Transfer data between a mobile and a PC

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Transfer data between a mobile and a PC
Transfer data between a mobile and a PC
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This wiki demonstrates how to transfer data and media between a mobile and a PC.

Steps

Method 1 of 9: Via Android USB

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Step 1. Use a cable to connect your mobile to the USB port of your PC

If you don't have a data cable, check the manufacturer's website or elsewhere online to purchase one.

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Step 2. Make sure your memory card is present in your mobile

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Step 3. Tap on your phone's USB Connected notification

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Step 4. Select 'Mount'

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Step 5. Search for the removable drive on your computer

On a Mac, you'll see it on the desktop; on the PC, look in My Computer.

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Step 6. Drag and drop the files you want to get from the phone to your computer

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Step 7. Once done, go to Notifications and select Turn Off USB Storage

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Step 8. Disconnect the data cable from your phone and computer

Method 2 of 9: Via iPhone WiFi Sync

Step 1. If you are using iOS 5.0 or higher, you can automatically exchange data via iTunes Sync over WiFi

This automatically syncs your images, ringtones, books, music, podcasts and apps every time your phone is turned on and uses the same WiFi network as your computer.

  • Go to 'Settings' on your iPhone's startup screen.

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  • Click on 'General' and then on the 'iTunes Sync' button.

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  • Press 'Sync now'.

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Method 3 of 9: Via email

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Step 1. Find a free WiFi network, or use your own home network

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Step 2. Email yourself the details of your phone

Because you use your own WiFi, this costs nothing.

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Step 3. Open the email on the computer where you want to save the data

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Step 4. Select 'Download'

Method 4 of 9: Using a memory card reader

Step 1. Insert a memory card into your phone

Check to see if a memory card fits in your phone. Many phones use a micro SD card that comes with the phone and is easy to use.

Step 2. Make sure the data is saved on the memory card and not on your phone

Step 3. Plug your memory card into a memory card reader

In some cases, your card reader may be too big for the micro SD card. In those cases, you can purchase an adapter that fits the micro SD card. You can then place the adapter in the card reader.

Step 4. Plug the memory card reader into your computer

This is done via the USB port.

Step 5. Move the data to your computer

Think of the memory card as a removable drive in Finder or My Computer.

If you are using a Mac, open iPhoto, go to File>Import to Library and select the photos you want to import from the memory card

Method 5 of 9: Via Bluetooth

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Step 1. Activate Bluetooth on your phone and PC

If you are not sure how to do this, look at Settings or Controls.

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Step 2. Buy a Bluetooth adapter if necessary

If your computer does not have hardware for a Bluetooth connection, buy an adapter, also known as a 'dongle'. Usually these are connected to a USB port. If your budget is not that big, look for a used one. Such an adapter often comes with the accompanying software that allows you to exchange files between the computer and your phone.

Some computers, such as MacBooks, are already equipped with Bluetooth, and do not require an adapter. If you're not sure if your PC has this, see if you can find this information online

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Step 3. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on both the computer and your phone

  • If you have a Mac, you can make sure Bluetooth is on by clicking the Bluetooth icon on the right side of the top toolbar. This symbol should be on the left side of the date and time and looks like a series of triangles.
  • Under Vista, go to Control Panel -> Network and Internet Connection -> Bluetooth Devices.

Step 4. Make sure you are no further than 9 meters from your computer, otherwise Bluetooth will not work

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Step 5. Search your phone for the data you want to send

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Step 6. Go to the menu and select copy or send

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Step 7. Choose the Bluetooth option

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Step 8. Once you have confirmed that you want to activate Bluetooth, the phone's Bluetooth menu will appear automatically

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Step 9. Select the 'Look for Devices' option

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Step 10. Select your device from the list that appears

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Step 11. A request will be sent to the device asking if the sent image is accepted

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Step 12. Accept the request and the data will be sent

Method 6 of 9: Exchanging Contacts, Memos, Pictures and Calendars on a CDMA Phone

Step 1. Find a data cable suitable for your phone, something with the correct connection for your phone and a USB plug for the PC

Search online for the right cable for your phone model.

Step 2. Install the drivers necessary for your mobile

These should come with the cable, on a CD.

Step 3. Download and install the BitPim software from

Step 4. Plug in your phone and start BitPim

This should automatically recognize your phone.

Step 5. The 2 buttons in the top left toolbar are Get Phone Data and Send Phone Data

use these buttons to send and receive basic information from your phone.

Method 7 of 9: Transferring Movies and Music from a CDMA Phone

Step 1. Select View and then View Filesystems to use the more advanced features

Step 2. Find folders that seem to contain important data

On the Samsung a930, music and videos are stored in the memory card, at the location /mmc1/MY_(FLIX/MP3S/MUSIC/PIC)

Step 3. If you have multiple files (videos and images) that you want to delete at the same time, right click on the folder and select 'Backup Directory'

This will copy everything from that folder to your computer.

Step 4. Look online for advice on what to do with your phone

Some phones are very limited when it comes to the file types they can use. Others have restrictions when it comes to the size of the files. Every phone model is different.

Method 8 of 9: With a QR Code

Step 1. Find data you want to transfer

This method makes sense if you want to send a link, image, or web text from your browser to your phone. Need a path in Google Maps, a shopping list or a link to an image you want to share or save. This also works great when dealing with security restrictions in an office environment, where other methods don't work.

Step 2. Find a QR code online

There are several versions available online, such as websites, browser extensions, and downloaded programs/apps.

Step 3. Use the QR code creator to put the link, image or text in QR format

Step 4. Scan the QR code using a reader app on your phone

There are several available for each phone type, several of which are free. If you scan the code, the app will display the data it contains: the image, link or text.

Method 9 of 9: With Dropbox

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Step #1. Sign in to Dropbox on their website

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Step 2. Install Dropbox on your computer

You can find this program online.

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Step 3. Place the file that is on your computer, and whichever you want on your phone, in a folder within the Dropbox folder

The Dropbox folder can be found in 'C:\Users\Dropbox'. You can also put '%HOMEPATH%\Dropbox' (without quotes) in the address bar of Windows Explorer.

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Step 4. Install the Dropbox app on your phone

The app is available for Android, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Blackberry.

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Step 5. Sign in to Dropbox in the app you just installed

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Step 6. On your phone, go to the folder where you placed the file

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Step 7. Click the arrow next to the file and then click 'Extract'

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Step 8. Choose a folder where you want to place the file

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Step 9. Download the file

Use this to move files, as desired.

Tips

  • Search online for the 'resolution' of your mobile's background. This makes it easier to create images that are the right size for your mobile.
  • Movie file types vary by phone, so you'll have to search for a converter online. YouTube accepts a huge variety of files, including.3g2, so it is possible to upload videos without a converter. You definitely need a converter to place videos on your phone.
  • If your phone is having trouble connecting to your computer, it may help to try a different USB port.

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