Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge – How to Move Files to PC
Do you prefer backing up your data onto your desktop or just like to edit media files from the comfort of your PC? Moving files from your Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge to your computer is easy. Check out the different ways to do it.
Plug and Play Transfer
One of the easiest ways to move files to your PC doesn’t require additional software. Keep in mind, however, that this method only applies to Windows PCs. If you have a Mac computer, you may need additional software.
Here are the steps you need to follow:
Step 1 – Connect Your Device to PC
First, connect your Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge to an available port using a USB cable. It may take a few seconds for your both your device and PC to recognize the connection.
Step 2 – Device Prompts
You may see a prompt on your phone screen asking you if you want to allow access to your data. If you see this prompt, tap Allow.
Additionally, you may also see a USB status bar pop-up on your phone screen. It may say “Connected as a USB device” or something similar. Hold and drag downward to open additional options.
Check the box for “Connect as Media device (MTP)” under USB PC Connection.
Step 3 – Launch File Explorer or Windows Explorer
When your PC recognizes your device, an AutoPlay menu may pop-up automatically. Choose “Open folder to view files” from the general options of this menu.
You may also access your data files by pressing the Windows key + E on the keyboard. Alternatively, access files by right-clicking on the Start icon and selecting Open File Explorer or Windows Explorer.
If you do open your files this way, navigate to your phone. It should be listed under “Portable Devices” or under “This PC”.
Step 4 – Open Device Files
Your device files are organized into different folders. Some folders you may see are:
You may also see additional folders depending on the apps you have installed on your phone. To move files, simply drag and drop from your phone to another location on your PC. In addition, you may also copy or cut files and paste them elsewhere on your PC.
Remember, though, that you can only do this for files that are not DRM-protected. This means that you can’t use this method to move copyrighted files and materials.
When you are done with your file transfers, disconnect the USB from your PC and your device.
If you don’t want to use a USB cable, you can also move files from your Samsung S6/S6 Edge to your PC using cloud services. Simply upload to your favorite cloud service and then download it onto your PC later.
Furthermore, you may also use third-party apps to transfer files from your device to a PC. Third-party software varies in functionality and user interface, but there are plenty of options on the market. Trying one out is thus easy to do with minimal risks.
Using file manager on a Windows PC to move files only transfers certain types such as media files. If you want to have a complete backup of your Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge data, you may want to use alternative backup services instead.