How to Import Pictures from a Cell Phone to a Laptop

There are different ways to import pictures from a cell phone to a laptop, none of which are difficult. You'll need a USB cable to import pictures from your cell phone to your Microsoft Windows powered laptop. Here's what to do:

  1. Turn on your phone and your laptop.
  2. Connect the small end of the USB cable to your phone.
  3. Connect the standard end of the USB cable to your laptop's USB port.
  4. Follow the instructions in the program that pops up to set up the driver. Some cell phones come with drivers that install automatically when you plug your phone into your laptop. This is the software that's used to import your pictures [source: Sony Ericsson]. An AutoPlay window will pop up if your phone doesn't have a driver that installs automatically when connected to a laptop. Choose the option that allows you to view files with Windows Explorer [source: Microsoft]. Windows Explorer will open up, allowing you to view the files saved on your phone.
  5. Copy the pictures you want to import and Paste them in the folder of your choice on your laptop [source: Sony Ericsson].

You can also import pictures from a cell phone to your laptop via e-mail or your phone's multimedia messaging system (MMS) [source: T-Mobile]. Here's what to do:

  1. Create a new message in your cell phone.
  2. Attach or Insert the picture you want to import to your laptop [source: BlackBerry].
  3. Type your own e-mail address in the To or Address bar [source: Verizon].
  4. Connect to your e-mail inbox from your laptop and open the email you just sent yourself.
  5. Save the picture attachment on your laptop.

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