How to Transfer Files to SD Card from Internal Storage

Transfer Files to SD Card

Running out of space on your device but want to install more apps? Follow these methods to transfer files to SD card from your internal storage.

Android devices are used worldwide because they work quite efficiently. These are easy-to-use devices and are available at cheap prices too. These devices have a number of features like privacy security, fast charging system, virus scanning, system updation, and so on. However, when you get a new brand phone out of the box then, this device gives you the best performance at that moment. But, with the passage of time, this device gets stuck when pictures, files, apps, and updates began to pile up and hog system resources. 

Moreover, one best way to deal with this device that manages to feel sluggish over time. It is due to the expansion of its storage via SD card. This tiny device has been used for a long time and it holds a large amount of data that totally depends on its capacity. 

Furthermore, these devices’ capacity ranges from 128MB up to 1TB depending on the type of SD card. Make sure to check the microSD size that your device supports. While all people love to have devices with maximum storage which can’t be possible sometimes. Also, your device can’t magically move all data into an SD card when inserting it. You will allow it to hold all your data, files, or media. In this way, you will free up some space on your device’s internal memory. Well, not all Android devices support SD cards, some require setting up an SD card as internal storage before transferring data. 

However, in this article, we will tell you How to Transfer Files from Android Storage to an Internal SD Card. So, let’s get started!

How To Transfer Files To An SD Card On Your Android Phone

To transfer files to an SD card on an Android device, here are five ways to do it. We will tell each step one by one. So, let’s go ahead!!

Transfer Files From Android Internal Storage To SD Card

Transferring files from device to SD card is considered useful in a way that you can easily swap the data to a different device. This is also considered helpful because when you are interested to share data with another device then, update your device efficiently and move files to its internal storage. Well, to move internal storage to an SD card simply, use your device’s File Manager app (or My Files). 

Using File Manager

Transfer Files to SD Card

To do so, follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Head to the My Files app by searching it in a search bar of a device (or from the main menu)
  2. A list of different options will appear and a storage option available on a device then, tap the Documents option
  3. On the top right side of a documents page, tap the Menu (three vertical dots) to check out the drop-down menu list
  4. Tap the Edit option and then, select All the files (or choose the file you want to move)
  5. Tap the Move option 
  6. Now, go to the My Files option again > tap SD Card > choose the desired location on a card > then, select Move Here. If you are not sure then, tap Cancel to start over. 

However, now, your device will start moving the file into an SD card. The same steps could be done for the transfer of other files too. 

Note: If a device does not have a pre-installed file manager app then, you can download and install a third-party app to transfer the files. 

Transfer Images From Android Internal Storage To An SD Card

You can also transfer images from your device to an SD card by following the simple steps given below:

  1. Head to the My Files app by searching it in a search bar of a device (or from the main menu)
  2. Tap the internal storage option and choose DCIM from a list of options that appear
  3. Click the Camera option and long-press it
  4. On the top right side of a documents page, tap the Menu (three vertical dots) to check out the drop-down menu list
  5. Tap the Edit option and choose the Move option 
  6. Now, go to the My Files option again > tap SD Card > choose the desired location on a card > then, select Move Here. If you are not sure then, tap Cancel to start over. 
  7. Tap the DCIM option (and if you do not have a DCIM folder on an SD card > tap Create folder (named it as DCIM) > then, tap Done to start the transferring of images).

Also see: How to Track Changes in Google Docs

Note: You can also assign your images to transfer to the SD card but, not all devices let you assign screenshots to capture and save on SD. In such a case, you keep copying and moving your screenshots to an SD card hence, not filling up a device.

Change The Default Camera Storage To SD Card

You can also move images and videos by changing the directories on the Camera app so that the SD card becomes a default storage location rather than moving your images every time. This will automatically save your images or videos to the SD card’s DCIM folder but, you first need to confirm that your camera app offers this facility. If not then, you have to download a different camera app from the Play store. To do so, follow the steps given below:

  1. Open the Camera app on your device 
  2. Choose the settings option (gear icon) placed on the top left side 
  3. Tap the storage location from a list that appears 
  4. Now, tap the SD card option (it may be labeled as External storage or Memory card depending on the device)

However, now, your videos or images will automatically be saved to your SD card directly.

Transfer Apps From Android Internal Storage To The SD Card

You can also transfer apps from the internal storage of a device to an SD card by following the steps given below: 

  1. Head to the settings app on your device 
  2. Click the Go to Apps option and choose App Info
  3. Tap the Storage from a list of options that appear
  4. Now, tap the Change option on a screen and select the SD Card option 

Note: If Move to SD card is grey then, it means that you are not allowed to transfer the apps because all apps can’t be moved. 

Moreover, not all devices allow you to transfer the apps. Some might not allow moving any apps at all as it totally depends on what device you are using. You won’t see apps in device storage once you move them to an external SD card. 

Storage Alternatives

In case your SD card fills up and has no space left then, you should go for a memory card reader that helps to transfer the images or files to your PC. Then, you can easily back up the data to an external drive having a higher capacity. You can also upload to cloud storage online for the long term (like Google Drive or Dropbox). 

Final Words

Despite people wanting an external card slot on their devices, it is not really necessary nowadays. Many devices come with a lot of internal storage and they won’t run out even if you add a plethora of data in it. It happens in rare cases when a device having 256GB of storage runs out of memory. If you have a flagship device, you can grab a 1TB variant and never have to worry about memory. However, if you want a backup of all your data, an SD card is a reasonable option, since it is cheap and provides a lot of storage. Then you can follow this article to transfer files to SD card and keep a backup of all the important stuff.

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