How To Transfer Photos to a PSP Memory Stick

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One of the great things about the PSP is that you can store photos on your memory card and then use your PSP to look at them later, or show them off to friends. I've even used mine to create an ultra-portable art portfolio. Once you know how to do it, transferring files is a snap, and will take you no time at all to get a portable slideshow set up on your PlayStation Portable. This tutorial is for both older and recent firmware versions.


Here's How:

  1. Insert a Memory Stick into the Memory Stick slot in the left side of the PSP. Depending on how many photos you want it to hold, you may need to get a larger one than the stick that came with your system.
  2. Turn on the PSP.
  3. Plug a USB cable into the back of the PSP and into your PC or Mac. The USB cable needs to have a Mini-B connector on one end (this plugs into the PSP), and a standard USB connector on the other (this plugs into the computer).
  4. Scroll to the "Settings" icon on the home menu of your PSP.
  5. Find the "USB Connection" icon in the "Settings" menu. Press the X button. Your PSP will display the words "USB Mode" and your PC or Mac will recognize it as a USB storage device.
  6. If there isn't one already, create a folder called "PSP" on the PSP Memory Stick -- it shows up as "Portable Storage Device" or something similar -- (you can use Windows Explorer on a PC, or Finder on a Mac).
  1. If there isn't one already, create a folder called "PHOTO" inside the "PSP" folder (on newer firmware versions, this folder may also be called "PICTURE").
  2. Drag and drop image files into the "PHOTO" or "PICTURE" folder just as you would save files in another folder on your computer.
  3. Disconnect your PSP by first clicking on "Safely Remove Hardware" on the bottom menu bar of a PC, or by "ejecting" the drive on the Mac (drag the icon into the trash). Then unplug the USB cable and press the circle button to return to the home menu.


    1. You can view jpeg, tiff, gif, png and bmp files on a PSP with firmware version 2.00 or higher. If your machine has firmware version 1.5, you can only view jpeg files. (To find out what version your PSP has, follow the tutorial linked below.)
    2. With recent firmwares, you can create subfolders inside the "PHOTO" or "PICTURE" folder, but do not create subfolders within other subfolders.

    What You Need:

    • a PSP
    • a computer
    • a Memory Stick Duo or Pro Duo
    • a USB cable with a Mini-B connector on one end


    If you want to learn how to watch videos on your PSP, check out our guide on transferring videos.

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