Transfer Photos from Phone to PC

Last modified : Feb 14. 2019

Saving photos from your Samsung phone or tablet is a great way to make sure your photos are safe and sound. The steps on this page will help you save photos from your Samsung device to a Windows computer. If your computer is running macOS, you'll need to install Android File Transfer to save your photos to your Mac - but the steps on this page should help you to navigate the file directory of your Samsung. 


These steps also apply to other file types; if you've downloaded a file to your phone, you can follow along to try to find the file to transfer it across to your computer. We have a full step-by-step guide on Copying Voice Recordings to a PC and you can also check out the page on PC won't recognise my Samsung device if you're having trouble with these steps.

Save photos from a Samsung device to a computer:

1 Connect your phone or tablet to the computer with a data-capable USB cable
2 If this is the first time you've connected your device to the computer, you'll need to select Allow on the phone screen. This will let the computer read the information on your device.
3 Open a new Windows Explorer window.
Open a new Windows explorer window from next to the Windows Start Icon
4 Open the This PC option from the left hand menu.
5 Select the connected Samsung device
Select the connected Samsung Device
6 If you have an microSD installed on your device, it's likely the Camera app will save your photos to the SD Card folder. Otherwise, open the Phone folder.
Select SD Card or Phone
7 Find and open the DCIM folder.
Find and select the DCIM folder
7 Photos taken in the Samsung Camera app will be saved in the Camera folder. Photos sent to your device by Whatsapp, or downloaded from other sources will be saved in their respective folders; usually found in the Phone storage.
Open the Camera folder for images taken with the Camera app

The likely storage location for common apps:

  • Downloads: This PC\*device name*\Phone\Download
  • Whatsapp Photos: This PC\*device name*\Phone\WhatsApp\Media\WhatsApp Images
  • Snapchat Photos: This PC\*device name*\Phone\Snapchat
  • Facebook Messenger Photos: This PC\*device name*\Phone\Pictures\Messenger
7 Select the images you want to save to your PC, and copy or move them to your computer.

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