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

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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, PC, Cloud, or even Smart Switch.

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

Use a microSD card

Note: Not all phone or tablet models support microSD cards. Encrypted music or other purchases cannot be moved to an SD card.

No need to hire a moving crew; just transfer your files to a microSD card. You can also use the options in Device Care to help clear space.

First, insert your microSD card, navigate to the Samsung folder, and then tap My Files. Find the file(s) you want to move, and then touch and hold the file(s). Tap Move or Copy at the bottom of the screen, and then navigate back to the My Files home page. Tap SD card - this will only show up if you have a SD card inserted. Then, tap Move here.

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.

Samsung My Files Home screen

Transfer to a PC or laptop

If you have a USB cable, you can transfer your files to a PC or laptop. Just connect your phone or tablet to a computer using the USB cable and 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 wireless cloud service, such as Samsung Cloud. To use Samsung Cloud, 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. If you're interested, learn more about Samsung Cloud.

However, Samsung Cloud is not available from all carriers.

If needed, you can use other Cloud options to back up, transfer, and store media.

Cloud usage and available storage space on Samsung Cloud

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 just as a warning, the photos will be deleted permanently after 15 days.

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

To view photos and videos in the Trash, tap Back to navigate to the Gallery. Tap More Options, and then tap Trash. To delete media forever, tap Empty, and then tap Empty Trash to confirm. You can also tap Edit to delete items one by one or restore them to your Gallery.

Images stored in Gallery's trash
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