and videos available on all iOS and MacOS devices and on the Internet. How to make sure iCloud backs up and syncs your data.
Remember: The above features do not require an automatic update. With the exception of iCloud, you can also go directly to the app and upload photos for each photo (but you can upload images through iCloud.com). But really, if the space in your online backup service allows it, there's no reason why you should not back up all the photos taken on your smartphone right away, so you'll never lose digital storage.
Removable Storage  Memory slots on a smartphone are outdated. This is mainly because they are very useful. If they are unavailable, customers complain for the manufacturers to return them. The cloud makes their absence less of a problem. However, if you have a card slot, you can quickly download your pictures from a smartphone. All you need is a reader for your computer.
Memory cards are not an option on the iPhone, but there are a few select Android devices with microSD card slots. Examples are the Samsung Galaxy S10, the LG V40 ThinQ and the Moto G7. All have a dual SIM / Micro SD card slot. The following video by GottaBeMobile shows how you can access it.
Even if your computer has a card reader, you may need to purchase a microSD to SD card adapter. The computer can accept the tiny microSD card. Once the card is connected to your computer, it works like a simple flash drive. Browse, drag and drop your smartphone photos on your PC and never lose a bit of image quality. You can buy USB-based adapters for SD / microSD for next to nothing.
If you absolutely want to use an SD or microSD card reader for your iPhone or iPad, there are several third-party readers with Lightning connectors. Typically, they also have a USB 3.0 connector, so you can easily connect the card reader to the PC for file transfer. Many can be found on Amazon for companies with suspicious-sounding names, but at least one brand that you actually heard about (RavPower) has an option. A special app may be required to view the space on the reader.
Ignore Apple's own Lightning-to-SD card reader for $ 29. It looks like it should be external storage, but it is not. You can only use it to view images that reside on an SD card on your iOS device. You can not copy from iOS to the SD card! Pathetic.
Bluetooth or Wi-Fi
The ability to share and transfer images and videos directly over a wireless connection is limited by mobile operating systems, particularly iOS, but there are a few exceptions.
The first is AirDrop which allows immediate connections to any other iOS or MacOS device in the vicinity. It is powered by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You activate it with the Control Center. AirDrop will ask if you would like to share it with everyone in the environment or just with people in your contacts list. You can then share photos, contacts, and even content in the Safari browser.
Unfortunately, AirDrop does not help transfer images to your Windows PC.
There are many third-party software options to resolve this issue, such as: B. Filedrop . For iOS $ 2.99, for Android, Windows and MacOS for free. Filedrop promises to instantly connect with nearby devices and make sharing over the network a breeze. Similar programs include Wireless Transfer App (2.99 USD for iOS, free for Android) and Instashare (see below; free for iOS and Android, 4.99 USD for Mac and 5 , 90 USD for Windows). Of the three, only Instashare has received an update in the last six months.
You can also try Snapdrop.net. Download the website on any device on the same network and upload a picture For one, it will be available on all browsers, I say "supposedly", since I do not use it for an iPhone (with the Chrome browser, not with Safari) and could make a Windows PC work]
If local options do not work, return to the Internet. A free app like Send Everywhere sends your pictures and videos everywhere. If you send files with Send Anywhere, you will receive a six-digit key that the recipient must have to hand to receive. This also applies to Dropbox and OneDrive, and they can handle much more than a few files at once.
Social Media and Email Sharing
Perhaps the easiest way to get pictures from your smartphone is the last, but only because it's most likely to affect image quality. Sharing your smartphone's images with social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is a matter of course for modern phones. Simply go to your photo gallery or stream, click the Share button, and select a service.
You can also share it with a text message or e-mail directly to others (and yourself). The latter is about as old-fashioned as sending a picture from the phone to the PC. Just be sure to send the image with the highest possible quality if you so desire. For some services, the file size for images is limited, and the size of the images can even be changed for you.
For example, the iOS Mail app would resize your image to make the file smaller and faster. If you click the Submit button, you will get a menu that indicates the total size of the attachments and offers the possibility to reduce the size to a small, medium or large format. The phone will rescale multiple photos attached to the same message. Keep the "original size" for the best quality. All I know is that uploading and sending will take forever.