Move photos, videos, or music on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Photos moving between Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and laptop

Do you have too many pictures, videos, or music saved on your phone or tablet? 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.

Note: Available screens and settings may vary by wireless service provider, software version, and device model. Media that is stored in Secure Folder cannot be transferred using these methods.

Use a microSD card or OTG flash drive

Note: Not all phone or tablet 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.

  1. First, insert your microSD card or USB OTG flash drive, navigate to the Samsung folder, and then tap 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.

  4. 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.

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

Samsung My Files Home screen

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

You can transfer your files to a Windows PC using the same USB cable you use to charge. Just unlock your phone or tablet, 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. 

You can also use Samsung Flow to transfer media wirelessly.

PC folder displaying Galaxy S10+

Use a cloud option

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

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

A list of files for a cloud service on a Galaxy phone

Use Smart Switch

There is one more option for moving your files off 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.

Learn more about how Smart Switch works.

Smart Switch introduction screen on phone

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.

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

Images stored in Gallery's trash

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, 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.

  1. On the connected phone, open the Galaxy Wearable app. Tap Add content to your watch, and then tap Send images.

  2. Select your desired image(s), and then tap Done. Your phone will send the images to your watch, where you can view them in Gallery.

  3. You can also automatically sync images from your phone. Navigate back to the Add content menu, and then tap the switch next to Auto sync, underneath Send images.

  4. Select your Image limit, and then choose which photo albums you want to sync.

Selected images with check marks and Done at the upper right side.

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