5 Ways to Transfer Data From PC or Laptop to Android Phone

MakeUseOf | 4/19/2019 | Andy Betts
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While phones have become the main computing device for many, most of us still use laptops regularly, too. This means we often need to move files from a PC to an Android phone.

But what’s the best way to do it? And does the best method differ if you’re moving lots of small files or a handful of massive ones? Let’s take a look at the best ways to get data from your laptop or PC to your Android phone.

Standard - Data - Laptop - Phone - USB

The old standard for moving data from your laptop to your phone is via USB. It’s still quick and easy, as long as you’ve got a compatible cable on hand. Unfortunately, the move to USB-C on most modern phones has left a lot of our old cables redundant. They often don’t come with the USB-C to USB-A cable you need for most laptops.

But assuming you have got one, then it’s simple to do. On Windows or a Chromebook:


Connect your phone.

Tap on the notification Android shows labeled Charging this device via USB.

Use - USB - File - Transfer

Under Use USB For, select File Transfer.

That’s it. A file transfer window will open on your computer, showing your phone (and SD card if you’ve got one). Then you can start copying your files across.

Instructions - Mac - Android - File - Transfer

The instructions are almost the same on a Mac, but you will need to install the Android File Transfer software first.

This method is good for copying large amounts of data. Try it when you want to transfer some movies or your entire music collection. It makes it easy to move files to your phone’s SD card as well.

Google - Account - Phone - Access - Storage

The Google account you’ve got set up on your phone gives you access to 15GB of cloud storage space through Google Drive. This gives you a convenient way to move files between your laptop and phone.

You need to install the Google...
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