How to Download Photos From a Camera to PC

By KR Knowlin

USB technology and SD cards have made digital data transfer easy. Today, USB ports and/or SD card slots come standard on most digital cameras. Use your SD card or your camera's USB cable to download your photos. Once you download the pictures, you can share them with friends and family or upload them to your favorite photo editing program.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera's USB cable or SD card
  • External SD card reader, if needed

USB

Step 1

Connect the camera to your computer with the USB cable.

Step 2

Turn on the camera.

Step 3

Wait while your computer detects the camera. A dialogue box should appear. Select the appropriate action to download your photos. If your camera's dialogue box doesn't appear on the screen. Click the "Start" button in the task bar and open the "My Computer" option. Select your camera from the list of devices. This will open the contents of your camera. Click on a photo to open it or drag and drop the files to your desktop or another folder.

SD Card

Step 1

Eject the SD card from your camera.

Step 2

Insert the SD card into your computer. Alternatively, if you have an external SD card reader, connect the card reader to your computer, then insert the SD card into the reader. Most external SD card readers connect to PCs via USB.

Step 3

Wait for your computer to detect the SD card. If a dialogue box opens, click on your photos to open them on your computer. Alternatively, drag and drop the files to your desktop.

Step 4

Click the "Start" button in the taskbar if your SD card dialogue box doesn't open. Navigate to "My Computer." Select your SD card from the list of devices. This will open the contents of your camera. Click on a photo to open it or drag and drop the files to your desktop or another folder.