1. Transfer From Samsung Device to Computer Using a USB Cable
We put this method first because it’s the easiest and most likely to work with pretty much any Samsung device. After all, all mobile devices use USB to charge, and every modern Windows PC has at least one USB port that you can use.
To transfer photos from a Samsung device to your PC using a USB cable:
- Connect your device to your PC using a USB cable.
- The first time you do this, device drivers will automatically download and install on your PC. If your system asks for permission to do this, grant it.
- On the Samsung device, when asked to Allow access to device data, allow it.
- Open File Explorer on your computer to This PC and you’ll see the Samsung device under Devices and drives. You can now use File Explorer to access the device’s file contents, including all of its photos. Photos are found in the DCIM folder on most devices.
2. Transfer Files to Your Computer Using an External SD Card
If your Samsung device has a slot for a microSD card, you may prefer this method over using a USB cable. While some laptops have built-in SD or microSD readers, most computers don’t. Thankfully, you can buy an adapter like the Anker 2-in-1 SD Card Reader, which connects via USB.
3. Transfer Files From a Samsung Device Using Bluetooth
Your Samsung device most likely supports Bluetooth, but this method requires a Bluetooth-capable PC as well. Most laptops fit the bill, but some desktops don’t. Like SD card compatibility, you can purchase a USB Bluetooth adapter to add this functionality to your PC for cheap.
If you transfer files often, it’s worth the few dollars to avoid having to connect any cables.
On your Samsung device, pull down twice from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings panel, then tap Bluetooth to enable it if it’s not already. When the Bluetooth dialog box comes up, tap on your device to make it visible. This will allow your PC to find and connect to it.
On Windows 10, connect to the device with these steps:
- Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and enable Bluetooth if it isn’t already.
- In the list of visible Bluetooth devices, select your device and click Pair. If you don’t see it, click Add Bluetooth or other device at the top.
- A numeric passcode will appear on both. If they match, click Yes on Windows 10 and tap OK on your Samsung device.
- When paired, click Send or receive files via Bluetooth, then Receive files.
- On the Samsung device, use the My Files app to select all the photos you want to download. Share them and select Bluetooth as the method, then choose your PC as the destination.
- When the file transfer request shows up on the PC, click Finish.