Import photos from phone windows 10 never been so easy! Follow the tutorial and become expert now.
The need to transfer photos from your phone onto your Windows 10 arises once in a while. Reasons may include using your PC as storage and freeing space on your phone or utilise editing software only available with Windows 10. With the advancement in technology and multiple upgrades of the Windows 10 operating system, the process may be different and a bit challenging. The functionalities you were used to with previous versions may have also changed.
The good news is that there are different ways to import photos from your phone to Windows 10. Do not be worried, as the extensive and complete guide below will take you through the different types of phones; iPhones, Android gadgets and Windows phone. Find the one applicable to you and choose the method easiest for you. Let's get you going!
While many wireless ways of transferring photos from a phone to Windows 10 exist, using a cable is the fastest. Each type of phone has different requirements and procedures on the same.
From Android Phone
You will not need any unique software to import photos from your Android device using a cable that came with the device.
- Unlock your phone
- Connect the phone to your computer using the USB or USB-C bought with the Android phone
- Swipe down your Android phone's notification bar and at the bottom click on choose Android System USB charging device
- On the new screen with options select Transfer files
- A notification on your computer will tell you the device is setting up. When done, go to file explorer and choose This PC.
- Select Devices and drives and pick your device.
- Look for the file in which your photos are stored and copy and paste to your computer.
To transfer photos from your iPhone to your PC, you will need the newest version of iTunes on your PC.
- Connect your iPhone to the PC via a USB cable and unlock the phone
- A prompt asking if you trust this computer, select Trust to continue
- Click on the Start button on your PC and open the Photos App
- Choose Import> From a USB Device and the PC will look for new items on your phone
- Once the import items screen is up, select the photos you want to transfer and click the import button. The process will commence
From Windows Phone
The Windows phone does not need any speciality when using a cable to transfer photos. Its method is similar to using a cable to import photos from an android phone to a Windows 10 PC.
- Connect your Windows phone to your PC using a USB cable and unlock it
- After the device is set, open the file explorer and click on Devices and drives
- Select your phone and browse for your photos
- Copy and paste the photos to your PC
Using The Cloud
Using the cloud is a good alternative to using cables. The platforms are synched to both devices to enable the transfer.
From an Android
For Android phones, you will need a cloud service like Dropbox or OneDrive on your PC and phone.
- Turn on the camera auto-backup built into the Android applications. It will sync your device to the cloud
- Sync the folder containing your photos to your PC
- Start the application on your PC, and the photos will appear
- You could also manually upload the photos to your cloud and find them on your PC
The cloud service provided to the users is iCloud. You can upload the photos you want to iCloud and access them on your PC.
- Enable iCloud on your phone
- Download and install the iCloud desktop app on your PC
- Launch the iCloud app on your PC and select the photos you want and download them
Using Transfer Applications
There are numerous applications you can use to transfer photos from your phone to Windows 10 PC.
Microsoft Phone Companion App for Android and iOS
- Connect your iPhone or Android phone to your Windows 10 PC using a USB cable
- The Phone Companion App will launch. If not, launch it manually
- A notification will alert you on whether you are connected as a media device or charger
- Tap on the notification and choose media device
- The Phone Companion App will launch and display Microsoft apps and services. Browse for "import photos and videos into the Photos app" and launch the process. It imports everything on default mode.
There are other methods of transferring photos between a phone and a Windows 10 PC. Others including the use of Bluetooth and wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi). Using cables remain the simplest and fastest means, but wireless methods save the day when you can't find a cable.