Accessing a Samsung Galaxy on a PC

By Melissa King

See what's stored on your Samsung Galaxy's memory card.
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Your Samsung Galaxy comes with a USB cable for connecting the phone to your computer. This allows you to access the contents of your phone's internal memory as well as all the data on its installed microSD card. Once you've connected the device, you can also transfer files between your computer and the Galaxy.

Connect the Samsung Galaxy to your computer with a USB cable. If this is the first time you've made this connection, your computer automatically installs the driver for your phone.

Click "Open device to view files" in the AutoPlay window that opens on your computer after connecting the phone.

Click your phone's name or model number in the left panel to see a folder for the phone's internal memory and the microSD card. Double-click a folder to open it and view the contents. The Galaxy stores media files, such as music and pictures, by type in separate folders.

Close the window and disconnect the device when you're done viewing the phone's contents.


To transfer files from the Galaxy, drag files from the phone's memory card folder to a suitable location on your computer. For example, to transfer a photo, drag it to the Pictures folder in the left pane. To transfer a file from the computer to your phone, click the file and drag it to the Galaxy's microSD card or internal memory folder.


This article applies to the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Instructions may differ for other Galaxy models.