How to Download Pictures From a Samsung Galaxy S II to a Computer

By William Pullman

You've taken some great pictures with your Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone and now you want to create a back up of them on your computer. When connected to your computer, the Galaxy S II is treated as a removable disk drive. You can interact with the picture files on your phone just as you would any of the files on your computer's hard drive, including moving the pictures from one folder to using File Explorer.

Step 1

Connect the micro-USB end of the USB cable to the micro-USB port on the Galaxy S II and then plug the USB end of the cable into a USB port on your computer.

Step 2

Drag the notification bar on the Galaxy S II down and tap "USB Connected."

Step 3

Tap "Connect USB Storage." The phone is added to the computer as a removable disk.

Step 4

Click the folder icon in the taskbar when in desktop mode to open File Explorer and then click "Computer." A list of computer drives appears.

Step 5

Double-click the "Removable Disk" drive. Locate your pictures by double-clicking the "DCIM" folder and then the "Camera" folder.

Step 6

Hold the "Ctrl" button and click all of the images that you want to download. Press "Ctrl-C" to copy the images, leaving the originals where they are. This method keeps a copy of the pictures on the phone. Press "Ctrl-X" instead of "Ctrl-C" if you want to move the pictures off of the phone.

Step 7

Navigate to the location on your computer where you want to save the pictures on your computer and then press "Ctrl-V" to paste the pictures.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.