By far the most frequently asked question I receive at RickySays.com is "How do I transfer a photo from my computer to my cell phone? (or vice versa)"
Cell phone manufacturers often don't ship software with their phones that would do this for free, because they'd rather make money on transfer fees. Windows doesn't provide much help either.
For example, I bought a Motorola Razr v3 phone and it only came with a user's manual and a charger; there was no software for transferring any files to my computer, and nothing built into Windows XP or Vista that would recognize my phone.
Fortunately there are a few ways to transfer photos or ring tones from your PC to your cell phone (or from your cell phone to your PC):
- USB Data Cable
I'll discuss each of these approaches in this article.
Transfer using email
You can send your phone an email with the photo or ring tone as a file attachment. For AT&T/Cingular customers the email address is email@example.com. For example, if your cell phone number is 691-548-1294 then you'd send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it would arrive as a text message on your cell phone.
Once you receive the text message on your cell phone, you can view the photo or ring tone and save it as your wallpaper or in your phone's audio library. On the Motorola Razr, when you view the picture you can select the "Set as Wallpaper" menu option.
The downside to this approach is that it costs money to read text messages - as much as a penny a kilobyte. This might not sound like much, but when you consider that most pictures are about 75kb that adds up to about 75 cents for each photo that you send.
Of course cell phone companies want you to transfer photos from your cell phone using email, because that way they can charge your for the data transfer.