You’ve got your new Nexus 7 tablet, you’ll want to load it up with your music, video and photos.
In this post we round up some of the ways in which you can transfer files to your Nexus tablet.
How to Connect a Nexus 7 to Windows
Connecting your tablet to Windows 7 (XP and Windows 8) is straight forward, you’ll need the Micro USB cable that came in the box. You also use this cable for charging but you can easily disconnect the USB plug for file transfers. Alternatively you might want to purchase a second cable.
This connection uses the MTP protocol, which is supported by most recent versions of Windows.
Once connected, Windows will mount the tablet as an external drive, this allows you to copy files back and forth. Note that the drive only appears when your Nexus 7 is unlocked – this caught me out initially!
How to Connect a Nexus 7 to a Mac
As above, you will need to plug the Nexus in via a USB cable, however the MTP protocol used is not supported by Mac OS X natively. All you need to do is install the free Android File Transfer application on your Macintosh.
Download it here: www.android.com/filetransfer.
Once installed you’ll need to run it on first use, then just plug in your tablet. It will automatically pick up the Nexus 7 in subsequent file transfers.
How to Transfer files Wirelessly
If cables aren’t your style, you have a few other options:
- WiFi: Use an app such as AirDroid to remotely manage and tranfer files to any Android device. Great for backing up various things too.
- Bluetooth: Handy if you are running a laptop with Bluetooth capabilities. Read more about pairing Bluetooth devices.
- NFC: To use this you’ll need another device with NFC connectivity, this is unlikely right now but more devices will have this soon. Find out how to beam over files.
A final suggestion is to use a cloud storage option, there are many companies now offering solutions, Google being the obvious option for Android fans.
My preferred provider is Dropbox, these guys have an app for pretty much every platform you can imagine enabling you to get at your files on everything from an iPhone to your PC.
Got any further queries, or something else to add? Please head over to our Nexus tablet forum.