How to get photos from phone to computer

Let Google Photos do all the leg work, while you enjoy your photos on the big screen...
How to get photos from phone to computer

See all your snaps on your computer

We all take photos using our smartphones these days, and because it’s so quick and easy, there are more photos than ever before. But to get the most out of your pictures, it’s always better to see them on a bigger screen.

To make sure you’re not missing out, we’ve put together a quick guide to make sure you can share your photos between your smartphone and laptop or desktop.

Android and iOS

The easiest way to start backing up all your snaps is by using the Google Photos app, available for both Android and iOS. Previously you may have needed to use a USB cable, or needed to muddle through various temperamental programmes, but Google Photos makes it easy.

To get started, download the app from your app store, and when you sign in, it’ll start to back up all the photos on your phone. You also get unlimited storage for 16MP photos and 1080p videos, so if you’re running out of space on your phone, it’s a great tool.

From there, all you need to do is visit the Google Photos website. Simple.

Top tips for making the most of Google Photos

The Google Photos tool has received a lot of recognition for its user-friendly design and intelligent search system, which lets you find anything by simply typing it.

This is one of our favourite tools. The app can recognise exactly what’s in your shots, so you’ll never have to scroll through years of photos to find something. You can search pretty much anything, and if you use location tagging, you can search by area, too.

Must read: 6 things you didn’t know about Google Photos.

Take your photos to the big screen

If you want to see all your photographs on the biggest screen in the house, all it takes is a Google Chromcast (follow the link to check out prices on our sister company's site, Currys PC World). The afforable dongle plugs into your TV's HDMI port, and links to your phone - letting you 'cast' your screen to the TV. It connects over Wi-Fi, and is perfect if you're looking to display a slideshow of your holiday photos to friends and family.

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