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How to transfer information from the phone’s memory to an SD memory card


By default, Android saves user files to the device’s internal memory. Over time, the number of such files increases so much that the smartphone or tablet starts to display a message about the lack of memory and the user can no longer install the application or take a photo (video). To free the internal memory of the gadget, you need to move the accumulated user files to the SD memory card. This can be done using the file manager or by connecting a smartphone / tablet to a computer and moving using Windows Explorer.

Why do I need a file manager in Android

File managers are a class of applications with which you can perform operations with files: move, copy, delete, rename, run, cut, paste. Definitely, such an application must be installed on your smartphone or tablet. The Google Play app store has a large number of file managers, among which you can choose for every taste. Let's look at how to transfer files in Android to a memory card, using one of the most popular managers - File Manager.

Transfer files to Android using File Manager

Install File Manager and run it. After opening the application, you find yourself in a window where 2 sections are presented: “Device"And"SD-map».

The “Device” section shows the contents of the internal memory of your Android smartphone or tablet, and the “SD card” section shows the contents of the memory card.

Tap on the "Device" icon to open the contents of the internal memory and find the file (s) needed to move to the microSD card. Mark the desired file (s) or folders with files and tap on the “Move»At the bottom left of the application.

As a result of this action, two buttons will appear below: the “Cancel", Tap on which cancels the action and the button"Embed», Tap on which moves the marked files to the currently open folder.

We need to transfer the files to the memory card, so we go to the main File Manager window by tapping the “Home»In the upper left corner of the screen.

Tap on the section "SD-card" open the contents of the memory card.

Select the directory on the memory card where we want to move the previously marked files and folders. Then tap on the button "Insert" we move the marked files from the internal memory of your smartphone or tablet to the SD-card.

Moving files to Android using a computer

When connecting a smartphone or tablet to the computer’s USB port, the device is defined as an external drive with two sections (internal memory and memory card) with files which, using Windows Explorer, you can perform standard operations of moving, copying, deleting files, renaming files. In the same way, you can transfer files not only to a memory card, but also to a computer. This operation is considered in more detail in this article.

Tips and nuances

Before you bring an algorithm with which you can transfer data from the phone’s internal memory to a memory card on Samsung (or any other Android-based gadget), read the useful information:

  • The concept of Android is such that, by default, all data is automatically recorded in the phone storage. We recommend changing this setting wherever possible. For example, in the camera settings, set the recording of new media to the SD card. Go to the “Camera” application, find the gear icon - “Storage” item and change the set value,

  • Applications can also be ported, but only those that you installed yourself. But even in this case, some of the files will still remain on the phone (for example, the cache), and if you decide to transfer the USB flash drive to another device, the application will most likely not work there. It will have to be reinstalled again. System utilities cannot be migrated.
  • If you use a smartphone based on Android, the version of which is lower than 6, you can transfer applications only through third-party utilities. Starting with Android 6.0, this feature is officially available.
  • To transfer files from your phone to a memory card on Android, you definitely need a file manager. This application is officially included in the firmware of all new versions of Android, and it is called, usually “My Files” or “Explorer”. If your phone model doesn’t have one, don’t worry, the file manager is easy to download from the Play Market for free.

We recommend the following utilities: File Manager, File Manager, X-plore File Manager, Mi Explorer (for Xiaomi phones). Programs automatically sort all folders on the device, forming a file system, like on a computer.

Can I transfer files from my native storage to a removable drive on iPhone?

No apple device currently supports removable media. Apple’s trick is that all of their gadgets are non-separable, and you won’t find a flash drive slot on your apple phone. We recommend immediately buying an iPhone with a large amount of internal storage. If the memory runs out, the only way out is to transfer the files to the computer via iTunes or upload the video with the music to the cloud.

Instructions: how to transfer files via smartphone

Let's find out how to transfer music from the phone to the memory card, give detailed instructions:

  • Open the My Files app,
  • Find the desired music folder there, go inside and find the song,

  • Long press to highlight a track,
  • Click on the context menu call button (three dots or three dashes in the corner of the screen, most often at the top, depending on the phone model),
  • Find the Move command,

  • Select “Memory card” or “Removable SD disk” or “Flash drive”, etc. from the list,

  • Click on the drive and the process of moving will begin.

Also, in the context menu there is a “Copy” command, it allows you to create a duplicate of a document and move it to a memory card. At the same time, music will also remain in the internal memory.

If you want to transfer everything from the phone’s memory to the memory card, select the entire folder without going inside. To select, you must perform the same long touch of the element. After one folder is highlighted, briefly click on all the others. Please note that if the system folder is accidentally among them, the Move button in the context menu will not appear. Choose only your own folders, media files and documents.

This manual is universal for all Android phones, but each brand may have differences in the names of sections or commands. For example, Xiaomi has the file manager called “Explorer”, and Samsung has “My files”,

Remember the essence: in order to transfer information from the phone’s memory to the memory card of Lenovo, Huawei or any other phone, you need to find the file you need, select it and send it to a USB flash drive.

How to transfer from a computer

  • To transfer video from the phone’s memory to the memory card through the computer, connect the gadget to it via a USB cable,
  • Go to My Computer,
  • Find the connected device and click on it,

Perhaps the message “Allow data transfer” will appear on the phone, be sure to click, otherwise you will not be able to work with the file system of the smartphone.

  • A window opens with your drives - native and removable. The first is most likely called “Phone,” and the second is “Card.” Go to Phone, find the folder with the video (music, document, photos, notes, etc.), select it with the mouse, right-click the menu,

  • You need the “Move” or “Cut” command (there is also the option to select “Copy”),

  • Next, go up and go to Card,

  • Here you can create a new folder or paste the file directly into the root of the flash drive: right-click on an empty field and select the "Paste" command

Well, that’s all, we hope we answered the question whether it is possible to transfer data from the phone’s memory to an SD card in Android. Use our instructions and let all your files be stored rationally! Do not forget about backing up especially important documents - periodically drop them on your computer or synchronize with cloud storage. See you in the following publications!