Welcome to my guide on how to access files on your phone from your Windows computer! I used a Samsung Galaxy S7 and a Motorola Moto G1 for the demonstration pictures. Please note that each device is different so the options on your phone may not be exactly the same as the ones on mine.
What you need: your phone (of course!), a USB data cable (either Micro-USB or USB type-C depending on which phone you have), and a Windows computer with a free USB port. Got everything? Let’s get started!
Plug the USB cable into your Windows computer.
Plug the other end of the USB cable into your phone.
Unlock the phone by swiping up from the lock screen. You may be prompted to enter a PIN, a passcode, or use your fingerprint.
What happens next depends on which phone you have and, to a degree, what Android version you are on.
For Samsung phones, you should see a message asking you if you want the computer to access your data. It will look similar to this:
Tap “Allow” and you can move onto the next step.
For non-Samsung devices, pull down from the notification tray and you should see a similar notification to the one below.
Tap the notification. Once you tap the notification, a number of options will pop up. It will look similar to this:
MTP is what you want so if the MTP option is not checked, go ahead and check it. Depending on your device and Android version, you may not see the exact same options. In fact, you may see upwards of four different options. Choose the option that will allow you to transfer files. It will say something like “Allow file transfer”, “File transfer” , “Media device”, or “MTP”. Once the option is selected, you can move onto the next step.
Open the File Explorer on your Windows computer and click on the “This PC” tab on the left side of the display.
Click the little iPod/Phone icon that displays your phone model. It will look like this:
That’s it! You can now access the files on your phone.
Congratulations! You are now a professional at accessing your phone files from your Windows computer . I hope this guide has helped you!