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How to transfer media between your PS Vita and PC
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The PlayStation Vita is first and foremost a games console, but it moonlights as a pretty effective media player, too.

It can play music and videos, show off your holiday snaps, and take grainy, low-resolution photographs with its built-in camera.

But, getting music onto the Vita, or getting your prize-winning photos onto your PC, is a pain in the tuckus. So, here's Pocket Gamer's guide to transferring media between your computer and your Vita.

First up, you'll need to download a piece of software on your PC or Mac. It's called the 'Vita Content Manager Assistant', and you can download it from here if you're rocking Windows, or from here if you're more of an OS X kinda guy.

Once it's installed, it will sit on the taskbar with a little Vita icon. Right-click and open 'Preferences'. From here, you can choose the folders that the Vita will access to find, and download, photos, videos, and music.

You can also use the tool to back up your save games and applications - so select a folder for that, too.

Grab the USB cable from the Vita box. If you can't find it, it's because it also doubles up as a power cable - so remove the USB cable, and use it to connect your Vita and PC or Mac.

On the Vita, the 'Content Manager' icon should be flashing its little head off. Give it a tap and click 'Start' to open up this content-transferring app.

You'll be given the choice of connecting to a PS3 or a computer. We'll assume you know the difference.

For this particular "How to", give the old 'Connect to a PC' button a little tappity tap.

You'll be asked whether you want to send content from your Vita to your PC, or from your PC to your Vita. Depends on whether you're offloading photographs or filling your new system up with music.

For this tutorial, we'll click PS Vita to PC, because I want to transfer a snap to my PC. You'll then be asked what you want to send over: 'Applications' (for backup), 'video', 'music' or 'photos'. Let's tap 'photos'.

It will then open the Vita's 'photo' app, showing you every picture on the system with little checkboxes next to them. Tick the photos you want to send over, hit copy, and the pictures will appear in the folder you specified in Step 1.

It's pretty much exactly the same for other types of content, and when transferring the other way around. This time, the Vita will show you a list of photos, videos, or music files in the folders you chose in Step 1, so just tick the content you want and press 'copy'. Bob's your uncle.


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Mark Brown 24 February 2012
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Dec 2012
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@Matt_Scooby | 16:08 - 27 December 2012
What if the Vita won't let you get as far as step 5? It keeps saying "Could not connect to the storage media of the PC. (C0-12043-0)". I can't get my videos and photos off my Vita and transfer them to my PC! What does this message mean and how do I fix it?
Sep 2012
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Hayley Autumn | 06:22 - 16 September 2012
What if you try to download it, it says it cant?
Aug 2012
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@kpoiu | 18:31 - 10 August 2012
psvita adrian netflix YO? 1 $10
Jun 2012
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pedrovay2003 | 00:35 - 10 June 2012

Download Open CMA and use that on the PC instead. It makes the Vita think you're online when you don't have to be.
Jun 2012
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MicloL | 20:56 - 3 June 2012
I agree with krotchdog. I tried to plug my vita into my pc, and its tellin me that my pc needs internet connection. Which is quite possibly the dumbest idea ever. If i want to transfer a song on my pc to my vita, i should not have to create a comcast account to go with it. And further more, it took me hours to get it set up. I had to find a wifi spot somewhere, create a playstation network account, update my vita, install the content manager assistant. Then i had to pick and choose what songs i wanted to transfer to my vita, instead of jus draggin and droppin a whole playlist i created for that purpose. I dont mean to complain so much but this shit needs to be simpler and less time-consuming. Can anyone tell me if its possible to just transfer shit with no internet access, and if so how. Cuz i too wanna throw this thing in the water and buy and old school psp
May 2012
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bourbon | 10:58 - 15 May 2012
I was thought that vita is more comfortable to use than the PSP,now that i have it i would rather to throw this vita into the water that cost me for nothing its very hard to find a game unlike the PSP ,Downloading game thru wi-fi internet it's sucks!!very100x slow!!!for those who are planning to BUY PS VITA change you're mind i would'nt recommend this product to all my friends that planning to buy this f...... vita!!
May 2012
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judaii | 14:42 - 14 May 2012
After installing the Content Manager Assistant on my PC, I connected my PS Vita to the PC using the USB cable. Everything seems to be ok, but I couldn't access my Vita, it looks like it hangs, I coudn't even flip the cover page to go to the menu. Do you think it has anything to do with the battery? Should it be fully charged?
May 2012
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escobar_zul | 08:15 - 11 May 2012
hey thank u for helping..:)
May 2012
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flyingsangwich | 02:39 - 9 May 2012
i do pc to psp to ps3 to psv
Apr 2012
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sophie21700 | 22:22 - 28 April 2012
my ps vita wont connect to my pc when i plug it in
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