Subject: A simple way to transfer photos from your phone to Windows without installing anything on either
I just accidentally ran into this very simple way to transfer photos from
your phone to Windows (and back) without installing anything on either
1. I gave a few $130 LG Stylo 3 Plus phablets as gifts over Christmas and
as a direct result I inherited a handful of new-to-me older Android phones,
even though my main phone is a circa 2012 S3 which works just fine for me
but which I mount on Windows to use in the native Windows file explorer
using the Windows "Add a network location" wizard.
2. One of that handful of old phones is a circa 2014 Moto G, running
Android 5.1, which I just plugged into Windows where I was surprised the
phone immediately showed up as its own "XT104" USB drive.
3. Clicking on that drive shows the entire available file system mount
4. That allows two way drag and drop between Windows and the phone
5. Plugging it in again, I noticed an option pops up for something called
"Photos", which, seems to search the Android phone for photos to upload.
6. That native "Photos" app then provides thumbnails to select which photos
to upload to previously defined directories and file name conversions on
7. The result is that, without installing anything on either the phone or
on Windows, it seems I can import anything I like using this Photos native
Generally I don't use Windows native apps (because they generally suck),
but this one doesn't seem to show any obvious drawbacks yet.
So I simply present this as a working system, that just works without
installing anything on either the phone or Windows, and ask if you know of
a better method of bi-directional drag and drop between your phone &