Transferring files like photos, videos, and documents from your Android device to a PC or Mac doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right apps and methods, you can quickly move your files between devices. This article outlines 10 simple ways to get your files from Android to desktop.
1. Use a USB Cable
Connecting your Android device to your computer with a USB cable is one of the easiest ways to transfer files. Once connected, you can drag and drop files between the devices or use your computer’s file manager. Make sure you have debugging enabled on your Android.
2. Upload to Cloud Storage
Cloud storage services like Amazon Photos, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive make it simple to transfer files. Upload files from your Android, then sign in to the cloud service on your computer to download them.
3. Email Files to Yourself
If you need to transfer a few files quickly, emailing them to yourself can work. Attach files to an email in Android’s Gmail or email app, then open the email on your computer to save the attachments.
4. Use PushBullet
PushBullet is an app that pushes files between devices signed into the same account. Install it on Android and desktop, then you can send files and links between them.
5. Try Join by Joaoapps
Join has similar push functionality as PushBullet. It lets you transfer files and links between Android, Windows, and Mac signed into the same Join account.
6. Use AirDroid
AirDroid allows wireless transfer of files, photos, texts, and notifications between Android and desktop through a web interface. Set up an AirDroid account, then access it on desktop.
7. Transfer Through FTP
FTP apps on Android can connect to an FTP client on your computer for file transfers. On Android, upload files to your FTP server, then access them on your computer’s FTP client.
8. Sync with Syncthing
Syncthing lets you set up synchronized folders between devices. Install Syncthing on your Android device and computer, choose a folder to sync on both, and files will automatically transfer.
9. Try SHAREit
SHAREit is an app that uses wifi direct to transfer files between Android devices and desktops/laptops. Install SHAREit on your Android and computer to quickly send files both ways.
10. Use a Cloud File Sync App
Apps like Resilio Sync and FolderSync can synchronize chosen folders on your Android with folders on your desktop over the internet. Set up syncing on both devices, and your files will transfer automatically.