How to Get the Pictures Off Your Phone
"How do I get the pictures off my phone?" I think this was probably the first question I asked the Verizon employee when faced with the prospect of upgrading to a VX8300. Since then, quite a few people have come to this site looking for the answer to the same question. I won't go into any lengthy tutorials here, but here's a list of methods to get the pictures off your phone, and onto your computer or uploaded onto the web:
- With a microSD card: If you own a microSD card and a card reader, the easiest and cheapest way to get your pictures and videos onto your computer is simply copying them over from the my_pix and my_flix directories. See my article on picture organizers for an even easier way to use your card reader to do this.
- Using BitPim: If you have either a Bluetooth dongle or a VX8300 USB cable, you can download pictures from your phone using BitPim (and you don't even need a memory card for this). Be forewarned that while Bluetooth is terrific for syncing contacts, calendar, and other text data, it is too slow to transfer more than the occasional picture.
- The way Verizon wants you to do it: When I asked how to get pictures off the phone, they tried to push a $5 monthly minimum texting plan on me. Otherwise, send pictures is $0.25 each! If you want to pay these fees, you can send your pictures individually to your email address, or to Verizon's PixPlace, or to a third party upload site to retrieve later.