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How to download applications and files to the memory card on Android

memory card on Android

In mobile devices based on the Android operating system, a memory card plays an important role. On it you can store everything that is better not to leave in the memory of a mobile phone: music, videos, some applications, photos and other files. Let's see how you can download various information to the memory card of a mobile device based on Android.


What is it for? The answer is actually pretty simple: to have more free space on your mobile device. Although today they produce smartphones, the amount of internal memory of which reaches 16 GB, in everyday life there are still many gadgets with insufficient memory. If the device has only 1 GB of internal memory, 400 MB of which is occupied by the operating system, then there is not much left.


Of course, 600 MB is enough for someone. But it is worth installing the necessary games and applications that will begin to occupy the cache and leave behind unnecessary files, and there will be no space at all. But you still need to store multimedia information somewhere. Don't forget simple push-button phones. For them, the concept of internal memory does not exist at all.

Memory card – a necessary and useful element

In the event that you need additional storage for information, you need to know how to properly download data to a memory card in mobile devices based on "Android". However, before you buy an SD card, you need to know what the maximum volume supported by your device is equal to. You can get such information by studying the passport attached to the device. You can also get the necessary data in online stores and various sites. Since the memory card will always be inside the mobile device, it is necessary to give preference only to high-quality products. After you purchase additional data storage, you can save various information on the memory card. On the flash drive it will be possible to store various applications.

How to download information to the memory card «Android»

To perform this operation, you will need a phone, a memory card and a USB cable to the device. It is advisable to use a native cable, another may not be suitable. Connect your mobile device to your personal computer using USB. On the device's touch screen, select the memory card. Open My Computer and find the flash card.

Open it. Here you will see which files and folders created by the Android operating system are available on the memory card. To make it easier to use the memory card, it is better to create special thematic folders, for example, "Music" or "Video". Before copying the necessary data to the Android memory card, you need to select the files.


After that, you just need to copy them to a directory on the memory card. The data migration is complete. In the event that you don't have a USB cable, or it doesn't work, you can use the adapter that comes with your SD card. The laptop usually has a special port. If you are using a regular desktop computer, then you can not do without a special adapter that plugs into a USB port. In general, as you have already understood, there are several ways to download files to the Android memory card.

Cloud Storage

It's no secret what cloud storage is. This is a pretty good solution in the event that you want to download the necessary data to the memory card of the device based on the Android operating system. Cloud storage is a special space on the Internet where you can record the necessary information.

This is something like a hard drive located on the Internet. Disk space resides on a server owned by a specific organization. Such disks can be of two types: search engine disks, for example, Cloud and Yandex Disk, and independent, such as Mega or Drop Box. Such services provide free disk space, ranging from 2 to 100 Gigabytes.

It doesn't matter what kind of storage you use, but if you use mail on Mail or Google, you can use cloud storage from these services. To do this, you will need to open the mail and log in to the cloud. Upload the files you need to print there. The easiest way to do this is by simply dragging and dropping.


Before downloading data to the memory card of an Android mobile device, you need to install a special application from the Play Market. Install and run the app on your mobile device. After that, log in and download the desired file, having previously chosen the place to save. Note that it's best to use Wi-Fi to install the app and download data.

Creating an FTP Server

On the Play Market there is another rather interesting application called FTP-server. It is interesting because it can be used to turn a mobile device into an FTP server. By connecting to such a server, you can exchange files and other information. The main condition is that the phone must be connected to the same router as the personal computer. If this condition is met, you can install the application and run it. Tap the big red icon that's in the middle of the screen.

The icon changes to green. The IP address is displayed at the bottom. It is needed in order to gain access to the file system of the smartphone. Open My Computer and paste this address into the address bar. It looks the same as in the Internet browser. Instead of a site address, the path for accessing folders and files is displayed here. You can then press Enter. The utility allows you to fully control all information: delete, copy and create new files. When downloading files to the memory card of a device running on Android, you can accidentally lose the necessary information. The recovery process will be quite complicated.

