how to share files via cloud storage
The simplest and most effective way to swap files between your Android phone and just about any other device is to use cloud storage. As a Google account holder, you can use the Drive app to access your Google Drive storage. All files saved to your Google Drive are synchronized instantly updated on your phone, computer – everywhere.
To move an item from a computer to the phone, first ensure that the Google Drive program is installed on the computer: Visit https://www.google.com/drive/ and follow the directions to install the program.
After the Google Drive software is installed on the computer, copy the file(s) you want to transfer to your computer’s Google Drive folder. In mere seconds, the file is accessible on your phone, courtesy of the Drive app
To copy an item from the phone to your computer, follow these steps:
1 ) Locate the item you want to send to the computer.
It can be a picture, movie, or web page or just about any file on the phone.
2 ) Tap the Share icon, or tap the Action Overflow and look for a Share action.
If you don’t see the Share icon, the item you’re viewing cannot be copied to the Google Drive.
3 ) Choose Save to Drive.
A card appears, similar to the one shown in Figure
4 ) Edit the filename or change the folder, if you so desire.
I typically change the name to something memorable. Also, because I’m organized, I tap the Folder action bar to choose a specific Google Drive folder on which to save the item.
5 ) Tap the SAVE button.
Other cloud storage apps include the popular Dropbox, Microsoft’s OneDrive, the Amazon Cloud, and more. You can use those cloud storage locations just as easily as Google Drive; choose the proper app in Step 3.
- You can obtain the Dropbox app from Google play, but you also need to get a Dropbox account and, probably, get the Dropbox program for the computer. Visitdropbox.com to get started.
- Cloud storage apps are free, and you can use a token amount of storage at no charge.
Using the USB cable to transfer files :
A more direct way to transfer files between a computer and your phone is to physically connect the two devices. Because this is an ancient and traditional method of file exchange, it’s also a tad bit more complex and confusing than using cloud storage to meet the same end.
CONFIGURE THE USB CONNECTION :
If you connect your phone and computer and the phone does nothing but charge its battery. You must configure the USB connection: On the phone, choose the USB notification. You see a card that lists multiple connection options. To ensure that the file transfer works properly, choose the option titled File Transfers. The option might instead read MTP, which stands for Media Transfer Protocol. That’s the option you want.
To perform the direct- connection file swap, obey these steps on a computer running Windows:
1 ) Use the USB cable that came with the phone to connect the phone and a computer.
2 ) If your phone features a secure screen lock, unlock the phone.
The computer cannot access the phone’s storage while the phone is locked with a PIN or password or another secure screen lock.
3 ) View the phone’s storage on the computer.
If the AutoPlay notification appears, which happens most of the time, choose Open Folder to View Files. Otherwise, you may automatically see a folder window that shows the phone’s files and folders. If not, press Win+E to open a File Explorer window and choose the phone’s icon from those listed on the left side of the window, as illustrated in
4 ) Open the folder to which or form which you want to copy files.
Arrange both folder windows, computer and phone, on the computer screen, similar to what’s shown in Figure
5 ) Drag the file icon(s) from one folder window to the other.
Dragging the file copies it.
6 ) Close the folder window when you’re done copying file.
7 ) Disconnect the USB cable form the computer.
If you want to be specific, drag the file from the computer to the phone’s Download folder. On the PC, drag files to the MY Documents folder.
On the odd chance that you use an Android phone with a Macintosh, you must obtain special software to perform a USB cable file transfer. Obtain the Android File Transfer program from this website:
Install the software. Run it. From that point on, whenever you connect your Android phone to the Macintosh, a special window appears, similar to the one shown in . It lists the phone’s folders and files. Use that window for file management, as covered in this section.
MEDIA CARD TRANSFER :
If your phone features removable storage, you can use it to transfer files. Remove the microSD card from the phone and insert it into a computer. From that point, the computer can read the files just as they can be read from any media card.
You can’t just yank out the thing! You also need a microSD adapter to insert the card into a media reader on the computer. Or, you can get a microSD card USB thumb drive adapter.
- If you’re transferring media, such as music or photos, use the Windows Media Player program. See.
- If your phone features removable storage, you’ll see two storage items appear on your computer. One is for the phone’s main storage; the other represents the phone’s media card.
- Files you’ve downloaded on the phone are stored in the Download folder.
- Pictures and videos on the phone are stored in the DCIM/Camera folder.
- Music on the phone is stored in the Music folder, organized by artist.
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