How to Transfer Photos to a Memory Stick on a PSP

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You can store photos on your memory card and then use your PlayStation Portable, otherwise known as the PSP, to look at them later or show them off to friends. You could even use it as an ultra-portable art portfolio.

Transfer photos to a PSP Memory Stick

Transferring files takes little time and setting up a portable slideshow is simple on the PSP. You'll need the following:

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

This tutorial is for both older and more recent firmware versions.

  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 one with a larger capacity than the Memory 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 and select the Settings icon on the home menu of your PSP.

  5. Select the USB Connection icon in the Settings menu and 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).

  7. 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").

  8. Drag and drop image files into the PHOTO or PICTURE folder just as you would save files in a folder on your computer.

  9. Click Safely Remove Hardware on the bottom menu bar of a PC, or by ejecting the drive on the Mac (drag the USB storage device icon into the trash). Unplug the USB cable and press the circle button to return to the home menu.

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. With recent firmware versions you can create subfolders inside the PHOTO or PICTURE folder; however, do not create subfolders within other subfolders.

In addition to photos, you can transfer and watch videos on your PSP as well.