Ask Mr. Modem: Move Photos From Smartphone To PC

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Q. Can you recommend a simple program to move pictures from my Android phone to my Windows 7 computer?

A. You really don’t need a program or an app to do that. Connect your smartphone to your computer using the USB sync cable that came with your phone or is available for purchase. When the USB icon appears in the Notification area of your phone, drag the Notifications bar down, then tap it. Next, tap USB Connected > Mount.

On your computer, click Start > Computer or My Computer. The micro-SD card in your phone will be recognized and listed as a Removable Disk. Double-click its icon to open it. Double-click the DCIM folder > DCIM > Camera. (DCIM stands for Digital Camera IMages.) From this location you can copy all pictures and videos taken with your Android phone to any folder on your computer. To disconnect the Android phone, go to the Notifications area and tap the USB icon.

Q. I’m tempted to try a free junkware removal tool that I got an email about. What’s your take on these types of programs?

A. There is nothing inherently wrong with programs of this type, but philosophically, I don’t use them. My feeling is that unless a system is experiencing a problem that I am attempting to resolve, what’s the point? In other words, if everything is working well, you’re not going to make it run “weller” by throwing more software at it. And every additional piece of software carries the risk of potential conflicts, not to mention the underlying concept of “free.” With virtually any “free” program, there is always a price to be paid. I would also steer clear of any offer that appears out of the blue. You can call that type of email anything you want, but it’s still spam.

I’m very much an advocate of the old “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy. I have 11 systems here running all versions of Windows, Mac and Linux and they run happy as clams – if clams are truly happy – and never give me any problems. The computers, not the clams. Clams are nothing but trouble.

So that’s my take on it, but you’re the boss when it comes to your computer. If you asked me if I would install it on any of my systems, the answer would be “Absolutely not.” When it comes to unsolicited, free programs of that ilk, just remember the old axiom, “Beware of geeks bearing gifts.”

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