What are the best resources for transferring photos from phone to computer?

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    #1Google Photos

    Google Photos

    Google Photos is an application that lets users save, classify, edit, and sync all of their photos and videos using Google Drive and the rest of Google's services. Users can access their smartphone's contents on their PC and vice-versa. 

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Vincent Gonzalez
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Google Photos is pretty convenient way to sink images from your phone and your computer. This is perfect if you are working on a project or what to edit images from your PC and don't want to have to plug in your phone or fiddle with SD cards. "
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    #2Google Drive

    Google Drive

    Google Drive is a file storage and synchronization service created by Google. It allows you to have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, computer, and other devices.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome

    Free

    Harold Ramos
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "google drive has been my main method for the past 3 years for transferring photos on my computer and my mobile phone.it is the best and fastest way to transfer pictures from one device to another"
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    #3Dropbox Photos

    Dropbox Photos
    The famous storage cloud service has an excellent way to organize your photos. You only need a free account to start using it as a repository for all your digital images.
    Websites

    Free

    Peter Schultz
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "Dropbox has one of the best reputation around for data storage and back ups in the cloud and on devices. You probably have drop box already, all you need to do is start dropping your photos onto the dropbox folder on your device or computer. It will get backed up immediately. "

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    #4iCloud

    iCloud
    iCloud makes sure you always have the latest versions of your most important things on all your devices.
    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Kimberly Foster
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "This is not the best solution to the topic only because this is for strictly apple users. It is also not transferring anything from a phone to the computer it would be putting things on icloud. You can access them from a computer if you are an apple user but based on the topic it is not the best solution. "
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    #5Apple Mail

    Apple Mail
    Mail (also known as Apple Mail or Mail.app) is an email client included with the operating systems MacOS, iOS and watchOS by Apple Inc.
    Software

    Web

    Free

    Keith Wells
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "While my colleagues work on Windows and prefer Outlook, I usually have no problems collaborating on my Mac. And I have the feeling that it is less heavy than Outlook, which tries to be everything and even more. I especially like the lighting fast searching throughout all my mailboxes (thanks to spotlight indexing)."
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    #6AirDrop

    AirDrop

    AirDrop is an Apple service that lets you share videos, photos, locations and more to a nearby iOS device. 

    Software

    Mac

    Free

    Laura Roberts
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "AirDrop, like all Apple programs, works seamlessly with your Apple devices. I have been able to send what photos I need to to myself and others with no issues; It is fast and reliable; and like everything Apple it just always works. Once you use AirDrop you will never go back to the old way of transferring photos. "
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    #7iTunes

    iTunes

    iTunes by Apple Inc. is a media player and a library, as well as an internet radio broadcaster, file manager, and a store where users can browse and buy different types of apps and entertainment products like movies and songs.

    Websites

    Free

    Andy Yan
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I always thought iTunes was a pain to deal with on Windows (and it may be), but after transitioning to the Apple world (defecting to the iPhone after years as an Android user and buying a new Macbook), I see where iTunes shines. Its integration in the Apple world is what it's meant for, I suppose, and being able to seamlessly sync even things like photos is something I never even knew iTunes did before."
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    #8Dropbox

    Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service for personal or business use, available on computers and mobile devices. Easily store all your data in a safe and secure location that sync across all your devices or can be shared with friends or co-workers for collaborative work.

    Apps

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    Varies by plan

    Anthony Williamson
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "I'm really digging Dropbox. I love the way it seamlessly links with Windows Explorer. Easy to set up, organize and share with others. It's a quick and easy solution for phone to computer transfers. "
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    #9AnyTrans

    AnyTrans

    AnyTrans is an ultimate iPhone manager that converges entire apple products and consolidates every access to all your content in one place, including music, videos, photos, messages, and more. No matter the content is from your iPhone, iTunes, even from iCloud. It gives efficient & minimalist control and absolute freedom over all your iOS data and files.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    $39.99- $59.99

    Sheldon John
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "This program works very well transferring my photos. The best data transfer tool I have ever seen.Actually besides photos, I found it also transfers another files such as music and videos. So, I sometimes also use it as a backup tool for some of my important data. 5 Stars for the developer!"
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    #10Mylio

    Mylio
    These days our photos are like pieces in a puzzle, scattered across different devices and places. This app acts as a photo organizer that puts the pieces back together again making a complete picture. It then makes that picture available across all of your devices.
    Websites

    Free- varies by plan

    Austin Long
    Written on September 28, 2017
    "If you’ve ever desired to enjoy managing all your photos and videos in one program that is easily accessible on all your devices and continually backed up then Mylio could be the photo management app for you. A standard subscription is $100 per year for raw editing, 5 devices, 100,000 photos, Lightroom integration, and 10GB of cloud storage and since the desire is storing for future enjoyment this expense could add up over time."
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    #11iExplorer

    iExplorer

    iExplorer is a lightweight and efficient tool for transferring music, photos, or files from any iOS device backup to any Mac or PC Computer and iTunes. 

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Varies by plan

    Janice Adams
    Written on January 10, 2018
    "I've checked out a lot of apps that claim to make transferring files between my iPhone and PC easier. Most were bloated overly complicated abominations filled with ads. iExplorer actually works, and more importantly, it works well. It doesn't matter where your pictures are stored on your phone or what apps you used to take them, iExplorer will find them and make the transfer easy as can be. You don't even need to jailbreak your phone. Give it a try and save yourself the pain of using those other apps claiming and failing to do what this one does."
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    #12Microsoft OneDrive

    Microsoft OneDrive
    Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service where you easily store, share and backup your files such as documents, photos, and other files from anywhere, on any device or computer. 
    Software

    Web, Android, iOS, Windows

    Free- Varies by plan

    Ethan Nichols
    Written on January 5, 2018
    "OneDrive is nice, but it's no Google Drive or Dropbox. You have to sign up for a Microsoft Live account, and then they keep pushing their subscription based Office 365. And, since it's Microsoft, you know every piece of data is mined for anything they can sell you advertising on. "
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    #13LG Bridge

    LG Bridge
    LG Bridge is a software that allows you to transfer, manage, update and backup all your LG devices like smartphones, tablets, all in one place. 


    Software

    Mac, Windows

    Free

    dragracr99 .
    Written on January 19, 2018
    "I like the simplicity of accessing my android phone from my computer. It's both fast and easy and I can choose what pictures or files I want to be transferred or deleted."
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    #14Flickr

    Flickr

    Flickr is an online platform where you can upload, access, organize, edit, and share your photos from any device anywhere in the world. You can use its web services or its practical mobile app.

    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Anonymous
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "They provide 1 TB free space. Works also for small films. It is free of charge. It has an auto upload function for iphone/iPAD. It takes original size of photo's. Export and sharing possibilities. The bad thing is that from the upload directory, the photo's need to be sorted in albums in a rather primitive way. It has many more interesting feature. It is my favourite."

Summary

Best What are the best resources for transferring photos from phone to computer
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Google PhotosApps 144 Free
2Google DriveApps 76 Free
3Dropbox PhotosWebsites 68 Free
4iCloudSoftware 48 Free
5Apple MailSoftware 44 Free
6AirDropSoftware 43 Free
7iTunesWebsites 42 Free
8DropboxApps 40 Free
9AnyTransSoftware 37 Paid
10MylioWebsites 37 Free
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