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How to save photos from Android to SD card?

You can find your photos on the SD card at the bottom of the album by opening “Albums”.

You can also remember that the location of the photos on the SD card is “storage/ext_sd/DICM/camera” and you can go directly to this location if you want to find the photos.

How to move photos and videos from your phone to the SD card (great video to watch).

Then, open My files – select the folder to be moved – menu (left touch sensitive key) – move to – extsdcard.

If the pictures/videos are taken by the camera, you can set the storage path to SD card in advance by opening Camera – Settings – Memory – Memory card.

You may also prefer using a dedicated app, available for free in the App Store.

For this, just type “save photos to SD card” in the search bar of your favorite store.

How do I set my SD card as default storage on Android?

Also, if the storage space that comes with your phone is full, you can change your phone’s default storage to your memory card.

Here is how to change the default storage location on most phones:

  1. The first step is to click into your phone’s settings program.
  2. Then click into the “storage space” settings option.
  3. Then click into the “Default Storage Settings” option.
  4. Select the program that you want to use another storage.
  5. Finally, you can change the default storage location of the program to internal storage or external SD card.

Another great video showing you how to move your photos to your SD card

For Android phones that support external expansion

  1.  In settings – storage options, there is a choice of system default storage, you can choose to store media data to an external card.
  2. Open the camera, in the camera settings there is generally a choice of storage path, set to the storage of the external card can be.
  3. For the camera does not support or no storage of the external card option of the phone, you can install a third-party camera to achieve, such as: Nubia camera, Lenovo camera, Poco camera, etc. are set to store photos to an external card.

Normal storage is in the memory card, if the path is not correct, see if there is a storage path setting item in the camera settings menu, set the path to the memory card on it.

Why can’t I move files to my SD card?

SD cards are lightweight, compact and very flexible for mobility. The SD card is a very flexible and portable device, and its main function is to expand the storage space of portable devices, including data cameras, mobile phones and other multimedia players.

It releases the storage pressure on the device itself.

Though, this media can be corrupted sometimes.

Especially, SD cards, using flash memory, have normally a limited lifetime.

Feel free to use an app to check if your SD card is corrupted. These apps can allow you to repair your SD card sometimes.

Though you can use some other methods.

So how do you recover SD card data from corruption?

As long as we do not continue to read and write data to the SD card and try to keep the data on the SD card unwritten, we can recover the lost data through Hi Format Data Recovery

Master to recover the lost data.

Method 1: The system comes with a file repair

  1. Insert the SD card with lost data into the computer so that it can be displayed, and select the corresponding newly inserted SD card, right click on the menu and select the “Properties” option.
  2. After opening the properties, select the corresponding “Tools” option and click “Start Checking” to automatically scan the disk for lost data.

The disk will be automatically scanned for lost data.

Method 2: Data recovery software repair


  1. Go to your preferred App Store.
  2. Download and install a recovery app.
  3. Follow the prompts to operate.
  4. Depending on the state of your SD card, recovery can succeed or not.
  5. Usually, you can directly select and recover data deleted by mistake.
  6. Click on the “Recover” option to automatically scan for lost data. The files you need to recover can be retrieved by clicking on the “Recover” option.

We’ve shown you how to recover deleted files from SD card. It can be pictures, movies, songs or anything else. We hope you now have a certain understanding of them.

Try the methods above as soon as you realize your SD card may be corrupted.

It will increase your chances of recovering your data.

On which devices to save photos to SD cards?

The above-mentioned methods of saving and recovery should work with plenty of devices.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of devices for which it should work.

Models able to save data to SD cards:


About SD cards

SD cards are used in the following handheld digital devices:

  • Digital cameras for storing photos and videos
  • Digital cam recorders for storing photos and videos
  • Personal digital assistants for storing various types of data
  • Mobile phones for storing photos, ringtones, music, videos, etc.

Multimedia players

Handheld Players such as Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch Lite, Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo DSi
In 2006, SD card capacities are 8/16/32/64/128/256/512MB, 1GB/2GB. cards with more than 2GB capacity are called SDHC (note: regular sd cards with 4G are also available) and are an upgraded version of SD. The new generation SD 2.0 (SDHC), SD 3.0 (SDXC) standard specification is the next generation standard for SD cards, which can have a maximum capacity of up to 2TB.

SD/MMC cards have replaced the Toshiba-developed SM cards as the most widely used digital memory card format for portable digital cameras.

2001 saw SM cards with a market share of over 50%, but by 2005 this had fallen to around 40% and is still slipping fast.

Market share of SD cards in multimedia players

In 2010, the market share of SD cards was over 90%, with the vast majority of digital camera manufacturers offering support for SD cards, including Canon, Nikon, Kodak, Panasonic and Konica Minolta. The three major manufacturers, Olympus, Fuji (xD cards) and Sony (Memory Stick), who were previously still sticking with their proprietary formats, have also started to switch to SD cards (or offer dual card support).

SD cards are made by adding encryption hardware to Toshiba’s MMC card technology, which it hopes will reassure the music industry that MMC cards may be more susceptible to digital music copying by users. Similar technologies include Sony’s MagicGate, which in theory could introduce some digital rights management measures, but this feature is rarely used.

Users can use an SD card on a PC using a USB card reader. Some computers already have card readers built into them.

