How to Transfer Files to SD Card on Android

This minHour teaches you how to move any file from your device's internal storage to your SD card, using Android.


Open your file manager app.

File managers let you browse all the folders and directories on your device.

  • If you don’t already have a stock file manager app on your device, you can install one from the Play Store. Here you can find plenty of free and paid file managers.

Tap Device Storage or Internal Storage.

This directory will show all the folders that are stored on your device’s internal hard drive, rather than your SD card.

Find the file you want to transfer.

Browse your device’s internal storage by tapping on different folders, and find the file you want to move to your SD card.

  • If you want to exit a folder, tap the back button on your device, or on your screen.

Tap and hold the file you want to transfer.

This will highlight the file, and reveal toolbar icons at the top of your screen.

  • On most devices, you can select more files to transfer after you highlight the first one.

Tap the More button.

It’s in the upper-right corner of your screen. This button will open a drop-down menu.

  • On some devices, you may see three vertical dots or three horizontal lines instead of the More button. In this case, tap this icon.

Select Move or Move to on the drop-down menu.

This option will let you transfer selected files to a different location. It will ask you to select a new location for your file.

Select your SD card.

Depending on your device, you may need to make your selection in a new pop-up window, or on your navigation panel. Regardless, tapping your SD card will open a menu of all the folders in it.

Select a folder in your SD card.

Find the folder where you want to move your file to, and tap on this folder to select it.

Tap Done or OK.

It will move your selected file to this location. Your file is now stored on your SD card, instead of your device’s internal storage.


  • If you want files to automatically save to your SD card, go into your settings and change your default storage options.


  • Make sure to always backup your device. Moving system files to your SD card may break your Android’s software.

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