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How to Transfer Data from Raspberry Pi to PC

Copying the Raspberry Pi’s data and transferring it to the PC looks a very tricky task and everyone needs a permanent solution in order to do it. Removing an SD card and then putting it in the PC to copy the data is one of the worst things to do and it should be avoided otherwise you will lose data on SD card within no time and may not be able to see the Raspberry Pi device desktop.

If you are finding the efficient methods that work best for your Raspberry Pi device, then you will get help from this article because there you will be provided with the methods to transfer data from Raspberry Pi to PC.

How to transfer data from Raspberry Pi to PC

Here, you will see some methods which will help you to transfer the data from Raspberry Pi to PC. You can use any of them without looking for the worst option. You won’t need to switch off your device or remove your SD card to perform data transferring from Raspberry Pi to PC. So let’s discuss in detail about these methods which are given as under.

1: Transfer data using an Email provider

Transferring your data through an email provider is one of the most efficient ways and if you want to do it this way you can do that pretty well. You just need an email account for that and you will find many email websites that let you email to any person. Gmail is one of the most widely used emailing platforms and millions of users are using it and getting in touch with others. In order to use Gmail, you need to signup with your account first and after completing the signup, you are able to login with your account and can easily transfer data to yourself or to another email person using his email id.

2: Transfer data using Cloud Storage

Transferring your Raspberry Pi data using an email might look an appropriate way but it won’t allow you to transfer a file having size greater than 25MB so you certainly won’t be able to send your files of bigger size. Cloud storage will help you with it and you will be able to transfer your files of any size greater than 25MB. If you need the services of cloud storage, you need to download the most widely used cloud storage apps including Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. In order to use any of the drives, you need to have an account to successfully sync your files into the drive and then you can easily download it from your PC by login it from the same drive account as on Raspberry Pi.

3: Transfer data using USB

If you are looking for another excellent way to transfer Raspberry Pi’s data to PC, then you will do that if you have a USB. USB allows you to copy the data from Raspberry Pi and then transfer it to your PC hard drive and it’s considered the simplest way to transfer your data without needing to restart your Raspberry Pi device or removing your SD card from your device.

4: Transfer data using Bluetooth

The Bluetooth option is already enabled in your Raspberry Pi device, which makes it easier for you to connect to any device within a few seconds. The Bluetooth connectivity mode will allow you to transfer the data to your PC through its Bluetooth mode. For that, you need to pair your Raspberry Pi device with your PC and after successful pairing, you can easily transfer the data from Raspberry Pi device towards your PC.

5: Transfer data using TeamViewer

TeamViewer is one of those apps that allows you to transfer your files to another PC. To make the transfer possible, you will need to make sure that TeamViewer is installed on your Raspberry Pi and PC. After the successful installation, you can then establish connection of your Raspberry Pi with your PC and can easily transfer files by opening the “Open file transfer” from your Raspberry Pi.


We know that your data is more important and you would not like to lose it because you are not sure how much time your SD card will remain functional. If you are finding help in transferring your data from Raspberry Pi to PC, then you will need to choose any method from the above so that you can quickly transfer your important files to your PC hard drive which is more secure as compared to Raspberry Pi SD card.

About the author

Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.