How to move pictures to SD card

If your Android phone only has a 16GB internal memory, then more likely you’ll run out of space after a few months of use especially if the device has good cameras and that you’re fond of taking pictures of everything you encounter everyday. Phones with low storage capacity often have a microSD card slot for expandable memory.

While you may not be able to move all your apps to an external storage device, you can surely move your files, pictures and videos. If you’re looking for ways to free up some space for other apps, then these files must be saved into the SD card. In this post, I will guide you on how to move your pictures over to your SD card. So, read on as this article may be able to help you one way or another.

How to move your pictures from Internal Storage to SD card

I would always recommend this method as you don’t need to use any device or computer to perform this except for your phone. Any Android device has it’s own file manager and you will be using that app to access the images you want to move. I would assume that you’ve already mounted your microSD card and formatted it to become usable. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. From a Home screen, navigate: Apps > Tools > File Manager.
  2. Tap Images.
  3. Touch and hold one of the pictures until check boxes appear on the left side of each item.
  4. Now select an image 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.
  5. Once you’ve already selected the images, tap More on the upper-right corner.
  6. Now choose between Move or Copy. If you choose Move, then all the images 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 image to the location you specify.
  7. Choose SD card.
  8. Navigate to a folder you want the images to be moved or copied or you may create one.
  9. Wait for the phone to finish moving the pictures and depending of the number of images, it may take a few minutes to complete.

How to move pictures to SD card using a computer

If you’re not used to accessing files using the file manager of your phone, then you may need to connect your device to a computer. In so doing, you will also have access to your pictures and you can simply drag and drop them to a new location. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. 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.
  2. When prompted to choose a connection type, tap Media device (MTP).
  3. On your computer, open the File Explorer.
  4. Click your Android phone’s name. If you can’t find it, then try clicking on This PC in the left sidebar.
  5. Double-click the “Internal storage” folder.
  6. Double-click the “DCIM” folder. This is the default folder where all photos and videos taken by your phone’s camera are saved.
  7. Double-click the “Camera” folder.
  8. Select the photos you want to transfer and then right-click on selected photos and choose Copy.
  9. Click your Android phone’s name again and this time, click on SD card.
  10. Navigate to the folder where you want to move the pictures or create one.
  11. Right-click on the folder and click paste or press CTRL+V.
  12. Wait for your computer to finish moving the files.
  13. Once the transfer is complete, disconnect your phone from your computer. You can then access your pictures from your SD card using Gallery or Photos.

As far as moving pictures to SD card is concerned, these two methods are the easiest ones to do. I hope that this guide have helped you carry out this task on your phone.

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Harold Hisona

Harold has been in the tech industry since 2008 when he started out as a tech support for companies like Time Warner, Comcast and Tracfone. He’s been troubleshooting phones when the smartphone industry started booming. During his tenure as a tech support, he’s already been writing for various tech blogs and doing some freelance SEO. In 2012, he joined a small team of bloggers to write for The Droid Guy, and he has been with the company ever since. Today, he doesn’t only write tutorials and troubleshooting pieces but also shoots and edits videos for The Droid Guy channel while trading stocks on the side. Contact me at Email

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