How to Transfer Files between Your Computer and Your Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Transfer Files between Your Computer and Your Nexus 7 Tablet

Once you have connected your Nexus 7 tablet to a computer, you are ready to exchange files. You can’t just wish the files over. A good understanding of basic computer operations is necessary before you attempt file transfers between your computer and the Nexus 7. You need to know how to copy, move, rename, and delete files.

It also helps to be familiar with what folders are and how they work. The good news is that you don’t need to manually calculate a 64-bit cyclical redundancy check on the data, nor do you need to know what a parity bit is.

How to transfer files to the 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 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.

    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.

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.

How to copy files from your Nexus 7 tablet to your computer

If you’ve survived the ordeal of copying files from your computer to the Nexus 7, copying files in the other direction is a cinch: Follow the steps for transferring to your Nexus 7 tablet, but simply drag the file icons from the Nexus 7 folder window to your computer.

  • Files you’ve downloaded on the Nexus 7 are stored in the Download folder.

  • Pictures and videos on the Nexus 7 are stored in the DCIM/Camera folder.

  • Music on the Nexus 7 is stored in the Music folder, organized by artist.

  • Quite a few files can be found in the root folder, the main folder on the Nexus 7, which you see when the tablet is mounted into your computer’s storage system and you open the Internal Storage folder.