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How to Get Pictures from a Phone to a Computer

Phones aren't just for making calls anymore -- they're also cameras. If you have pictures stuck on your phone, you can transfer them to the photo album on your computer.


  • Step 1: Use syncing software Install syncing software on your computer. Syncing software comes with a cable that lets you connect your phone to your computer.
  • Step 2: Use a USB cable Use a USB cable with a phone that has a USB port. You will need a cable with connector ends that fit your phone and computer.
  • Step 3: Transfer the pictures via wireless Transfer the pictures wirelessly using Bluetooth or infrared transfer if your phone has Bluetooth or infrared capabilities and can connect to your computer.
  • TIP: The Bluetooth transfer function may be blocked on some phones.
  • Step 4: Get a card reader Get a USB card reader if your phone stores pictures to a memory card. Insert the card into the card reader and then into your computer. You can use an adapter to fit smaller memory cards.
  • TIP: Many computers are equipped with card readers.
  • Step 5: Add a backup plan Add an online backup plan to your phone plan. An online backup plan automatically backs up the pictures you take for an additional cost each month.
  • Step 6: E-mail the pictures E-mail the pictures to yourself from the phone if your phone has e-mail capability. Attach the pictures to an e-mail and send them to yourself. Then download the pictures to your computer.
  • Step 7: Look at your pictures Enjoy looking at your pictures on a larger screen, and print them from your computer.
  • FACT: In 1997, Phillipe Kahn linked his cellular phone and digital camera to make the first camera phone.

You Will Need

  • Syncing software
  • USB cable
  • Bluetooth or infrared
  • Memory card
  • Card reader
  • Adapter
  • Backup plan
  • Data plan

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