How do i transfer files from GS4 to PC?Support

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  1. ej86

    ej86 Active Member

    I have had my galaxy s4 for about a month now. Is there a way for me to transfer music and videos from my phone to my pc without having to take my otterbox defender case off every time, just so i can access the mini SD card, and manually plug it into the PC to transfer files?

    I had an LG esteem android phone and it was very user friendly, i pluged in the phone via usb to my pc and just dragged and dropped files at will. S4 does not let me do that.

    Yes i downloaded the newest samsung drivers, yes i updated that useless kies software that never recognizes the s4. Why is this such a hasle? the s4 is the first android that is not letting me simply transfer my files. Very annoying.

  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    moved this thread to the gs4 forums for better eyes.

    have you tried this on another pc? maybe it is your usb cable? not sure with sammies, but are you using the latest kies program?
  3. Canesfan

    Canesfan Well-Known Member

    Could try a wireless transfer app. like AirDroid.
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  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!! Moderator

    good one. yeah airdroid works great.....the usb cable should work though.

    what sd card are you using?
  5. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    I've had no problems transferring files, music, pictures, etc. between our PC and my SGS4. (I use the drag and drop method.) The only thing that I noticed is that the PC saw my phone as a media storage device and not a USB drive. I used the supplied data cable. I have an Outterbox Commuter case and only have to flip down the USB port cover to access the port.
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  6. Yourconnexx

    Yourconnexx Member

    when i connect my phone to pc (windows xp) i get two folders (android card and android phone) im assuming that represents the sd card and the internal storage

    the problem is that when you double click to access the folders, you see sub folders within but they all have the unrecognizable icon which looks like this


    now i do however know that i can swipe down on the notifications bar at the top of the home screen and switch the usb connection mode to camera PTP, but even then i have to use the microsoft scanner and camera wizard to view and move the photos ... and of course it only shows photos... not any other media files

    THIS IS A HUGE FUMBLE IF YOU CAN NOT ACCESS ATLEAST YOUR SD CARD BY SIMPLY PLUGGING YOUR PHONE INTO THE PC VIA USB. All the features these phones claim to have but you cant simply access you sd card and or internal memory from a pc?? i seriously hope this is a misunderstanding.
  7. droidsmurf

    droidsmurf Active Member

    When I connect my S4 to my Win7 laptop, it installs some drivers and then shows up as a "portable device" with two folders - Card and Phone. I can drill down in both folders and see all files. So it definitely can do it - maybe you have to find drivers for WinXP. Keep posting what you see, someone will come up with a fix.
  8. Goodspike

    Goodspike Well-Known Member

    I would suggest using the My Files program to explore your phone and make sure those folders you're seeing actually have files in them. Then when you find a folder with files, see what you can see using XP.

    I would also suggest getting a Dropbox account so that you can automatically have your pictures uploaded to your PC.
  9. itsallgood

    itsallgood Well-Known Member

    I use Windows XP as well and have no problems accessing any files on internal or SD card storage. I do believe some drivers where installed on my computer the first time I hooked it up. So, ya, it can do it. The other thing is, since it not registering as a USB storage device, you don't have to mount/unmount your phone. (Seems weird though.)
  10. speedlever

    speedlever Well-Known Member

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  11. beowulf7

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  12. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member Contributor

    I use ES File Explorer too, works for pulling files from the PC too. And with the VPN in my router I can do this while away from home also. I think I can connect it to my VPS via a SFTP connection, but not tested that. Though it would would be like my own personal 100Mbps up/down cloud.
  13. Capt.De57

    Capt.De57 Member

    What should I use to transfer stuff from my SG4 to my MacBook Pro?
  14. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member Contributor

    Mac being build on unix supports SFTP just like my Linux Virtual Private Server, so ES File Explorer works here too. I just tested with my older iBook G4 and as long as both are on same WiFi network I can connect and upload/download just as I do my PC from my phone.
  15. vinodss3mini

    vinodss3mini New Member

    videos cannot be transferred to PC S3 MINI
    i a havings the same problem. photos can be copy pasted but the videos are still on my phone refusing to budge . Any soulution to copy my videos to my PC
  16. speedlever

    speedlever Well-Known Member

    As mentioned upthread, using ES File Explorer, I have no issues moving videos or pics from the GS4 to my PC via my wireless network.
  17. Yourconnexx

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  18. Yourconnexx

    Yourconnexx Member

    ok i just went with es file explorer.... is there anyway to view the sd card with this program?? i can see the internal storage fine (with the exception that thumbnail view wont show images)
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  20. Sylon

    Sylon Well-Known Member

    Wifi File Explorer and Dropbox, depending on what files I'm transferring. I really like Wifi File Explorer after taking a bunch of pictures at an event or something and I want to transfer them all to my Mac in a lump sum.
  21. speedlever

    speedlever Well-Known Member

    One caveat with ES File Explorer that I found.. and this probably has more to do with Android/GS4 than the app... but I cannot find a way to copy and paste from the screenshot folder on the device. The only way I've found to move screenshots (which apparently can't be directed to the SD card for storage) is to link them to a text or email and send them that way.
  22. beowulf7

    beowulf7 Well-Known Member

    My Android experience only consists of the Droid 3 and now this S4. With the D3, both my phone and the external microSDHC card I had in it showed up as external drives on my Windows 7 computer. But the S4 shows up as an SCH-I545 drive and then that consists of Phone and Card. So I guess it's still showing as an external drive, but not a lettered drive.
  23. star444

    star444 Member

  24. Yourconnexx

    Yourconnexx Member

    well i want to see it on my pc ... i know how to get to it in the program.

    are you saying if i open it in the program my pc will then see it??
  25. Yourconnexx

    Yourconnexx Member

    tried it on another pc ... it worked flawlessly SMH

    just plugged it up and the sd card and the damn internal memory popped right up working perfectly. its my machine thats messed up not the phone


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