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Install a small app called 'Send to SD card'. In Drive select the file you want to download and click on 'send.' 'Send to SD Card'. Now select a folder and copy the file.

  • Okay I have found a third party app that lets me copy everything from Google drive in one easy step - Astro File Manager - it's a free app on play store, works brilliantly for this as you can select everything in the drive and simply copy it over to your SD Card. This app will also work with dropbox and other cloud services.
  • Offline areas are downloaded onto your Android device’s internal storage by default, so to ensure that it saves future maps on your external SD card, tap on the Google Maps Menu.
  • Plug your SD card into your computer. It should fit into the thin, rectangular slot on your computer's housing. Most Windows computers have an SD card slot in the computer housing, but if yours doesn't, you'll need a USB adapter. If you're attaching a micro-SD card, you'll need to buy a micro-SD-to-USB adapter.
  • This app Files To SD Card is used to quickly move, copy or backup files from internal memory to your phone's SD card. With this program, you can free up with one click your device internal memory or backup your files to the SD card. Free up space by moving your files (documents, downloads, photos, videos and other) to SD Card.
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This wikiHow teaches you how to download files directly to your Android’s SD card. You can enable saving to your SD card using the Files app on the latest version of Android. If files do not save to the SD card automatically, you can transfer them to the SD card using the Files app on stock Android, or the My Files app on Samsung Galaxy.

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Method 1 of 6:
Enabling Save to SD Card on Android 10 and 11

  1. 1
    Open the Files by Google app. It has an icon that resembles a blue folder with red, green, and yellow pages in the middle. Tap the icon in your Apps menu to open Files by Google.
  2. 2
    Tap the More menu . It's the button with three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner. This displays the More menu.
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  3. 3
    Tap Settings. It's near the top of the More menu. It's next to an icon that resembles a gear.
  4. 4
    Scroll down and tap the toggle switch next to 'Save to SD Card.' It's near the bottom of the Settings menu. This enables saving to the SD card.
  5. 5
    Tap Continue. This screen informs you that you need to grant Files access to your SD card.
  6. 6
    Tap Allow Access to SD Card. It's the blue button at the bottom of the screen. This displays a prompt asking you to allow Files to access your SD card.
  7. 7
    Tap Allow. This grants Files access to your SD card and allows you to save files to your SD card.[1]
  8. 3
    Tap Internal Storage. It's near the bottom of the menu below 'Storage Devices'. This displays files on your phone or tablet's internal storage.
  9. 4
    Tap a category. Files are organized by Image, Video, Audio, Documents, Podcasts, and more. Tap whichever category the file you want to transfer falls under.
  10. 5
    Tap the three dots next to the file you want to transfer. Tapping the three dots next to a file displays a menu.
  11. 6
    Tap Select. It's in the menu that appears when you tap the three dots. This displays a blank circle next to all the files, which allows you to select multiple files.
  12. 7
    Check all the files you want to transfer. To place a checkmark next to a file, tap the circle icon next to the file. Check all files you want to transfer.
  13. 8
    Tap the More menu button . It's the icon that has three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. Tap this icon to display the More menu.
  14. 9
    Tap Move to. This option allows you to move the selected files to another location.
    • Alternatively, you can tap Copy to to copy the files to the SD card instead of moving them.
  15. 10
    Tap SD Card. This moves all the selected files to the SD card.[2]
  16. 3
    Navigate to the file(s) you want to transfer. Locate the folder that contains the file you want to transfer and tap the folder to open it.
    • Folders that have an icon that resembles an SD card in the upper-left corner are already stored on the SD card.
  17. 4
    Tap and hold the file you want to transfer. This displays a checkmark in the upper-left corner of the file. You will also see a blank circle in the left corner of the rest of the files in the folder.
  18. 5
    Check all files you want to transfer. To check a file, tap the blank circle in the upper-left corner of each file to place a checkmark in the circle.
  19. 6
    Tap Move. It's the first tab at the bottom of the screen. It has an icon that resembles a folder with an arrow.
  20. 7
    Return to the main menu in My Files. To do so, tap the backward navigation button at the bottom of the screen until you return the main menu in My Files. The backward navigation button resembles a bracket pointing left. It's at the bottom of the screen.
  21. 8
    Tap SD Card. This displays all files and folders stored on your SD card.
  22. 9
    Tap a folder you want to transfer the select files to. Tap the folder to open it.
    • To create a new folder, tap the More menu button () in the upper-right corner and then tap Create Folder.
  23. 10
    Tap Move Here. It's the second option at the bottom of the screen. This moves all the selected items to the current folder on the SD card.
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Method 4 of 6:
Enabling the Save to SD Card on Android 7.0 (Nougat)

