How to Move Photos to SD Card on Samsung Phone

You can move photos to your SD card by finding them in the My Files app, selecting them, and pressing the Move button. From there, you can navigate to the SD card and press Move Here to complete the move.

I’m Caleb, and I’m fairly experienced with Android and SD cards, thanks to being a user of both. In this article, I’ll break down the steps to moving photos from your internal storage to your SD card, which can free up space on your phone.

If you need to move some photos over, but the process isn’t clear, keep reading for a step-by-step breakdown with images to help demonstrate.

How to Move Photos to SD Card on Samsung Phone

While moving files between your internal storage and SD card is easy, the steps might be unclear if you haven’t done so. The process might vary slightly depending on your phone model, but it follows this outline.

Step 1: Navigate to the Photo

The first step is to head into your My Files app and the Internal Storage section to find the photo you want to move. 

Normally, you’ll find your photos in the DCIM folder, but sometimes they’ll be in a different folder. Usually, that will happen when the photo is created in an app other than your camera.

Step 2: Select the Photos to Move

Once you’re in the right folder, do a long press on the photo you want to move. You can also select multiple photos, if you move more than one at once.

When you’ve selected the right photos, look at the bottom menu bar. There will be an option called Move, and that’s the one to press at this stage.

Step 3: Complete the Move

After pressing the Move button, navigate back out of your DCIM and Internal Storage folders. The photos will stay selected; at this point, you should have the option to go into your SD Card folders.

Select SD Card, navigate to the folder to which you want to move the photos, and then press the Move Here button on the bottom menu bar to complete the move.

That’s it. The file will be moved at that point, and you don’t have to do anything else.


Here are some frequently asked questions about moving photos or files to an SD card.

Why is There No Move to an SD Card Option?

If there’s no option to move photos to the SD card, the SD card itself may be faulty or need to be formatted. 

Why Can’t All Apps Be Moved to SD Card?

SD cards generally have worse performance than internal storage. Some apps, because of this, aren’t able to function properly from most SD cards. In cases like these, the developers might disable running the app from an SD card to avoid problems for the user.

How Do I Set an SD Card as the Default Storage on Samsung?

You can set an SD card as your default storage by heading to the storage section of your settings app, finding the SD card in question, and selecting Format as internal if your device is compatible with this feature.


Even if the process is initially unclear, moving photos to an SD card is easy. All you have to do is use the Move option in your file explorer and browse to the destination in which you want to place the photos.

Do you prefer storing files in your internal storage or on your SD card? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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  • Jerry

    I try to move files or photos to my sd card., but after the last samsung update, it constantly fails. I can’t move or copy anything to the sd card. But all fike managers can see the sd card, and I can open pictures or text/pdf files on tge sd card, without fail. Just can’t move anything. How can I fix this?