If you’re anything like me, you probably threw out your old digital camera and decided to try your hand at being an amateur photographer with your latest Android device. With all these photography applications these days, why wouldn’t you?
However, with the ability to take hundreds of photos on a whim, comes the inevitable task of getting those valuable photos off your Android device and onto a safe and secure hard drive or folder.
But don’t fret; you have many options at your disposal.
USB Cable via Windows
The most common and traditional method of getting photos and general data off your phone is by plugging your phone directly to your computer via a USB cable.
When you plug your phone into your computer, Windows will ask you what you would like to do, just as it would if you plugged in your digital camera.
USB Cable via OS X (Apple Mac)
Retrieving photos from your Android device requires Google’s free Android File Transfer App. It runs on Mac OS X 10.5 or later. It also works with Android phones and tablets running Android 3.0 Honeycomb or later.
Personally, I use Google Drive, simply because you can access your photos from anywhere and from any device. Once the Google Drive application is installed on your Apple Mac or PC, you can have your photos (or any other files) automatically and conveniently synchronised to multiple devices.
The reason for my affection towards Google Drive is simple. I’m an avid user of all Google applications such as Google Chrome as my Smartphone browser, Google Googles (highly recommend you try this) and of course, Google Maps. The convenience of everything synchronising together and with my Gmail email account is just too great.
Dropbox is another application that is similar to Google Drive. Simply install the application on all your computers and devices, and it will synchronise your photos and files to every other device.
Camera Upload, another Dropbox feature, lets you automatically upload your photos from your phone directly to Dropbox, so you don’t have to individually select then upload them. You can choose to turn this feature on when you first install the Dropbox app on your phone, or from the Dropbox app’s settings (tap the three dots in the upper right corner in the Dropbox app, then select Settings from the menu).
Dropbox is arguably the most popular online storage and syncing application out there. It’s safe, secure and convenient which is what the consumer wants. However there are many other similar applications out there. Other options include, Microsoft SkyDrive, Box.net and Amazon Cloud Drive.
These applications have similar features and functionality, however I recommend you shop around and make sure you’re comfortable and confident with the one that you eventually pick.
Old fashioned email
I must admit, I do this from time to time. The best thing about Android is that it’s convenient to email photos to yourself or any email address. But it’s not ideal if you have multiple photos to move.
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Photo credit: Jorge Quinteros