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How do I transfer photos from my micro SD memory card to my computer?

Updated April 17, 2017

MicroSD cards are very popular storage devices. They are, as their name implies, micro versions of the actual SD cards. MicroSD cards are used in electronics where space is at a premium; they are roughly as wide as your thumbnail and as thick as a plastic credit card. They use flash memory, which is also known as solid state memory, to store data.

Insert the microSD memory card into the microSD port in the card reader on your computer. If you do not have a card reader, insert the card into the port of the device that uses microSD cards. Next, connect the device to the computer with a USB cable. Make sure your computer is turned on for this step.

Go to the Start menu and click on the "My Computer" menu option. The microSD card should appear in the window at this point. Double-click the micro-SD card to access all of the files stored on it.

Click the "View" button in the window, which is an icon that looks like a miniature window with pictures on it. Click on the link in the resources for a picture. Select the "Details" option in the "View" window. Then, in the microSD card, click on the tab called "Type" to sort all of the file types so they are grouped together.

Hold the "Ctrl" key on your keyboard and click on all of the image files, one by one. You can also highlight them by clicking once on the screen and holding the mouse button as you move your mouse over the image files. Once you highlight all of the image files, right-click them and select "Copy." If you want to move them to the computer without leaving them in the microSD card, select "Cut" instead of copy.

Go to "My Pictures," which is a folder located in "My Documents," and press "Ctrl + V" to copy all of the images from the card to the folder. The image transfer should not take very long because microSD cards usually don't hold a very large amount of data.

Things You'll Need

  • Device that uses a microSD card and can connect to a computer via USB cable
  • Card reader (not necessary if you have the above device)
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Ryan Casima is a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology and is going to major in bioengineering. He has been featured on various websites as a cardio-fitness expert. Casima has studied human anatomy, body function and medicine in general since 2009.