Samsung Galaxy S3: Connect to PC

You may want to connect your Samsung Galaxy S3 to your PC if you want to transfer videos or music between the devices. Use these steps to get started.

1. Windows users should download and install the USB drivers for the Galaxy S3. Mac users do not need to install any software.

2. Connect the device to an available USB port using the included USB cable.

3. A prompt will appear on the screen of the phone. Drag the notification area down, then make a selection based on what you wish to do with the device.

  • Connected as media Device > Media device (MTP) – Use this selection if you wish to use Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder to manually transfer files between the PC and the phone or to utilize Windows Media Player.
  • Connected as a media device > Camera (PTP) – To use your phone as a camera.

You may also use the Samsung Kies software to manage files on the Galaxy S3. You can download and install the Kies software from the Samsung website. Once the Kies software is installed, it will automatically start whenever you connect the phone to your computer and is compatible with both Mac and Windows.

You should now know everything you need to know about connecting your Samsung Galaxy S3 to your PC.


  1. Mand says

    how do I use samsung galaxy s3 mini as a modem/dongle for my pc?
    I used my old Vivaz to connect to internet on my pc but Galaxy S3 mini doesn’t seem to do this

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