Galaxy S9/S9+ – How to Move Files to SD Card

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are very versatile phones. They have Dolby Surround stereo speakers, which let music fans and film lovers enjoy an immersive experience. Between the Quad HD and the sophisticated camera, these phones are a great option for photography enthusiasts too.

Galaxy S9/S9+ - How to Move Files to SD Card

It’s not surprising that Galaxy S9 and S9+ users tend to store a large number of media files. But what happens when you start running out of storage space?

Important Specs

How much storage do you have to work with?

In the US, the base storage you get with both the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ is 64 GB. Both models come with a microSD slot with a capacity of 400 GB.

How to Transfer Files and Apps to Your microSD Card

Using a microSD card is a convenient way to solve your storage problem. It is a good idea to move your large media files to your microSD. However, you should make backups for anything that’s vital.

You can also move some of the apps you use to the SD card, although this isn’t true for all apps. You may get an error message if you try to transfer the wrong app to your card. Of course, you can’t use the apps in question when you remove the SD card.

But how does the transfer happen?

  1. Insert Your microSD Card

To open the card tray, use the ejector tool that came with your phone. If you lost the ejector tool, you can also use a paperclip. Place the card gently into place and then close the tray.

  1. Open Apps

Reach the Apps icon from your home screen by swiping up or down.

  1. Select Samsung
  2. Open My Files

You can locate your apps as well as your files in this folder. The files are sorted by category. You also get information about the remaining storage space on your phone.

After you’ve found the file you want to move, tap on it and then hold. This gives you two options.

  1. Choose Move or Copy

If you are planning to use your SD card primarily for backup, select Copy. If you want to free up space, go for Move.

  1. Select SD Card

Choose the SD card option and then find the location where you want to place your files. After this, select Done. You can’t use apps or files while they’re being transferred.

Automatic Saving to SD Card

After your phone recognizes your SD card, there will be a slight change in the way some of your apps work. Certain apps will let you automatically save data to your SD card rather than to internal storage. This is usually a good option to take, though you should keep in mind that saving to your SD card may slow down your app.

Few More Important Things

Your Galaxy S9/S9+ gives you the option to encrypt your SD card. If you worry about data security, this can be a good idea. On the other hand, you can’t unencrypt it from a different device, so you’ll lose the data if your phone breaks down.

But the most important security consideration about SD cards is that they’re easy to lose. Don’t rely on your SD card for storing files you can’t replace. Back up important data to a PC or an online storage platform.

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