How to Connect a Phone to a Computer Without a USB Cable

Most computers today can connect with cell phones through a USB cable and port. But if a USB cable isn't handy, or perhaps the cable is missing from the cell phone kit, you can still transfer data from your cell phone to a computer. Alternatives to USB cable are usually available for computers and cell phones. You can either transfer data using your cell phone's memory card, or via Bluetooth wireless technology. Transferring data to a laptop is usually easier than doing so to a desktop computer.

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USB cables are used to transfer data.

Transfer to Laptop via Bluetooth

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Switch on Bluetooth on your laptop. This is usually done by using a switch on one side of the laptop.

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Bluetooth generally uses the same switch you use to wirelessly connect to the Internet.

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Navigate to the file on your cell phone that you wish to transfer, and use the options available to send the file through Bluetooth. The option will be something like "Send via Bluetooth" or "Transfer." When asked if you want to turn on Bluetooth, accept.

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Allow the transfer process when prompted by your computer. The pop-up message will ask something like, "A device is attempting to send a file to your computer. Do you accept?" After you accept, the transfer of the file should occur.

Transfer to Desktop via Bluetooth

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Buy a Bluetooth adapter, sometimes referred to as a "dongle," for your computer. Computers other than laptops usually do not have Bluetooth capability by default, in which case the adapter is needed.

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Computers other than laptops usually need a Bluetooth adapter.
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The adapter's installation software will usually be on a CD.

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Install the software supplied with the adapter on your computer. The software is usually on a CD or a DVD and goes into your CD-ROM/DVD drive. Insert the disc and follow the on-screen instructions. Once the software has been installed, reboot your computer.

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Navigate to the file on your cell phone that you wish to transfer, and use the options available to send the file through Bluetooth. The option will be something like "Send via Bluetooth" or "Transfer." When asked if you want to turn on Bluetooth, accept.

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Allow the transfer process when prompted by your computer. The pop-up message will ask something like, "A device is attempting to send a file to your computer. Do you accept?" After you accept, the transfer of the file should occur.

Transfer via Memory Card Reader

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Buy a memory card reader for your computer. The reader should include software and instructions.

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A memory card reader can also be used to transfer your data.

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Install the software provided with the memory card reader. Reboot your computer before continuing.

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Switch off your cell phone. Remove the memory card from its slot and insert it into the corresponding slot on the reader.

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The card reader should identify the inserted memory card. Navigate to the memory card reader folder and transfer the files to your computer.