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Moving Android Files To External Storage

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized

We’ve had a few questions lately about how you go about moving files on an Android device to an external micro-USB flash drive. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

To use this device, you need a File Manager Application on your phone. Newer phones and tablets often come with one installed. If you do not have one listed in your apps list, you can download one for free from the Play Store.

To transfer files and photos, insert the microUSB end into your device. Open the File Manager and navigate to the folder on your phone you would like to transfer your files from.

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Tablet Example:

For individual files, press and hold the file, then either tap move or copy. (Move will remove the file from the device to the flash drive, copy will allow you to keep a copy on the device as well as the flash drive.)

Phone Example:

Tablet Example:

Tap on USB storage and hit OK or Paste/Move here. Keep in mind this process will vary slightly from device to device.

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Tablet Example:

To copy or move multiple files, the best way is to create a new folder of all the files you want to move, then move or copy the whole folder using the same process as listed for the individual files.

When using the USB on the computer, your computer should automatically recognize the device once it is plugged into a USB port. Then you can transfer your files as you would with any flash drive using Windows Explorer.

To transfer files from your computer to your device, simply move the files from the computer to the flash drive. Plug the flash drive into your device. Open up the USB storage folder and follow the same process as above to move the folder or file onto the internal storage of your phone or tablet.

~ Audra

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2 Responses to “Moving Android Files To External Storage”

  1. […] You copy them onto your computer using a cable or, if your phone has expandable storage, putting your microSD card into a reader. You also have the option to back them up to cloud storage. […]

  2. Trish says:

    Thanks, I had no problem transferring my iPhone (smart phone), but when it came to the android it was a no go, pc wouldn’t recognize phone, so will try this, thanks, Trish

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