Move photos, videos, or music on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Aug 11. 2020
Move photos, videos, or music on your Galaxy phone

Do you have too many pictures, videos, or music saved on your phone? Don't worry, you're not alone. There are a number of options available to you for moving or transferring your pictures, videos, or music using a microSD card, an OTG flash drive, a PC, cloud services, or Smart Switch.

Information provided applies to devices sold in Canada. Available screens and settings may vary for smartphones sold in other countries. Media that is stored in Secure Folder cannot be transferred using these methods.

Use a microSD card or OTG flash drive

Not all phone models support microSD cards. Encrypted music or other purchases cannot be moved to external storage.

No need to hire a moving crew; just transfer your files to some handy flash memory. You can also use the options in Device care to help clear space.

First, insert your microSD card or USB OTG flash drive, navigate to the Samsung folder, and then tap My Files. Find the file you want to move, and then touch and hold the file. To move additional files in the same folder, you will need to select ALL at the top of the screen. Or, you can select multiple files individually.

Next, tap Move or Copy at the bottom of the screen, and then tap the Return arrow to navigate back to the My Files home page. Tap SD card or USB Storage - this will only show up if you have a flash device inserted. Then, tap Move here.

Use a microSD card or OTG flash drive

Please note you can only move or copy files this way in the My Files app. You cannot move or copy files to other apps, such as Gallery.

MicroSD cards are not limited only to files. You can even move certain apps to the SD card!

Transfer to a computer

You can transfer your files to a Windows PC using the same USB cable you use to charge. Just unlock your phone, then connect it to a computer using the USB cable. You may need to select the option for MTP or Transferring files in the USB notification. You can then use the computer's File Explorer to move your files.

Transfer to a computer

You can also use Samsung Flow to transfer media wirelessly.

Use a cloud option

You can also store your files on a wireless cloud service, such as Samsung Cloud (now supplied by OneDrive). To use it, all you have to do is sign into your Samsung account. You'll be able to download photos and videos from your other devices whenever you want.

Use a cloud option

If needed, you can use other Cloud options to back up, transfer, and store media, such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Use Smart Switch

You may be concerned about keeping your content safe while it’s being transferred. Thankfully, Smart Switch has a few security options you can use to protect your data. You can enable these options to set authentication and password requirements for transferring data.

Use Smart Switch
Use the Trash feature in Gallery

The Gallery app now has a Trash feature that's like the Recycle bin or Trash folder on your computer. It will store your deleted photos or videos, just in case you deleted one by accident. But keep in mind the photos will be deleted permanently after 30 days.

Open the Gallery app, and navigate to an image you want to delete. Tap Delete to remove it, and then tap Move to Trash to confirm.

Use the Trash feature in Gallery

To view photos and videos in the Trash, tap Back to navigate to the Gallery. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), and then tap Trash. To delete media forever, tap Empty, and then tap Empty Trash to confirm. You can also tap Edit to delete or restore items one by one.

Transfer images to your Samsung smart watch

Did you know your smart watch can store music, images, and take screenshots too? So why not transfer some from your phone as a backup? It's easy, and your pictures will always be there if you need them.

On the connected phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app. Tap Add content to your watch, and then tap Send images. Select your desired image(s), and then tap Done. Your phone will then send the image files to your watch, where you can view them in Gallery.

Transfer images to your Samsung smart watch

You can also automatically sync images from your phone to the watch. Just navigate back to the Add content settings menu, and then tap the switch next to "Auto sync" underneath Send images. Select your Image limit, and then choose which photo albums you want to sync.

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