How to Move/Copy Files between Folders on Google Pixel 7

This post will walk you through moving and copying files between available system folders and directories on the newest Google Pixel device. Here’s a quick guide to move/copy files between folders on Google Pixel 7.

Time Needed : 3 minutes

Android 13 smartphones are packed with a number of useful features including file management commands that you can use whenever you need to optimize system storage. Just like computers, you can move or copy files between different storage directories on your Android device.

Depicted below is the actual process of moving and copying files from one folder to another on the newest Google Pixel smartphone using the inbuilt Files application. Feel free to refer to these subsequent instructions.

  1. To get started, open the Files app by tapping on the Files icon from the Apps tray of your phone.

    Simply swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to launch the Apps tray then locate the Files app.

  2. To continue, tap to open the Browse tab in the Files app main screen.

    Doing so will load up different file browsing commands and controls that you can utilize.

  3. Select the folder (source directory) that contains the file(s) that you want to move or copy to another folder/storage directory.

    Simply tap to select the desired folder or sub-folder.

  4. Once you’re inside the desired folder, tap to select the files that you want to move.

    Just tap to mark or highlight the desired files to move/copy.

  5. After selecting files, tap on the three dots located on the upper-right corner of the screen.

    Doing so opens a side menu with a number of options.

  6. To move the selected files from the current folder/directory to another, tap Move to.

    The Move to menu appears beneath the display.

  7. Tap Internal storage to proceed.

    Doing so will route you straight to the internal storage menu where all system directories and available folders are placed.

  8. Select the new folder or directory that you’d like to move the selected files to.

    Simply tap to select the desired target directory and then tap Move here at the bottom.

  9. There is also an option for you to create a new dedicated folder to store the selected files.

    To create a new folder, tap the option to Add new folder from the Internal storage menu.

  10. The New Folder pop-up window will load up next. Enter the name of the new folder that you’d like to create then tap the Move to folder button to continue.

    Use a folder name that’s related to the file types it stored. 

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  • Google Pixel 7

Copying Files (Creating Duplicates)

The Move to command works the same as the Cut command in computers. Thus, the selected files will be removed from the current directory/folder and then be moved or transferred to the new directory. 

If you don’t want to delete the original file from the source directory/folder, then you can use the copy to command instead.

To copy files to another folder, just follow these steps:

  • First, navigate to the Files app menu then locate the folder/file that you’d like to create a copy of.
  • Once found, tap to select the files that you’d like to copy and then tap on the three dots located on the top-right corner of the file selection window. The same side menu with sub-items will load up next.
  • Select ‘Copy to’ from the given options. Doing so opens the Copy to menu beneath the display.
  • To continue, tap Internal storage in the Copy to menu. Doing so will take you to the internal storage menu with all available folders and system directories.
  • Tap to select the target directory or folder that you’d like to copy the selected files to. Again, you can create a new dedicated folder to store your files or select any from the existing folders.
  • After selecting the target directory, tap Copy here at the bottom of the screen. A copy of the selected files will then be placed inside the selected folder/directory.

These files will then serve as duplicate files that you can use in case you accidentally lose or delete the original files. 

But you have to note though that copied files are duplicate files that use up more storage of your phone. That said, only keep a copy of your files when needed. 

A better alternative is to create a copy of your important data to your cloud storage like Google drive. Not only does it save up storage on your phone, it also allows you to access your files anywhere and anytime for as long as your device is online.

To move or copy another file from a different folder/directory, just repeat the same steps to access the directory in the Files app.

And that’s all about moving and copying files between folders or system directories on the new Google Pixel 7 smartphone.

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