How to Get Pictures From the Computer to DSi

The Nintendo DSi handheld game console includes two on-board cameras you can use to snap photos, just as you would with any digital camera. The device stores photo files on an SD card, which you can connect to any PC with a SD card reader. This allows you to exchange photos with other DSi users, or to transfer photos from a PC to your console. Copying photos from your PC to DSi is a relatively simple process that only takes a few minutes.

Remove the SD card from the Nintendo DSi handheld console.

Insert the SD card into the card reader of the PC. Wait for Windows to initialise the card and configure it for use on your PC.

Click "Start" and then "Computer." Browse to the folder that contains the photos you want to copy to the Nintendo DSi.

Highlight the files you want to transfer to the DSi. Right-click one of the highlighted file names; then click "Copy" on the pop-up menu.

Browse to the drive for the SD card in "Computer." Double-click the drive icon to open the device and view its contents. Double-click the "Photos" folder.

Right-click inside the "Photos" folder window; then click "Paste" on the pop-up menu. Wait while Windows copies the photos to the SD card. Remove the SD card from the card reader.

Reinsert the SD card in the Nintendo DSi. Use the photo browser on the DSi to view the images you copied from the PC.


The photos must be in a DSi compatible "JPEG" format before you can view them on the screen. The DSi viewer cannot display image files in any other format.


While the DSi can display JPEG files copied from your PC, you cannot edit or morph the copied photos on the handheld. If you want to edit or morph photos on the DSi, you must shoot them with its built-in camera.

Things You'll Need

  • Nintendo SDi compatible SD Card
  • PC with SD Card reader
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Jeff Grundy has been writing computer-related articles and tutorials since 1995. Since that time, Grundy has written many guides to using various applications that are published on numerous how-to and tutorial sites. Born and raised in South Georgia, Grundy holds a Master of Science degree in mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology.