The internal memory of your Huawei smartphone is almost full and so, to free up some space, you’ve been thinking of pouring all the photos on it onto a microSD card. Good idea! But if you are here today and are reading this post, I know something went wrong. Let me guess: You have inserted the microSD into your smartphone but you do not know how to set it as the default destination for photos and / or to move images that are present on your device’s internal memory. Did I “center”? So no problem, I already know how to help you.

If you spend five minutes of my time, I can explain how to move photos to a Huawei SD card and how to set up the memory card as the main memory storage device for saving the new photos you shave with your smartphone (or your tablet). I assure you that this is really a game of kids, so let’s not go on talking further and let’s go to action right now: find all the directions you need right below.

For the tutorial I will use a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0 and the EMUI 4.1.1 interface. In any case, the guidelines below are valid for all Huawei smartphone models and all versions of Android and EMUI (it may change, at most, some items to be selected in system menus). Therefore, I do not want to wish you a good read and hope that the instructions below can really help you.

Preliminary operations

Before entering this tutorial and explaining how to move photos to SD Huawei SD , I would like to point out something important, that before you export all your shots to an external memory card, you have to be sure about the quality of this’ last.

 MicroSDs are not all the same: they are distinguished, besides data storage, for quality and speed of reading and writing information. If you want to prevent your photos from having a bad end or that the performance of the Camera app becomes insufficient, be sure to purchase a good quality microSD .

As for inserting the microSD into the phone , I do not think there is much to explain. If you have a smartphone equipped with a metal shell, you must remove the SIM slot (using the supplied standard cartridge with the device), insert the memory card into the slot and replace the cassette in its place. In case if you have a plastic backcover smartphone, you have to lift the back cover by inserting your finger or screwdriver into the “cut”, then locate the microSD slot and insert the card into the microSD slot. If some of the passages are not clear, take a look at my tutorial on how to insert SIM Huawei , where I explained how to access the SIM and microSD slots of Huawei smartphones.

Move photos from internal memory to microSD of Huawei Smartphone

After inserting the microSD into the smartphone, this should be ready for use and should already be set as the default destination for the new photos taken with the device (afterwards we will see how to test this configuration). Before proceeding however, I suggest you go into Android settings and format your memory card to make it 100% compatible with your phone and check for errors inside it.

Then go to the Settings icon (the gear) you find on your smartphone home screen, go to Advanced Settings> Memory & Storage, and select the name of your microSD card (eg Samsung SD Card ) from the menu that opens. Next, tap the Formatted option on the Delete and format buttonand wait patiently for the formatting of the card to be completed. At the end of the procedure – which will erase all data on the drive – a check will be performed to find any errors on the memory card. You can follow the progress of the control through the Android notifications menu (recall by swipe from the top of the screen down).

After formatting, you can move the photos from the smartphone’s main memory to the microSD. Then start the Huawei File Manager application (which should be “serial” installed on your smartphone), select the Local tab at the top right and go to Internal Memory .

At this point, select the DCIM path (which is the one where the photos and videos captured with the camera of your phone are saved), make a long press on any image to call up the file selection tool and press the Select button everything that appears down.

Finally, presses the button Move (bottom left), back by selecting Local located at the top left in the location bar, enter the SD card , select (or create) the folder you intend to move photos and press the Move button (bottom right) button to start transferring data from the smartphone’s main memory to the SD card.

If the File Manager application is not on your smartphone, you can move photos from the internal memory of your smartphone to the SD card using a third-party file manager: I personally recommend X-plore File Manager , which is not “attractive” as other more popular solutions (eg ES File Explorer), but it is very effective, light and has no invasive functions. All free of course.

To transfer photos to SD using X-plore File Manager, download it from the Play Store, import it, and allow it to access the files on the microSD . Next, you tap the icon for the internal memory of the smartphone, went into the path DCIM (one in which the photos and videos made using the phone’s camera are saved) and select all the photos you want to move on SD making two tap on sign check mark next to the “DCIM” folder icon (so that an orange checkmark appears next to the thumbnails of all the photos).

At this point, click the Copy to Clipboard button located in the X-plore File Manager sidebar, select the SD card icon , select (or create) the folder where you want to move the photos, place the check mark next to the Shift Mode (delete source file) and tap the Paste button to start transferring the data.

The first time you use X-plore File Manager to copy files to the microSD, you will have to authorize the app to write data to the drive. At the onset of the request to ‘ write access to the microSD (which appears automatically after you press the “Paste” button), press it and then click the button Continue , select the SD card from the screen that opens and you tap the button Select all that is located below. Easier than that?

Note: If you also want to download screenshots on your microSD in addition to your photos and videos with your smartphone camera, repeat the procedure I just showed you with the files in the Internal memory> Pictures> Screenshots path .

Set SD as the default destination for your photos

As mentioned earlier, once you insert the microSD into your smartphone, this should automatically become the default target unit of the photos and videos made with the device.

To verify the setting (and correct if necessary), open the Android Camera app, swipe from right to left, and check if the Priority Save on SD option is on. Otherwise, it moves ON the lever on it and all photos and videos made with the smartphone camera will be saved to the DCIM folder of the SD.

If you purchased a fairly large (16GB or more) microSD and high performance microSD, you can let Android save the photos (almost) of all apps directly on the microSD by turning the card into the main storage device of the device.

To set the microSD as the main storage device of your smartphone, open the Settings (the gear icon located on the home screen), go to Advanced Settings> Memory & Storage , select the Default Location option , and mark check next to the SD card name .

It’s good to point out that setting microSDs as your smartphone’s main memory drive is only recommended if your card is high performance (possibly with A1certification , specifically for Android devices).