Android smartphones -- also known as "Droid" phones -- use internal USB storage or an external SD or microSD card that slots into the device for storing video, photos, music and other files. Connecting the phone to a computer with a USB cable mounts the smartphone's storage as an additional drive on the computer. This allows you to move your favourite media files and documents between the smartphone and computer with the same "drag and drop" technique you use when moving files between the different folders on your computer. After transferring your files, unmount the Android phone's internal USB storage from the computer and then turn off the device's storage setting from the touchscreen menu.
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Check that your Android smartphone is connected to the computer and mounted as a USB storage device. The phone's screen displays a USB icon when the device is connected to the computer with a USB cable and mounted correctly.
Wait for all file transfers to finish. Windows displays a file transfer window with a progress bar on your computer screen so that you can monitor the status of the transfer. This window closes automatically when the transfer is complete.
Click to select the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" button with the green check mark icon in the Windows desktop taskbar. Select "Eject [device name]" in the context menu. Disconnect the USB cable from the smartphone and the computer when Windows displays the "Safe to Remove Hardware" onscreen notification message.
Tap the "Menu" button on the smartphone's home screen, and then touch the "Notifications" tab to open the Notifications panel. Tap the "Turn off USB storage" option in the Notifications list, and then touch "Turn off USB storage" in the confirmation screen. If your Android smartphone uses an external SD or microSD card rather than internal USB storage, follow the next step to remove the card safely.
Press the "Home" button, and then select "Menu" followed by "Settings." Touch the "Storage" option in the Settings screen, and then tap "Unmount." You can now remove the card from the slot on the side or bottom of the smartphone.
Tips and warnings
- You can't access the Android smartphone's USB or SD card storage from the phone while it's mounted as a drive on your computer.
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