Copying Files and Photos to My Android Phone's SD Card

By Ruri Ranbe

Android devices can share files with laptops out of the box.
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USB Mass Storage enables an Android device to interface with and display the entire contents of the Secure Digital, or SD, card to a computer. Upon connecting your smartphone to the PC, Windows 8 detects the SD card inside the device and mounts it as removable storage. You can copy files to and from the Android device just as you would with any USB flash drive or hard drive.

Step 1

Touch "Settings" from the Home or Apps screen, touch "Storage" under Device and then press the "Menu" key. Choose "USB Computer Connection" from the top of the screen.

Step 2

Select "Mass Storage" to turn on USB mass storage. Connect the Android device to your PC.

Step 3

Click "Open Device to View Files" to open File Explorer and then select the library containing the files or photos to copy over to your Android device.

Step 4

Press "Ctrl-A" to select all of the files in the library, or press "Ctrl" and click each file to transfer.

Step 5

Drag-and-drop the files onto your smartphone. Disconnect the device from the computer when the file transfer completes.