My Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD is full of pictures. I have Windows 7, the USB cable, WiFi and Bluetooth. Photos are stored both on internal storage and overflow onto the SD.
I want to take all photos from my phone and put them in a folder on my PC in one step (i.e. not dealing with e.g. navigating to both SD and internal storage and copying DCIM files in explorer). I'd like to be able to do this possibly without an internet connection (e.g. USB could be ok if necessary, or an ad-hoc network from my laptop). This seems like a reasonable use case for a device with a camera, I just cant seem to find the app for it.
Everything I find is for "synchronizing" but I want the photos off the phone without having to delete them one by one when I'm done.
The best would be with both on WiFi I press a button and maybe type in a destination LAN IP address and boom, the photos appear in a folder on my PC and are removed from the phone.
Surely moving photos from a phone to a PC so more pictures can be taken on the phone is not a rare or unreasonable use case...something must exist to do this in one step
How do I do this?
Essentially, I'm looking for something even my grandmother could do.
The device is a Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD. Photos are stored both on internal storage and overflow onto the SD card (which adds a few steps to file transfers as well).
What I've found so far
I found an article on PCWorld.com but
- The first option is the file transfer; which is fine but not what I'm asking about
- There is Dropbox but it leaves the photos on the phone then I have to delete them manually
- There is DoubleTwist but it also leaves the photos on the phone
- AirDroid (suggested by keepcalm) is close and supports delete, although zips all the files (which can be time consuming to unzip especially for e.g. 15GB of videos) and for large numbers of files (> 150 or so) "select all" doesn't reliably select all. The other issue with the one massive zip file is theres no good way to resume on failed download (most of the zip will be recoverable but its not easily possible to go back and figure out which pictures werent included); and it fails for large files often because the connection timeout is shorter than it takes to transfer 15gb over wifi. Lame.
- Photo Transfer App is great except it does not support delete (I contacted them and they say it is because on iOS apps are not allowed to delete user content; but I put in a feature request for their Android version - hopefully they implement it). Also "backup" mode must be used instead of "download" for large numbers of files because "select all" only selects the current page and the max page size is 400 files. Also all albums must be done separately (the Razr sometimes has 3 albums, two internal areas and the sd card). Not sure why nobody seems to be able to get "select all" right...
- ES File Explorer running in local mode and transferring files to the PC is a pain because the UI is so tiny and hunting through folders for files is not what I'm looking for (plus for some reason this app crushes the CPU on my phone). Similarily, in remote (FTP) mode, and other FTP servers such as FTPServer, it's easier to do the moves on the PC side but still involves hunting through
/storagefolders and such. Plus you have to remember to delete the thumbnails because the Android gallery does not refresh them accurately and provides no way to force a refresh (yet another UX win for Android). Scripts could theoretically be written on the PC side to automate this; ideally I'd avoid complex initial setup as well even though it does potentially reduce the task itself to one step.
- The suggestion below to copy photos then wipe the device...no