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How To Move Files from Google Pixel 2/2 XL to PC

Posted by Arch on August 23, 2018

Owing to technological advancements and the possibilities they open up, modern smartphones are slowly starting to replace our desktop computers in many respects. Despite that, a PC is still far from obsolete and can be immensely helpful in allowing you to make the most out of your mobile phone. To name but one example, image and video editing capabilities of a PC are still vastly superior to those of a phone. Therefore, if you take a lot of photos or videos, you’ll likely want to transfer them to a PC at some point for some editing.

And while this holds true for all smartphones, the ability to move files to a PC is particularly relevant for the Google Pixel 2/2 XL. The reason for this is storage. You see, just like its predecessor, the Pixel 2/2 XL does not support SD cards. This means you can’t simply expand its memory capacity if you notice you’re starting to run out. Therefore, your PC can be an invaluable tool when it comes to managing your phone’s storage.

Thankfully, moving files to a PC from your Google Pixel 2/2 XL is not a difficult task. Whether you’re just trying to save space on your phone or need your computer to do some more work on those files, we’ll show you exactly how to get there.

Moving Files

The very first thing you need to do is, of course, connect the two. Take the provided USB cable and insert it into your phone’s socket. Then plug it into any available USB port on your PC, there are plenty to choose from.

Now, expand the Status bar on your phone. That’s the strip at the very top of the screen showing you the signal strength, remaining battery, etc. Simply drag your finger down. You will see a notification labeled “Android system”. Tap it.

When you see this menu, you actually have two options, depending on the type of the files you want to transfer. If you only want to move photos, you can choose “Transfer photos (PTP)”. However, we do not recommend this method. Instead, you’re much better off selecting “Transfer files”. This will allow you to freely move all files, photos included, and is the easier way.

Once you select “Transfer files”, we are done with your phone. For the rest of the way, we need to turn to your PC.

Next up, we need to launch Windows Explorer on your computer. The icon should be right there at the bottom of the screen, on your taskbar.

If the icon isn’t there for some reason, you can also right-click the “Start” button in the bottom left corner and select “Open Windows Explorer”.

Using Windows Explorer, find the folder bearing your phone’s name and access it. Now you just need to select the files you want and move them to the location of your choice on the PC.

Final Words

There are many reasons you’d want to move files from your Google Pixel 2/2 XL to your PC and this is the easiest way to do it. Your computer has a lot more storage space than your phone so you can use it to keep those files you don’t immediately need but don’t want to delete. Or you simply plan to use those files on the PC. Either way, you now know how.

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