How to copy and share photos taken with a BlackBerry smartphone or BlackBerry PlayBook to a PC

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Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

How many of you BlackBerry® smartphone users have lots of pictures that you’ve taken with your device that you haven’t backed up or stored elsewhere (such as your computer’s photo library)? If you said yes to this question, stay tuned because today I’ll be providing an overview of how you can safely store the photos on your BlackBerry smartphone in another location, so in the event that you lose your device, priceless memories are not lost!

This week I’ll be focusing on how to do this using BlackBerry® Desktop Software for PC and the USB Drive feature of the BlackBerry smartphone.

Transfer pictures using BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC

If you are not already familiar with BlackBerry Desktop Software, it is an application you can install on your PC that allows you do things such as synchronize your media and personal information, as well as add and remove programs from your BlackBerry smartphone. Before proceeding, if you haven’t installed it yet, visit the BlackBerry Desktop Software for PC website to download it and learn more about some of the features available. After installing it, here’s a quick overview of how to import your photos from your smartphone:

1. Connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer and open BlackBerry Desktop Software
2. In BlackBerry Desktop Software, click “Pictures”
3. Click the “Device Pictures” tab
4. If you want to import all your pictures, including pictures that have been imported previously, in the drop-down list, click “All device pictures”
5. Click “Import”, and when the process is completed, select “Click here” to view imported pictures on your PC.

At this point, depending on the option you selected, your photos will now be stored on your PC so you can use your favorite photo application to personalize and share your pictures. An important thing to keep in mind is that importing photos does not remove them from your BlackBerry smartphone, so to prevent running out of space, you should double-check how much free space you have available and remove some pictures so you can take more in the future.

Checking free space on a BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet

An easy way to check your free space on BlackBerry® 6 and BlackBerry® 7 OS smartphones is to highlight the Pictures app, press the Menu key and select “Memory Usage”. After doing this, a dialog box will appear with a breakdown of memory usage on your BlackBerry smartphone. Click “Details” to see a more detailed breakdown of how much space items such as music, ring tones, pictures and more take up. If you use BlackBerry Device Software 5.0 or earlier, select “Options” followed by “Status” to view the amount of free space on your BlackBerry smartphone.

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If you use a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you can check your free space by opening the settings, which you can accomplish by tapping the gear icon that appears on the top right corner of the home screen. After doing this, select “About” followed by selecting “Hardware” in the dropdown box to view your free space.

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

If you decide to remove some photos to make more room, check out the overviews below on how to explore the file system on a BlackBerry smartphone and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using a USB cable, which will allow you to delete photos. You also have the option of using the Pictures app on a BlackBerry smartphone or BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to delete photos as well. Before you begin, I’d recommend identifying where you currently store photos on your BlackBerry smartphone. To do this, complete the following steps:

1. On the BlackBerry, open the Camera app
2. Press the Menu key and select “Options”
3. Review the Storage section, which will indicate where pictures are currently being stored.

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

Transfer photos using the BlackBerry smartphone USB Drive feature

BlackBerry smartphones include a USB Drive feature that allows you to access it, similar to a USB memory drive that many of us have on our key chains. This feature is my preferred method for copying files to and from my BlackBerry smartphone, as I can delete photos I’ve copied or imported earlier using BlackBerry Desktop Software, which means I’ll always have room to take more pictures.

1. Connect your BlackBerry smartphone to your PC
2. On the BlackBerry smartphone, select “USB Drive” when the option appears on your home screen

  • If the BlackBerry smartphone is password protected, you’ll need to unlock it in order to access the USB Drive option.

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

3. On the PC, click “Start” followed by “My Computer”
4. My Computer will now display your storage drives including ”Devices with Removable Storage” which is where the BlackBerry drives will appear

  • In the screenshot below, I have two options – ”BlackBerry1” and ”BlackBerry2”. The reason for this is because I am using a MicroSD card in addition to the memory that’s built into my BlackBerry® Bold™ 9900 smartphone. By default, BlackBerry1 is the memory that’s built into the smartphone and BlackBerry2 is the MicroSD card that’s been inserted.

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

5. After selecting the drive you’d like to work with, browse to one of the following paths (you may have both, or one of these options)

  • Built-in Memory: BlackBerry1\home\user
  • MicroSD: BlackBerry2\BlackBerry

6. Drag a file from a location on your computer to a folder on your tablet. You can also delete files if desired from your BlackBerry smartphone.

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

Transfer photos from a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using USB File Sharing

An easy way to copy files to and from the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is to use USB File Sharing. This method does use a USB cable, but you also have the option of using Wi-Fi® File Sharing as well (to learn more on this, check our post on How to use Wi-Fi Sharing to copy files to and from a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.) To get started with USB File Sharing, complete the following steps:

1. On your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, tap the Gear icon on the home screen followed by Storage and Sharing
2. Set the File Sharing switch to “On”

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

3. To set a password to help protect your files, tap “Password”
4. Connect your tablet to your computer using a USB cable.
5. Your computer automatically maps your tablet to a drive on your computer. To view the drive, click “Start” on your PC followed by “My Computer”, and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet drive should appear as per the screenshot below.
a. If prompted for login details, the username is “playbook” and the password is the one you created in step 3.
6. Drag a file from a location on your tablet to a folder on your computer. You can also delete files on your tablet, if desired.

Copy and share photos from BlackBerry to PC

Got a question about photos? Leave a comment and let me know.

About Ty Williams

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