How to Transfer Cell Phone Pictures to a Computer

by Jeff Grundy

Cell phones and smartphones have more advanced features than ever. While included Web browsing and email or text features enable you to use your phone to stay in contact with those important to you, many phones also include an integrated camera capable of taking high-resolution photos. If you use your phone to take pictures, you may already be familiar with using the USB data cable to transfer the photos to your computer. However, if you do not have the data cable with you and you want to copy pictures to a computer, you can use several alternative methods.


Open the Android Market from the Home screen on an Android-based phone or the iTunes store if using an Apple iPhone.

Search for Dropbox in the store search box to display the application's download page. Tap "Install" to install the Dropbox app on your phone.

Launch the Dropbox app on your smartphone. Log in to the account with your username and password if you already have one. Otherwise, tap "I'm new to Dropbox," then follow the prompts to register and create a new Dropbox account.

Tap the "Upload" button in the Dropbox app. When prompted to indicate what type of file you want to upload, tap the "Picture" link. Dropbox opens the photo gallery folder on your phone and displays thumbnails of the images in it.

Tap and select the photos you want to upload to your Dropbox account. As you tap each photo, the phone begins to upload the photos to your account. Close the Dropbox app after you upload all of the photos you want to transfer to your computer.

Go to your computer and open a Web browser. Go the website and log in to your account with your username and password. Click the "Photos" link on your main account page.

Select the photos you want to transfer to your computer, then click the "Download" link. Select a folder on your computer in which to save the pictures, then click "Save." Your browser downloads the photos from your Dropbox account and saves them to your computer in the folder you selected.


Open the Web browser on your phone and navigate to the mobile Facebook website (see link in Resources.)

Log in to your Facebook account with your username and password.

Tap the "Home" link on your Facebook Timeline page, then "Bookmarks."

Tap "Photos," then "Upload Photos."

Tap "Select Photos" or "Take a Photo." Select photos from your phone's photo gallery or use the camera in the phone to take a new one.

Tap the "Upload" or "Post-By-Email Address" button depending on which model phone you use. Wait a few seconds for your phone's browser to upload the photos to the "Mobile Uploads" photos album in your Facebook account.

Open your Facebook account from a laptop or desktop computer, then click the "Photos" link under your profile cover picture.

Click the "Mobile Uploads" album link to display a list of thumbnail images of photos you uploaded from your phone.

Click the thumbnail image of a photo you want to transfer to your computer to display a larger version of it in your Web browser. Move the mouse cursor to the bottom of the image to display the Options menu, then click "Options."

Click "Download," then select the folder where you want to save the photo. Click "Save" to download and save the selected picture to your computer.

Bump Your Images

Open the Web browser on your phone and go to the website (see link in Resources.) When prompted to reveal your location to the Bump website, tap "Yes." If you do not tap Yes, you cannot use the app to transfer photos from your phone to your computer.

Tap the link for your phone type -- Android or iPhone. Follow the prompts to download and install Bump on your smartphone.

Open the Web browser on your computer and navigate to the website. Again, when prompted to reveal your location by the pop-up message on the Bump website, click "Yes."

Ensure that the Bump application is still active on your phone and then gently bump, or tap, the bottom of your cell phone on top of the computer keyboard's "Spacebar" key. The Bump app uses sensors in the phone to detect the bump vibration caused when you tap the bottom of the phone and the Spacebar and initiates the transfer of the photos to the Bump servers. After a few seconds a unique download link appears in the Web browser of the computer.

Click the download links on the Bump Web page to download and save the images to your computer.


  • These are but a few ways of transferring photos from your phone to your computer. You can also attach photos in an email on your phone, send them to yourself and then open your email account from a regular computer and download the attached photos.
  • You must enable "Location" disclosure in your Web browser settings to use Bump. To do this, open the "Privacy" or "Preferences" menu on the browser toolbar and enable or turn on the "Location" option.

About the Author

Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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