Transfer Files from Samsung Galaxy S4 to PC and Vice Versa

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There will be times where you will need to move files from your Samsung Galaxy S4 to your PC or from your PC to your Samsung Galaxy S4. Most common reasons are because of uploading pictures and files to the internet using the PC (when Samsung Galaxy S4 has no internet connection), backing up files from your Samsung Galaxy S4, copying movies and audio from PC to phone or vice versa and others.

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Supported Formats

Depending on the versions of both devices, and the applications installed on them, some applications may nor may not be supported by one or both of the devices. The following file types are normally supported by both devices.

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    Music files on the following formats
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    mp3, m4a, mp4, 3gp, 3ga, wma, ogg, oga, aac, and flac
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    Image files on the following formats
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    bmp, gif, jpg, and png
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    Video files on the following formats
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    3gp, mp4, avi, wmv, flv, and mkv
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    Document files on the following formats
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    doc, docx, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, pdf, and txt
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Points to take note

  • Some unsupported formats may be opened by a device by downloading an application that enables the device to properly recognize the file. For example, other video formats may be supported on your Samsung Galaxy S4 by downloading MX Player and QQ Player.
  • Even if a file is unsupported, it may still be transferred from one device to another.
  • File transfer duration is directly proportional to the file size, larger files will take longer time to transfer than the smaller files.
  • USB port version will also affect transfer rate as newer USB versions have a faster transfer rates than the older ones.

Transfer Files Using Samsung Kies

Samsung Kies is a computer application that allows you to manage, transfer, update and sync media libraries, contacts, calendars to any supported Samsung device. You may download the latest Samsung Kies from the official Samsung website.

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    Download Samsung Kies.
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    Install the application upon completion of download.
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    Connect your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the USB port of the computer via USB cable.
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    Wait for Samsung Kies to automaticaly launch
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    If it does not open automatically, manually launch the program by double clicking the Samsung Kies icon on your computer.
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    You can now transfer files from and to your computer.
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Connect with Windows Media Player

You can also sync your Samsung Galaxy S4 with the Windows Multi-Media Player to sync music files from and to your phone.

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    Make sure that Windows Media Player is installed on your computer.
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    If there is no installed Windows Media Player yet, download the file from Microsoft's offical website.
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    Connect your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the USB port of the computer via USB cable.
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    Wait for your PC to detect your phone.
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    Open Windows Media Player and start syncing the music files.
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Connect to the Computer as a Media Device

You can use your phone as a media device or a storage device to transfer files from your Samsung Galaxy S4 to your PC and vice versa. Follow the steps below to do it:

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    Connect your Samsung Galaxy S4 to the USB port of the computer via USB cable.
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    Wait for your PC to detect your phone.
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    Drag the notifications panel down to open it.
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    Tap on Connected as a media device → Media device (MTP).
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    Older computer does not support Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), if it is not supported or you do not have the appropriate drivers installed, Tap Camera (PTP)
    .
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    Go to My Computer.
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    Look for the Camera PTP or Media PTP icon in the usual place where you find the icon for the USB storage devices connected to your PC.
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    Camera PTP or Media PTP acts like a normal USB storage device so you can transfer files between your Samsung Galaxy S4 and the computer.
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Connect Using Airdroid

You can transfer files between your computer and your Samsung Galaxy S4 wirelessly by using an application called Airdroid. Airdroid allows you to wirelessly transfer files between your two devices by using the Wi-Fi network.

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    Download and install Airdroid on your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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    After installation, open the application.
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    Once opened, the application will show the IP address for connection.
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    Go to you computer's web browser and type the address in the format
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    192.168.1.2.3:8888
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    If an authentication code is required, enter the authentication code shown on the phone.
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    You will be taken to the phone's interface on your computer's web browser.
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    Go to the gallery folder and trasfer desired files between the two devices.
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Points to note

  • If your PC will not detect the phone, try to use another USB port or check the USB cable if it is functioning well.
  • Make sure to perform a safety removal procedure before pulling out your phone from your computer.
  • Make sure that your computer and your phone is free from viruses in order not to spread any unwanted file between both devices.
  • Do not remove the phone from your PC while transfer is on going as it may corrupt files on both devices.
  • Other applications may be used in doing the file transfer. Notable applications include June Fabric's PDANet (USB transfer).

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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