How to connect a PC to a phone (with pictures)

How to connect a PC to a phone (with pictures)
How to connect a PC to a phone (with pictures)
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You can connect your phone to your computer to back up your files or transfer content between the 2 devices. Most phones can be connected using the supplied USB cable and in some cases it is possible to use Bluetooth.

Steps

Method 1 of 2: Use a USB cable

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 1

Step 1. Take the USB cable from your phone

This is the cable you usually use to charge it.

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 2

Step 2. Make sure your phone and computer are turned on

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 3

Step 3. Insert the cable into the phone

The small end of the cable fits into the phone's charging port which is usually on its bottom.

On some older phone models, the charging port is on the side. If you can't find it, check the user manual

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 4

Step 4. Insert the other end of the cable into the computer

The USB end of the cable should fit into one of the rectangular ports on the side (in the case of a laptop) or on the system unit (in the case of a laptop). USB ports are identified by a 3-prong fork symbol, but you might also see a lightning bolt symbol instead.

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 5

Step 5. Wait for the computer to recognize your phone

After a few seconds, you should see a pop-up asking what you want to do with your device.

  • You can also open My PC and double click on your phone icon under the heading Peripherals and drives.
Connect a PC to a Phone Step 6

Step 6. Review the available options

You will see various options appear on the screen.

  • Transfer your content to your PC, tablet or phone to sync files on your phone with your computer.
  • Import images and videos to save your gallery files to your computer.
  • Open mobile device to view files to view photos and videos on your device (similar to a USB flash drive).
  • Do nothing to ignore the device (if you select this option, your computer will just charge your phone).
Connect a PC to a Phone Step 7

Step 7. Select the option you want to use

Your phone has been connected with your computer!

Method 2 of 2: Use Bluetooth

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 8

Step 1. Click on the action center icon

It's the square icon at the bottom right of the screen.

You can also press the ⊞ Win and A keys to open the action center

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 9

Step 2. Select the Bluetooth option

The option Bluetooth is to the right of VPN. Click on it to activate your computer's Bluetooth.

If Bluetooth is already on, skip this step

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 10

Step 3. Right click on Bluetooth

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Step 4. Click Go to settings

Your computer is now in discoverable mode.

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Step 5. Now go to the phone

You need to make sure that your phone's bluetooth is also turned on.

Connect a PC to a Phone Step 13

Step 6. Open the Settings app

Bluetooth activation varies from phone to phone, but usually the Bluetooth switch is in the app. Settings.

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Step 7. Activate Bluetooth on your phone

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Step 8. Wait for the phone to connect

If this is the first time you have turned on Bluetooth on your computer, Windows 10 will ask for your phone number and send you a message with a verification code that you will need to enter before pairing.

  • In the computer's Bluetooth menu, you will see your phone listed as “Paired” or “Connected”.
  • If it doesn't work after a few seconds, click the On switch under the heading Bluetooth then click on it a second time.
Connect a PC to a Phone Step 16

Step 9. Exit the Bluetooth menu

Your phone is now connected via Bluetooth to your computer. Depending on your phone model, you may be able to do different things, such as syncing your files to play music on your computer.

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