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Copying photos from your phone to your PC is simple with a few readily available tools.
Is there a simple way to transfer pictures from my Samsung Galaxy S2 to my PC? I use Windows XP. I have Bluetooth on the phone. I don't know how to get Bluetooth on the PC. Is there any other way?
In this excerpt from Answercast #92 I look at some easy ways to get photos off a phone and on to your home computer.
Actually, there are several different ways. The approach that I've been using lately is to use Dropbox.
I'm not terribly familiar with that specific phone. I believe it's an Android-based smartphone. If it is then you can get Dropbox for that phone.
Install it on that phone and install it on your PC.
When you install it on your phone, you will be given the option of having Dropbox automatically upload each of the pictures that you take as soon as you take them. Once you do so, then the pictures will, also, automatically show up on any of the other computers on which happen to be running Dropbox. So... onto your PC.
I've been doing this for a while and it's actually pretty convenient. I will take a picture; I'll actually typically forget about it; and then I'll come back to my PC and take a look at the camera uploads folder in my Dropbox account - and sure enough there are these pictures that I took a little while back.
Even the videos will automatically get uploaded that way. So that's one recommendation.
The other approach (and this is also the way that I was doing it before Dropbox) is to use a cable.
Chances are your phone came with a USB cable. That should allow you to attach your phone to your computer. When attached, your phone should be enabled to look like a disk drive to your computer. Potentially even more than one.
On one of those disk drives that is your phone look for a folder called "DCIM". It will be at the top of the drive; at the root of the drive. In that folder will be the pictures that you've taken and you can simply use Windows Explorer to then copy those picture files from your phone to your PC.
You may at that point want to make sure that you backup your photos. Maybe delete them from the phone to make space for more pictures and video, whatever makes sense for you.
But the point is that you can manage your photos by simply copying them using Windows Explorer once you've attached your phone as a disk drive to your PC.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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