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How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to Laptop

Alice MJ

Mar 09, 2023 • Filed to: Manage Device Data • Proven solutions

Photos help us to freeze memories in time. However, after taking photos on your Samsung phone, you may need to move them to your laptop. There are several reasons for this including the shortage of storage space and making further edits.

Despite your reason, you need to know how to transfer photos from Samsung to laptop to achieve your aim. It is not as difficult as many people think it is. We will show you a couple of ways in this post.

Part One: How to transfer photos from Samsung phone to Laptop of Windows

Let’s assume you have one of the Samsung Galaxy devices and you have taken a ton of pictures. The pictures are eating up the storage space on your device or you need to do some editing and sharing. It means you have to move them to your Windows laptop.

Wondering how to transfer photos from Samsung phone to laptop of Windows? There are a couple of ways to do this. In this section of this post, we will discuss three simple methods.

Transferring Photos Using USB Cable

If you are conversant with transferring data between your Samsung and PC, then you should know about this method. It is the most common and simplest method there is. Why?

Every smartphone, including Samsung Devices, comes with a USB cable. Also, every Windows laptop has a minimum of two USB ports. Meanwhile, this procedure doesn’t work for photos alone. You can use it to transfer other files like videos, music, and documents.

So how do you transfer the files? Take the following steps:

Step 1 – Plug your Samsung phone to your Windows laptop via the USB cable.

Step 2 – If this is the first time, your computer will automatically install the drivers. Your computer might ask for permission to do this, click OK.

Step 3 – There is also a prompt asking to “Allow access to data” on your Samsung. Tap “Allow” on your device.

choosing your device from file explorer

Step 4 – Go To “This PC” via your File Explorer on your Laptop.

Step 5 – Click on your Samsung device under the section “Devices and Drives.”

Step 6 – From here, you can access the folder where you have your photos. Most times, photos taken using your device camera store in the “DCIM” folder.

Step 7 – Copy the photos directly to the folder you desire on your Windows Laptop.

Transferring Photos Using Bluetooth

It is almost impossible for your Samsung device to come without Bluetooth. Most Windows 10 supported laptops today are Bluetooth-enabled as well. If your laptop doesn’t come with such a feature, you can buy a Bluetooth USB adapter. This allows you to add the driver to your PC and use this method.

If you need to transfer files often, then you may want to spend a little extra on getting the adapter. In case you don’t know how to enable the Bluetooth feature on your Samsung phone, here’s how to:

Pull down from the upper section of your device screen twice. This gives you access to the “Quick Settings” panel. Tap on Bluetooth. This enables it if it wasn’t previously ready.

A dialog box shows asking if you want your device to be visible. Accept this so that your laptop can find your device and establish a connection.

Now to how to transfer pictures from Samsung to laptop of Windows using Bluetooth.

Step 1 – Click on Settings on your computer and go to “Devices.” Click on “Bluetooth and other devices” then enable “Bluetooth.” This is necessary if your Bluetooth feature isn’t ready.

Step 2 – Pick out your Samsung device from the list of devices and click “Pair.” If it doesn’t appear, click on the “Add Bluetooth device.”

switching on your bluetooth on your samsung phone

Step 3 – If you are pairing for the first time, a numeric code appears on both devices. Tap on “OK” on your Samsung and click on “Yes” on your computer.

Step 4 – Congratulations, you have paired both devices. Click on “Receive Files” in the Bluetooth options on your computer.

Step 5 – Select the photos you need to transfer via your gallery or in the folders on your Samsung phone. Tap “Share” after making your selection and pick “Bluetooth” as your sharing method. You should see your laptop’s name.

choosing your pc from your phone

Step 6 – Tap on your laptop’s name and you’ll get a prompt on the laptop screen. Click “OK” to accept the transfer.

Step 7 – Click on Finish when the transfer is complete.

Transferring Photos Using External SD Card

For some people, they prefer making the transfer using a microSD card. Not all laptops come with SD card readers. If yours doesn’t have one, you can purchase an external SD card reader.

To transfer photos from Samsung to laptop this way, simply copy the photos to your SD card. You can do this from the file explorer app on your device. Now, take out the card and put it into the external adapter.

Go to “This PC” via your computer File Explorer. From here, you can copy the photos directly to a folder on your computer.

Part Two: How to transfer photos from Samsung phone to laptop of Mac

Have you tried connecting your Samsung device to a Mac laptop ever? If you have, then you know it is not a simple plug and play connection. Why is this so?

Simple. Samsung phones run on Android OS which is Windows compatible. On the other hand, Mac runs on a different operating system. As a result, it is difficult for both devices to establish a communication channel.

Let’s show you two ways to transfer photos from Samsung to laptop of Mac.

Transferring Photos Using USB Cable and Image Capture App

Every Mac laptop comes with the Image Capture app as a default software. Using this software to transfer images from your Samsung phone is very easy. So how do you achieve this?

Check out the steps below:

Step 1 – Connect your Samsung phone to the Mac Laptop using a USB cable.

Step 2 – By default, the Image Capture App should pop open.

Step 3 – The app asks you if you will like to import images to the computer from your Samsung device. If you don’t see this prompt, you likely have the wrong connection setting.

changing your connection type to camera (ftp)

Step 4 – Go To your Samsung phone and choose the connection type. Change it from Media Device (MTP) to Camera (PTP). This is the only way the app will recognize your device.

Step 5 – After establishing the connection, you can import all the photos you desire.

Transferring Photos Using Applications and USB Cable

Another way to transfer photos and videos to your Mac laptop is by using data transfer apps. You do this by linking your device to the computer before conducting the transfer via the app. There are so many apps but in general, this is how they operate.

Step 1 – Plug your Samsung phone to your Mac computer using a USB cable.

Step 2 – Swipe your phone screen down to select the connection type.

Step 3 – You will see “Connected as a media device.” Tap this to change the connection type.

Step 4 – Select “Camera (FTP).”

Step 5 – Open the data transfer app on the computer.

Step 6 – Open your phone’s DCIM folder inside the app.

Step 7 – Click on “Camera” to open the folder.

Step 8 – Pick all the photos you desire to move.

Step 9 – Drag all the photos and drop them in your chosen folder.

Step 10 – You are done and you can disconnect your phone.

Part Three: How to transfer photos from Samsung phone to laptop in one click

This is the final method of transferring photos from Samsung to laptop we will be showing you. It requires the use of a special data transfer software known as Dr.Fone. This method guarantees speed without hassle or mishaps.

You must have noticed we referred to this process as a “One-Click” process. Before we continue, here are some features of Dr.Fone that make it one of the best data transfer software.

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Here’s how to transfer photos from Samsung phone to laptop using Dr.Fone.

Step 1 – Download Dr.Fone to your computer and install it. Open the app and click “Phone Manager.”

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Step 2 – Connect your Samsung device to the computer using the USB cable.

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Step 3 – Click “Transfer Device Photos to Mac” of “Transfer Device Photos to PC” depending on your laptop.

select photos and transfer to pc

Step 4 – Pick the location where you want to move the pictures and click “OK” to move the pictures.

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Step 5 – Congratulations, you have successfully used Dr.Fone to move your photos from your Samsung phone to laptop.

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By now, you should know how to transfer photos from Samsung to laptop. The process is very easy and we have shown you a couple of ways to do this. If you have any questions, you can drop them in the comments section.

Alice MJ

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