How to Transfer Photos from Android to USB Flash Drive

You may want to transfer photos from your Android phone to your PC. You may also have chosen to back up your images using secure storage. Anyway, you can use a USB flash drive to complete the process, and this article will show you how to do it.

How to Transfer Photos from Android to USB Flash Drive

Read on for a comprehensive guide on how to send images from an Android smartphone to a USB stick.

How to Transfer Photos from Android to USB Flash Drive

Transferring your images from an Android device to a USB flash drive is not too complicated. However, you should first check if your devices meet specific requirements:

  1. Check the available storage space on the flash drive. This step is essential as it tells you if your USB is suitable for the images you want to send. Fortunately, modern devices are large enough to store albums of high-definition images. But if you want to send uncompressed files or if the disc already contains some images, compare the folder sizes before the transfer.
  2. Check if your phone and flash drive are compatible. You probably send your files via a USB-C port (such as your charger). The best solution is to use a USB-C drive as it has the correct connector shape. If you do not have the corresponding port, you will need to purchase an adapter.
  3. Make sure your smartphone supports USB on-the-go. This technology allows you to connect your drive directly to your phone. Most phone manufacturers offer this feature as standard, but check the phone’s specs to verify.

You can now connect your Android device to your flash drive and send the files:

  1. Connect the flash drive to the corresponding port. If you are using an adapter, you must connect the adapter first and then the USB.
  2. Wait for the system to recognize the connection. In most cases, your smartphone’s file system should appear on your screen when you connect your flash drive.
  3. Click the notification that confirms the link. You will now be taken to your USB storage, where you will have a clear overview of all files on the flash drive.
  4. Find the photos you want to transfer. This step may vary depending on your phone, but for most models you should do the same process. In other words, you need to find the folder that contains the images. Here are a few ways to do this:
    • Go to ‘Settings’, followed by ‘Storage’. Your photos should be in this folder.
    • Use “My Files” or other file manager apps to reveal your internal memory, SD card and other storage volumes. You may need to do some digging to find your photos here.
    • Navigate to the “DCIM” folder if you took the photos with your camera. You can also go to your SD card or internal storage if you can’t find them.
    • Go to “Downloads” if you downloaded the files from the Internet. This is the default location of downloaded images unless you have changed the path.
  5. Select the images to be transferred. Again, this process can vary by smartphone, but usually you have to long-press on a photo to activate the selection tool. Once it’s enabled, choose other files to send by checking boxes. It’s much easier than long-pressing individual images.
  6. Expand the menu where you can choose how to handle the selected images. You can find this menu by looking for the three lines or dots in the top right corner of the screen. Press “Move” and choose the USB flash drive. The wording of the commands may vary depending on your brand.
  7. Let the transfer complete, use the “Eject” function to safely remove your flash drive and unplug the USB.

Hassle-free process

One of the reasons why Android is the leading operating system is that it is packed with fast and useful features. One is seamless image transfer to and from USB flash drives. Regardless of your device, you should be able to send your photos in minutes.

What’s the largest file you’ve sent from your Android to a USB stick? How long did the switch take? Let us know in the comments below.

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