How to save photos to SD card from your Android phone

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Android contains many little tricks and for beginners it can often be seen as a challenge when first starting out. I know that many Android fans, whether you're rocking an old school Galaxy S3 or a brand new LG G3 don’t know how to save photos directly to the SD card. So today we'll show you how to save photos to the SD card.

The process is really easy. The same process can be used for any Samsung phones with an SD card (Galaxy S2, S3 Mini, S4, S5 etc but not the S6...ahem) as well as other SD card fans like the LG G3, HTC One M8 or Xperia Z3. The particular steps might be a little different, but just dig around and you'll find your way.

Save photos to SD card

Obviously the first thing you need to store images directly in the external memory is an SD card. Once inserted, you just need to open the camera application where a message will appear asking if you want to change the storage location to the SD card. The same popup occurs on most devices when a SD card is inserted and the camera app opened next.

Accept this so that future pictures are stored in the external memory card. Now, if by some chance this message doesn’t appear, you need to configure it manually. To do this, you just have to go to Settings in the camera app and scroll down to storage options. That's where you are able to choose between Device or Memory Card.

What happens with Android 4.4 KitKat?

Android 4.4 KitKat doesn't like SD cards so much and images are saved in the internal memory by default with no easy way to cahnge the save location. One simple solution is to download the MX Camera application in which you'll find options to select the storage destination for our pictures taht can override KitKat's preferences.

Simply open the application and go to Settings, then Camera and finally Custom save location.

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