How to Transfer Photos from Galaxy S5, S6, S7, S8 and Samsung Note to Computer

“I recently have a Galaxy S5 and I want to transfer photos from my Samsung phone to computer (Windows 7). But I don’t think my computer is recognizing the Galaxy device or connected. How do I directly move pictures from Galaxy S5 to PC?”


transfer photos from samsung galaxy phone to pc


Samsung Galaxy device is equipped with a qualitative camera for users taking high-resolution pictures and videos to capture their valuable moments. And transferring photos to PC is an effective way to store precious pictures making it possible to free up space on the Samsung Galaxy Phone by deleting the transferred photos after you get off the photos. Thus, this post illustrates effective methods to help you successfully copy images from Galaxy device to PC.

Part 1. How to Copy Photos from Samsung Galaxy to PC (Windows 7, 8, 10)

Part 2. Move Photos from Samsung Galaxy S and Note to Computer with Google Photos

Part 3. How to Transfer Photos from Galaxy S5, S6, S7, S8 to PC with 3 Simple Steps

Part 4. How to fix Galaxy Won’t Connect to Computer Because Not Recognized by PC?

Drag and Drop DCIM: It’s a usual method to import photos from Samsung Galaxy to Computer. You can directly move the pictures and videos to PC with a USB cable. But it’s not available to preview media files before transferring.


Google Photos App: It’s another great tool to upload and download images between Galaxy phone and PC. But it’ll compress your high-resolution pictures a little bit.


FoneCope Phone Manager: You can preview, manage, and organize your Samsung device’s photos on PC without size compression. It works efficiently to save time.


In addition, the steps will be slightly different when transferring photos from Samsung to mac.



1. How to Copy Photos from Samsung Galaxy to PC (Windows 7, 8, 10)

This photos transfer method works on Windows 7, 8, 10. Samsung device users frequently use this solution to move pictures back and forth from Galaxy phone to computer. All you need is a USB cable, a Samsung device, and a Windows computer. The following steps will lead you to move images from Galaxy phone to PC with easy steps.


Step 1. Connect your Galaxy phone as Media device to Computer

Firstly, connect your Galaxy S5, S6, S7 to Computer with a USB cable. When your smartphone is detected, a pop-up window will show up on your Galaxy phone asking you to tap on “Allow” to access to device data.

tap allow when connect with usb


If you don’t receive this message, please swipe down from the top on the Samsung phone screen, and then tap “Charging via USB” so that you can select other USB options. Since you want to transfer photos and videos from Galaxy phone to PC, you are supposed to tap “Transferring media files” or “Media device (MTP)”.

swipe down to change to mtp mode


Step 2. Drag and drop photos from Samsung Galaxy to computer

On your PC, open or go to “Computer” folder, and then you can find that your Galaxy phone will be recognized as “Portable Devices” or “Devices and drives”. Double-click it and you’ll see “Card” and “Phone” folders. You should check both SD card and phone internal storage folders. Now you need to find folders named as DCIM, Camera, Download, and Pictures. All your photos are stored in these folders.


find your device and dcim folder


Now you can select what you need and get pictures from Galaxy phone to PC now. When you finish transferring images, you can disconnect your Samsung device from computer now.

drag and drop photos from galaxy phone to pc


Before deleting the original photos on your Samsung Galaxy device, go to the target folder and view your priceless pictures first, in case of any trouble happens during the migrating process.



2. Move Photos from Samsung Galaxy S and Note to Computer with Google Photos

Google Photos allows you to upload and download pictures between device and cloud. Besides, you can edit and share your creation with others. It’s free, and storage is unlimited, if only you agree to let it compress the size of your photos and videos. It has some restrictions like only supports JPEG photos up to 16 megapixels as well as Full HD (1080p) videos. You can save your media files as the original ones, but Google Photos only provides 15GB of free storage. If exceeds, you can upgrade your account to 100GB for $1.99 per month, or 1TB for $9.99 per month. Now let’s see how to copy pictures from Samsung to PC with Google Photos app.

choose pictures upload sizes google photos

Note: Please ensure that you are in a good Wi-Fi network.


Step 1. Backup all photos on your Samsung Galaxy phone

Download and install Google Photos on your Samsung device from Google Play Store. Type your e-mail address and password to log in your Google account. Now tap on More option on the top left corner, and then tap on “Settings” > “Backup & sync”. Ensure that the backup feature button is enabled so that your pictures will be uploaded to Google Photos.

turn on backup and sync on samsung device


Step 2. Download images from Google Photos to PC

On your PC, go to https://photos.google.com/ and sign into your Google account, and click “GO TO GOOGLE PHOTOS”. You can check the images that you’ve backed up on your Galaxy device a few minutes ago. You can preview and select some pictures on computer, and then go to the top-right corner and click on the “More” button and choose “Download”. Google Photos will start downloading your pictures to your laptop. After the photos transferring process completes, you can check your pictures on PC and delete them on your Samsung Galaxy phone.

download photos from google photos on pc


That’s all the details to use Google Photos app to get pictures from Galaxy S and Note to PC. Google Photos is a great cloud option to store your photos if you don’t mind compressing your big size photos a little bit. And when you check the pictures in Google Photos app on your Samsung phone, this app will only load the preview version of your photos so that it won’t occupy much space on your Galaxy mobile phone.



