How to Save Photos to Memory Card? A Complete Guide

In modern times, data spread has reached imperceptible levels. There are huge files, high resolution photos and videos that are taking up a lot of space on our devices. So everyone wants new phones to come with unlimited memory space but it’s just a dreamHowever, most Android phones have the option to expand this memory space with microSD cards. However, you should remember that not every smartphone supports microSD cards like the latest series of Google Pixel. But for phones that support microSD cards, we have a comprehensive guide that will show you how to save photos to SD card.

What is an SD card?

SD is a small chip that can give you more free space for your app data, music, movies and of course your photos. But to take advantage of the SD card, you need to configure your smartphone to take advantage of it.

Did you know?

Can the photos you get with your Android phone be saved directly to the SD card? It doesn’t matter if you’re using an old-school Galaxy S5, or a brand new S20, you can save storage space on the SD card by adjusting some settings. This article will definitely give you a tutorial on how to put photos on SD card.

How to save photos to SD card?

The camera app on your android phone automatically selects a location to save photos based on the storage available on your android device. Often, the default storage is the phone. But as you know the phone itself saves a lot of other apps and files. And the load of higher resolution images cannot be borne.So changing the destination of your photos from phone storage to SD card will make your life a lot easier, especially after you install the microSD card. This will ensure that any new photos you capture are automatically saved to the microSD card instead of the phone’s internal storage.

How to save photos to SD card from the camera app?

First launch the Camera app on your app and look at its settings menu as shown in the picture.

Now in the settings menu, scroll down and below you will see the SD card option as marked in the image below.

Then, tap on the ‘Save to SD card’ option to turn it on as you can see in the picture.

Once you do this, the photos you take in the future will be automatically saved on your SD card.

For Samsung smartphones:

First, check out the Camera app on your smartphone.

Then go to the settings menu from the app which will be located on the main camera interface.

Now from the Settings menu, scroll down and you’ll find the Storage Location option. Tap on it as highlighted in the picture.

Next, a slide down menu will appear asking you to select a storage (internal storage and SD card). From there, select the SD card option.

After doing so, the photos you take now will be automatically saved to the SD card on your Samsung smartphone.

How to save photos to SD card from the main settings?


First, go to the main settings menu on your phone and tap on ‘About Phone’ which will be located at the top as you can see in the picture.

Afterward, go to the storage space and scroll down to the bottom and you will see storage settings option as illustrated in the image.

In the storage settings, you will see three options. Click on the camera option highlighted in the picture.

When you tap on the camera in the storage setting, you will also be asked to choose one of the options (internal storage, external storage) as you can see in the picture. Choose external storage so that your photos are automatically saved to the SD card in the future.

How to transfer photos you’ve already taken to a microSD card?


Open the file manager from your menu as you can see in the picture.

Now, tap on the folder icon at the top of the interface as shown in the picture.

After tapping on the folder icon, you will be directed to all the locations in the folder. From there open the DCIM folder as highlighted in the given icon.

You will now be able to see all the pictures you have taken from your phone. Mark them all and then click “Move” at the bottom and as shown in the picture.

As you tap ‘Move’, you’ll be asked to select a destination for transferring your photos to. Click on the SD card option and all your photos will be transferred to it.

For Samsung:

Open the main menu on your smartphone, and click on the ‘My Files’ folder.

Next, tap on the phone’s internal storage as highlighted in the icon below.

Now from the internal storage, open the DCIM folder where all your photos will be saved.

Now mark all the images you want to move and click the action at the bottom as shown in the image.

When you click Move, you will be asked to select a location where you want to move your photos. Click on SD card.

You can also select subfolders from the SD card as you can see in the picture that we have selected the DCIM folder. After selecting the destination for your photos, click Move here as shown in the photo and all your photos will be transferred to the SD card of your Samsung smartphone.

Point to remember:

The above method applies to the above mentioned Samsung smartphones running on any version of One UI. These phones include the Samsung S7, S8, S9, S10, S20, and S21 series. Other series running on OneUI include the Note Series (Note 9, 10, 20, 21), the One Series (A52, A72, A32, A12), and the M Series (M31s, M51s).


We hope you find this comprehensive guide informative and will now be able to save photos to SD card. If you find our article informative or have questions about it, you can share them in the comments section!

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