How to Transfer Files from Your Fire Phone to a Computer - dummies

How to Transfer Files from Your Fire Phone to a Computer

By Dan Gookin

There are many files you may want to copy from a computer to your Fire phone: pictures, videos, and audio files. You can also copy vCards exported from your email program, which helps to build the phone’s address book. Likewise, you may want to copy files from the phone to the computer. Either way, it works the same. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the phone and the computer by using the USB cable.

  2. On a PC, if the AutoPlay dialog box appears, choose the Open Folder to View Files option.

    When the AutoPlay dialog box doesn’t appear, you can view files manually: Open the Computer window, and then open the phone’s icon, found at the bottom of that window. Open the storage icon to view files.

    The phone’s folder window looks like any other folder in Windows. The difference is that the files and folders in that window are on your Fire phone, not on the computer.

    On a Macintosh, the Android File Transfer program should start.

  3. Open the source and destination folder windows.

    Open the folder that contains the files you want to copy. The folder can be found on the computer or on the phone. Then open the folder on the computer or phone where you want the file copied. Have both folder windows, computer and phone, visible on the screen.


  4. Drag the file icon from one folder window to the other.

    Dragging the file copies it, either from phone to computer or from computer to phone.

    If you want to be specific, drag the file to the phone’s folder or to the root folder. On the PC, drag it to the My Documents, My Pictures, or My Videos folder, as appropriate. You can also drag directly to the desktop and decide later where to store the file.

    The same file-dragging technique can be used for transferring files from a Macintosh. You need to drag the icon(s) to the Android File Transfer window, which works just like any folder window in Finder.

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

Although this manual technique works, a better way is to transfer files via cloud storage:

  • Not every file you copy over is digestible by the phone. To view or open the file, you must have the proper app.

  • Copying over PDF or eBook documents directly may work, but there’s a good chance it won’t work. Unless an app can open that document, you’re out of luck.

  • 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.