Transfer Media from a Mobile Device to a Computer Many individuals take photos and record videos using mobile devices such as digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets. After taking the photos and recording the
videos, transferring them to a computer allows you easily to create backup copies, edit the media, and create digital albums. The following steps describe multiple ways to transfer media from a mobile device to a computer. To transfer photos from a mobile device to a computer using a memory card:
a. Safely remove the memory card from the mobile device.
b. Properly insert the memory card into the appropriate memory card slot on the computer.
c. When the computer detects the memory card, navigate to the location of the media to transfer.
d. Select the files to transfer and then drag them to the destination folder on the computer.
e. Use the operating system’s “Eject” or “Safely Remove” feature to remove the memory card from the computer safely and insert it back in the mobile device
To transfer photos from a mobile device to a computer using a USB cable:
a. Connect the cable to the mobile device and to the computer.
b. When the computer detects the mobile device, navigate to the location on the mobile device containing the media to transfer.
c. Select the files to transfer and then drag them to the destination folder on the computer.
d. Disconnect the USB cable from the computer and from the mobile device. Some mobile devices also allow you to transfer media using wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The steps required to transfer photos wirelessly vary greatly for each device. Thus, read your mobile device’s documentation to see if and how you can transfer media to your computer wirelessly. Be aware that transferring photos using your mobile data plan could increase your data charges. Consider using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth to transfer the media.
Exercises 1. Of the above techniques, which way do you find is easiest to transfer media from your mobile device to a computer? Why?
2. What other technologies might you be able to use to transfer media from a mobile device to a computer?
3. Would you rather transfer media from your mobile device to a computer, or transfer it to the cloud? Why?