How to Transfer Utilities to a Memory Card

Downloading applications and utilities for a device running on the basis of "Android", without using a memory card is very simple. But Android has a feature from the start that allows you to transfer games and apps to an SD card. This way of organizing space allows you to save space. After all, even 100 MB play a big role on a mobile device. This feature is required. To save applications on the memory card, you need to use the following algorithm of actions.

Go to "Settings" and select the "Applications" section. Here you will see several tabs at once. We will be interested in the "Installed" tab. In order to provide convenience with installed applications, it is better to use sorting by size. So you can understand which program takes up more space. But before you save apps to a memory card, you need to determine which ones are best left in the memory of your mobile device. Here it is better to leave only the most necessary utilities.


These can be email clients, mobile applications for the use of social networks, banking programs, electronic wallets, Internet browsers, etc. The rest of the programs that are unlikely to be urgently needed by the user can be safely transferred to a memory card. To do this, open the application and select the "Transfer to SD card" option for it. In the same window, you can view how much the temporary files and cache of the program weigh. If they do not store important information, you can clean the garbage. It is better to perform this operation before saving applications to the memory card of a mobile device based on Android.

APK Files

Files of applications and games in the Android operating system have the APK format. These files perform functions similar to those performed by executable exe files on a personal computer. After downloading the utility from the Play Market, you immediately install it in the background. If for a number of reasons the store did not have the right program or the installation file was damaged, you can download the APK file from another source and install the program from it. You can download the program to the memory card of an Android-based device in different ways.


Download from an Internet browser

On any mobile device, there is an application such as an Internet browser. If you did not install it yourself, use the built-in browser. You need to go to the program and specify in the search "download such and such an application apk". After that, you will need to find a suitable site to download the installation file. When you have decided on the source, click "download" and download the application to the memory card of the mobile device.

First you need to select the location to save the installation file. After that, go to the folder where you saved the APK file and click on it. At this point, a security notification appears. Here you need to select the necessary settings and tick the item "Unknown sources". This allows you to install applications from unknown sources.


After that, you can install the utility on your mobile device. Please note that in this way you risk encountering various malicious objects. Therefore, before downloading various applications to the memory card of a mobile device, it is better to familiarize yourself in detail with the description and reviews of other users. In case of problems and problems when working with this software, then surely you will find negative feedback from other users.

Using a computer

Few users know that you can install applications and games on a mobile device using a computer. There are two ways to use this. The first is to download the application from the Play Market website, and the second is to install the application from the APK file. If you are using a personal computer, then in both cases you will need to first connect the mobile device via a USB cable and activate debugging via USB. This operation is performed as follows: Open the "Settings" menu and select "Developer Options" from it. Here in the first place will be the option "Debugging via USB". Tick it. After that, you can start installing the applications.

Using Google Play

First of all, open an Internet browser on your computer and go to the website. Before downloading games and apps, log in to Google with the same account you use on your mobile device. After that, find and open the desired program. Just like on Google Play, click on "Install". In the window that opens, select a mobile device from the list. Click Install again. A message appears indicating that the installation completed successfully.

Through the utility

Today, there are many special utilities for installing programs on Android mobile devices. The easiest to use is the Install APK. Before you download the file to the memory card, you need to install the Install APK on your computer. The utility is distributed completely free of charge. Today it can be found on many websites. Now you can simply download the APKs of the apps and games you need. Use the Install APK to open the installation file. A utility window will appear in which the user will need to choose how to perform the installation: via USB or Wi-Fi.

Next, click "Update" and select your mobile device. If the device was not recognized by the system, you may have to install the driver. They can be found on the manufacturer's website or on the disk that came with the device. Quite often, drivers are supplied through a special service utility. It will be enough just to install it, and it will offer to install the necessary drivers on the PC.

Micro-USB connector

On many modern mobile devices, one connector is used to transfer data and charge the device - Micro-USB. Included with the gadget can go USB-cable, which connects to the plug of the charger. There are also special adapters from USB to Micro-USB, with which you can connect a regular flash drive to a tablet or phone. You can buy such an adapter today in any computer store.