With MicroSD cards now a standard across all mobile phone manufacturers, and becoming as cheap as chips, excuse the pun, they are ideal for storing and transferring our captured photos, videos, songs and more recently applications – with the raising popularity of smart phones.
The question is, how do I move my photos, videos, songs and apps over to my memory card?
Let me show you on various operating systems (OS) how to move data from phone memory to your memory card.
With Android OS 2.2 onwards, you are now able to move selected applications to memory card to free up phone memory.
What to do?
Step 1. From the main menu, proceed to Settings – Applications – Manage applications – On SD Card. Note: If no memory card has been inserted, nothing will show up under this tab.
Fig 1. Manage applications
Step 2. Identify which applications are already on the SD card, highlighted by an active tick box next to the program.
Fig 2. Applications on SD Card.
Step 3. Click on an application with an inactive tick box, which you wish to move across to the memory card. From here you will be presented with a new screen giving you the option to ‘Move to SD card’ located under storage field.
Fig 3. Move to SD card.
You have now successfully moved your applications across to the memory card.
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Today we will be looking at a step by step guide as to move pictures, videos and sound files to the memory card.
What to do?
Step 1. Locate ‘File manager’ on your handset, typically located under Menu – Applications – Office – File manager.
Fig.1 File manager.
Step 2. Select the file or files from phone memory and then proceed to move or copy across to the memory card via Options – Organise – Move to folder – <Memory Card Name> to the destination folder.
Fig. 2 Moving to...
By default, the folders ‘Images’, ‘Sound Files’ and ‘Video Clips’ are automatically created when you first insert your memory card.
If you wish, you can create your own folder via File manager - <Memory Card Name> - Options – Organise – New folder, followed by folder name i.e. Music.
You have now successfully moved across your file(s).
By moving files across to the larger memory card, other benefits are to be had as cover in our previous blog ‘Phone care myths’, whereby it should also help reduce phone lag/freeze issues related to low internal phone memory.
How about my photos, videos and music?
Android organises multimedia well – only storing in mass memory or external memory card, with no need for the user to intervene for the most part.
This can be seen in the HTC Desire HD and Sony Ericsson X10 where the camera functionality requires a SD card to be inserted before use, given these phones only have limited internal memory not accessible for multimedia storage.
If so desired, you can manually organise and move files between mass memory and memory card, however doing so requires access to a file manager.
File managers (interchangeably called file explorers) are freely available to download via Android Market e.g. ES File Explorer by EStrongs Inc.
Note: The Android folder structure is typically organised with Internal Storage as phone memory, USB storage as mass memory and SD card removable memory card.