Did you know that you can save the photos you take with your Android phone directly to the SD card? This can help you save storage space on the phone itself. Some versions of Android do not officially allow you to do this, but it’s still possible.
The process for most phones is quite similar, so it can be applied to almost any Android phone with a MicroSD card slot. While the steps may differ slightly from phone to phone, or between versions of Android, you usually find a solution with a bit of research and work.
To find out your version of Android, go to the device settings. Then go to the “About” section of your phone. There, check the version of your device. The number is the version, being 7.0 the Android Nougat, 6.0 the Android Marshmallow, 5.0 the Android Lollipop and the 4.0 the Android KitKat
How to save photos to your phone’s memory card: Android Nougat
Those lucky enough to have phones with Nougat can already save photos directly to a MicroSD card instead of the internal storage of the phone. There are two ways to enable this, and the first step for both is to insert the MicroSD card and then open the default camera application for your device. So you can be presented with a menu that offers to change your storage settings so that the photos go to the MicroSD card from now on. If you do not see a message box popping up, do not worry.
You can also select the MicroSD card as your preferred photo storage method in the settings menu of your camera application. Simply access the camera settings and look for storage options, and then select the SD card option. Usually the menu is in the camera application in the shape of a gear.
How to save photos to memory card: Android Marshmallow
The first thing you need to store images directly in the external memory is an SD card. Insert it into your phone, open the camera application and a message will appear asking if you want to change the storage location on the SD card. The same message occurs on most devices when you open the camera application after inserting an SD card. Agree to your phone’s request and all future images will be stored on the external memory card. Simple.
If this message does not appear, or you already have an SD card in your phone, you need to configure it manually. To do this, go to Settings in the camera application and go to Storage. This is where you can choose between device and memory card.
Be aware that on Android Marshmallow, you also have the option of formatting an SD card as internal storage, which means that your photos will be automatically stored on it without doing any of the above. But if you do, the card will only work on the phone you formatted it on. This means that you need to connect your phone to a computer via USB if you want to transfer files manually. The card itself will not be recognized by any other device.
How to save photos to memory card: Android Lollipop
All you have to do is make sure that your phone has a camera app with an API that makes use of the new permissions for storage. If your default camera does not allow you to save to SD card, you can download a different camera application. Check the settings in the application and look for a storage option.
Saving photos to memory card: Android KitKat
The Android KitKat does not like SD cards so much and the images are saved to internal memory by default, with no easy way to change the save location. A simple solution is to download a camera application such as the MX Camera in which you’ll find options for selecting the storage destination for images. The application can override KitKat preferences. Just open the application and go to Settings, then Camera, and finally save the custom location.
How to save photos to SD card on other devices?
If your version of Android is not found in this article, do not worry. You can still save your photos to your SD card. In addition to using camera apps from the Play Store, you have other options for saving your photos to the SD card.
Things are pretty simple also for those who have a custom Android by the manufacturer. Simply insert an SD card and open the camera application. Okay, you’ll have a window that gives you the option of using the SD card as your storage option of choice. If you do not see this window, you can open the Settings menu in the camera application (the gear icon) and scroll to the Storage location, press it, and select the memory card.
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