Can I move pictures from a cell phone to an Ubuntu PC?

Molly Ann April 20, 2015
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Can I download my pictures from my cell phone to my computer?

I am using a Dell computer, with Ubuntu Studio, on my PC. My cell phone is a Samsung Galaxy S3, with Android. I have never worked with either before. I have only used the iPhone 3G and Windows Explorer, and therefore can’t figure out how to download one to the other.

I have tried so many ways of trying to solve this problem. I should have written everything down but didn’t of course. Also, I explored the Internet. On YouTube there are some instructions, but I must have a different version than what was shown. Also, I downloaded a program that allows certain programs to be downloaded to my PC, or to Linux based software but it pertained to videos. Was I on the right track?

The error messages that come up, say that I have input the wrong information into the terminal.

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  1. Anderty
    May 23, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Your meant that you want to transfer pictures to computer from your phone, i usually do is to backup them on computer , it doesn't matter whether you do it for backup them , as long as you are going to switch Android to computer , you have to carefully
    How to transfer messages to computer

  2. dean tiernan
    November 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Great to see all these Ubuntu answers. How about phone - cable - ubuntu?

  3. maven2k
    May 22, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    If you have an Android phone, then Google Drive is a better answer, in my opinion. Google app on a Google phone is easy as pie. Not to mention the awesome word processor and document scanner functionality, among other things, that come along with Drive.

    • Ted
      February 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm

      What a terrible answer. It's like you didn't read the question at all. The question was to transfer phone to Ubuntu, not someplace else.
      MAYBE THE DATA DRAIN ON his/her CELL PLAN IS TOO MUCH or one of 100 other reasons, but please. Just help and if you cannot help STFU.

      • Chris
        May 11, 2017 at 5:43 pm

        I loathe the so-called "gurus" you get on technical forums Ted. Their only interest is to increase their score of replies made. The spend 10 seconds reading the message, then cobble together some irrelevant response based on one word they recognise.

      • arv
        May 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm

        Troll response who's only purpose seems to be putting someone else down for their attempt to help.
        This response should be removed by the moderators because it is argumentative and does not add anything to the answers.

  4. VivianP
    May 12, 2015 at 8:07 am

    You can also use phone transfer app to manager Samsung data on your computer.

  5. vane joy
    April 22, 2015 at 11:53 am

    You can easily migrate your files to your respective Ubuntu pc with the help of wi-fi . Just need to perform following steps mention below
    Install airdroid on you cell phone Phone. Now open your wi-fi hotspot on you cell phone and open airdroid app. Now connect your Ubuntu pc and connect to the wi-fi hotspot, open any browser in your pc and type the url provided by the airdroid app there. Now it will ask your permission, click to connect done. This gonna work for every Linux distro.

  6. Oron J
    April 21, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I'd go with the Dropbox method Ben suggests. It's very simple, and works in the background (in WiFi or even 3G) without the need to explicitly do anything on the PC.

  7. Ben S
    April 20, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    There are a few ways to do this, even without cables.

    One simple way is to install Dropbox on your phone and then access the pictures from the Web. If you like, here's the link for the Ubuntu desktop program:

    And for Android:

    After you install it on both systems, simply sign into your account (or make one if you haven't already) and you can start uploading all your pics on your phone. They'll be waiting for you on your desktop!

    Let me know if you need more help with this.

  8. ha14
    April 20, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Bittorent sync

    Syncbox: Sync Files Between Your PC, Mac, Ubuntu Machine, Android Phone & iOS device


    Dukto R6

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