Manage files on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with My Files app

Just like a PC, your Galaxy phone or tablet has a massive internal storage. You can easily copy or move these files to different locations with My Files. This includes Microsoft Word or Google documents, pictures, videos, audio files, and downloads. If you accumulate too many files in your internal memory, you can save room by moving them to an external storage system, such as a microSD card or a cloud service. Or, use Smart Switch to move your files to a new phone or tablet.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider and software version.

Use My Files on your device

The My Files app stores every file you have on your phone or tablet. It's like the File Explorer on a PC or Finder on Mac, where you can easily view and move photos, videos, music, documents, and more. You can also remove files from the My Files app if you no longer need them. The Trash feature in My Files should be on by default, but you should make sure it's turned on just in case.

Note: Tablets do not have the Trash feature in My Files, so files can't be restored once they are deleted.

  1. Navigate to and open the My Files app. It's usually in the Samsung folder.

  2. Select your desired file category, such as Images, Videos, Audio files, Documents, Downloads, Installation files, Compressed, and Favorites.

  3. If needed, select any additional folders that contain your desired files (i.e. Screenshots, etc.). Touch and hold the file(s) or folder(s) you want to move.

  4. Tap Copy to create a copy of the files in a different storage area. Or, tap Move to completely remove the file and move it to a new location.

    Move and Copy highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  5.  Next, navigate to and select your desired destination:

    • Internal storage: Move the file(s) or folder(s) to a different location within the same internal storage.

    • SD card: If you have a microSD card inserted, tap SD card, and then select the destination location. Please be aware that apps cannot be moved to the SD card using My Files. You will need to use another method.

    • Google Drive: If prompted, sign into your Google account to access your Google Drive. You can transfer files to and from the cloud.

    • OneDrive: Log into your Microsoft account and grant permissions for My Files to access the OneDrive cloud.

    • Network storage: Tap +Add network storage to add and use a server or other network storage location.

  6. Once you've found where you want to put the file, tap Move here or tap Copy here.

    Note: You can also create a new folder for your file. Tap More options (the three vertical dots), then tap Create folder, and then enter a name for the folder. Tap Create, and then tap that folder if you wish to move your file to it.

    Copy here highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  7. To remove a file, navigate back to My Files, and then tap More options (the three vertical dots). Tap Settings, and then make sure the switch next to Trash is turned on.

  8. Tap Back, and then select your desired file category. If needed, select any additional folders that contain your desired files (i.e. Screenshots, etc.).

  9. Touch and hold the file(s) or folder(s) you want to delete.

  10. Tap Delete, and then tap Move to Trash to confirm. The file will stay in the Trash for 30 days before being permanently deleted.

Use a microSD card or OTG flash drive

Note: Not all phone or tablet models support microSD cards or external storage options that use excessive amounts of power to operate. Encrypted music or other purchases cannot be moved to external storage.

If you're looking to transfer all of your files, you can use a convenient microSD card or flash drive. You can also use the options in Device care to help clear space.

  1. First, insert your microSD card or USB OTG flash drive. Navigate to the Samsung folder, and then open My Files.

  2. Find the file you want to move, and then touch and hold the file.

  3. 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.

    List of images selected in the My Files app
  4. Next, tap Move or Copy at the bottom of the screen, and then navigate back to the My Files home page.

  5. Tap SD card or USB Storage - this will only show up if you have a flash device inserted. Then, tap Move here.

  6. 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 PC or laptop

Every Galaxy phone and tablet will come with a USB cable for charging and connecting to a PC. You can also use this USB cable to transfer files to your PC! Depending on your specific devices, you may need an adapter or different cable for the PC connection.

  1. First, unlock your phone or tablet, and then connect it to your PC using a USB cable.

  2. If it's the first time connecting this device and PC, you may have to give permission for the connection. Tap Allow on the mobile device.

    Allow highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  3. By default, the connection will be configured for file transfers. Other USB modes will be available if you tap the USB notification on your device, however make sure you have selected Transferring files or MTP for file transfers.

  4. You can now use your PC's File Explorer app to browse and copy files. Windows may suggest other installed apps as well.

You can also use Samsung Flow to transfer media wirelessly.

Use Smart Switch

There is yet another option for moving your files from your phone or tablet: it's called Smart Switch. This app lets you transfer media to another phone or tablet, or even transfer files to a computer. And the best part is that in certain situations, you can transfer files wirelessly.

Smart Switch icon between two phones

Use a cloud option

You can also store your files using a cloud service. These have the benefit of being accessible on a variety of devices, making it easy to access and use your data where you need it.

Your Samsung device is compatible with a number of Cloud storage providers:

Blue Cloud logo on a Galaxy phone screen

Use the Trash feature in Gallery

The Gallery app 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. Keep in mind the photos will be deleted permanently after 30 days.

  1. Open the Gallery app, and navigate to an image you want to delete.

  2. Tap the Delete icon to remove it, and then tap Move to Trash to confirm.

  3. To view photos and videos in the Trash, tap Back to return to the Gallery.

  4. Tap Menu (the three horizontal lines), and then tap Trash.

    Trash highlighted in the Gallery app
  5. To delete media forever, tap More options (the three vertical dots), then tap Empty, and then tap Delete to confirm. You can also tap Edit to delete or restore items one by one.

  6. If you'd like to restore items, tap Edit, and then select the items you'd like to restore. Tap Restore or Restore all and the items will be returned to the Gallery.

Transfer images to your Samsung smart watch

Note: You cannot transfer images from a tablet to a smart watch.

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

  1. On the connected device, open the Galaxy Wearable app. Tap Watch settings, and then tap Manage content.

  2. Tap Add images and then select your desired image(s). Tap Done. Your device will send the images to your watch, where you can view them in Gallery.

  3. You can also automatically sync images from your phone. From the Manage content menu, tap the switch next to Auto sync, underneath Gallery.

  4. Select your Image limit and Albums to sync.

Manage content highlighted in the Galaxy Wearable app

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