Guide to connect a Samsung cell phone to the PC, to install drivers, and solve USB connection problems
Although an Android phone is capable of performing numerous tasks with complete autonomy, there are many scenarios in which it is necessary to connect it to the PC if only to free up the internal memory and save photos, videos, and documents stored in the internal memory, as well as make targeted backups to be saved on the PC. Not to be outdone either is a Samsung phone, which can be connected to the computer in various ways.
In fact, in this guide we’ll show you the best methods to connect the Samsung Galaxy to your PC, using both the methods provided by the Korean company and some apps for quickly connecting the device, so you can act even without a USB cable (using Wi-Fi to make the connection).
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How to connect Samsung phone to PC
Making the connection of a Samsung smartphone to the computer is necessary to backup data, photos, personal files stored in the phone and also to transfer multimedia files, music, and videos from the PC to the phone.
Connecting via Samsung Smart Switch
The easiest and fastest way to connect a Samsung phone to the PC is to use the Samsung Smart Switch app, the program that also serves to manage Samsung Galaxy Backup and Restore, available from the official website for PC and as a built-in app for all Samsung devices.
To use this program we connect the phone to the PC via USB cable (possibly the original Samsung USB cable), open the Samsung Smart Switch app on the PC, wait for the device to pair and, when prompted, provide access permissions from the phone by pressing the Allow button. Now the Samsung phone will become visible within the Samsung Smart Switch interface and we’ll be able to make backups of the device, move photos and other media items and even proceed with the system update (if any).
At the moment Samsung Smart Switch works only via USB cable: we can’t use it with a Wi-Fi connection.
Connecting via third-party software
If instead of Samsung Smart Switch we want to take advantage of some other simple program, we recommend that you first install the generic driver for Android devices, then use a program like MyPhoneExplorer, available for free from the official site.
Once installed on your PC, just open it, download the client app specific to your Samsung phone, choose whether to connect it via USB cable or Wi-Fi and access all the phone’s features. With MyPhoneExplorer we’ll be able to manage the internal memory, move files, edit the phonebook, organize SMS and incoming calls and manage other advanced options.
Alternatively, we can always go for the Apowersoft Android Manager, available for free from the official website.
Also in this case we’ll be able to quickly manage all the functions of the Samsung phone, moving files between PC and phone (and vice versa), uploading photos from the PC, saving the most important documents, and copying personal data such as the phone’s address book, SMS and incoming calls.
Connection without USB driver (Wi-Fi)
If we want to avoid using the USB cable and do not want to install any drivers on the computer, we can take advantage of the Wi-Fi connection to connect the Samsung Galaxy to the PC. The first service we can use in this regard is AirDroid, accessible from the official website.
By downloading the app on your Samsung phone and the client on your PC (but you can also use the web page), all you have to do is scan the QR code from the PC app or the website with the phone app to connect via Wi-Fi and manage every aspect of the phone: phonebook, calls, messages, file manager, gallery and other advanced functions.
The most interesting alternative to AirDroid is AirMore, produced by the same Apowersoft seen above and accessible from the official website.
Even in this case you just need to download the app on your Samsung phone, access the dedicated website from your PC, and scan the QR code from the phone app to make the connection between Samsung and your computer. AirMore allows you to move files from PC to phone (and vice versa), manage the image gallery, manage the phonebook, organize the calls and SMS received, and much more.
Those seen above are the simplest and most affordable methods to Connect Samsung Galaxy to PC using the app provided by Samsung itself or relying on some programs to connect any Android phone via USB cable or via Wi-Fi. For maximum stability it’s best to always use the USB cable to connect the phone (although you’ll need to install the right drivers); if instead, we want to connect the phone wirelessly we’ll just use one of the alternative apps we talked about a while ago, capable of working well even without USB drivers.