Here are several ways to import photos and videos from your phone, camera, other device, or disc.
Connect a camera, phone, or external drive to your PC.
Open the Photos app from the Start screen.
Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the app commands.(If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)
Tap or click Import.
Import isn't available if you're looking at a single picture in full screen view.
If you have problems, see the section "What if the PC can’t find my device?"
Tap or click the device you want to import from.
Swipe down on or click each photo and video you want to import.
Tap or click Import.
The photos and videos are saved in the Pictures folder in a subfolder named with the date (for example, 2013-09-10).
Insert the disc into the drive.
Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Search.)
Enter File Explorer in the search box, and then tap or click File Explorer.
In the left pane, click This PC to expand the list of folders and devices.
Tap or click the drive with your photos and videos.
Find the photos you want to import, select them, and then copy them to a new folder. If you’d like to see them in the Photos app, copy them into the Pictures folder on your PC or on SkyDrive.
There are many possible reasons a PC can’t see a device. Here’s a list of common troubleshooting tips:
Try reconnecting: Start by disconnecting and reconnecting the device, and then try again. If it’s a phone or camera, make sure it’s turned on and unlocked.
Use a different method: If the Photos app can’t find your device, open File Explorer and see if it’s listed under This PC. If it is, try copying or moving the files into a new folder.
Update the drivers and check forums: With hardware changing all the time, the drivers might need updating or there might be a known issue. You can install driver updates from the manufacturer or you can use your PC’s default drivers. You can also check the
or the manufacturer’s website for more info about your specific problem.
Enter Device Manager in the search box, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click Device Manager in the results.
Expand Imaging devices.
Right-click the camera that's having problems and tap or click Update Driver Software.
Tap or click Search automatically for updated driver software, and then follow the on-screen instructions. This might include restarting your PC.
Tap or click Browse my computer for driver software.
Tap or click Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
Select USB Video Device, click Next, and then follow the on-screen instructions. This might include restarting your PC.
Most devices with a wireless connection automatically upload photos and videos. This list gives suggestions on how to set up automatic uploading, but see your device manufacturer’s website for more info.
Windows Phone, IPhone, or Android: Install the SkyDrive app and set it to upload to SkyDrive.
Wireless storage card: Check the manufacture’s website for instructions.
Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets: Open PC settings, tap or click SkyDrive, and then tap or click Files. Choose if you want to upload photos, videos, or both.
You can use AutoPlay to determine what happens when you connect a device to your PC. For example, set it so that every time you plug in a storage card, the Photos app opens and you select which photos and videos to import. You might need to turn on your device's multimedia transport control before AutoPlay can find it.
Set basic options: Open PC settings, tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click AutoPlay.
Set advanced options: Open Control Panel, tap or click Hardware and Sound, and then tap or click AutoPlay.
For more info, see AutoPlay: Frequently asked questions.