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What’s the easiest way to transfer photos from Android to PC?

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Quick transfer: the Your Phone app makes moving photos painless

Taken a photo on your smartphone and want to use it on your PC? You could use a service such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. You could faff around emailing it to yourself. You could do it in numerous ways, but the easiest way to do it is the one you might not have seen before.

The easiest way to transfer photos from Android to PC

By far the easiest method is to use the Your Phone app that now comes with Windows 10. You’ll also need to download an app on your phone called Your Phone Companion from the Google Play Store.

Fire up the Your Phone app on the PC and you’ll be asked to pair your Android phone with your PC. Once you’ve completed this process, you’ll not only be able to access any photos taken on your phone from your PC, you’ll also be able to read and reply to text messages.

To transfer a photo to your PC, open the Your Phone app and click on Photos on the left-hand side. You should see any recent photo snapped on your phone (videos aren’t supported at the time of writing but will be coming at a later date).

Now you can simply drag and drop the photo of your choice from the app to wherever you need it.

Let’s say you want to add one of the photos to an email as an attachment, for example. You can just open Outlook (or another mail app), open the Your Phone app and then drag the photo into a new email window. It will automatically create an attachment, as you can see below.


You don’t have to drag the photos into an application. You can drag them into folders on your computer, onto the Windows desktop, or wherever you darn well please.

Once everything is set up, you don’t even need to take your phone out of your pocket to do it.

Now read this: How do I record calls on Android?

About the author

Barry Collins

Barry has scribbled about tech for almost 20 years for The Sunday Times, PC Pro, WebUser, Which? and many others. He was once Deputy Editor of Mail Online and remains in therapy to this day. Email Barry at

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