Transfer content with external storage and Smart Switch

Samsung Galaxy S20 with MicroSD card on a table

External storage devices like microSD cards or USB OTG flash drives are a great way to get extra space on your phone, so you can store more files. And if you're worried about ever having to transfer your SD card files, you'll be happy to know that external storage devices work in conjunction with Smart Switch. You can create a backup of your pictures, videos, or documents that will be easily transferrable to a new phone or device. 

Transfer content with external storage

If you have a lot of space on your external storage device, why not create a backup? That way, transferring your files to a new device will be much faster, and you won't have to move files individually.

Insert the SD card into the old phone, and then launch Smart Switch. Tap the SD card icon in the upper right corner, and then tap Back up. Select what you want to back up. If there's not enough space on your external storage, you can come back later to transfer anything that won't fit. Tap Back up again, and when it's complete, tap Done. Then, remove the SD card from the old device.

Next, insert the external storage device into the new Galaxy phone, and then launch Smart Switch. Tap the SD card icon, and then tap Restore. Select what you want to restore, and then tap Restore again. When it's complete, tap Done.

SD card icon highlighted in the Smart Switch app on a Galaxy phone

You can repeat this process as many times as you need to get all your data transferred.

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