How to Transfer Media Files to a USB on a Samsung Phone

Last Update date : Feb 19. 2021

Want to transfer important documents or your fav tunes to a USB stick but not 100% sure how to do it? Follow these quick and easy steps to copy or move files from your Galaxy Phone to your USB stick.

Please Note: In order to successfully transfer content from your Galaxy device to your USB stick, you will need to connect the two devices via an OTG adapter which usually is included in the box of your Galaxy, alternatively you can purchase from your nearest Samsung Store or local retailer. For more information about the OTG adapter and connectivity issue, check out our page OTG (On The Go) cable and its connectivity issue. It is also important that the USB stick has sufficient storage otherwise you may not be able to successfully transfer content over, or only a small portion of content will be carried over.

Android OS Version 9.0 (Pie)
1 Launch the My Files app
Head into my files app
2 Locate the file you would like to transfer to your USB.
locate the file you would like to transfer
3 Long press the file to select and tap on either Copy or Move.
Long press to select file and choose between copy or move
4 Head back to the My File homepage and select USB storage 1
select usb storage 1
5 Select the folder you would like to save the file in, then tap on Copy here
tap on folder you would like the file saved in then select copy here
6 When the transfer is complete, you will need to correctly unmount the USB Drive. Head into you Settings > Device Care > Storage
Head into Settings > Device Care > Storage
7 Tap on the 3 dots > Storage Settings
tap on the 3 dots > storage settings
8 Tap on the Eject icon to successsfully unmount. Once the USB Drive has been unmounted, you can remove from your Galaxy device.
Tap on eject to unmount USB
Android OS Version 10.0 (Q)
1 Launch the My iles app icon My Files app
2 Locate the file you would like to transfer to your USB.
3 Long press the file to select and tap on either Copy or Move.
4 Head back to the My File homepage and select USB storage 1. You will then be able to tap on Copy here to complete the file transfer
5 Once the transfer is complete you will then be able to unmount your USB. To unmount the USB swipe down to view your notification panel and tap on UNMOUNT
Unmount USB from phone

Alternatively you can unmount your USB using the following steps:
Settings > Device Care > Storage > Advanced > beside USB drive tap on eject icon

Android OS Version 11.0 (R)
1 Insert your USB into the multipurpose jack on your Galaxy device
Insert USB into phone
2 Launch the My iles app icon My Files app
 Launch the My Files app
3 Select a Category the file is saved under or search for the file under Internal Storage
Tap on a category the file is saved under
4 Select the Folder the file is saved in
 Select Folder the file is saved in
5 Long press the file to select
 Long press file  to select
6 Tap on Move or Copy
Tap on Copy or Move
7 Tap on arrow icon to head back to your My files main screen
 Head back to My Files homepage
8 Select USB Storage 1
Select USB Storage 1
9 Tap on Move here or Copy here
Select Move here or Copy Here
10 Once the transfer is complete you will then be able to unmount your USB. To unmount the USB swipe down to view your notification panel and tap on Arrow down icon > UNMOUNT
Unmount USB from phone

Alternatively you can unmount your USB using the following steps:
Settings > Device Care > Storage > Advanced > beside USB drive tap on eject icon

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