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How To Easily Transfer Photos From Your Samsung Galaxy Europa To Your Computer

Updated on July 21, 2013

Easily Transfer Photos From Your Samsung Cell Phone To Your Computer

I always have my Samsung Galaxy Europa with me so whenever I need to take a photo I use my phoneâs camera. I am sure a digital camera would capture better resolution photos but my phone is more convenient. Taking pictures are great and even though I am not a Photographer I still love to capture enjoyable moments with family and friends. You can also capture essential pieces of information or items you want to add to your wish lists. Sending or transferring photos from your cell phone to your PC is safe and easy using the following methods:

  • Transferring photos via USB Data Cable
  • Transferring photos via MicroSD Card

Another option would be to use your Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection but I am only showing the step by step instructions for the methods mentioned above. My laptop runs Windows 7 but my instructions should work with Windows Vista and above.

(Photo taken by TammyWilliams09)

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List of Supplies

Here is a list of what you need to work with

The supplies that you will need are as follows:

  • Samsung Galaxy Europa (Samsung GT-i5500)
  • USB Charging Data Cable
  • MicroSD Card and SD Adapter
  • Desktop or Laptop Computer

I will explain in three steps how to send/capture photos from your phone to your computer. Choose Step 2A if you want to use your USB Data Cable or choose Step 2B if you want to use your MicroSD Card.

(Photo taken by TammyWilliams09)


Step 1: Capture Your Photos Using Your Camera Phone

I usually take photos of myself for my social media profiles, family and friends at social events, products I want to add to my wish list or a grocery list that I need to use for later. You decide what photos you want and just save them to your phone. Maybe you want photos of nature, your craft project, your garden tools, that big fish you caught while fishing or your favourite foods. The choice is yours so have plenty of fun capturing and saving your photos.

(Photo taken by TammyWilliams09)

My Samsung Galaxy Europa

The Samsung Galaxy Europa is also known as the Samsung GT-i5500. Here are the Pros and Cons based on my experience.


  • Small size fits easily into my pocket or handbag compartment
  • Buttons are easy to use and work well
  • Touchscreen is very responsive especially when I play mobile games
  • Camera takes great quality photos
  • Great security features
  • Access to thousands of apps on Google Play
  • Great screen resolution and music quality


  • USB Cable Cover is easy to break off
  • Small phone memory so I have to use the MicroSD card
  • Non-rooted version prevents certain apps from being moved to my MicroSD

USB Charging Data Cable
USB Charging Data Cable

Step 2A: Connect Your USB Cable

The USB Charging Cable can be used to send photos from your cell phone or mobile phone to your PC. Follow the steps below to connect your USB Data Cable to your Samsung GT-i5500 and to your PC.

  1. Connect the Micro USB end (smaller end) to the phone.
  2. Connect the USB end (larger end) to the PC.
  3. The phone will recognize the connection and prompt you to choose which USB Setting should be used.
  4. Select the "UMS Mode Only" option.
  5. Navigate to the "Computer" folder on your PC. You should see the Removable Disk icon. This indicates that your Samsung is correctly connected to the PC.

(Photo taken by TammyWilliams09)

USB Charging Data Cable

When I purchased my phone the USB Data Cable was included in the package. However, if you do not have the original cable then you can purchase it online. You can purchase the Samsung brand or any brand that uses a MicroUSB to USB. I used my Samsung supplied USB Data Cable and it still works after two years. Any MicroUSB to USB Data Cable should work fine if you choose not to buy a Samsung brand. These are usually cheaper than brand name accessories.

MicroSD Card and SD Adapter
MicroSD Card and SD Adapter

Step 2B: Insert your MicroSD Card into your Computer

The second option is to use your MicroSD card and a card adapter. My laptop already comes with an SD Card reader. If your laptop does not have this then you need to connect a card reader to your laptop.

Please follow the instructions carefully to avoid damaging your phone when you remove your card. Remember to check to ensure that the photos are on your MicroSD Card. You can use your My Files app or any other Folder viewing app to do this. Photos are stored in the "/DCIM/Camera" directory.

  1. Navigate to Settings on your phone
  2. Navigate to SC Card & Phone Storage and select "Unmount SD Card"
  3. The phone will prompt you to confirm. Select "OK".
  4. The Notifications area will display a message "SD card safe to remove".
  5. Turn off your phone
  6. Remove the back cover and battery and remove the card
  7. Insert your MicroSD Card into the SD Adapter
  8. Insert your SD Adapter into your portable card reader or directly into your laptop's card reader
  9. Navigate to the "Computer" folder on your PC. You should see the Removable Disk icon. This indicates that your Samsung is correctly connected to the PC.

(Photo taken by TammyWilliams09)

MicroSD Card and SD Adapter

I use a Kingston 4GB MicroSD Card. If you do not have a card then you can purchase one online. Storage size varies but popular ones range from 4GB to 32GB. I use the Kingston brand because it is very reliable and lasts for a long time. Purchase the MicroSD card and SD Adapter as a combo for easier use.

Images in your folder
Images in your folder

Step 3: Send/Transfer the Photos stored on your Phone to your PC

The last step is to transfer the photos to your PC by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Removable Disk icon shown in the "Computer" folder.
  2. Select the photos that you want to transfer to your PC.
  3. Drag and Drop the selected photos to your My Pictures folder or a sub-folder that you created.
  4. Navigate to the target folder to view the files. You should see your photos which mean that they were transferred successfully.

Congrats! Now you can easily transfer your photos to your PC whenever you want to. I hope you enjoyed my lens.

(Photo taken by TammyWilliams09)

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      tammywilliams09 4 years ago

      @Charlieee LM: Your welcome Charlieee.

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      @VladimirCat: Glad it worked for you Vladi.

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      Charlieee LM 4 years ago

      needed to know that, thanks :)

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      Vladimir 4 years ago from Australia

      I just stick the cable in and press 'upload'. Sorry, I told a lie. Someone else sticks the cable in the PC for me

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      Bigwas 4 years ago from Philippines

      this lens is about how to transfer photos from a Samsung phone to a computer but the author added some bonus by describing the features of the phone which is great.

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      LorLinda 4 years ago from Denver Colorado

      So much info, here a lot of great content very nicely done thank you.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      You explained it very well and it doesn't look hard to do.