How to Transfer Pictures from an LG Shine to a PC
Question: How do I transfer photos from my new LG Shine CU720 to my PC?
Answer: The user's guide for the Shine is really vague on how to do this. From page 85 is says: "You can transfer files from a compatible PC to the memory in your phone using the Mass Storage option. When you connect the phone to a PC using the USB cable, this will be displayed as a removable disk through Windows Explorer."
Not much help at all, and they fail to mention that you have to buy and insert a memory card into your phone before mass storage is even an option!
This article will explain in more detail how to transfer photos from your LG Shine to your PC computer.
What you'll need
- MicroSD memory card (you can get one from Wireless Emporium for about $20)
- USB Data Cable (any standard usb cable will work)
How to do it
Once you have the memory card and usb cable, here are the instructions you'll need to follow:
1. Insert the memory card into your phone.
2. Go to Settings, Connection, USB Connection Mode, and select Mass Storage.
3. Connect the phone to the computer with the data cable and your computer should recognize and install a driver.
4. Once the driver is installed, you can view the phone just as you would a removable hard drive. Simply drag and drop any mp3s or photos directly from the phone to your computer (or vice versa).
Other ways to do it
You can also use software that talks directly to the internal memory on your phone, which would keep you from having to buy a separate microSD memory card. The LG Shine already comes with 1 GB of internal memory, which is enough to store about 500 pictures (plenty for taking cell phone snapshots).
Check out a program called Pix'n Tunes (from the same company that makes DataPilot). It comes with a usb data cable and doesn't require you to buy a memory card. They also have a downloadable version without the usb data cable if you already have one.
With Pix'n Tunes you'll connect your phone to your computer using a usb data cable, and the software will automatically recognize your phone and will let you transfer images from your cell phone to your PC. It also lets you edit the images, set them as your wallpaper, or assign them as images to your contacts.
The third way you can possibly transfer pictures from your LG Shine to your computer is using Bluetooth. I say possibly, because I've heard of nothing but trouble with the Shine's bluetooth capabilities.
With this approach you'll first need to turn Bluetooth on (by default it is off, to save battery power). Once Bluetooth is on, then you'll use it to connect your computer with your phone - a process known as "pairing", which is a one-time process where you identify your phone to your computer (the part that nobody seems to be able to do).
Go to the Settings -- Connectivity -- Bluetooth menu (menu shortcut 9, 5, 1). To enable or disable Bluetooth, use the Set Bluetooth menu.
Under Settings, change your phone’s name to something unique, to identify which phone is yours when you want to connect to it.
The Visibility menu option lets you choose if your phone can be found when others do a scan for Bluetooth devices.
If you're able to pair your phone to your computer, you'll be able to transfer photos one at a time to your computer and without connection charges. The bluetooth adapter will also recognize your phone for future transfers without having to pair it again.
The main disadvantage to this approach is that you can only transfer pictures one at a time, as opposed to being able to transfer multiple pictures in one shot with the usb data cable options described above.