How to View DCIM in an Android

by Ken White

DCIM is a standard folder in digital cameras and smart phones. The DCIM folder on the microSD card in your Android device is where Android stores the photos and videos you take with the device's built-in camera. When you open the Android Gallery app, you are browsing the files saved in the DCIM folder. You can connect your Android device to a computer with a USB cable and directly access, move and rename the files in the folder from your computer.


Connect your Android device to your computer with a micro-USB cable. Tap "Turn on USB Storage," then touch "OK" or "Mount."


Open Windows Explorer. Double-click the new drive under "Devices with Removable Storage."


Double-click "DCIM". Double-click "Camera" to view pictures and videos stored on your device, or click ".thumbnails" to view the thumbnails used in the Gallery app.


  • check You can drag and drop files between your computer and the DCIM folder to add additional images to your phone or copy photos and videos to your computer to edit and share.
  • check Subfolders in the DCIM directory let you organize your pictures and videos in the Android Gallery app. Right-click an empty spot in the DCIM folder in Windows Explorer, and click "New," then "Folder." Type a name for the folder, then drag pictures and videos into it.

About the Author

Ken White began his writing career in 1972 as a reporter for a local Florida newspaper. With a career in public safety as a police officer, firefighter and emergency manager, his fiction has also been published in magazines such as "Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine." White studied history and psychology at Mercer University.