Does Samsung Smart Switch Also Transfer SD Card Data?

Transferring data from your SD card using a Samsung Smart Switch is possible, but you’ll have to pick the right settings for it to work. When prompted in the transfer menu, selecting the option to transfer everything will include your SD card contents.

I’m Caleb, and I have experience with both Android phones and SD cards. As a photographer, I’ve gotten to use SD cards hands-on a fair amount with my cameras.

In this article, I’ll discuss the Samsung Smart Switch app and moving data from an SD card to a new phone. If you want to know how to do that using the app, keep reading for a quick breakdown.

How Does Samsung Smart Switch Work?

Before getting into the answer, let’s consider how Smart Switch works to begin with. To start using the app, you’ll have to find it in your Settings app, usually under the Accounts and Backup section. 

This can vary depending on your exact phone model, however. For the app to work, you need to open it on both phones.

When you go through the prompts and select whether to transfer by Wi-Fi or USB cable, you’ll get the option to pick between transferring everything or just certain essentials like contacts, calls, and text messages.

If you want to move the data from your SD card, the everything option is the one you’ll want to choose. This will take longer, but as the name suggests, it will move everything on your phone, including the SD card contents.

Can Smart Switch Transfer Data to an SD Card?

Yes, you can also use Smart Switch to transfer data from your phone’s internal storage to an SD card. The main reason to do this is to create a backup or move your files to an SD card before moving them again to another phone.

After ensuring your SD card is in its slot, head to the Smart Switch app and select the SD card icon in the upper right corner. Then, follow the next prompt, select what you want to back up, and wait for the process to complete.

If you want to restore this backup to another phone, simply insert the SD card into the second phone and return to the app. Select the same SD card icon, but this time, choose the restore option and decide what you want to bring over from the card.


These are some of the most common questions surrounding Samsung Smart Switch.

What Cannot Be Transferred Using Smart Switch?

It’s impossible to transfer your WhatsApp history using Smart Switch. Additionally, you might be unable to transfer certain files that DRM protects.

Do I Put My SIM In My New Samsung Phone Before Transferring Data?

Whether you insert your SIM before or after moving your data, it won’t make a difference. After all, the SIM card isn’t involved in handling storage.

Can I Transfer My SD Card to My New Phone?

Yes, it’s very straightforward to move an SD card to a different phone. All you have to do is remove the SD card and place it into your new device.

Does Samsung Smart Switch Transfer Everything?

It depends on the options you choose. Smart Switch gives the user a choice between transferring everything or only a selection of important categories such as contacts and messages.


Samsung Smart Switch does move the data from your SD card to your new phone, assuming you select the option to transfer everything. You can also create a full backup of your phone using an SD card and restore it on a different phone.

Will you make use of this SD card backup feature? Let us know in the comments!

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