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Transferring Photos

You’ve taken a perfect picture of your grandchild or “snapped” a great vacation shot on your smartphone. Now the question is, how do you transfer that photo to your computer so you can store it, forward it on to others or edit it to your liking?

It’s simpler than you might think.

3 common ways to download pictures from a smartphone are:

  1. Using a USB cable (that probably came with your smartphone)
    Connect your smartphone and computer together using the USB cable. If you are using a Windows computer, you’ll see a new item appear in the My Computer menu that represents the smartphone you have connected. If you open it, you will find a file called DCIM, which is the default system used to organize photos on smartphones. Save the pictures contained in the DCIM file to your computer by dragging them to a folder or your desktop. Here’s a quick video that demonstrates how to use the USB cable on Windows.If you are using an Apple computer and an iPhone, connect your two devices together with the USB cable, and open the iPhotos program on the computer. Click on “import photos” and you’re finished.Click on this link to read more instructions specific to transferring photo’s from iPhones.
  2. Email the photos to yourself
    If you only have a couple of pictures to transfer, you can always email the photos to yourself. Using the email app on your smartphone, enter your own email address in the “To” line and select attach files ( you’ll see an option to search and attach your pictures to the email). Send the email with the photo(s) attached from your smartphone and then access that email on your computer to download the photos.
    NOTE: It’s recommended that you do this while connected to WIFI, not your cellular data.
  3. Upload the photos to Facebook
    If you use Facebook, you can upload photos to your account straight from your smartphone. From your smartphone’s Facebook app, access the photos section of your own profile. Select the option to “Add photos” and choose the ones you want to include. Once you have uploaded the photos to Facebook, you can view your Facebook profile on your computer, access the recently uploaded photos and download them. Feel free to delete the photos from Facebook afterwards.
    NOTE: It’s recommended that you do this while connected to WIFI, not your cellular data.

For more information or troubleshooting help, or to walk through the process with an ETAG volunteer technology coach, check out the website for program locations nearest you.

– Lesley Morris (ETAG Volunteer Technology Coach)

Boomers “like” Facebook

Baby Boomers at ETAG are embracing Facebook at an increasing rate. A recent article in the Huffington Post outlines a study conducted for the Canadian Press that reveals a 10% increase in the use of social media since 2011 by the baby boomer generations. Foster Research recently released a report entitled Digital Seniors, which documented that 49% of seniors in the United States use Facebook.

More and more, volunteers are getting questions from our adult (55+) participants about Facebook at ETAG’s Volunteer Technology Assistance Program. It’s an exciting time because ETAG’s participants are starting to recognize the importance of social media  to connect with long lost family, old friends, and colleagues from their past careers. Facebook has become a medium that allows information, like pictures, do-it-yourself projects and recipe ideas, to name just a few, to be shared between users, which creates amazing opportunities to stay connected with one another.

One of ETAG’s participants, Rupert, attended ETAG’s free program to get assistance with his Facebook account. He was pleasantly surprised to find photo’s of his old neighbour’s child, who he had not seen in over two years! “It’s great to be able to stay in touch with my neighbour through Facebook,” he said when asked how he likes using Facebook. ETAG can help any adult (55+) learn how to do it, in a simple way that makes sense to everyone, regardless of how little experience they have.

– Simone Carpio (ETAG Lead Volunteer)

Knowledge Exchange

When it comes to learning about the modern technologies and gadgets of today, there are many benefits for adults 55+ to learn from younger, more technology savvy generations. Some might think, what do the younger generations get out of helping older adults?

Volunteering as a technology tutor for adults 55+ with ETAG has benefits of its own. First, young volunteers are able to learn from the older adults we work with. They can instil in us how the world once was and how their experiences have helped them learn valuable life lessons. Whether the discussion is gardening, relationships, or world events, to name just a few, having access to the ideas and opinions of an older generation helps many volunteers understand the world we live in a little better.

Second, volunteers are in a position to give back to our community, helping others achieve their goals. This is a great feeling! It’s always an amazing day when I’m able to help someone connect with their family via email or Facebook for the first time, or showing them how much incredible information is available using tools like Google and YouTube. The smile our older adult students get when they’ve accomplished something for the first time is the best part! That’s why many ETAG’s volunteers continue to stay involved.

At ETAG, adults 55+ are able to learn how to use  technology and be engaged with the younger generations, which is sometimes the only opportunity for this type of interaction for all the individuals involved, both young tutors and older students. This is always illustrated at ETAG’s Volunteer Technology Assistance Program, which pairs volunteers with adults looking for advice and help using technology. SO MUCH FUN FOR EVERYONE 🙂

– Ashia Arshad (ETAG Lead Volunteer)