Transfer Photos from Phone to PC
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 also have a full step-by-step guide on Copying Voice Recordings to a PC.
Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary. Screenshots were captured from a Galaxy S10e operating on Android OS Version 10.0 (Q) and Galaxy Book S, settings and steps may vary depending on your Galaxy device and software version.
If you have a Windows 10 version 1803 PC or higher you can also try Using File Drag and Drop through Link to Windows. If you would like to wirelessly share content between your PC and Samsung phone or tablet you can also try Samsung Flow, Link Sharing or DeX for PC. Check out our guide Using Samsung Flow, What is Link Sharing and Using DeX for PC for more information.
Save photos from a Samsung device to a computer:
Ensure that you have unlocked your Galaxy phone to access the files saved within the device.
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.
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
- Screenshots: This PC\*device name*\Phone\DCIM\Screenshots
If you are unable to locate a certain photo or video on your PC, it could potentically be saved under a different Path. Generally, photos and videos captured from the camera will only be saved within the Camera folder however, if you have saved content online this could be saved in a completely different folder. You can easily check the path of each file within the Gallery app on your Samsung phone. Follow the below steps for more information.
For example the file path for the above image is /internal storage/Pictures/Watch. If you were to follow /Phone/Pictures/Watch on your PC you should be able to locate this image.
If you are searching for a specific file and don't want to scroll through loads or photos and videos, you can easily search for the file name on your PC.
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