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We learn to quickly transfer photos to a memory card of an Android device

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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.

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:

  1. Open the Camera app.
  2. Open the camera settings (gear icon).
  3. In the camera settings, find the “Storage location” item and select “SD card” instead of “Device memory”. 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.

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:

  1. Open the "My Files" application, in it open "Device Memory".
  2. Press and hold your finger on the DCIM folder until the folder is marked.
  3. Click on the three dots in the upper right and select "Move."
  4. 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 to other Andro>

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 the free and X-Plore it will look like this:

  1. In one of the panels, open the internal memory, in the other - the root of the SD card.
  2. In the internal memory, press and hold the DCIM folder until the menu appears.
  3. Select the menu item "Move". 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.

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Initial steps for copying

Before you start moving photos from the internal memory of a portable device to an SD card, you need to make sure that the device sees an external drive. To do this, go to the settings, find the memory item, click on this name.

If everything is in order, then free and occupied space will be displayed on the external drive. In case of not displaying MicroSD in some Android devices there is an option to connect an SD card. There are three types of drives, and they are connected in different ways too:

  • MіcroSD - inserted directly into a smartphone or tablet,
  • SDHC - most often connected using an adapter,
  • The USB flash drive is connected to the phone or tablet using a cord.

The second and third option is suitable for those devices on which there are no additional connectors. Then you need to buy a special cord to transfer data from the phone to a third-party storage medium. In the case of SDHC, there should be a connector on one end that is suitable for the device, on the other side an adapter in which MіcroSD will be installed.

When everything is ready - go to the settings for the tablet and smartphone, go to the cell with the name "my files", find the tab with photos, hold the additional menu for a long time. In the list that opens, click on the move item, then select the MіcroSD option.

Additional applications

After checking, you should install a file manager, the best options for transferring photos from Android to a third-party storage medium are programs such as ES Explorer or Total Commander. Any of the managers have the opportunity to download for free from the Play Store. After starting the ES application, a screen with two sections appears in front of my eyes. The first section is a flash drive, and the second paragraph is the internal memory of the smartphone.

Since it is necessary to transfer photos from the phone to an external device, we go to the second tab. After that, you need to find the name DCIM, select "Camera" in the list that opens. After the images appear, you need to hold your finger on the picture until the picture is highlighted. Thus mark all the pics.

Press the scissors at the top of the display. When the pictures are cut out, go to the SD card, by clicking on the plus image add a folder in which the images will be stored. Next, click on the new tab, tap on the picture of two squares at the top of the screen, after that the photos are automatically saved in the selected location.

Total Commander is another very convenient application that will help in finding the answer on how to save photos to third-party media. Having entered the program, a window appears in which all the files of the phone are located. Find the name DCIM, then - Camera, after that there are two options for checking the pictures you need, the root of the folder and ticking the pictures you want, or select the entire package.

After the desired images are marked, click on the arrow to go to the next window. When the transition is completed, click on MicroSD, select the desired location to save. Then go to the previous window and click on move files.

Saving photos to a card

In order not to suffer with the transfer of photos from one place to another, you can enable the saving of files to additional media. How to make photos saved in the desired place? There are several ways to do this. The first option is very simple, it involves a transition to the camera settings:

  • First, click on the camera,
  • select settings in the menu,
  • save option
  • checkmark the external device.

If there is no such item, then the developers of the smartphone automatically thought out saving to a USB flash drive.

The next item is suitable not only for photos, but for all applications. It is required to download a program called “Download Manager” in the Play Store. After installation, the main display opens. By clicking on the three vertical stripes, a list opens, in it you should click on the name "download", then select the desired path and click OK. When these actions are completed, all files will be saved to the specified location.