Regardless of which method you choose below, you’ll need to make sure your phone is ready to transfer pictures. To do this:
- Connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable.
- Next, pull down the notification shade and select the option to transfer images. The option may actually be named “Transfer images,” but it could also be named “MTP,” “PTP,” or even just “File transfer.” They all basically do the same thing.
Method One: Use Microsoft Photos
If you want software to do majority of the work for you, Microsoft Photos is the easiest way to go about getting pictures from your phone to your computer. Photos is likely already installed on your PC and is super easy to use. If it’s not on your PC, you can get it for free from the Microsoft Store on your computer.
- When your phone is plugged into your computer in the correct mode (as shown above), click the “Import” button in the upper right corner of Photos.
- On the menu that pops up, select the “From a USB device” option.
- Photos should scan for USB devices, after which it loads a list. Select your phone.
After you select a device, Photos immediately starts looking for images stored on the phone. This could take a bit of time.
When the list is done loading, go through and click on all the photos wish to import. If you want all of them, use the “Select All” link at the top. You can also hit the “Select New” link to select only images that are new since your last import session (i.e., those that Photos has not transferred before). If you’ve never used this feature before, all your photos will be new and both options will do the same thing.
By default, Photos creates a new folder named according to the year and month when the pictures were taken, and places the new folder in the Pictures folder on your PC. If this is the first time you’ve used Photos, know that several folders will be created. It may not be an ideal organization, but it’s better than dumping everything into a single folder.
- To change this organization, click the “Change how they’re organized” link at the bottom. From here, you can choose a new folder if you want, including a different sorting option. For more granular organization, you can choose date (which will end up creating a lot of different folders), or you organize them by year to minimize the number of new folders.
- With your images and organization options selected, tap the “Import Selected” button at the bottom.
Method Two: Manually Copy/Paste Images in Explorer
To do this, make sure your phone is in the correct mode and ready to transfer images.
- Open Windows Explorer and head to “This PC.”
Your phone should be listed as a device. Depending on how the USB transfer option is set, the icon may look like a camera, a portable media player, or maybe even another drive.
- Once you open the device, you’ll see a drive named “Phone.” Click on it.
- To find the images, look for the DCIM folder and open it.
- In the DCIM folder, open the “Camera” folder.
Select all the images you’d like to transfer. You can select a range of photos by clicking the first photo you want, and then Shift+clicking the last photo in the range. Or, you can select multiple photos one at a time by Ctrl+clicking them.
- After selecting your photos, right click on one of the selected images, and then select the “Copy” command (you can also just hit Ctrl+C). If you prefer to move photos instead of copying them (which removes them from the phone), use the “Cut” command instead.
- Navigate to the folder where you’d like the pictures to go, right click any empty space in the folder, and then choose the “Paste” command (or hit Ctrl+V).
After a few seconds (or minutes, depending on how many images you’re transferring) all the pictures should be in their new home.
If you prefer dragging and dropping rather than copying and pasting, you could can also open a couple of File Explorer windows and just drag the photos the way you would any other files.