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How to upload photos for Samsung Galaxy SII, Gingerbread build… I hope.

I’ve been trying to find info for people using the Gingerbread build of Samsung Galaxy SII. Gingerbread is an older build and I’m not sure if the info below applies to it or not, but the post was written a year and a half ago so the timing seems right.

I have copy/pasted the info below directly from the post I found. To check out the entire thread, click on the following link.


[Note: to find out what your particular build is, tap Settings then go to About Phone. There you should find the model, version, build info etc for your phone.]


1. Re: uploading photos

rinthos Jan 7, 2012 8:27 PM (in response to jblast101)

Without knowing type of computer this can be tough, but generally speaking…

(I’m taking the content below from : http://androidforums.com/android-media/200379-how-do-i-upload-photos-samsung-galaxy-s-pc.html

saves me re-typing..one thing to note, I think it’s DCIM\100 not just DCIM).

Instructions: Step by Step

As almost ANY Digital camera would be…

the DCIM folder contains your photo’s taken from your phone..

Media folder would be any photo’s you placed yourself…

But Generally DCIM is your Main folder…

This is after you Set your Photo to Mass Storage.

Samsung Galaxy S Exact Instruction to Confirm and explain Below;

Plugging in Samsung Galaxy S:

Step 1. Settings > [Scroll to the Bottom] About Phone > USB Settings > Select “Mass Storage” [This should be the one with Green Dot, if it isnt, Select it] – Once this is done Exit to home screen (Press the back button until back to main screen with background – Not necessary but no point having it on setting screen)

Step 2. Plug in Device to Computer via USB Cable – XP / Vista / 7 works good – Mac Tiger or up Works good too

Step 3. Use the Top Status Bar and pull it down.

Step 4. Select the Status that mentions “USB Connected”

Step 5. A pop up window will show up. Press – MOUNT

Your Device SD is now mounted to PC and is acting as a Mass Storage Removable Disk.

My Computer > Removable Disk X (where X is the next letter available to name a drive)

There you’ll find your DCIM folder Plus other folders.

Drag / Copy / Move – Any files you need

Once Done Follow these Steps:

Removing / Unplugging Samsung Galaxy S:

Step 1a. Close the Removable Disk Folder and Make sure No Files is Transferring and/or make sure no program (including windows) is talking to the Removable drive.

Step 1b. You can Safely remove your Drive from your computer. But this step isn’t necessary.

Step 2. Open your Status Bar on your Phone on the top screen by pulling it down

Step 3. Click on Status bar “Turn off USB Storage”

Step 4. a Pop up will show up. Click “Turn Off” – This will Dismount your removable Drive from your computer.

Step 5. Unplug your USB cable.

You Are Done.


You have another Option. Download Samsung Kies. from Samsung Official Website.

Support for that program is offered by 1-800-SAMSUNG. Although I personally ill advise using that program unless you need to update your phone or back up Device Memory Contacts. That program has known issues and Samsung has taken it off there website numerous times to do “Patch updates” on it to prevent it from crashing.

Hope This Helps.

Finally, if having issues…start over (unplug from computer)..

In the settings go to Wireless and network. Tap to open, go to USB utilities, tap to open. USB mass storage comes up, tap on connect storage to pc. A message comes up, now connect your usb cable to your phone and computer. The little green android guy comes up. Tap the connect USB storage, the circle turns then the little green android turns orange and says USB storage in use. Auto Play will pop up on your PC screen. Click on open folder to view files. Double click DCIM, click on thumbnail. There are your pics, you can now move them to your computer. Good Luck


As you can see, the alternate method is pretty much the one I described in my original post. Hopefully, most people will be able to upload their pics using one method or the other.

Finally, if all else fails, beg, borrow or buy a new USB cable in case the one you have is faulty. 

As always, I’d love to know how you go.



How to use the USB cable to transfer photos from the Samsung Galaxy S II to Windows XP

I recently posted a very unhappy article about my Samsung Galaxy S II phone, and how I could not use the USB cable to upload photos from the phone to my pc. Well… now I know how to do it and I thought I’d share.  😀

Before I begin, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to the girl at Virgin Mobile who took my call, and walked me through the process with understanding and patience. It took a while so… thank you!

Now, the very first thing you have to do is make sure the Galaxy S II’s USB cord is NOT connected to your pc. If it is, none of the following steps, or screenshots will make any sense. More importantly, the process will not work because there is a strict sequence of events that must happen before you plug in the USB cable. I’m serious. UNPLUG IT!

Step 1. Turn on your Galaxy SII and swipe the screen to unlock it. [I did warn you this would be basic].

Step 2. Tap the ‘Applications’ icon on the main screen

Step 3. Inside the ‘Applications’ menu, tap the ‘Settings’ icon

Step 4. You should now be looking at the Settings menu. Right at the top there should be a category called ‘Wireless and Network’. I have circled it in yellow.

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For some reason known only to Samsung, the name of the category is in very small type and easy to miss.

Under ‘Wireless and Network’ you will see options starting with ‘Wi-Fi’, and ending with ‘More’.  I have circled this in red. Tap ‘More’.

Step 5. Under the  ‘More’ menu you will see a new set of options, including ‘USB utilities’. Tap ‘USB utilities’.

Step 6. Under ‘USB utilities’ you will see just one option – ‘USB mass storage’.

Beneath that you will see an icon telling you to ‘Connect Storage to pc’.

Tap the ‘Connect Storage to pc’ icon as shown below.

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Step 7. Finally, you will see ‘USB utilities – Connect USB cable to use mass storage’.

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At last you can CONNECT THE CABLE!!!!

Once you connect the USB cable from the phone to the pc,  you will hear your pc make a noise to alert you to the fact you have connected a new device.

On the phone, you will see a new screen.

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Step 8. Tap the ‘Turn on USB storage’ icon and then tap the ‘OK’ icon as shown below.

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Step 9. From this point onwards, you will have to follow the Windows Wizard to transfer the photos to the folder of your choice.  These should be fairly easy to follow, however if anyone needs help I can send you the screenshots by email.

Step 10. When you have finished transferring your photos, you will see the following screen on your phone.

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To unmount [or eject] your phone from the pc, look on the taskbar of your pc for the ‘Safely Remove Hardware’ icon [as shown in the following screenshot].

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Step 11. Right click the icon and follow the Windows prompts.

When you see the following Windows message you are ready to go back to the phone for the last step.

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Step 12. On your phone you can now tap the ‘Turn OFF USB storage’ icon as shown in the first graphic under Step 10. And finally, disconnect the USB cable.

Phew. We’re done. The whole process is a bit convoluted but once you get used to it it’s bearable. Just.



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