Did you know that you can save the photos you take with your Android phone directly to the SD card? If you're rocking an old school Galaxy S3 or a fancy LG G4, you can save storage space on the phone itself by pushing your snaps straight to the SD card. Some versions of Android don't officially let you do this, but it's still possible. Read on to find out how.
The process is really easy, and it can be applied to any Samsung phone with an SD card (so that's the Galaxy S2, S3 Mini, S4, S5, etc, but not the S6), as well as other SD card fans such as the LG, HTC or Xperia. The particular steps might be a little different, but just dig around and you'll find your way.
Save photos to SD card
The first thing you need to store images directly in the external memory is an SD card. Insert it into your phone, open the camera application and 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 opening the camera app after inserting an SD card. Agree to your phone's request and all future pictures will be stored in the external memory card. Simple.
If by some chance this message doesn’t appear, or you have an SD card in your phone already, you need to configure it manually. To do this, you go to Settings in the camera app and scroll down to Storage. That's where you are able to choose between Device and 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 change 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 pictures. The app is able to override KitKat's preferences.
Simply open the application and go to Settings, then Cameraand finally Custom save location.
What happens in Android 5.0 Lollipop?
Android 5.0 Lollipop changed things again, making it easier to set the save location for photos (as well as safer). Apps once again have read and write access to directories on removable storage. All you need to do is make sure your phone has a camera app with an API that makes use of the new permissions. If your stock 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.
Do you save your photos to the SD card? What do you feel are the benefits and dangers? Let us know in the comments.