3. How to Transfer Photos from Galaxy S5, S6, S7, S8 to PC with 3 Simple Steps

FoneCope Phone Manager can effectively and efficiently move your large pictures in original resolutions from Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7, S8, Note to PC. It offers an easy way to manage photos so that you can add or delete multiple pictures as a batch, make albums on your Samsung device, and create gif etc. It supports both iOS and Android device. If you require managing photos with multiple devices, FoneCope Phone Manager will be a great choice. Let’s see how to use this tool to copy pictures from Galaxy to PC step by step now.


download on Win    download on Mac


Step 1. Connect Samsung Galaxy phone to PC with a USB cable

After you download and install FoneCope Phone Manager on your Windows computer, you can launch and run it to see its simple interface. You’ll be required to plug your Galaxy phone into computer with USB. Once connected, this software will automatically recognize your device name and model information.


Step 2. Transfer photos from Galaxy device to PC in one click

You can one-click backup all photos from Samsung to PC in a few minutes.

Click “Backup Photos to PC” in the main window.

one click backup photos from samsung to pc


A window will pop up and ask you to choose a target folder on computer to store your backed up images. Select or make a new destination folder, and then click “OK” to start transferring photos from Samsung Galaxy device to PC.

choose a destination folder on pc to store pictures


Step 3. preview your pictures and transfer to PC from Samsung device selectively

If you keep many trash images on your phone, you will need to organize and deleted some of them before transferring pictures to computer. This software can help you preview and manage your smartphone photos on computer.


Click “Photos” on the top, and then you can select photos individually and click “Export” > “Export to PC”.

select photos and copy from galaxy to pc


To transfer one whole photo album, you can choose an album and right-click on it, and then hit “Export to PC” in the menu.

choose a photo album and export to pc from galaxy phone


It gets a great point in rating Ease of Use. The process to use Phone Manager to transfer videos from Samsung Galaxy to PC is similar to transferring photos.


All is done! Now you can view the photos on your PC and free up storage space on Samsung Galaxy phone by deleting the backuped media files that take up a large room. All the pictures will be copied in the original size without any compression. So with the HD videos. Download the free trial version and give Phone Manager a try now.


download on Win    download on Mac



4. How to fix Galaxy Won’t Connect to Computer Because Not Recognized by PC?

Your PC does not recognize the plugged in device? If your Samsung Galaxy phone can’t be detected or recognized by your Windows computer, you can check the following parts whether you are doing it right. This not recognizing issue could be resulted from the incorrect problem of the USB cable, Drivers, USB debugging mode, and screen lock. Fix it and try to connect your Galaxy S and Note phone to PC again.


Step 1. Change Another USB Cable

Your Samsung device can’t be recognized could due to your USB cable is not working anymore or incorrectly plugged into computer. So just check your USB cable whether connected correctly or borrow another USB cable from your friends.


Step 2. Update Official USB Drivers on PC

Go to Samsung’s official website and download the latest USB driver, install it on your computer. After that, connect your Samsung Galaxy to PC once more and check it.


Step 3. Enable USB Debugging Mode

By default, this feature is turned on. But check it and ensure the USB debugging mode is enabled on your Samsung device.

usb debugging 4.2 or later


Step 4. Unlock Your Galaxy’s Screen Lock in advanced

Make sure that you’ve unlocked your Samsung device when you connect it to computer, or else your Galaxy S or Note phone won’t able to be recognized by PC.


Step 5. Find Device Manager and Enable Driver

If USB driver has been installed and the cable is working fine, you could try enable or update the drivers on PC. Firstly, go to the Device Manager and find your Samsung device, and then right-click on it and choose “Update Driver”.


Step 6. Enter MTP Mode to Transfer Media Files

Choose MTP mode instead of only charging device on computer. You can swipe down on the screen and check the transfer mode.



The Bottom Line

After you learn the tips and effective solutions to transferring photos from Galaxy device to PC, you can fix the not recognizing issue and follow the simple steps to copy pictures to computer with DCIM, Google Photos, and FoneCope Phone Manager. But you’re recommended not to delete the photos and videos on your Samsung device unless you check and ensure the images are all moved to PC successfully. Just in case you could remove your priceless pictures and videos if there is something wrong with the migrating mission. Now check the details and follow the step-by-step guide to get your photos from Samsung Galaxy to PC.


Author:Daniel  |  TIME:January 11, 2018



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