Manage files on your Galaxy phone or tablet

Samsung Galaxy S20 on desk showing My Files app

Just like a PC, your Galaxy phone or tablet has a massive internal storage, and 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.

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

Move files on your phone or tablet

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.

  1. Navigate to My Files, and then tap Internal storage.
     

  2. Select your desired category. You can choose between Images, Videos, Audio (music files), Documents, Downloads, or Installation files.
     

  3. If needed, select the folder that contains your desired files (i.e. Camera, 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 MyFiles to access the OneDrive cloud.

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

    Copy here highlighted on a Galaxy phone

Delete files from your phone or tablet

If your device's storage is being pushed to the brink with too many files, or if there are files you simply don't want, you can easily delete them from the My Files app. Before you delete anything, however, make sure that the Trash feature is turned on. Otherwise, your files will be instantly deleted forever.

  1. Navigate to My Files, and then tap Internal storage.
     

  2. Make sure the Trash feature is on by tapping More options (the three vertical dots), and then tapping Trash. Tap Turn on Trash to activate it. Tablets do not have a Trash feature in My Files, so skip this step if you are using a tablet.

    Trash highlighted on a Galaxy phone
  3. Navigate back to the My Files Home page, and then select your desired category. You can choose between Images, Videos, Audio (music files), Documents, Downloads, or Installation files.
     

  4. If needed, select the folder that contains your desired files (i.e. Camera, Screenshots, etc.). Touch and hold the file(s) or folder(s) you want to delete.
     

  5. Tap Delete, and then tap Move to Trash or Delete to confirm. The file will stay in the Trash for 30 days before being permanently deleted. Remember, tablets do not have the Trash feature in My Files, so files can't be restored once they are deleted.

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