How to Transfer Photos from Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL to PC


This guide contains steps to take in order to transfer photos from your Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL device to your PC.

Photos are a very nice thing to have, it helps us remember and treasure those precious moments in life. The Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL cameras take very nice pictures with their 12MP and 12.2MP rear camera respectively. These cameras have an aperture of F/1.8 with dual LED, OIS, and Dual phase detention.

The front-facing camera is also packing on both devices to give the very best when it comes to photography. But what is the point of taking a picture if we can't back it up? You never know what might happen to that phone of yours. What if your phone gets stolen? Although there is a way to find your lost Google Pixel phones but what if your memory card or phone memory gets corrupted? Or worse, gets infected with a virus? What happens to your photos?

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This is why it is best to back up your files, especially your photos to the cloud or your PC. If you are using Google Photos as your gallery app then you can set it to automatically back any new picture you take. So when you get a new phone and log in to your Google account with Google photos installed, it brings back all your pictures.

This is okay but if you are like me that takes a lot of pictures then backing it up to the cloud might be taking a huge chunk out of your data for the uploads. This brings me to the second option. Backing it up on my PC. So in the event that your phone gets lost, stolen or corrupted, you would still have all your photos on your PC. Also, when your PC crashes, you would also have the photos on your phone. The chances of the two happening at the same are pretty slim.

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How to Transfer Photos from Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL to PC

Transferring your photos and other files from your google pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL device to PC is pretty easy. Provided you have all the necessary tools below:

  • Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL Phone.
  • USB Cable.
  • A PC.
  • Now Connect the Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL device to your PC using the USB cable.

  • The PC should detect the USB cable and start by installing the necessary drivers which shouldn't take long to complete.

  • After Completion, Slide Down on your Google Pixel device to see notification. Click on the "Tap here for more options" notification.

  • Select Transfer Files from the list. (Note: USB debugging mode must be turned on.)

  • Now Launch the File Explorer on your PC and you should be able to see your Google Pixel device in the left list.

  • Click on It. Now you should be able see all the files on your device. Navigate and Locate the photos you would like to transfer to the PC.

  • Mark All or the necessary photos and Copy or Move it to the PC.

Make sure you have enough space on the PC to take the photos you are about to transfer. After copying or moving the necessary file, you can now unplug the USB cable and that's it. You've successfully transferred photos from your google pixel device to your PC.


Being able to Transfer Photos from Google Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL to PC is something every google pixel owner should know. There are also other options used in backing up photos but to me, this old-fashioned way still remains the best.

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