How to Move Photos from Your Smartphone to a PC

We’ve talked before about the advantages of backing up your smartphone to the cloud using Google Photos. But there are also several convenient ways for smartphone users to store photos away from your mobile device.

PC users operating on Windows 10 have access to an app called Your Phone which, once downloaded, lets you wirelessly transfer photos from an Android phone to your computer. It includes a companion app for your phone that links the two devices, letting you automatically copy, share, or save a photo taken on your phone to your computer.

 iPhone users can also install third-party (meaning, non-Apple) apps to transfer photos. The Photo Transfer App offers both a free and paid version which lets you transfer from your iPhone to a computer using the app’s dedicated web page, or via a companion app installed on your PC desktop.

PhotoSync offers similar functionality to iPhone users, and also allows you to upload photos from your phone to an online storage site like OneDrive or DropBox.  The basic PhotoSync app is free, but a paid subscription is required for transferring higher quality images plus other bonus features.

The free WiFi Photo Transfer app generates a local web page on your network from which you can view and download photos from your phone. Install and open the app on your phone, then enter the URL displayed on the screen into your desktop browser.  You’re then able to view or download from your iPhone’s camera roll right to your PC. Storing photos to the cloud is still the best way to make sure your files are safely and securely preserved. But these options make a handy companion for giving you even greater access to your memories to easily view and share them across multiple devices.

13 Thoughts on "How to Move Photos from Your Smartphone to a PC"

  1. Liz H says

    How about moving them from my FLIP PHONE to my iMac??? It was SO SIMPLE with the previous, now obsolete, cell phone! I plugged it in, opened up Image Capture and “poof”, there I was with my pictures on the computer. This stupid new phone DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY!!! Even the “supposed” Consumer Cellular helpers at Target were VIRTUALLY USELESS and knew nothing about how to do it!!! I was so frustrated last night that I actually threw the phone into the garbage bucket next to my computer!!!!! I did fish it out this morning but I am SO READY TO DUMP CONSUMER CELLULAR. I LOVE flip phones because they fit into my pocket (no, I don’t always carry my purse with me and women’s shirts don’t have pockets like men’s shirts do!!!) and I don’t need or want to carry a mini internet access computer with me wherever I go.

    reply to Liz

    • Hi Liz, that’s definitely frustrating and I’m sorry to hear about the trouble you’ve had with that. We’re not able to troubleshoot the computer to see what is going on since we don’t have the manual for it and we’re not the manufacturer. However, the manual for the phone does have those steps and you can find it on our website here. Keep in mind that some steps may be worded differently or it may be in a different order with it being a different model, but this is the general way to connect the two.

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  2. Sara Welch says

    I dont needs hearing aid

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  3. Bonnie Strand says

    I used to transfer my photos easily from my Motorola G all the time, but suddenly they won’t. I bought a new Motorola G7 Power and still having the same issue. Not happy.

    reply to Bonnie

    • Hi Bonnie, thanks for your post. That’s definitely frustrating to deal with and I’m sorry to hear about that. We aren’t able to troubleshoot the computer or what is going on there since we don’t want something to happen with that. If you’d like, you can go to the manual and it does have some instructions for how to make sure the phone and the computer are connecting. You can find the manual on our website here. If you have any questions though just let us know.

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  4. Donna zeller says

    Great service I had it now for a while

    reply to Donna

  5. Debbie says

    I’ve got a few US Cellular phones before they moved out of my area and since they don’t use a Sim card there still active if you have a credit card or I think you can call collect? But I installed a GPS app+ turned on the Bluetooth system on each device & it transferred pic’s from 2012 to WiFi only tablet and Amazon pic’s but I can’t get my contacts out and will have to write it down by hand! Shame on everyone that didn’t fight the system on are behalf cuz I don’t have 300+ every 2-3 years Anyone else?

    reply to Debbie

    • Hi Debbie, thanks for your post. Unfortunately, with some older phones, there are only a certain number of ways that information can be moved around. If you need any help with this though you can always give us a call at 800-686-4460 or you can also chat with one of our agents here for further assistance with this.

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  6. michael j rolando says

    Your new flip phone is junk

    reply to michael

  7. rick says

    it is not complementary, I hate when companies sell me something, arrange delivery and then change the delivery with no notification. between consumer cellular and the USPS their customers don’t have a chance ! ha ha ha thanks for screwing me over

    reply to rick

    • Nicole at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Rick. I apologize for any negative experience. We’d be happy to take a look at your order if you give us a call at 888-345-5509 or chat with us here.

      reply to Nicole

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