Today we will tell you how to transfer files of internal memory, applications to the SD card of a phone on an Android or tablet. And also about how to store files and photos on a microSD-card to free up space in the smartphone’s memory. All methods are simple and will help to avoid or delay the moment the message “Out of space” appears on your Android device.
What you need to know about micro SD cards
Many inexpensive Android smartphones have a small amount of internal memory (4 or 8 GB). At the same time, 16 GB is not always enough, because few people are limited to a couple of films and applications. Many users want to have as many high-resolution photos and videos as possible on their gadget, as well as all their favorite music. Fortunately, most Android smartphones support microSD cards.
Before buying a card, you need to find out which gadget has the maximum memory capacity. Flagships usually reach 128 GB or more, but many Android smartphones are limited to 32 GB. Frankly, for most users this amount of memory is enough.
After inserting a microSD-card, you can set a new save path for new applications, photos, videos, audio files and others; change the location of saving pictures in the camera settings, as well as songs downloaded in the Google Play Music application. But what about the applications that are already loaded on the internal memory of the smartphone?
How to transfer applications to an SD card in Android
We will make a reservation right away: not all applications can be moved to a microSD-card: some applications have protection that will prevent this from happening. In other words, users of smartphones with 4 and 8 GB of internal memory, accustomed to downloading and installing more than a dozen applications, even with a microSD card, may run into memory shortages.
The ability to move an application to a memory card is usually determined by the application developer, and sometimes the device manufacturer.
For example, Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the smartphones on which you can move applications to an SD card. But these applications will become unavailable when removing the memory card.
In order to find out whether it is possible to transfer an application to a microSD-card, go to “Settings”, then to “Applications” and select the one you need. On some Android smartphones, the settings menu may be called and look different, but application settings in any case should be.
On the first tab of the application settings menu, all downloaded applications on the smartphone are displayed. On the right tab are the ones that are stored on the SD card.
To move the application, go to the “Downloaded” tab and click on the application. For example, in the screenshots, we chose Clash of Clans.
Here will be the item "Move to SD card", click on it. Then the inscription “Move” will appear, and at the end of the process, the item will change to “Move to internal memory”. Now the application has appeared on the tab “on the SD card”.
It’s also worth noting that many downloadable free applications are available for moving. And for those who often do not have enough available memory, we recommend uninstalling applications after use.
How to transfer photos, videos and other files to an Android SD card (memory card)
First you need to go to "Settings", then go to the "Memory" section, then select "Transfer files to an SD card." Not all Android devices have a similar option, in which case you will have to move the files manually.
In addition, using a computer or laptop, you can also quickly and easily move photos, videos, audio and other files. To do this, you just need to connect the smartphone to the PC via a USB cable.
Through a computer, you can view the contents of both internal and external memory (two different devices will be displayed). To transfer files to the Mac OS, you can use the Android File Transfer program, in which the internal memory and the contents of the SD card are displayed on different tabs.
Here, to move files from internal memory to external, you only need to drag them with the mouse to any convenient place, including the memory of the computer itself. The main thing is not to accidentally capture the system files of the Android operating system.
You can also resort to the help of the file manager. Many Android smartphones have this app installed by default. If it is not there, you can download the free file manager from Topnet999, however, among users of Android devices ES Explorer is most popular.
At the very top there will be a tab “Memory” – click on it to see all available types of memory on the smartphone. "Sdcard0" – indicates the internal memory of the smartphone, and "sdcard1" – external. Let’s start by moving the photos.
First, open “sdcard0” and go to the DCIM folder, then to Camera. Pictures taken on the smartphone’s camera are stored here. Click on the three dots in the lower right and select "Select multiple files." We mark the necessary photos that we want to transfer to the memory card. After that, select "Move", go to the desired folder on the microSD-card and click on "Insert."
This way you can move audio and other files on your smartphone.