Picasa Tip: Import Pictures from a Droid Smartphone

DSCN1554I love my Droid, I now take the majority of my pictures with my Droid smartphone.  This article is about how to import them to your computer.  It’s a lot simpler than you might think.

Plug the Phone into the Computer via USB

The cable that came with your Droid phone for plugging in an electrical outlet, also doubles as a USB cable.  Simply detach the cord from the wall plug, and you’ll see that it’s a USB cable.  So, plug the large end into your computer’s USB port and plug the other end into your phone.  You should see a USB symbol usb at the top of the screen in the phone’s notification area.  If you drag that notification area down and touch ‘USB Connected’ and then ‘Turn on USB Storage’, now your phone should show up on your computer as a drive with a letter like F: or G: or higher.

At least this is how it works on my Droid phone.  I have the original Motorola Droid – now known as the Droid 1.  Your model may use some different words, but the procedure should be the same. (Tutorial Video: Importing Pictures from an Android Smartphone)

Your Phone becomes like any other USB drive or Camera Card

Whatever you normally see on your computer when you plug in a USB drive or a camera or camera card should now be showing up on your computer.  So, if your computer normally shows you the option to import pictures using Picasa – you can now do that with the pictures on your phone.

Be sure to specify what folder you want them imported to, and what to do with the pictures on the phone – just like importing from your other cameras. (Tutorial Video: Importing from Camera)


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Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

2 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Import Pictures from a Droid Smartphone”

  1. I enjoy reading your tips. However, I’ve recently begun using a different method of getting photos from my Droid to Picasa on my computer. I’ve signed up for a free Dropbox account, with 2GB of storage space, and gotten the Dropbox app from the Market Place. Now when I take photos with my HTC Thunderbolt I “send” them to my Dropbox account. Picasa reads the Dropbox directory just like any other directory on my computer.

    Here’s a link if you want to try Dropbox out: http://db.tt/1sAfEGX


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