Smartphone cameras today are almost as good as anything you can find in the DSLR category. Companies like Samsung, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei, and other Android OEMs are even experimenting with multi-sensor configurations like dual, triple, and quadruple lenses. All this has resulted in users depending heavily on their phones for capturing photos, which means it is critical for them to back up their photos periodically to hardware that offers much more memory, like a PC. Here are three free ways to back up your Android photos to a PC.
3 Best Free Ways To Backup Android Photos To PC
Method 1: Sync to Google Photos
The best part about this method is that you don’t have to hook up your phone to a PC with the right cable. Since Photos is essentially a cloud-based utility, all you do is set your device to sync photos to the Photos app, and you’re done. The app will even periodically remind you to archive photos that you’ve backed up this way so your device can enjoy more free memory.
To set it up, all you need to do is go into Settings and turn on Backup & Sync. All the photos you take from then on will be backed-up to Google Photos. You will also have an option to upload existing photos from your device. Once everything has been transferred, you can log in to the same Google Account on any PC and launch the Photos desktop app, where you’ll see all the photos from your Android device.
Method 2: Upload to Dropbox
Another cloud-based solution is Dropbox. The free tier here is quite generous, and you can always use multiple accounts to increase your capacity – or just go premium for a reasonable charge. With Dropbox, all you need is the app on your device and to be signed into the account that you’re using on the desktop.
On the Dropbox Android app, just click the Add button (plus sign) and select the Upload option for videos and photos. Next, choose all the images you want to upload and then tap the Upload button. You can now access these by logging in to the same account on your PC.
Android File Transfer App
The Android Transfer app is a desktop application that will help you easily drag and drop any file – including images – from your Android’s memory to a desktop location. It’s been around for a while, and all you need is a physical connection between the devices using a USB data cable. Make sure you use the original cable that came with the phone because all cables aren’t capable of high-speed data transfer, which is exactly what you need if you have a lot of photos.
Once you install the app on your desktop, connect the phone to the PC and wait for the app interface to show up. Once it does, you can simply go into your images folder on the Android device, select whatever you want to transfer and drag them to a preferred location on the PC’s memory.
Each of these options offers a viable solution for backing up your Android photos to a PC, so choose one depending on how many photos you have, whether your internet connection supports high-speed uploads to the cloud and so on. However, there are limitation on free software, and sometimes it does not work as you may expect. For such cases, a premium service like Androidphonesoft Android Manager is a great alternative, which is shipped with a modern UI and loads with many more useful features.