How to Transfer Files to Your Nexus 7

There are plenty of reasons that you would want to copy a file from your computer to the Nexus 7. You can copy over your pictures and videos, music or audio files, or even vCards that help you build contacts for the People app. You can even copy random files when you’re on a caffeine high and there’s nothing on TV.

Follow these steps to copy a file or two from your computer to the Nexus 7:

  1. Connect the Nexus 7 to the computer by using the USB cable.

  2. On a Windows computer, if the AutoPlay dialog box appears, choose the option Open Device to View Files. Otherwise, open the Computer window, and then open the Nexus 7’s icon. To access the tablet’s files, open the Internal Storage icon.

    There’s no need to mess with anything on a Macintosh — the Nexus 7’s folder window opens up, all bright and sunshiny, on the screen.

    The folder window you see looks like any other folder window. The difference is that the files and folders in this window are stored on the Nexus 7, not on your computer.

  3. Locate the files you want to copy to the Nexus 7.

    Open the folder that contains the files, or somehow have the file icons visible on the screen.

  4. Drag the file icon from its folder on your computer to the Nexus 7 folder window.

    If you want to be specific, drag the file to the download folder; otherwise, you can place the file in the Nexus 7’s root folder. Avoid dragging the file into other, specific folders, which would make the file more difficult to locate later.

  5. Close the folder windows, and disconnect the USB cable when you’re done.

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Any files you’ve copied are now stored on the Nexus 7. What you do with them next depends on the reasons you copied the files: to view pictures, use the Gallery, import vCards, use the Contacts app, listen to music, or use the Music app, for example.

  • Copying music to the Nexus 7 is tricky. The tablet doesn’t recognize every music file format, such as the WMA format, which is popular in Windows. Copy MP3 audio files only if you want to listen to them on the Nexus 7.

  • The best way to synchronize music is by using a music jukebox program on your computer. Lamentably, neither Windows Media Player nor iTunes behaves well with the Nexus 7. That situation may change in the future.

  • My advice is to drag the files you want to copy to the Nexus 7 to your computer’s desktop. Make a little pile of them there. Then you can drag over the lot to “lasso” them as a batch and drag them over to the tablet’s folder.

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