Transferring Android Files From a Windows 8 PC


The process of transferring files on your Android device using a Windows 8 computer is simple and straightforward. As long as you have the USB cable for your Android device, you can establish a connection between the device and the computer. Once connected, open File Explorer and transfer files by dragging and dropping or cutting and pasting the files. You can transfer Android files between internal storage and the SD card on most Android devices. On some devices, the internal storage drive is hidden and only the SD card file system is available when the device is connected to a computer.

  • Connect your Android device to your Windows 8 computer using the USB cable. On most Android devices, the USB Connection alert displays in the Notification screen. Pull down the Notifications screen, and then tap the ”Connect to PC” or “USB Connection" option to open the USB Connection dialog box. On other devices, the USB Connection dialog box opens automatically.

  • Tap the “Disk Drive” or “Mass Storage Mode” option in the USB Connection screen, and then tap “Done” or “OK.” The Android device registers to the Windows 8 computer as a portable / removable drive.

  • Press “Windows-C” to open the Windows Charms bar.

  • Click “Search,” and then type “computer” in the Search box. As you type, the Computer shortcut displays on the screen.

  • Click the “Computer” shortcut to open the Computer window. The Android device is listed in the “Portable Devices” or “Removable Storage” section. If the device allows you to interact with internal storage, two entries will display - one for the Android device and one for the SD card installed in the device.

  • Click on one of the Android removable storage icons in the Computer window to open the designated file system.

  • Navigate to the source folder to copy the file. Note that audio files are usually stored in a folder named “Music.” Photos, videos and other files are often stored in the “DCIM” folder, in a sub-folder named for the file type (i.e. “Photos”).

  • Drag and drop files from the source location to a destination folder using File Explorer. You can drag and drop files between device and SD card folders. You can also transfer files to and from your PC using this method.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to enable USB Debugging in the Settings menu to enable USB Connection functionality. Check your device user manual for detailed instructions for your Android device.
  • USB Connection mode is also known as Mass Storage Mode.
  • You can also right-click on a file in File Explorer, and then click “Copy.” Navigate to the desired destination folder, then right-click to show the context menu. Click “Paste” to transfer the file.
  • Information in these steps applies to all versions of the Android operating system. Specific menu items and screen names may differ between devices. However, the process of transferring files while the device is connected to the computer via USB is consistent across devices.

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