Moving files from your Android phone’s internal storage to the SD card is now easier than it was before. Smartphones nowadays can easily be detected and recognized by computers even without installing their drivers. As a result, accessing the files stored in your phone’s memory through a computer is a simple plug-and-play procedure.
In this post, I will guide you on how to move your files from the internal storage to the external or expanded storage device. For me, there are only two very common ways to do this although there are others methods that are more complicated than the ones I present here. Without further adieu, here they are…
Move files to SD Card using Android’s stock File Manager
I think this one is the easiest thing to do because you don’t need to connect your phone to a computer to be able to drag-and-drop the files. What you need is your phone’s stock File Manager which will give you access to almost all of your files. Here’s how it’s done through this method…
- From a Home screen, navigate: Apps > Tools > File Manager.
- Tap All Files or any other file format you want to move.
- Touch and hold one of the pictures until check boxes appear on the left side of each item.
- Now select a file you want to move by checking the box beside it or if you want to move all of them, put the check on the box at the top.
- Once you’ve already selected the files, tap More on the upper-right corner.
- Now choose between Move or Copy. If you choose Move, then all the files will be cut from the current location and moved to a new location you choose. However, if you choose Copy, Android will create a copy of each file to the location you specify.
- Choose SD card.
- Navigate to a folder you want the files to be moved or copied or you may create one.
- Wait for the phone to finish moving the files and depending on their number, it may take a few minutes to complete.
Once the process is finished, you can already access your files from the new location and depending on their format, they may still be classified by the File Manager as pictures, videos, etc.
Move files to SD Card using a computer
Now, this is the good old drag-and-drop process but you would need to connect your phone to the computer for this. The phone has to be detected and recognized by the computer so it will have access to the files you want to move.
- Connect your phone to your computer using the original cable. Most of the time Android devices can be detected and recognized by a computer without installing the drivers.
- When prompted to choose a connection type, tap Media device (MTP).
- On your computer, open the File Explorer.
- Click your Android phone’s name. If you can’t find it, then try clicking on This PC in the left sidebar.
- Double-click the “Internal storage” folder.
- Double-click the folder where the files you want to move are saved.
- Select the files you want to transfer and then right-click on selected files and choose Copy.
- Click your Android phone’s name again and this time, click on SD card.
- Navigate to the folder where you want to move the files or create one.
- Right-click on the folder and click paste or press CTRL+V.
- Wait for your computer to finish moving the files.
- Once the transfer is complete, disconnect your phone from your computer. You can then access your files from your SD card.
Basically, the process of moving files happen inside your phone, you just need a computer to initiate the process. Well, I hope that his guide have helped you one way or another.
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