4 ways to share Android photos with PC or Mac

The quality of smartphone cameras is getting better, making it more attractive to transfer snaps onto your desktop. For example, to print or free up space on your device. We show how you do that.

There are several ways to transfer photos from your Android to a Windows PC or Mac. For Windows, this is somewhat easier than for a Mac, which is more focused to iOS and Apple products.

1. Via Bluetooth

Almost every smartphone and desktop today has Bluetooth support. The feature also has become faster with years, which makes transferring photos easier. Do you work on a Windows computer, go to the menu at the bottom right of the taskbar, select the up arrow and press the Bluetooth icon.

You will now see multiple options, choose “Receive File”. It opens a new screen that says “Waiting for connection”. Turn on Bluetooth on your Android, go to the Gallery app and select the photos you want to transfer. Then select ‘Sharing’ and select Bluetooth. You can now choose which device you want to share files with. Now you must wait until on your desktop the message “Save the received file” appears. Finally, choose finish and you’re done.

For the Mac, this is actually the same, but you see the icon on the right top, not below. Select ‘Bluetooth’ and then “browse files on device”. Now you can choose the photos you want to copy to your Mac. Keep in mind that transferring files via Bluetooth works a lot slower than via USB or WiFi.

2. Via USB (Windows)

Another obvious way to connect your Android is via the USB cable to your desktop. That is actually quite simple. Plug the cable on both sides in the correct connection and voilá. Then swipe the notification bar of your Android down, tap the message ‘USB to …’ and select ‘Transfer files (MTP)’.

Then on your computer, open the “File transfer” window. In addition, your mobile device is shown in the list of “Devices and stations” in Explorer. Here you can copy, paste and delete files just like with a normal USB flash drive. Before disconnecting the USB connection between desktop and your phone, it is wise to safely remove it. You do this by going to Explorer and right click to unfold the menu and choose ‘Eject’. This will ensure that data will not be lost.

3. Via USB (Mac)

Transferring files to your Mac via USB from your Android is slightly more challenging. To make this successful, you first install Android File Transfer application on your Mac. This is a program designed by Google make it possible to file transfers via a USB connection from Android to the Mac. You only have to perform the installation once and the app will automatically open every time you connect your Android.

Then you connect your Android to your Mac using a USB cable. Wipe your device’s notification bar down and select the message ‘USB to …’ and then ‘Transfer files’. Android File Transfer window opens in which you can select, move, and delete files.

4. Through the Cloud

Android file transfer
Not everyone is happy about Android File Transfer or want to mess with cables and Bluetooth. It is also possible to exchange files via Wi-Fi to your PC or Mac. The advantage of this method is that you have your photos everywhere with you. Whether it is on iOS, Android, Windows, desktop or Mac. You can opt for standard apps such as Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud, but there are also services designed specifically for sharing photos and videos such as Google Photos, Photo Sync, or AirDroid.

The first requires only one app on your Android and use the online cloud environment on your Mac or desktop. A nice touch is that Google Photos also offers options for cleaning your phone or making fun collage and videos of a special event.

Photo Sync already requires a bit more work. When you have an Android app to synchronize all the pictures, but on Mac or Windows, you need to download and install additional software. If that is the case, then you can transfer photos via wifi. Finally, there are apps like AirDroid. Actually, these are not specific for sharing photos, but with such an app you have much more control of your Android from your computer.