After yet another error due to insufficient space, you have decided to buy 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 figure out 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 little 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 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
- Default file manager
- Third party file manager
- Move photos to Huawei SD card
- Move apps to Huawei SD card
- How to move files to Huawei SD card from PC
How to move files to SD card from Huawei
Let’s go straight to the point and see how to move files to the Huawei SD card . In this first chapter of the guide, assuming that 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 subject ) I will show you how to transfer files from memory internal device to the SD by 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, just to be clear): it is generally called File Manager and you can find it directly on the Home screen.
To use it to move files to the SD card, start it, select the Local tab (or Categories , depending on the version of the app in use on your device) and tap on the item relating to Internal memory (or Internal storage ).
At this point, open the folder that contains the files you want to move, perform a long tap on the first item 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 tab and press the Move button at the bottom.
Now, go back to the first page of the Local / Categories tab , choose the item related to the SD card , open the destination folder in which you want to transfer the files selected just now and press the Move button at the bottom to start the transfer. Mission accomplished! You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?
Note: if you want to get an idea of 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 services Google) which, once started, allows you to choose one of the memory units present on the device in use (internal memory or SD card) and shows a convenient graph through which to identify the files that take up more space.
Third party file manager
If, for some reason, Huawei’s default file manager does not satisfy you, you can use one of the many alternative file managers available on the Play Store and on the alternative stores . An example above all? Total Commander which, spartan as it is, is free and does its job perfectly.
To use it, after having downloaded it through the store of your device (you just need to search for it within the latter, press on its icon and then on the Install button ), start it, grant it the required permissions and browse the internal memory , and then select the folder that contains the files you want to copy to SD.
Once the folder in question is open, tap on the 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 in bottom left.
In the box that opens, click on the >> symbol , then on the house ; select the SD card , then the destination folder in which to transfer the files selected above and start copying the data, pressing OK and MOVE . Mission accomplished!
Move photos to Huawei SD card
Are you 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 DCIM folder (where photos and videos taken with the device’s camera are saved) from internal memory to SD.
Instead, to set the SD card as the default destination for new content created with the camera, open the Camera app , access its settings (by pressing the gear icon or swiping from right to left) and activate the lever relating 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 apps ? 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 the problem, you should root the device ( a practice that eliminates some system protections, but at the cost of erasing all data, and not without risks in terms of stability and security), partition the SD card and “tinker” with some apps able to force moving apps to external card.
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 Huawei SD .
How to move files to Huawei SD card from PC
Do you need to move files from your computer to your Huawei device’s SD card ? No problem. If you have set the SD card as the main memory of your smartphone / tablet, you can connect the phone to the PC via USB cable and proceed as described below; alternatively you could think of extracting the card from the device and connecting it directly to the computer, using the available slot or a special SD-USB adapter .
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If you use the Windows operating system and you need to connect your smartphone directly to the computer, you must first install HiSuite : the official software for recognizing and managing Huawei devices from a computer. To do this, connect to the HiSuite site and click on the Download button 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 in sequence on the Yes , Next , Allow and Start buttons . When HiSuite starts up, close it as well: now that you have the software installed on your PC you can proceed safely from File Explorer .
Connect, therefore, your smartphone or tablet Huawei to your computer via USB cable , expand the Android notifications menu and set the mode USB connection on File (by pressing the icon for the USB connection ). Once this is done, open the Windows File Explorer (the yellow folder on the taskbar), select the Computer / This PC icon from the left sidebar, double-click the icon related to your Huawei device and access Memory internal and SD card as you prefer, 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 turning 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 the Windows File Explorer and perform the most classic copy-and-paste of the files of your interest to the memory card. Easy, right?
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 I linked to you just now and click on the DOWNLOAD NOW button . Once this is done, open the .dmg file you obtained, copy the Android File Transfer icon in the macOS Applications folder and start the software in question, then clicking on Open and start .
At this point, connect your smartphone or tablet Huawei to your Mac via USB cable , expand the Android notifications menu , and if necessary, set the mode USB connection on File (by pressing the icon for the 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 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 the 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 to it with a classic copy-e – paste .