[Tutorial] How-To Transfer Files from Android To PC – 3 Simple Ways

With the advent of mobile phones, Android has become a house-hold name. PCs still remain and Windows continues to dominate that market. We still need big screen computers in order to view images, videos and movies downloaded from the internet.

For example, you have taken family photos with your Android phone and would like to store in your external USB device. For this you need to connect your smartphone to your PC and transfer your files, images etc.

It can be the other way round also. You want to upload pictures on your Windows PC or Mac to your Android mobile. This is for the fact, that it’s easy to carry a mobile phone, than carry a bulky laptop or computer.

Then, you can view your photos in travel, at office and share them with your friends. But wait, how do you transfer all these files in different formats from PC to mobile or mobile to PC.

Today, we are going to see 3 methods by which you ca do the above.

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ShareIt – Transer Files from Android to PC Wirelessly

This is one of the latest app and application which is making noise in the file-sharing world. It works for both Android and Windows 8.1. The following are the links for both the versions.


The biggest advantage with this software is that it works even without a network. But it requires that both android and windows have ShareIt installed.. All you have to do is click “Send” and “Receive” on either of your devices.

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For example, if you are transferring files from mobile to computer, you need to click “Send” on your mobile. Then select the related files like images, photos, videos and any other files. Then open ShareIt on your computer. Then click the “Receive” button on the ShareIt application. Your computer name will be visible in the ShareIt app of your mobile. Tap the name you found on “Select receiver”. The files will be automatically transferred. That simple!

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The reverse way of sending files from Windows to Android also works in the same way. The only thing different is that you click “Send” on your computer and “Receive” on your mobile.

You can see the same in screenshots below. The computer name is “64BITPALLA” and the mobile is “rama.geek”. The advantage with this method over blue-tooth is that it’s really fast and you need not enter any security codes for pairing devices.


Your Android device is listed. Just click Send or Receive on your mobile


Sometimes it takes little time to find your hardware

 files for transfer on your Android

Once Send is initiated, select the files on your mobile device

Start ShareIt on Windows

The final stage where you can start ShareIt on your Windows PC

Windows PC is listed in ShareIt

Once your computer is detected, click it to transfer files

transfer files from android to pc

The Lenovo SHAREit software is FREE for use. It works when there is no network or Wi-Fi connection. It removes the necessity for wires or cables to transfer data between cross-platform devices. It also transmits information rapidly between devices.

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But the devices have to be in range. Transfer photos, videos, movies and other files in seconds. It’s 40x faster than Bluetooth. Group sharing is also possible. It supports upto 5 devices at the same time. You can instantly share the same video or photo to five friends at once.

It supports Android smartphones, tablets, iPhone, iPad and even Windows PC. The main advantage is that you can even share private files, though copyright files are prohibited, according to the program’s web page disclaimer policy.

The app has around 34k +1s on Google plus, 160k reviews and has in-between 10 to 50 million downloads. It requires 2.2 Android OS and has 109k, 5 star ratings on the app page.

Using Photos App – Transfer files from Android to PC using USB

For this purpose, you need to connect your Android Phone to Windows using USB cable. Press the “Windows” key and type “Photos”. You should see that app installed by default in Windows 8 or 8.1. You can also use the Search feature of Charms bar to select that particular app. Open the Photos app.


If you are using a mouse, right-click the app. Then tap or click “Import” at the bottom. Select the device you want your photos or files to be imported from. The app automatically searches for all photos and videos which are not imported before and selects them. You can also select each photo or video you want to import. You can also click “Select all” to import all the found files. Click on “Import”.

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Then the files are saved in the Pictures folder within a sub-folder named with the current date.

Manual Transfer using File Explorer

Once connected to the Android device, you can use your favorite File explorer to transfer files to Windows. Otherwise, you can use a third-party tool like AB Commander. http://www.winability.com/abcommander/

Sometimes, your Android device is not detected by your Windows PC. In that case, you need to find the right driver for that mobile device. For example, my Android One smartphone was easily detectable in my Windows 8.1 PC. If that’s not the case, you need to visit your mobile phone manufacturer site and find your model and the right Windows OS you are using. Download and install.

files transfer between android and windows

The Android device is found as removable media sometimes

Virtual folder of your mobile device

The smartphone or mobile will appear as a removable drive or virtual folder. Sometimes, the internal storage and external ones (like the SD card) are seen as two removable drives. Now there will be two panels in the AB Commander interface.

Just select the mobile device and right storage on the left panel. In the right panel, just select the local computer hard-drive. Your phots from a camera are generally stored in a folder called DCIM.

DCIM folder on your mobile device

Navigate to that folder on your mobile device and select the required files. Now just drag and drop.

In this way it will minimize the number of operations required to transfer files between both your devices, compared to normal File Explorer.

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