Files transfer Android to the PC
Files transfer Android to the PC

There are many reasons why you connect your smartphone to your computer. From releasing a little space in the memory taking pictures and videos of the holidays, until passing a new ROM to the SD to flash. There are many situations in which you will need to pass files, so knowing how to do it is a fundamental part of an Android user. Here we explain several methods to transfer photos or any type of file from your smartphone to the PC and vice versa.

How to pass files from the smartphone to the computer

  • Through the USB cable
  • Through the cloud
  • By Wi-Fi
  • With Airdroid

Transfer files via USB cable

One of the essential accessories that every smartphone usually offers in its box is a USB cable. In most cases it is the same cable that we use to connect the device to the charger. Any USB cable with micro USB connector should be able to serve you, as long as it is compatible with the type B or C port of the smartphone.

To transfer the files, the first thing you have to do is connect your smartphone to the computer through the USB cable. When the PC recognizes your device, the drivers will be installed automatically and then you will see a notification in the notification bar of the smartphone.

If you agree to this notification, it will offer you two options to connect the smartphone: Multimedia device (MTP)  this is the default method and the one we will choose either Camera (PTP) to transfer photos or for computers that do not accept the MTP. If you do not have any notice you can also access the USB connections through Settings> Storage , click on the three points to access the menu and click on USB connection to computer.

Transmit data using MTP.
Transmit data using MTP.

On the PC screen you should receive a notification that the computer has detected the device. here you can choose what to do, the most normal thing is to open the memory of the device in a file browser window.

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Transfer files through the cloud

Cloud storage is becoming increasingly popular in the Android universe, so it is probably the method chosen by many to store their files. On the other hand, in case you do not have a USB cable at hand, this is a good alternative to transfer your files to the PC. All you need is an internet connection.

The most popular cloud services are Dropbox, Google Drive and One Drive. Each of them has its application with which we can manage this storage space in the cloud that it offers (both free and paid). In this case we will use Google Drive but in any other service the procedure is the same or very similar.

The App Store is not recognized. 🙁
The App Store is not recognized. 🙁
The App Store is not recognized. 🙁
The App Store is not recognized. 🙁

We enter the application and click on the ‘+’ symbol, a small menu will appear in which we can choose Upload.  Find the file you want to pass to the computer and wait for it to upload.

Once the file has been uploaded to the cloud, you only have to access Google Drive from your computer and download them to your hard drive.

Upload files to the cloud with Google Drive
Upload files to the cloud with Google Drive

Transfer files over Wi-Fi (without cable)

We can also transfer our files from the smartphone to the computer without the need for cables. For this the two devices have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. It can be the home network, but you can also set up a Wi-Fi network from the smartphone

To be able to do this there are several methods. The first and simplest one is from the WiFi File Transfer application. Once installed, we must open the application and click on Start.

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Once launched, open your browser on your computer and enter the address indicated by the application, then a web page will open from which you can download everything you want from your smartphone. On the right you have the option to upload files to the root directory of your smarphone’s memory.

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You also have an option to activate the encryption of data traffic through SSH, in case you are connected to a public network, such as work or university. In this way, security is increased in case someone traces traffic within the Wi-Fi network.

Enter the URL in the browser.
Enter the URL in the browser.

You also have an option to activate the encryption of data traffic through SSH, in case you are connected to a public network, such as work or university. In this way, security is increased in case someone traces traffic within the Wi-Fi network.

To search, download and upload files to any folder we need a file browser on the smartphone capable of using FTP as ES File Explorer and on the computer we must have installed an FTP client such as FileZilla.

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To connect the two devices we will first open the application on the smartphone and in the menu that appears on the left we will go down to the Network section  and select Remote . To activate it,  we will click on On and it will show us an address that begins with ftp followed by the IP address and after the colon the port to which we must connect.

Activate the FTP connection on the smartphone.
Activate the FTP connection on the smartphone.

In the FTP client of the computer (Filezilla, in this case) we must enter the IP address where Host is located  and the port to connect to where Port is located , the rest can be empty. Once the fields are filled in, click on QuickConnect:  in the boxes below FileZilla, we will have the folders of our smartphone on the right and the ones on our computer on the left. Of course just as before the two devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

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Enter the IP and port in FileZilla and conveniently manage the files of your smarphone.
Enter the IP and port in FileZilla and conveniently manage the files of your smarphone.

Of course you can also browse the files from another smartphone with an FTP client for android like AndFTP.

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AirDroid

This application is a complete solution to control your smartphone from the computer and already transfer files, and of course without any cable. Like the previous method the two devices have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network in order to share information. It is available on Google Play for our smartphone and for the computer you can use it through its website or download the program.

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Simply run the application and enter the URL that shows us in the internet browser of our computer. Once we accept the connection in our terminal, we will have access from the computer to the files of our smartphone, but also to the applications, the messages, calls, etc.

Web version of AirDroid
Web version of AirDroid

This may be the simplest and most complete solution to control our smartphone from the computer. We will be able to control the device without having to remove it from the pocket and without losing concentration when we look away from the computer, thus improving our productivity.

Up to here comes our compilation of methods to pass files from Android to the PC. What do you think? If you know any alternative method, do not hesitate to include it in the comments.

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