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How to transfer files from Android via USB cable

You can use Wi-Fi to transfer files between your Android phone and your PC or Mac, but if an internet connection is unavailable or unstable, there’s another option: use your trusted USB cable. Read on to find out how your USB cable can help you move files between devices without a hitch.

To transfer files from your Android device to your computer, you need the following:

  • Your Android phone
  • A computer with a USB port
  • A USB cable

Android file transfer for Windows

1. Unlock your phone.
2. Plug it into your computer’s USB port using a cable.
3. Your Android phone will display a “Charging this device via USB” notification. Tap on it.
4. Tapping on the notification will display other options. Select File Transfer under “Use USB for.”
5. Your computer will show a file transfer window. Drag and drop files from this window to your preferred location on your computer.
6. Once you’re done, eject your device from Windows by right-clicking the device and printers manager on the task bar and selecting your device’s name on the list.
7. Unplug your USB cable.

Android file transfer for Mac

For Mac users, there are several additional steps you need to do if you want to transfer files from your Android device, but the remaining steps are pretty much the same to Android file transfer for Windows.

  1. Download and install Android File Transfer on your computer. Take note that this app only works on Macs running on OS X 10.7 or later.
  2. Open the Android File Transfer app. You need to open it the first time you use it, but the next time you plug in your device, it will automatically open.
  3. Unlock your Android app and connect it to your Mac using your USB cable.
  4. On your phone, tap on the notification that says “Charging this device via USB.”
  5. Your phone will then display other USB options for your device. Under “Use USB for,” choose File Transfer.
  6. This will prompt your computer to display an Android File Transfer window.
  7. Drag and drop files from this window to your preferred location on your computer.
  8. After backing up your data, eject your USB by right-clicking the icon for the external device on your desktop and selecting “Eject [volume name].” Alternatively, you can drag the external volume icon into the trash can in the Dock.
  9. Unplug your USB cable.

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Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

How to move files from Android to computer

There’s a lot of good things to say about how-to articles. They’re simple, practical, and if we follow instructions correctly, they can give us a sense of accomplishment. From basic life skills such as learning how to change a lightbulb or how to fry an egg to more technical topics like learning how to write JavaScript or how to perfect a soufflé, there’s always someone out there who is going to need a how-to article on something.

If you’re that somebody today wondering how to transfer your files from your Android phone to your computer, here is how you do it:

What you need:

  • Your Android phone
  • A computer with a USB port
  • A USB cable

What you need to do:
If you have a Windows computer…

  • Start by plugging your phone into the computer via USB port.
  • Turn on your phone’s screen and unlock the device. At this point, your Android device should only be connected for charging. Swipe down from the top of your screen and tap on USB for charging to view more options.
  • Select Transfer files in the menu that appears.
  • On your computer, search for your Android device on the File Explorer. Click on the icon that represents your phone and you should be directed to your phone’s internal storage.
  • Drag and drop the files or folders into your preferred location, such as the desktop or documents. If you want to save videos and pictures, you can find them in the DCIM folder.
  • Once you are done, right-click your device’s name. Click Eject before unplugging the phone and USB cable.

If you have a Mac…
If you’re using a Mac desktop or laptop, the first thing you need to do is to download Android File Transfer, an official Google app that works on Macs running on OS X 10.5 or later. Afterwards, the process is pretty similar to how it’s done on Android, and you can easily transfer files even without an internet connection.

  • Download and install Android File Transfer on your computer.
  • Plug your device into your Mac USB port with the USB cable.
  • Unlock your phone and swipe down on your screen. Tap on USB for charging to view more options.
  • Select Transfer Files.
  • The application should run automatically on your Mac. You can also open the Mac Finder or Spotlight Search and look for the Android File Transfer on the list of programs. Double click the Android drive icon.
  • Browse the files and folders on your Android device and transfer files to your computer.
  • Once you are done, open the Finder sidebar and find your device under Devices. Click on Eject and unplug the phone and USB cable. You can also go to the desktop and drag your device to the Trash.

And voilà! — you’ve just learned an essential Android skill. Keeping a copy of personal or business data you care about is a task that should not be overlooked, since your valuable information can be wiped out in a matter of seconds due to human error, natural calamity, or unexpected downtime.

Securing a backup of files in your mobile device may be easy peasy, but how do you make all important data in your business devices and computers disaster-proof? Our team can offer regular backup solutions to ensure that your business will be able to weather the storm when it strikes. Call us today to discuss backup options available to your business.

 

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.
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