How to Transfer Files with the USB Connection on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S - dummies

How to Transfer Files with the USB Connection on Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S

By Dan Gookin

There are plenty of reasons why you would want to copy a file from your computer to the Galaxy tablet. You can transfer pictures and videos, music or audio files, or copy vCards exported from the computer’s email program, which helps build your tablet’s address book.

Follow these steps to copy files between a computer and the tablet:

  1. Connect the Galaxy Tab to the computer by using the USB cable.

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

    When the AutoPlay dialog box doesn’t appear, open the Computer window, and then open the Galaxy Tabs icon. Open the Tablet or Card icon, which represents internal and external storage, respectively.

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

    On a Macintosh, the Android File Transfer program should start and appear on the screen.

  3. On the PC, open the folder that contains files you want to copy to the tablet, or into which you can to copy files from the tablet.

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

  4. Drag file icons between the two folders.

    Use the mouse to drag icons between the two folders.

    The same file-dragging technique can be used for transferring files from a Macintosh. Drag the icons to or from the Android File Transfer window, which works just like any folder window in the Finder.

    Copying files to a Galaxy tablet.
    Copying files to a Galaxy tablet.
  5. Close the folder windows and disconnect the USB cable when you’redone.

If you don’t know where to copy files to your Tab, here are some recommendations:

  • Copy music or audio files to the Music folder. Even then, a better way to copy music is to use a jukebox program on your computer to make the transfer.

  • Copy images to the Pictures folder. As with music, a better option would be to use a photo management program to transfer images to the tablet in an organized fashion. Windows Media Player handles this task on a PC.

  • Copy all other files to the tablet’s Download folder. After all, you are technically downloading files from the computer, so that seems like an obvious choice.