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Managing Photos with Your Computer

When you connect your Galaxy Nexus to a computer, you can move pictures back and forth manually. If you use an Apple Mac, you need some software called 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 are using a Mac or the media transfer functionality if you are using Windows.

  1. Plug your Galaxy Nexus into your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Pull down the System Bar to reveal the USB Connected notification.
  3. Touch the USB Connected notification.
  4. Touch to check the box next to Media device (MTP), if it is not already checked.

Moving Pictures (Mac OSX)

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

  1. Browse to your Galaxy Nexus to locate the pictures.
  2. Drag one or more pictures from your Galaxy Nexus to a folder on your Mac.
  3. Drag a folder filled with pictures on your Mac to the folder called Pictures on your Galaxy Nexus to create a new Photo Album.
  4. Drag one or more pictures from your Mac to the Pictures folder on your Galaxy Nexus.

Moving Pictures (Windows)

After your Galaxy Nexus is connected to your Windows computer and mounted, you can browse the Galaxy Nexus like any 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 Galaxy Nexus.
  3. Drag one or more pictures from your Galaxy Nexus to a folder on your PC.
  4. Drag a folder filled with pictures on your PC to the folder called Pictures on your Galaxy Nexus to create a new Photo Album.
  5. Drag one or more pictures from your PC to the Pictures folder on your Galaxy Nexus.

Automatic Picture Management on a Mac

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

  1. Plug your Galaxy Nexus into your computer using the supplied USB cable.
  2. Pull down the System Bar to reveal the USB Connected notification.
  3. Touch the USB Connected notification.
  4. Touch to check the box next to Camera (PTP), if it is not already checked.
  5. Your Galaxy Nexus appears in iPhoto under Devices so that you can import photos like you would with any other digital camera.

Synchronizing Pictures Using Your Google Cloud

You can synchronize pictures to your Galaxy Nexus from your computer without even connecting your phone to your computer. Just use your Google account’s built-in cloud service. All photo albums that you create in the cloud are automatically synchronized to your Galaxy Nexus.

  1. Click Photos after you log in to Google on your desktop computer.
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  2. Click to see all the photos that have been automatically uploaded from your Galaxy Nexus to your Google Photos cloud account. When they display on the screen, you can download those pictures to your computer.
  3. Click to manage your photo albums.
  4. Click an existing photo album to open it, and add more photos to it from your computer.
  5. Click to create a new photo album and add photos to it from your computer.
  6. Type a name for your new photo album.
  7. Click to browse your computer and choose photos to upload to the album.
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  8. Click to create the album.
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