Using a canon 1200d how do you download images onto your phone/laptop/iPad etc... Taking a random guess do you have to use a USB cable to dowbload them onto your laptop and then onto your phone?
Most folks would use an SD card reader on their computer--especially since many computers have a card reader slot built-in. This keeps you from running down the camera battery to simply transfer files, and can often be a faster and more convenient way to download images than using a USB cable.
The other alternative, since the 1200D does not come with built-in wi-fi, would be to get a wi-fi capable SD card to use in the camera that can then connect to an app on a smartphone, which lets you transfer images directly from the card to the phone.
"Unfortunately, although not unexpectedly for a camera at this price point, the 1200D doesn’t ship with Wi-fi functionality. It is, however, compatible with Eye-Fi memory cards and as such supports wireless transfer of images in conjunction with Canon’s smartphone and tablet app."
Transfer them to your PC (I suggest using the EOS utility, it works fast - it came on the CD you got with your camera.) and then from your PC to your device, via USB - as you said.
Or you could try that Eye-fi, which I haven't used before.
Canon 1200d package provides a USB wire, even though you didnt install canon's EOS PC SUITE on your PC, Windows will still read your camera's memory card. Also you can use a card reader. I would suggest you to use usb wire and install EOS SUITE in your pc because its has other advantages like canon editor(for post production) and photo viewer(for reading RAW(.cr2) images).