Is your phone running out of storage? If yes, phones with expandable memory are a life savior. You can simply get an SD card with a substantial amount of space and migrate all your files from the internal storage.
The type of SD card used in phones is the tiniest of all, MicroSD. You can even get multiple SD cards if you have a considerable amount of data.
But since this process can seem tricky depending on the phone model, we’re here to help.
How to Transfer File from Internal Storage to SD Card on Android?
The fundamental way of transferring files involves sending files using the File Manager tool on an Android phone.
If you can’t find the specific File Manager app, you may notice other apps with slightly different names, like My Files or the Files app by Google. Now, let’s look at the ways to move different types of files from the internal storage to an SD card.
- Open the File Manager app.
- You can now view all the categories of your data, like Images, Documents, Downloads, and more. Since we want to move files, tap on Documents.
- From the top-right corner, tap on the three dots to open the menu.
- Tap on the Edit option and select all your existing files within the folder. You may leave out a few files if you prefer.
- Now, select the Move option at the bottom of the screen.
- Go back and open the first page of the My Files or File Manager app. Open the SD card folder.
- Select the Move Here option or Paste. The transfer process might take a while. You can now find all your selected data on the SD card.
Moving Photos or Videos
The process is the same to transfer other data, like images or videos. However, there are a few specific steps you can follow:
- Inside the File Manager app, go to Internal Storage and then go to DCIM.
- Hold down the Camera folder for a few seconds.
- Tap on Move from the menu and select the SD card option.
- You can select any folder within the SD card to transfer your photos and videos.
If you want to move all your favorite apps from internal storage to an SD card, here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Go to Settings and then open Apps to view all your existing apps.
- Select an app and then go to App Info.
- Select the Storage option and then tap on Change.
- Here, you can change the default storage of the particular app. So, select the SD card option.
Note: If you’re having issues moving your app to the SD card, this is because some phones don’t support transferring system apps and such. You may even notice that the option to choose SD is not available.
How to Change Default Camera Storage Location?
If you want to continue moving images to the SD card in the future, you can change a setting to make it automatic. By changing the default storage location of the Camera app, all your new pictures will start being stored on the SD card. Doing so will save you a lot of time and help make better use of the internal storage.
Here’s how you can change the default camera storage location:
- Open Camera and go to Settings.
- Tap on the option that says Storage Location or Custom storage location.
Why Can’t I Transfer Files from Internal Storage to Sd Card?
The process of transferring files is not always linear. There can be several factors that can act as a barrier between your files and the SD card.
- Your SD card is out of storage.
- Your SD card is not placed properly in the SD card tray.
- The SD card is damaged or has dust particles.
- Your SD card is corrupted or has a virus.
- Your SD card is protected (read-only).
My Phone Can’t Detected the SD Card
Sometimes your phone may not detect your SD card for various reasons. In such cases, a simple restart can suffice. Keep holding down the power button and take out the SD card tray. You can also clean the SD card if there are some visible dust/dirt particles. Put it back in and turn on your phone. Besides that, here are a few other solutions you can try.
Unmount SD Card
Another way you can reset the SD card is by unmounting and then remounting it. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Go to Settings and then open Storage.
- You’ll notice either Unmount SD Card or Mount SD Card option.
- Tap on the option and proceed.
Now, you can again mount the SD card and restart your phone.
Using Command Prompt on a PC
You can fix internal bugs or errors within the SD card by using a command on your computer. This step also helps you check if your PC can detect the SD card. Here’s how you can do it:
- Connect your phone to your PC.
- Right Click on This PC and then go to Manage.
- Now, click on Disk Management.
- From the list of disks, check if you can locate your SD card.
- If yes, open the run dialog box by pressing the Windows + R key.
- Type in “
cmd” to open the command prompt.
- Enter the following command:
Finally, you can use other solutions, like using a card reader on a PC, formatting the SD card, and factory resetting your phone.
My Phone Doesn’t Have a SD Card Slot
SD Card slots were more popular back in the day. Now, newer models of phones are starting to come without an SD card slot. Phones like Google Pixel, iPhone, and the latest models of Samsung don’t have an SD card slot.
The reason behind this is to add to the user experience factor and to strengthen user data privacy. SD cards can get lost and people can easily get access to all your data on it. So, you can opt for cloud-based storage services, like Google Drive, iCloud, and more are getting popular.