Copy content between your phone and computer

Nokia Lumia: Transfer your files

Copy photos, videos, and other content created by you between your phone and computer.

Tip: If your computer is a Mac, install the Windows Phone app from the Mac App Store.

If you want to transfer your photos to a Mac, it is recommended that you use the Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac app, which you can download from www.nokia.com.

  1. Connect your phone to a compatible computer with a compatible USB cable.
  2. On your computer, open a file manager, such as Windows Explorer or Finder, and browse to your phone.

    Tip: Your phone is shown under portable devices as Windows Phone. To see the folders of your phone, double-click the name of the phone. There are separate folders for documents, downloads, music, pictures, ringtones, and videos.

  3. Drag and drop items from your phone to the computer, or from your computer to the phone.

    Make sure you put the files in the right folders on your phone.

    Tip: If your computer's operating system is Windows 7, Windows 8, or later, you can also use the Windows Phone app. Windows 8 and later operating systems install the app automatically when you connect your phone to your computer. With Windows 7, you can download it from www.windowsphone.com.

    For info on which app works with which computer, see the following table:

    Windows Phone app

    Windows Phone app for desktop

    Windows Phone app for Mac

    Nokia Photo Transfer for Mac app (photos and videos only)

    Windows Explorer

    Windows 8 and later

    x

    x

    x

    Windows 8 RT

    x

    x

    Windows 7

    x

    x

    Windows Vista/XP

    x

    Mac

    x

    x