How to Transfer Photos from Your Digital Camera to Computer For Dummies



How to Transfer Images from a Digital Camera to a Computer

Steps

Transferring using camera software

  1. Run the software that came with your camera.Pop the CD into your computer and go through the setup steps. If you bought the camera used, or for one reason or another, just don't seem to have the CD, you can probably find one on eBay. You might even be able to find it available for download on the camera manufacturer’s website.
  2. Connect the camera to the computer.Most of the time, you'll hear a sound or something will pop-up if the camera is connected properly and working.
  3. Sync the camera to the computer and transfer the pictures.With most camera software, as soon as you connect the camera to the computer, something will pop up asking if you would like to sync the pictures to the computer. After that it's pretty self-explanatory. If nothing pops up or it was never supposed to pop up in the first place, find and open the camera software.
  4. Delete pictures from camera’s memory.Now that the pictures should be safely on your hard drive, the software should have an option for you to delete the files on the camera.

Transferring using the operating system software

  • If the manufacturer does not force you to use their software, many operating systems (MacOS, Windows and all recent Linux distributions) will detect the camera and mount it for you (like a flash drive).
  1. If the camera has a USB connection, just connect it to computer.If your computer has a memory card reader, it is even more convenient to plug the memory card in directly.
  2. Open the camera folder, find the picture files, and copy them to your desired location.
  3. Remove the files from the camera’s memory.After you are sure the files are safely on your computer’s hard drive, delete the originals on your memory card.
    • Some cameras allow you to transfer files but do not support writing changes to the memory card (i.e. deleting). In this case you may need to clean the card using the camera controls (most cameras have a button or a sequence of buttons to clear the card).

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  • Question
    How do I make a file folder on my computer to put the pictures into?
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    Community Answer
    Go to your desktop and right click on a open space. Select "New Folder." You can then name the folder and drag the photos from your camera into it.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    How do I transfer pictures from an iPad to a computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Unplug the iPad charging cord from the wall plug, which should leave you with a USB end. This can then be plugged into the computer, with the other side being plugged into the iPad. Once they are connected, a pop-up should be displayed on the computer which should allow you to transfer images from one to the other.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    I have a Samsung 350 and an HP 8 computer -- I cannot transfer my photos to the computer. Why might this be?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You have to upload your files to a cloud account and then download from there. You cannot link them because you camera does not have a PC operating system to connect to. Bluetooth would work if they both support it, but it's easier to just connect them with a USB cable. Gmail gives you a free cloud account -- just use that if you'd like.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    My memory chip says I need to download the company's software. How can I download it?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Google "download software + your camera make & model #." It can usually be found for free from a reputable site, like softonic.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What do I do if my camera shows "busy" when I am trying to transfer images to my computer?
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    Community Answer
    Try shutting the camera off first, then try shutting down the computer. After you've rebooted them, try the transfer again. If the camera still shows "busy," it could just be that there are too many files to convert/transfer at one time. If that is the case, you could try transferring one file at a time until you have them all done. You may even have to reboot both systems after each transfer.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Why do I have to format my memory card reader when doing this?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You have to do this because some cameras only accept certain types of formats (usually FAT32 or EXFAT). I suggest taking any files you want from you card off of said card as formatting erases all data.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Where do I connect the cable to my camera?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It depends on the camera as the port location will vary. I suggest looking through your camera's instruction manual to figure out the placement of the port.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    Where do I connect the digital camera to my computer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You will need to connect the camera via a USB cord to your computer (same connection as most modern mice or keyboards). Just make sure that the small end of a USB cord fits into your camera as there are different types of USB cords.
    Thanks!
  • Question
    What if my tablet has no CD drive?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can buy an external CD drive that plugs into the side of your tablet using a USB connection. You can get a good one for about Cdn at Best Buy.
    Thanks!
Unanswered Questions
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  • If you use a Mac you will not need to install the camera software. Simply plug in the camera, and use iPhoto to manage your pictures if you want. The iPhoto program starts up automatically. All you have to do is push the blue button in the bottom right corner of the window.
  • Under the recent distribution of Linux (SuSe, Fedora and so on) the best is to have a USB card reader connected to the computer. The system is usually able to detect and mount the inserted card and either show the folder icon on the desktop or in the file explorer. All you need to do is move the contents where you want, and you can use the Windows software CD that came with the camera to decorate your lamp instead.
  • Another option is to buy a Memory Card Reader. They will go by the name "6 in One, 12 in one, USB Reader Writer or Flash Memory Card Reader Writer.” They allow memory sticks and cards to be recognized by your computer. On Windows XP, you just plug it in and find it as another drive on My Computer.
  • If you have Windows XP, usually all you have to do is plug your camera in and when Windows asks you what you want to do, choose Transfer Images To Computer or Run Camera Wizard. This makes it much easier to transfer images and movies from your camera.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Computer
  • Connecting cord
  • Camera software (for the proper camera, this should be optional)

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