  1. 1
    Open your Android’s Settings . It’s the gear icon typically found in the app drawer.
    • As of Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), you can configure your SD card as part of your internal storage. This makes it so you can download Play Store apps directly to the card.
    • This method involves formatting (erasing) the SD card.
    • You will not be able to take the SD card out and use it in another device (unless you erase all of its data).
  2. 2
    Scroll down and tap Storage. It's near the bottom of the Storage menu.
  3. 3
    Select your SD card. It may be called something like “External Storage” or “SD Card.”
  4. 4
    Tap . It’s the three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the screen.
  5. 5
    Tap Change storage type. This may be called “Storage Settings” on some devices.
  6. 6
    Tap Format as internal. This formats the SD card so that it can be used to store files on your Android device.
    • This will erase all data currently stored on the SD card.
  7. 7
    Select a storage option and tap Next. Some devices allow you to choose from two storage options:
    • If you want apps to save their data files (such as the cache) to your SD card in addition to apps, select Use as an internal storage for both apps and data.
    • If you only want apps to be stored on the card, select Use as internal storage for apps only.
  8. 8
    Tap Erase & Format. The data on the card will be erased and then set up to allow downloads. You’ll see a confirmation message once the format is complete.
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Method 5 of 6:
Enabling the Save to SD Card on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

  1. 1
    Open your Android’s Settings. It’s the gear icon typically found in the app drawer.
    • As of the release of Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), it is possible to configure your SD card as part of your internal storage. This makes it possible to download Play Store apps directly to the card.
    • This method involves formatting (erasing) the SD card. Make sure to use a blank card or one you’ve already backed up elsewhere.
    • This method makes it so you cannot take the SD card out and use it in another device (unless you erase all of its data).
  2. 2
  3. 3
    Select your SD card. It may be called something like “External Storage” or “SD Card.”
  4. 4
    Tap . It’s the three vertical dots at the top-right corner of the screen.
  5. 5
    Tap Settings. It's in the menu with three dots in the upper-right corner. This opens the Settings menu.
  6. 6
    Tap Format as internal. Now you’ll see a warning that lets you know the data on the card will be erased.
  7. 7
    Tap Erase & Format. The card will now format as internal storage. Once the card is formatted, apps you download from the Play Store will typically save there by default.
    • Some apps are not able to download to an external card. Such apps will still be installed in the device’s internal storage.
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Method 6 of 6:
Enabling the Save to SD Card on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and Earlier

  1. 1
    Open your Android’s file manager. It’s the folder icon labeled something like My Files, File Manager, or Files.
  2. 2
    Tap the menu or . It’s the three horizontal lines (or three vertical dots) at the top-right corner of the screen. The menu button varies by device, but you’ll know you’re in the right place if you see a menu that contains a “Settings” option.
    • If you’re using an older Android, tap the menu button on your device.
  3. 3
    Tap Settings. It has an icon that resembles a gear.
  4. 4
    Tap Set home directory. It’s in the main panel under the “Select directories” header.
  5. 5
    Tap SD Card. This may have a different name, such as “extSdCard.”
  6. 6
    Tap Done. Downloads will now save to your SD card by default.
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Community Q&A

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  • My Android Version is 6.0.1 this method is not working. Any idea why?
    Community Answer
    Some manufacturers like Samsung and LG do not always allow users to format an SD card as internal. As an alternative, you can change your browser's settings to download files (from now on) to the SD card by default. In Google Chrome, tap ⁝ menu in the top right, then Downloads, ⚙ settings, Download location, then select SD Card.
  • I have fomatted my card but still it is not downloading directly into the SD. Any ideas?
    Community Answer
    The reason why you can't download anything from a play store directly into the SD card is because if you get in there, it is very hard to remove it later. Most likely all apps will only download to your device's HD and not to a SD card. This applies to music files also.
  • MY SD card has been formatted, still cannot download apps from Playstore there
    Community Answer
    The primary problem is once you download apps into a SD card is that you later can't remove them. It is better for the apps to be placed on your phone's hard drive where it is easier to work with than being on a SD card made for only pictures for extra storage. This applies to music files too - they should not be on a SD card.
  • For Android 5.0, how can I find the 'settings' option if there are no three dots in the file manager?
    Community Answer
    Wow... that's really an old Android version! It's time for you to get a big upgrade phone. Most versions of old and current Androids have a settings icon usually being some 'gear' symbol.
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  1. https://support.google.com/files/answer/9321529?hl=en
  2. https://support.google.com/files/answer/9712028?hl=en

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Updated: September 20, 2021
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1. Open the Files by Google app.
2. Tap the icon with three lines in the upper-left corner.
3. Tap Settings.
4. Scroll down and tap Save to SD Card.
5. Tap Continue.
6. Tap Allow Access to SD Card.
7. Tap Allow.

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