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How to move files to Huawei SD card

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How to move files to Huawei SD card: After yet another error due to insufficient space, you have decided to purchase a microSD (or a nanoSD) to be installed in your Huawei smartphone or tablet in order to “lighten the load” on the internal memory and transfer part of the data that now ” flood “the device. Great idea: but if you are here now and are reading this tutorial, it seems clear to me that things are not going the right way, right?

How do you say? You have inserted the memory card in your smartphone but, despite this, the internal memory has remained full and you cannot understand how to move files to huawei sd card? Don’t worry, it’s a pretty common situation. It is not enough to install the SD in the phone to free up space on the internal memory: you have to arm yourself with patience and move some files “manually”.

A bit boring, I admit, but simple. If you want, I’ll explain how to do it in the next few lines. Just a small clarification before starting: to make this tutorial I used a Huawei P9 Lite with Android 6 and a Huawei P40 with Android 10, however the information below should be valid a little for all models of smartphone (and tablet) Huawei and for all versions of the Google home operating system.

How to move files to SD card from Huawei

Let’s go straight to the point and see how to move files to huawei sd card. In this first chapter of the guide, assuming you have already installed the memory card in your smartphone or tablet (if you haven’t, find out how to do it by reading my tutorial dedicated to the topic) I will show you how to transfer files from memory internal device to the SD acting from the device itself.

Default file manager

Huawei devices come with a handy default app for managing files (a sort of File Explorer like the one you find on your PC, so to speak): it is generally called File management and find it directly on the Home screen.

To use it to move files to the SD card, launch it, select the card Local (or Categories, depending on the version of the app in use on your device) and tap on the item related to Internal memory (or Internal storage).

At this point, open the folder which contains the files you intend to move, do a prolonged tap on the first element you want to move to the SD (in order to highlight it and activate the selection mode on your device), choose the other files to copy to the external card and press the button Move, which you find below.

Now, go back to the first page of the tab Local / Categories, choose the item related to SD card, open the destination folder where you want to transfer the files selected just now and press the button Move, below, to start the transfer. Mission accomplished! You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?

Note: in case you want to get an idea on which files take up the most space on the internal memory of your smartphone or tablet, I suggest you install DiskUsage, a free app (also available on alternative stores for Huawei devices without Google services) which, once started, allows you to choose one of the memory units present on the device in use (internal memory or SD card) and displays a convenient graphic through which to identify the files that take up more space.

Third party file manager

Total Commander

If, for some reason, Huawei’s default file manager doesn’t satisfy you, you can use one of the many alternative file managers present on the Play Store and on the alternative stores. An example above all? Total Commander which, spartan as it may be, is free and does its job perfectly.

To use it, after downloading it through the store of your device (just look for it inside the latter, press on its icon and then on the button Install), start it, grant it i permissions required and browse the Internal memory, then select the folder which contains the files you want to copy to SD.

Once the folder in question is open, tap on icons / previews of the files to be moved (not on their names, watch out!), so that a check appears on them, then press the icon with the two sheets located at the bottom left.

In the box that opens, click on the symbol >>, then on the cottage; select the SD card, then the destination folder in which to transfer the files selected just now and start copying the data by pressing on OK And MOVE. Mission accomplished!

Move photos to Huawei SD card

Photos on SD Huawei

You are wondering how to move photos to huawei sd card? Nothing could be easier: follow the steps I indicated earlier and use File Manager, Total Commander or any other file manager for Android to copy the contents of the folder DCIM (where photos and videos made with the device’s camera are saved) from internal memory to SD.

To set the SD card as the default destination for new camera content, open the app Camera, access its settings (by pressing thegear icon or by swiping from right to left) and activate the lever relative to priority saving on SD. For all the details of the case, I refer you to my specific guide on how to move photos to Huawei SD card.

Move apps to Huawei SD card


And what about the app? Well, that’s a bit of a sore point. In fact, many Huawei devices, despite supporting the setting of the SD as main memory, do not allow you to freely move apps to the latter. To get around this, you should run the root on the device (a practice that eliminates some system protections, but at the cost of deleting all data, and not without risks in terms of stability and security), partition the SD card and “tinker” with some apps that can force the move applications on the external board.

Personally, if you don’t know where to put your hands, I don’t recommend even trying. In any case, if you want to learn more, I also have a guide ready for you on how to move apps to SD Huawei.

How to move files to Huawei SD card from PC

You need move files from your computer to your Huawei device’s SD card? No problem. If you have set the SD card as the main storage of your smartphone / tablet, you can connect the phone to the PC via USB cable and proceed as described below; alternatively you might think of remove the card from the device and connect it directly to your computer, using the slot possibly available or a specific one SD-USB adapter.


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File Explorer

If you use the operating system Windows and you need to connect smartphone to computer directly, you need to install first HiSuite: the official software for the recognition and management of Huawei devices from computers. To do this, connect to the HiSuite site and click on the button Download for Windows.

When the download is complete, open the zip file obtained, launch the executable file contained within it and complete the setup by clicking on the buttons in sequence Yup, Forward, Allow And Start. When HiSuite starts, close it as well: now that you have the software installed on your PC you can safely proceed from File Explorer.

Therefore, connect your Huawei smartphone or tablet to the computer via USB cable, expand the Android notification menu and set the mode of USB connection on File (by pressing the icon relating to USB connection). Once this is done, open theFile Explorer Windows (the yellow folder on the taskbar), select the icon Computer / This PC from the left sidebar, double-click the icon for yours Huawei device and log in to Internal memory And SD card however you like, by double clicking on the respective icons.

In this way, you can move files on the SD or on the internal memory of the device with a classic copy-and-paste. If you have any problems, also try to turn on USB debugging in the Android developer options.

In case you have the opportunity to connect the SD card of your device directly to the computer, all you have to do is open theFile Explorer Windows and perform the most classic copy-and-paste of the files of your interest to the memory card. Easy, right?


Android File Transfer Mac

If you have a Mac, you can manage the files contained in your Huawei device and on the SD card installed in it using Android File Transfer, an official free application designed for this purpose (compatible with devices from all manufacturers, not just Huawei).

To download it, connect to the site that I linked to you just now and click on the button DOWNLOAD NOW. Once this is done, open the .dmg file you got, copy the icon Android file transfer in the folder Applications macOS and start the software in question, then clicking on You open And it begins.

At this point, connect your Huawei smartphone or tablet to the Mac via USB cable, expand the Android notification menu and, if necessary, set the mode of USB connection on File (by pressing the icon relating to USB connection). Once this is done, you should be able to access the files contained on the internal memory and SD card of the Huawei device via Android File Transfer. To copy a file from Mac to SD, simply drag and drop it from the Finder (or Desktop) to the desired SD folder in Android File Transfer.

If you have the ability to directly connect the microSD to your Mac, you should be able to manage the files hosted within it via Finder (the smiling face icon on the Dock bar), so you should be able to copy files onto it with a classic copy-and-paste.