How to Download Photos from Android Phones and Tablets

When smartphones with cameras became popular, they started to replace digital cameras as the preferred method of capturing personal moments and precious memories. As the cameras on smartphones and even tablets became more and more advanced, the popularity of using your phone as your primary camera for taking candid photos became mainstream.  The average smartphone user has more than 500 photos store on their phone. However, many smartphone users do not know how to get their photos from their phone to a computer or USB backup device.

The most basic way to transfer your photos from your Android phone to your computer is to manually connect your phone to your computer using your phone’s USB charging cable. Once connected, you may be asked to allow the computer to access your phone. Once connected, you can open up the phone’s storage, navigate to the camera DCIM folder, and manually copy your photos to your computer. This process may be too complicated for novice computer users. It is also difficult to find specific photos as pictures are stored in many different folders on the phone.

There are many cloud storage options for Android users. When photos are stored to the cloud, the photos maybe uploaded to the cloud and removed from the phone itself. All that remains is a small, low quality thumbnail of the photo. Users can log into their cloud account on their computer and download photos to their computer. We have heard some complaints that photos or sometimes stored in the cloud at lower quality than the original. Some users have reported that they cannot access the original quality photos through their cloud account. Of course, users must pay a monthly storage fee for cloud accounts when they use too much space.


There is another method to download your photos from your Android phone or tablet to your PC. The Photo Backup Stick Universal is a USB product with specialized apps that make transferring your photos easy. The it connects directly to your Android phone or tablet. It includes adapters that fit all Android models. As long as your Android devices supports OTG (on the go) USB drives, your device will be supported, no matter the manufacturer. The Photo Backup Stick Universal DC App then allows you to back up your photos to the USB drive with the tap of a button. This method is the easiest method we have found to get your photos backed up to a USB drive. Once backed up, plug the USB drive into a Windows or Mac computer and run the Photo Backup Stick app to easily copy your backup to the computer. The Photo Backup Stick apps are also filled with useful features such as removing duplicates, converting HEIC photos to JPG format, and backing up from Android phones and tablets, Windows computers, and Mac computers. The Photo Backup Stick Universal was designed with non-technical users in mind. It is also the only picture backup tool on the market with live phone support, live chat support, and email support.

Photo Backup Stick Universal

Back up your photos & videos from almost any device. Copy to your computer or edit to fit digital frames.

Phone2Frame with Photo Backup Stick

Each Phone2Frame includes a Photo Backup Stick Universal to easily get your photos from your phone to the digital picture frame.


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