How to transfer photos from your PC to your phone


You may already have a way to send photos from your phone to your computer, but what about the reverse route? Maybe there are photos on your computer that you want to use as wallpaper on your phone, or personal photos that you want to move to your phone.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can set up a specific folder for the photos and use iTunes on Windows or Finder on a Mac to do the transfer. On Android, copy the photos directly to the phone or to an SD card using File Explorer on Windows or Finder on a Mac. Or sync the photos through an online photo storage site, such as Google Photos. Let’s see your options.

Transfer Photos to iPhone

With an iPhone or iPad, you can access iTunes (Windows) or Finder (macOS Catalina and later) to copy photos from a specific folder on your computer to your phone. Each time you run a sync, the photos in this folder are placed in your phone’s Photos app.

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In Windows, open File Explorer. On a Mac, open the Finder. Create a new folder to store the photos you want to sync from your computer to your iPhone. In my case, I created a folder called Pictures for iPhone in my Pictures folder. You can then add the photos you want to sync to your phone into the new folder.

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Connect your phone to your computer. In iTunes or Finder, click your phone icon. On iTunes, click the Pictures entry in the Settings section of your phone. With Finder, click Pictures at the top of the screen. On the Photos screen or section, check the box next to Sync photos.

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By default, the location will point to your entire Pictures folder. Click on the dropdown that says Images and select Choose the folder. Locate and select the folder containing the photos you want to sync, then click Select Folder.

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When you’re ready to sync, click To apply Where To sychronize at the bottom of the screen. Wait for the sync to complete, then open the Photos app on your iPhone.

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From Library view, touch the Pictures icon at the bottom and select the icon From my Mac album (it will say Mac even if you are using a Windows machine). Browse your photos from oldest to newest and you should see the photos you’ve synced. You can then set any of the photos as your wallpaper.

Transfer Photos to Android

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On a Mac, you’ll need to download and install a program called Android File Transfer to copy files to or from your Android device. To transfer photos from your Windows PC to any Android phone, just plug your phone into your computer.

You may need to connect your phone as a media device for Windows to access its files. To do this, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap the USB connection or USB options notification. Make sure the phone is set to File transfer, Media device or something similar. Once set, swipe down again from the top of the screen, and the notification should now say your phone is connected as a media device.

Android device connected

Open File Explorer in Windows and select your Android phone. If you’re using Android File Transfer on a Mac, launch the program from the Finder. In Windows, keep exploring your phone’s folders until you find the Pictures case. Open a second File Explorer window and navigate to the folder containing the photos you want to copy to your phone.

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On a Mac, open a Finder window pointing to the folder containing the photos you want to copy. In the Android File Transfer window, navigate to the Pictures case. Select the photos you want to transfer, then copy and paste or drag and drop them into your phone’s Pictures folder.


Now suppose you want to set one of the photos as a new wallpaper. On your Android device, tap any empty area of ​​the screen until you see several icons. Faucet Wallpapers, then select the photos or gallery option. The photos you just copied should be in your photo gallery. Tap the one you want to use as wallpaper, then tap Set as wallpaper Where Ended.

Transfer photos to an SD card

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If you use a microSD card with your phone and the computer has its own SD card slot, you can transfer photos with the card. Plug your microSD card into your computer using an SD card adapter. Open File Explorer or Finder and copy the files to your SD card, then remove the card and reinsert it into your phone.

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Tap hard on the screen and select the Wallpapers icon. Faucet My pictures Where From the gallerythen open the hamburger icon to access the open from menu. Tap the entry for your SD card. You should now see the photos you copied. Tap the photo you want to use as wallpaper.

Sync photos via online storage

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You can also transfer photos from your PC to your iPhone or Android phone using an online storage site. I’ll be using Google Photos for this example, but any site accessible from your PC and mobile phone should do.

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Connect to your online storage service and upload the photos you currently have stored on your computer. You can also add the new photos to a specific album.

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Now open the service application on your phone and go to the album with the photos you downloaded. From Google Photos, you can tap a specific photo and download it to your phone to use as wallpaper or store it in your mobile photo library.

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