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This chapter is from the book

Managing Photos with Your Computer

When you connect your Android tablet to a computer, you can move pictures back and forth manually by using software such as Android File Transfer. If you have not yet installed Android File Transfer, follow the installation steps in the “Prologue.”

Manual Picture Management

This section covers moving pictures using the Android File Transfer app if you use a Mac or the media transfer functionality if you use Windows.

  1. Plug your tablet into your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Pull down the Notification Bar to reveal the USB Connected notification.
  3. Tap the Connected As a Media Device notification.

  4. Tap to check the box next to Media Device (MTP) if it is not already checked.

Moving Pictures (Mac OSX)

After your tablet is connected to your Mac, the Android File Transfer app automatically launches, so you can browse the files on your tablet as well as move or copy files between your Mac and your tablet.

  1. Browse to your tablet to locate the pictures.

  2. Save folders from your tablet to your Mac by dragging one or more pictures from your tablet to a folder on your Mac.
  3. Create a new photo album on your tablet by dragging one or more pictures, or a folder filled with pictures, on your Mac to the Pictures folder on your tablet.

Moving Pictures (Windows)

After your tablet is connected to your Windows computer and mounted, you can browse the tablet just like any other drive on your computer.

  1. Click if you want to import the pictures automatically.
  2. Click to open an Explorer view and see the files on your tablet.

  3. Save pictures from your tablet to your PC by dragging one or more pictures from your tablet to a folder on your PC.

  4. Create a new photo album on your tablet by dragging one or more pictures, or a folder filled with pictures, on your PC to the Pictures folder on your tablet.

Automatic Picture Management on a Mac

By setting your tablet to connect as a Camera, your Mac automatically opens iPhoto.

  1. Plug your tablet into your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Pull down the Notification Bar to reveal the USB Connected notification.
  3. Tap the Connected As a Media Device notification.

  4. Tap to check the box next to Camera (PTP), if it is not already checked.

  5. Your tablet appears in iPhoto under Devices so that you can import photos like you would with any other digital camera. In this example the tablet is a Nexus 7.

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