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Connect Galaxy S8 To A PC Computer

Transferring data from a Samsung Galaxy S8 to a PC or the other way around is something you might want to do at some point. When that happens, you will be happy to know how to do it and skip the research part.
Before we get into details, we should probably specify that there are a couple of differences to take into account, depending on the type of computer that you are using:

To connect your Galaxy S8 to a computer:

  1. Use a USB cable and connect the device to a USB port;
  2. You should see a message on the display of your smartphone, something like “Connected for charging” or “Connected as media device”;
  3. Go ahead and drag the dedicated notification area down;
  4. Tap on it and select the option that will fit your intentions:
    • Transferring media files – you can directly connect the phone to the PC and transfer media files or, if you’re a Windows user, you can go to Computer and tap on your device name, right under the Portable Devices option;
    • Transferring images – if you want to transfer photos and, generally, any other kind of image files through a PTP connection;
    • Software installation – if there’s any particular phone software you would like to install on your computer;
    • Connecting MIDI devices – just in case you need to use the smartphone as a MIDI player (musical instrument digital interface);
    • Charging – if you need to charge the battery with an USB cable, eventually when you lack the power adapter that you would normally plug in.

These are the standard steps for connecting a Samsung Galaxy S8 to a MAC or a PC and the options you have at hand once you do that.
But Samsung is also offering its users the possibility to mirror the content of the smartphone to the screen of the PC.

To mirror your Galaxy S8 on a PC screen:

  1. Disconnect the device from the PC;
  2. Download and install the SideSync on the computer;
  3. Download and install the SideSync on the Galaxy device;
  4. Activate the Wi-Fi on the phone and make sure that both devices are connected to the same network (or use the USB cable for a wired connection);
  5. Launch the SideSync on both your PC and your Galaxy S8;
  6. The app should automatically detect the computer and allow you to select it from a list of options on the display of your smartphone;
  7. Go back to the computer and confirm that you allow the connection;
  8. Start exploring the SideSync options from the PC – with the Folder icon you can start transferring files via the SideSync software while with the Phone Screen you will actually mirror your Samsung Galaxy S8 display on the PC.

If you couldn’t connect the two devices, you should try with a different USB cable. This is, after all, the most straightforward approach, since the Samsung Kies app doesn’t really work with your Galaxy S8.
Once you have established the connection, you can expect your device to work with the following formats:


  • WAV
  • MP3
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • eAAC+
  • AMR-NB
  • AMR-WB
  • MIDI
  • XMF
  • EVRC
  • WMA
  • FLAC
  • OGG


  • Divx
  • 263
  • 264
  • MPEG4
  • VP8
  • VC–1
    • 3gp
    • 3g2
    • mp4
    • wmv
      • asf
    • avi
    • mkv
    • flv

Anything else you would like to know on how to connect a Samsung Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8 Plus with a PC? Message us below and we’ll help you sort this out!

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David Williams

Mar 30, 2017

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