Transfer files from the Galaxy Note 3 to the computer and vice versa

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So you just bought a new Samsung Galaxy Note3 and you are left confused as to how you can transfer files between your Laptop and your phone. Have you ever wondered how you can share media between your Laptop and your Note3?

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Thankfully, there are various ways to transfer your files to and from your new Samsung Galaxy Note3 and a Laptop or computer. Below is a discussion on how files can be transferred and moved between devices.

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How to Share Media Between Note3 and a Laptop

Files That can be Transferred from the Galaxy Note3

Before you start sharing media between your Note3 and your Laptop, it's important that you know what type of files you can move between these devices, because there are some files that may require you to install another application to view and play these files properly.

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    Documents. The document formats that can be moved include txt, pdf, pptx, ppt, xls, xlsx, docx and doc.
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    Audio Files. When dealing with music files; they must be in certain formats so you can move them from one device to the other. These include MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+, AMR-NB/WB, FLAC, & Vorbis.
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    Image Files. You can transfer image files from your Note3 to your Laptop, or vice versa, provided that these files follow the specified formats. Some of the formats you can transfer images from one device to another, include:
    .jpg, .bmp, .gif, and .png.
    
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    Video Files. Formats such as wmv, avi, flv, mp4 and others are compatible with both your Laptop and the Galaxy Note3.
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Transferring Files

Basically, there are six ways you can transfer and share media files between the Samsung Galaxy Note3 to a PC or a Laptop. The methods include:

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    Windows Media Player.
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    Connecting the Samsung Galaxy Note3 as a media device.
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    Using a card reader.
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    WiFi.
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    Installed applications created for this purpose.  
    1. Samsung Kies. In transferring files between your Note3 to your Laptop via Kies, you should have the latest version. If you don't have Kies on your device yet, this is what you need to do.
    2. Download the latest version of the Samsung Kies from the official Samsung site. ##Install the downloaded file onto your computer.
    3. Connect your Samsung Galaxy Note3 to your computer using the USB cable. (the one that came with your device is best, if this one is not available, make sure the cable is compatible.
    4. Once connected, your Laptop will automatically detect your device. If it doesn't, simply open Samsung Kies on your computer manually.
    5. Wait for the connection to be established. You'll know that the connection has been successfully established when the Kies shows your device name.
    6. After the device is successfully connected, simply choose the file that you wish to transfer - music files, contacts, video files, photos, story albums or podcasts. If you wish to transfer files from your Note to your Laptop, click on the desired files type that you can find right below the device name. Place a check mark on the box right beside the file, and then click the "Save" button.
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There are simple ways to share your media files between your Note3 and Laptop. Just take the time to go over the many resources you can find online. Although it may sound like a tedious task, once you get the hang of it, you'll be able to transfer your files seamlessly.

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Questions and Answers

My Note3 will not connect to my Macbook pro with USB cord.

It will not connect when I plug it into the USB ports. I have Android file transfer on my computer and it just keeps saying try disconnecting and reconnecting. I have the phone set as mtp under USB computer connection.

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If I have read your question correctly, you are doing everything properly that you should be doing. The only suggestion I have for you, is that your USB cable may be bad. Either try your cable on someone else's computer, or just try someone else's cable. This way you can narrow down if it's a USB port problem on your computer, or a cable problem.

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How to send contacts from Note3 to my laptop?

Help me. How can I do that? I have Dell touch Window8 laptop.

Copying contacts from a phone to a computer is always a bit confusing. This is because there are so many different devices and methods. Your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is no exception. In most cases, people use Samsung Kies to do this, but the new version of Samsung Kies doesn't have this feature. Fortunately, there is another great program you can use to get the same functionality.

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That program is known as "AirDroid". With it, you can wirelessly manage your contacts, share files between your PC and your Note3, manage SMS messages, and many more useful features. If you haven't used this program previously, read our article on How to Wirelessly Manage Your Android from a Web Browser with the AirDroid program for instructions on installing and using this program.

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Why can't I play my video smoothly after I transferred it to the laptop?

I used Galaxy Note3 to record a video, but, after transferring it to the laptop, I found the video doesn't play smoothly and stuck from time to time.

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When I attach my Note3 to a laptop using the USB cable, I can find my photo files but not video files.

When I attach my Note3 to a laptop using the USB cable, I can find my photo files but not video files. I want to transfer videos to my laptop.

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I want to know the best/user friendly way to get all of my pictures from my Note3 to my laptop.

I have used Android file transfer before but it was kind of confusing.

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How do I copy music from my library to my Samsung Note3?

How to copy music from Dell laptop to Samsung Note3/

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How do I open Note3 on laptop to access folders? I open the folder and it's blank, it's not letting me access all the folders?

I dropped my phone and my screen went black, I'm trying to connect my phone to open all the folders but it's not registering as a media device

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My Samsung 3 wants to upload to Dropbox which is full up... I have videos to upload as well?

My phone wants to upload photos to Dropbox... out of space so wanting to charge me.. . Drop box comes up not allowing me to choose where I want to save them.

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How do I transfer media files (specifically videos) from my Galaxy Note 3 to a desktop?

I've hooked up my Galaxy Note 3 to my desktop and proceeded with the prescribed steps to locate & transfer data with no problem. The issue is locating the files - the media is clearly on the phone but I can't find it listed in any of the obvious folders on the Desktop directory. Most commonly I'll be able to see most if not all the pictures I've taken, as well as pics or other media I've downloaded (the pictures and the downloaded media usually appear in different folders). But the videos rarely show up in either the phone or card directories and I can't figure out why / where to look for them. The videos showed up once when I set my phone to the camera connection (versus the media device connection), but now it doesn't seem to work on either setting. Most of the videos in question are mp4 files, some are Quicktime. Any suggestions you can provide will be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Mark. My problem is locating where some specific media files are being stored / listed in File Explorer, and I've never seen that addressed in the article or in other online help that I've researched. Typically the answer is to connect the devices and then transfer the files, but I literally cannot find the listing for the media files I'm looking for even though I know they are resident on the phone, so it's currently impossible to transfer something that I can't find listed. Thanks -. I have tried: I've tried switching back & forth between the Media Device (MTP) mode & the Camera (PTP) mode. That worked a couple of times, but it has ceased to work today. I think it was caused by: I have no idea. The media I'm looking for is clearly being stored on the phone / card, but it seems to be invisible to File Explorer for some reason, or it's hidden somewhere that I have not yet looked.

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