How to save photos to sd Card on Android

Sooner or later the phone’s internal memory can fill up completely without leaving room for possible updates or simply to be able to take more pictures. If your device has a microSD card slot, you can transfer your photos directly to this memory and forget about this problem.

How to save photos to sd Card on Android

Insert the memory card
Before transferring your photos, you must make sure that you have inserted the microSD card into the corresponding slot. You will need to have a device that has a microSD card slot, which unfortunately is not present on all Android smartphones.

The microSD card slot is usually located next to the SIM card slot and is located along one of the edges of the smartphone: on the Huawei P10, for example, it can be found on the left side.
Android Marshmallow / Nougat / Oreo/ Pie
From Marshmallow, native support was included in the microSD card system. This means that we can use the microSD card as external memory and, in those firmware based on Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo or Pie that implement the API, we can also use the microSD as an extension of the internal memory.

Using microSD as external memory

How to save photos to SD Card on Android


To save the photos directly on the microSD card in a device with Marshmallow or higher that uses the card as external memory, normally we should look for the option within the camera settings. In some cases, after inserting the microSD card, the first time we open the camera application it will ask us if we want to save the pictures there directly.
Using the microSD as internal memory
If we have the microSD card formatted as internal memory of the device, the photos will be automatically saved in it, but we need to migrate the data to it at the time of formatting or later from Settings > Storage and USB > SD Card and once here touch the three dots and choose ‘Migrate data’.
In order to remove them we need to connect the device to the computer by means of a USB cable. If we take out the card and connect it to a PC it will not recognize it unless the system is Linux, since it has a special format.

Android Lollipop

Google listened to its users and in Lollipop allows you to adjust if you want photos to be saved directly in the SD without complicated steps or third-party applications. Simply change the option in the memory or camera settings depending on the device.

Android KitKat

Users of the KitKat version of Android have no option to choose where to send their photos, as they go directly to the internal memory. One possible solution is to use a different camera software that allows you to do so. MX is a free application that allows you to do this. Once opened, in configuration you will be able to select where the photos will go once taken, to the internal memory or to the SD card.
Then, the next step is to accept them to be stored in the external memory card. However, if by any chance this message does not appear, we have to configure it manually. To do this, just go to Settings (the gear wheel) and go down between the options find Storage. That is where we are allowed to choose between Phone or Memory Card.

Alternatives to the memory card

Many devices do not have a slot for inserting a memory card or this can also become full. The other option is to use cloud storage services such as Dropbox or Google Drive. We also have Google Photos that supports photos up to 16 MP and videos up to 1080p (HD).