By default, photos and videos on Android are taken and stored in the internal memory, which, with a Micro SD memory card, is not always rational, since the internal memory is almost always not enough. If necessary, you can make the photos immediately taken to a memory card and transfer existing files to it.
In this manual, details on setting up shooting on an SD card and on transferring photos / videos to a memory card on Android phones. The first part of the guide is about how to do this on Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the second is general for any Android device. Note: if you are a “very novice” Android user, I highly recommend saving your photos and videos in the cloud or on your computer before proceeding.
How to transfer photos and videos to a microSD card on Samsung Galaxy
At its core, the methods for transferring photos for Samsung Galaxy and other Android devices are not different, but I decided to separately describe this method using only those tools that are already preinstalled on the devices of this, one of the most common brands.
Capturing photos and videos on an SD card
The first step (not necessary if you do not need it) is to configure the camera so that photos and videos are shot on a MicroSD memory card, it is very simple to do this:
- Open the Camera app.
- Open the camera settings (gear icon).
- In the camera settings, find the “Storage location” item and instead of “Device memory” select “SD card”.
After these steps, all (almost) new photos and videos will be saved in the DCIM folder on the memory card, the folder will be created the moment you take the first picture. Why “almost”: some videos and photos that require a high recording speed (photos in continuous shooting mode and 4k 60 frames per second video) will continue to be saved to the internal memory of the smartphone, but they can always be transferred to the SD card after shooting.
Note: the first time you start the camera after connecting the memory card, you will automatically be prompted to save photos and videos to it.
Transferring captured photos and videos to a memory card
To transfer existing photos and videos to a memory card, you can use the built-in My Files application available on your Samsung or any other file manager. I will show the method for the built-in standard application:
- Open the "My Files" application, in it open "Device Memory".
- Press and hold your finger on the DCIM folder until the folder is marked.
- Click on the three dots in the upper right and select "Move."
- Select “Memory Card”.
The folder will be moved, and the data will be merged with the existing photos on the memory card (nothing will be erased, do not worry).
Shooting and transferring photos / videos on other Android phones
Setting up shooting on a memory card on almost all Android phones and tablets is implemented the same way, but, at the same time, depending on the camera interface (and manufacturers, even on “clean” Android usually install their “Camera” application) are slightly different.
The general point is to find a way to open the camera settings (menu, gear icon, swipe from one of the edges), and there is already an item for the parameters of the location for saving photos and videos. The screenshot for Samsung was presented above, but, for example, on the Moto X Play it looks like the screenshot below. Usually nothing complicated.
After setting, photos and videos begin to be saved on the SD card in the same DCIM folder that was previously used in the internal memory.
To transfer existing materials to a memory card, you can use any file manager (see. The best file managers for Android ). For example, in free and X-Plore, it will look like this:
- In one of the panels, open the internal memory, in the other - the root of the SD card.
- In the internal memory, press and hold the DCIM folder until the menu appears.
- Select the menu item "Move".
- Move (by default it will move to the root of the memory card, which is what we need).
Perhaps, in some other file managers, the process of moving will be more understandable for novice users, but, in any case, everywhere this is a relatively simple procedure.
That's all, if there are questions or something does not work out, ask in the comments, I will try to help.