Earlier arrivals like Galaxy S3, latest Galaxy S7 or LG G6 can save photos you take, directly to your SD card in order to save the storage space. In another terms, you can save phone’s storage by pushing your snaps straight to the SD card. Some Android versions don’t allow doing this function, but there are possible ways to do.

The process of this is similar and it can apply to any Android phone with a Micro SD card. Phone to phone or Android version to version, the steps may be different. Let’s see how Android Nougat works with this feature.

How to save photos to SD card on Android Nougat

Peeps those who lucky enough to have Android Nougat in their phones can directly save photos to their MicroSD card. There are two ways to enable this function. The first step of both ways is to insert a MicroSD card and then open the default camera app of your phone. Then the pop up prompt allows changing your storage settings. After that photos will save in MicroSD card from there onwards. You can also select the MicroSD card as your preferred photo storage method in your camera app’s settings menu. In the below image depicts, what the menu looks like on the LG G6. It should be similar to any Nougat phone, though. Go to the camera settings and look for storage options, then select the SD card option. (Choose to save photos to the microSD card once it’s inserted, via the prompt (left) or the storage section of the camera settings menu (right).)

How to save photos to SD card on Android Marshmallow

First of all, Store images directly in the MicroSD card. Insert it into your phone, open the camera and a message will pop up, asking if you want to change the storage location. The same popup will appear on most devices when opening the camera app after inserting an SD card. Agree to it and all future photos will be stored in the external memory card.

If this message doesn’t pop up, or has a SD card in your phone already, then configure it manually. To do this, go to Settings in the camera app, scroll down to storage and finally choose one between Device and Memory Card.

Now there is also an option to format a SD card as internal storage. Then your photos will automatically store on it without doing any of the above. But if you do this, the card will only work on the phone you formatted. You have to connect your phone to a computer via USB if you want to manually transfer files. The card itself will not be recognized by any other devices. (Figure->open up Settings when in the camera app and select Storage.)

How to save photos to SD card on Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop make it easier to set the save location for photos safely. Apps once again have read and write access to directories on removable storage. Make sure your phone has a camera app with an API that makes use of the new permissions. If your default camera won’t let you save to the SD card, you can download a different camera app. Check the settings in the app and look for a storage option.


How to save photos to SD card on Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat’s images are saved in the internal memory by default with no easy way to change the save location. A solution is to download the MX Camera application in which you’ll find options to select the storage destination for photos. Then the app will override KitKat’s preferences.

Simply open the application and go to Settings, then Camera and finally Custom save location. (Figure->Choose Camera and then Custom save location)

How to save photos to SD card on Samsung devices

Insert a SD card and open the camera app. Then a window will offer you the option to use the SD card as your storage option of choice. (Figure->You should see this dialog the first time you open the camera app after inserting an SD card.)

If you don’t happen to see this window, then you can open the Settings menu in the camera app (the gear icon) and scroll down to Storage location, press it and selected Memory card. (Figure->Find the option in the camera app’s settings.)