How to Import Photos from Your Phone to Windows 11

Importing photos from your phone to your Windows 11 PC allows you to back up your memories, edit images on a larger screen, and free up space on your phone. This guide will walk you through the steps to import photos using various methods, including USB cable, Bluetooth, and cloud services.


With the advancement of mobile photography, our phones often become the primary device for capturing photos. Importing these photos to your Windows 11 PC not only helps in managing storage but also provides a more convenient platform for viewing, editing, and sharing your pictures. Follow this guide to learn how to transfer photos from your phone to Windows 11 using different methods.

Method 1: Using a USB Cable

Step 1: Connect Your Phone to the PC

  1. Use a USB cable to connect your phone to your Windows 11 PC.
  2. Unlock your phone and, if prompted, select File Transfer or MTP mode from the USB options on your phone.

Step 2: Open File Explorer

  1. Click on the File Explorer icon (folder icon) on the taskbar. Alternatively, press Win + E on your keyboard to open File Explorer.
  2. In File Explorer, you should see your phone listed under This PC or Devices and drives.

Step 3: Locate and Copy Photos

  1. Click on your phone to access its internal storage or SD card.
  2. Navigate to the folder containing your photos (commonly DCIM > Camera).
  3. Select the photos you want to import, right-click, and choose Copy.

Step 4: Paste Photos to Your PC

  1. Navigate to the folder on your PC where you want to save the photos.
  2. Right-click in the folder and choose Paste to transfer the photos from your phone to your PC.

Method 2: Using the Photos App

Step 1: Open the Photos App

  1. Click on the Start menu (Windows icon) at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
  2. Type "Photos" in the search bar and click on the Photos app to open it.

Step 2: Import Photos

  1. In the Photos app, click on Import in the top-right corner.
  2. Select From a connected device.
  3. The Photos app will search for connected devices. Select your phone from the list.
  4. Choose the photos you want to import and click Import Selected.

Method 3: Using Bluetooth

Step 1: Pair Your Phone with Your PC

  1. Enable Bluetooth on your phone and PC.
  2. On your PC, go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices.
  3. Click on Add device and select Bluetooth.
  4. Select your phone from the list and follow the on-screen instructions to pair the devices.

Step 2: Send Photos via Bluetooth

  1. On your phone, select the photos you want to transfer.
  2. Choose the Share option and select Bluetooth.
  3. Select your PC from the list of available devices.
  4. Accept the file transfer on your PC.

Method 4: Using Cloud Services (OneDrive, Google Photos)

Step 1: Upload Photos to the Cloud

  1. Install and open the cloud storage app on your phone (e.g., OneDrive, Google Photos).
  2. Sign in with your account.
  3. Upload the photos you want to transfer to your cloud storage.

Step 2: Access Photos on Your PC

  1. On your PC, open a web browser and go to the website of your cloud storage service (e.g.,,
  2. Sign in with the same account used on your phone.
  3. Navigate to the folder containing your photos.
  4. Download the photos to your PC.

Additional Tips

  • Automatic Sync: Enable automatic photo backup on your cloud service app to keep your photos synced across devices.
  • Storage Management: Regularly transfer photos to your PC to free up space on your phone and organize your photo library.
  • Photo Management Apps: Use photo management apps on your PC, such as the Windows Photos app, to organize, edit, and share your photos.


You have successfully learned how to import photos from your phone to Windows 11 using various methods. Whether you prefer using a USB cable, Bluetooth, or cloud services, these options provide flexibility and convenience for transferring your photos. Regularly importing and backing up your photos ensures that your memories are safely stored and easily accessible.