Latest developments

The latest development is that SD has a built-in USB socket, omitting the card reader, and SanDisk’s design uses a foldable sheath to protect the USB socket. Although Sandisk was not the first SD card manufacturer to include USB functionality, this move led to others following suit due to its importance in the industry.

Brand history

The “SD” trademark was actually used for a completely different purpose: it was first used for the “Super-Density Optical Disk”, a product developed by Toshiba that lost the battle for the DVD format. This product, developed by Toshiba, lost the battle over the DVD format. That’s why the “D” looks like a disc.

Introduction to SDIO

Using the SDIO interface for video cameras
The SD socket can be used for more than just inserting memory cards.

PDAs, laptops etc. that support the SDIO interface can be connected to devices like GPS receivers, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth adapters, modems, LAN adapters, barcode readers, FM radios, TV receivers, RFID readers, or digital cameras etc. that use the SD standard interface.

A number of other devices have also been announced for support, including RS-232 serial port adapters, fingerprint scanners, SDIO to USB master/slave adapters (which support SDIO interface handheld devices using USB peripherals or connected to a computer), degaussing readers, Bluetooth/Wi-Fi/GPS radio transceivers, mobile phone modems (Personal Communication Services (PCS), CDPD, GSM, etc.), plus APRS/GPS radios.

Different types of MMC/SD cards

SD cards are not the only memory card standard approved by the Secure Digital Card Alliance. Other approved formats include miniSD, microSD (known as TransFlash before the Alliance adopted the standard) and SDHC.

These smaller cards plus an adapter can also be used in the full size MMC/SD/SDIO slot.

The SD slot supports MMC cards, and the smaller size MMC card variants are also compatible with devices that support SD cards.

Unlike miniSD and microSD, the RS-MMC slot is compatible with full-size MMC cards.

This is because the RS-MMC card is simply a shortened MMC card. For related information, please refer to Multimedia Card (MMC).

In response to the fact that the standard capacity limit for SD cards is only 2GB, which is insufficient to cope with the increasing demand for capacity, the Union has developed a new SDHC standard. SDHC cards are identical in appearance to regular SD cards and have a lower capacity limit of 4GB.


DRM features

The digital rights protection scheme embedded in SD cards is based on the Content Protection on Recordable Media (CPRM) standard proposed by 4C. At its core is the use of the Cryptomeria cipher (also known as “C2”). DVD-Audio discs also use an encryption scheme very similar to CPRM.

The “X” rate

SD cards offer different speeds, which are calculated at the rate of 150 KB/s for CD-ROMs (noted as “1x”). Basically, they are capable of transferring up to 6 times faster than a standard CD-ROM (900 KB/s), while high speed SD cards are capable of transferring 66x (9900 KB/s = 9.66 MB/s, marked as 10 MB/s) and 133x or higher.

Some digital cameras require high speed SD cards for smoother video recording and faster photo sequences.

Until December 2005, most devices followed the 1.01 specification for SD cards, while devices with higher speeds up to 133x also followed the 1.1 specification.

In March 2006, the SDHC standard (SD 2.0) was released, redefining the speed specification for SD cards into three classes: Class 2, 4 and 6, representing write speeds of 2MB/s, 4MB/s and 6MB/s.

As technology progressed, higher speed SDHC cards were produced by manufacturers.

In 2010, the new SD 3.0 was released, defining SDXC and UHS, and adding Class 10.

Devices with SD card slots can use thinner MMC cards, but standard SD cards cannot be inserted into MMC card slots.

SD cards can be used with CF and PCMCIA cards with an adapter, and miniSD and microSD cards can be used in the SD card slot with an adapter. Some USB connectors can be plugged into SD cards and some card readers can also be plugged into SD cards and accessed from many ports such as USB, FireWire etc.

A great video on how to choose your SD cards for best and reliable transfers

More information

All SD and SDIO cards must support the older SPI/MMC mode.

This mode supports a slow four-wire serial interface (clock, serial input, serial output, chip select) and is compatible with serial terminal interfaces (SPI) and many microcontrollers.
Most digital cameras, digital audio players and other portable devices prior to 2010 can only use the MMC mode.

Detailed documentation on this mode can be purchased from MMCA for $500.

However some of the documentation on SDIO is free.

Some are also available from memory card manufacturers.
The MMC mode does not support the encryption features of SD cards.

These details are not available in the free documentation either. However, for most consumers this is irrelevant as the user only needs to be able to store unprotected data.
SD cards support a total of three transfer modes: SPI mode (independent serial input and serial output), 1-bit SD mode (independent command and data channels, unique transfer format), 4-bit SD mode (using additional pins and some re-setting of pins.

(Supports four-bit wide parallel transfers).

SD low speed cards are clocked from 0 to 400 KHz and support modes are SPI and 1-bit SD transfer modes. SD full speed cards are clocked from 0 to 25 MHz and support modes are SPI, 1-bit SD transfer mode and 4-bit SD transfer mode.

Manufacturers, distributors and host adapter manufacturers of SD cards are required to pay an SD/SDIO licence fee of US$1,000 per year plus a membership fee of US$1,500. MMC cards use a 7-pin interface and SD cards and SDIO cards use a 9-pin interface.


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