Moving files from your android tablet to and from your computer just is not as intuitive as it should be.
The most common reasons to connect your tablet to your PC is to move files back and forth. I am not quite sure what the android developers were thinking about when they set up how your android tablet reacts to being connected to your computer but it wasn’t this. When you first connect your tablet to a computer, your computer sees your tablet as a device, like a printer, not like a place to put files or retrieve files from. In order to move files back and forth between computer and tablet we need to tell them how to look at each other. Once we do that the rest is easy. When you connect your tablet to your PC you will probably get a message that says something like Windows is looking for drivers. We don’t need drivers for what we are going to do, so just ignore that message.
Now I am going to walk you through this (Don’t worry, it is only a couple of steps):
- After you connect your android tablet to your PC by USB as new icon will appear at the top left corner on the screen on your tablet. Put your finger on that icon and pull down and you will see a menu.
- On that menu press the top item. It should say USB connected and beneath that Touch to copy files to/from your computer.
- Once you press that another screen should come up. This is the USB mass storage screen. On this screen there is a button on the bottom that says Turn on USB storage. Press this button.
- Now you should be able to copy files to and from your computer.
If you would like to play with an app that makes it all a little more interesting there is always AirDroid. This is great way to manage your files through your computer. There is a getting started tutorial on AirDroid here.