How To Transfer Files Between Your Computer and Nexus 5

SONY DSCOne of the reasons why so many Apple iPhone users are trading in their smartphones in exchange for Android devices is because it eliminates the need for iTunes when transferring music and other files. iTunes is often confusing and difficult to use, especially for newcomers, but the Android operating system features a simple drag and drop system that’s compatible directly through Windows or Mac. This week, we’re going to show you just how easy it is to transfer files between a computer and the Nexus 5 smartphone.

Windows Computers

To transfer files between a Windows computer and the Nexus 5, connect your device to the computer using a USB cable. Some users may notice a screen prompt asking them to choose a USB connection for the device. If you notice this screen, choose Media device (MTP).

Using the file transfer window, you can simply drag and drop files to and from your Nexus 5 — just like any other external storage device. If you have photos on your device that you wish to transfer to your Windows computer, select them and either drag, cut, or copy them to your computer. Sorry if you were expecting more, but that’s all it takes to transfer files between a Windows computer and the Nexus 5!

Mac Computer

To transfer files between a Mac computer and the Nexus 5, you must first download and install Android File Transfer (it’s free). Once installed, open Android File Transfer and connect your Nexus 5 to your Mac via the USB cable. Again, choose Media device (MTP) if you receive the prompt on your screen.

Transferring files between a Mac and Nexus 5 is exactly the same as previously mentioned, with the only exception being the required Android File Transfer program. With Android File Transfer open, you can drag and drop files from your Nexus 5 to your Mac or vise-versa.

Troubleshooting Transfer Problems

If you followed the steps mentioned above and can’t still can’t seem to transfer files, try using a different USB cable. Plug the USB cable into a camera or some other external device to see if it works. If the cable works on a different device but not your Nexus 5, the problem could be software related. In this case, check to make sure your Nexus 5 is running the latest version of Android (current version is 4.4.4). As a last ditch measure, you can contact Google or LG’s customer support for assistance.

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