How to Easily Transfer Cell Phone Pictures to Any Computer

By Techwalla Contributor

Most cell phones take both pictures and video tendering high-resolution quality. This comes in handy when you attend that family get-together and forget your digital camera. Take photos of the event with your cell phone, and then hook it up to your computer for a quick and easy file transfer.

Things You'll Need

  • Cell Phone with Text Messaging Enabled
  • A Picture on the Cell Phone
  • A Computer with Access to the Internet
  • A Valid Email Address

Step 1

Connect your cell phone to your computer via USB cable. If you have an iPhone, Android or BlackBerry, a USB cable should have been included with your new phone. You might need to purchase a compatible USB cable if you have a different phone model or an older cell phone.

Step 2

Activate your phone's storage drive depending on the type of phone you have. Smartphone users should receive a notification on their phone to "Turn on USB Storage." Opt to turn your USB storage on and "Mount" your microSD card if prompted. iPhone users should open their iTunes software on their computer.

Step 3

iPhone users "Sync" your iPhone with your photo folder on your computer to transfer the photos over. Smartphone and other cell phone users, open your cell phone's storage drive, and drag and drop the photos from the phone's storage into the desired folder on your computer.

Step 4

"Unmount" (if necessary) and "Turn Off USB Storage" on smartphones once the file transfer is complete. Unplug your smartphone or cell phone from your computer. iPhone users unplug your iPhone once the sync is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also transfer photos from your cell phone if you use a memory card and have an adapter.
  • The last resort would be to send your photos via picture messaging or email; this will take longer as you can only send one photo at a time, plus additional data messaging rates may apply if you do not have an unlimited plan.
  • Make sure your cell phone plan has text messaging enabled and that you are not over your alloted monthly limit. If so, your cell phone provider may charge you separately for every message you send over your limit.