How to Transfer Files with a USB Cable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 - dummies

How to Transfer Files with a USB Cable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

There are plenty of files you would want to copy from a computer to your Samsung Galaxy Note 3: pictures, videos, and audio files. You can also copy vCards exported from your e-mail 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 computer by using the USB cable.

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

    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 that you see looks like any other folder in Windows. The difference is that the files and folders in that window are on your Galaxy Note, not on the computer.

    On a Macintosh, the Android File Transfer program should start, appearing on the screen as shown earlier.

  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 copies. 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 download folder or to the root folder.

    On the PC, drag icons from the phone’s storage 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 the Finder.

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

Though this manual technique works, the best way to transfer media to the phone is to use a media program, such as the Windows Media Player. You can also synchronize pictures and videos in the same way, by using a media program on the computer.

  • When your Galaxy Note has a MicroSD card installed, you see Windows display two AutoPlay dialog boxes. Each dialog box represents a different storage source — internal storage as well as the MicroSD 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.