If you are looking for a way to move the photos, videos, screenshots, movies, music or any type of media file currently saved on your Sony Xperia Android 4.2 smartphone and put them onto a memory card then you have come to the right place. This guide shows step by step instructions, with pictures, using a Sony Xperia M dual cell phone running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will demonstrate how to move files from a Sony Xperia 4.2 Android phone to its memory card without the use of a computer. All you need is a charged cell phone and a memory card.
Common reasons why this would be helpful
This guide is the perfect solution if you need to backup your Sony Xperia before performing a factory data reset. Since all of the user data on an Android cell phone gets erased after doing a hard reset you’ll want to make sure to always backup your Sony Xperia first and often one of the best places to backup your information is your memory card.
This is also the perfect solution if your Sony Xperia is running out of storage space and you just got an awesome new SD card and need to move your original media files onto that new memory card. Your cell phone will not do this automatically and this guide will show you how to manually move those files from your phone onto that external storage.
This is also the perfect guide for a person who would simply like to know how to copy specific files to their memory card from their Sony Xperia M dual or Sony Xperia Android 4.2 smartphone.
Checking your memory card
The first thing that you are going to want to do is make sure that your memory card is communicating with your phone properly. If your memory card is not mounted or communicating with your Sony Xperia properly then you will certainly have issues moving or copying files to or from that memory card.
If you are unsure if your memory card is working properly and you would like a nice, easy and quick way to check, then I think you might find this article on Mounting and Un-mounting SD cards helpful. If you know that your memory card is inserted and working correctly then you can continue to the next part of this guide.
Start by finding the files you want to copy
One of the first things that you will need to do is locate the files on your phones internal storage. Then you will be able to copy or move those files to your external storage aka the memory card.
Locating media files saved on your phones storage: Quick instructions
Apps > File Commander > Internal storage > Pictures/DCIM/Music/Movies/etc
Locating media files saved on your phones storage: Detailed instructions with pictures
Go to your Sony Xperia’s Home screen
Open your Applications by tapping the Apps icon.
Browse through your Apps then click and open the “File Commander”.
Note: the “File Commander” application may not be pre-installed or available by default on every Sony Xperia cell phone. If you search your list of applications and cannot locate the “File Commander” app then you might have to look into downloading a third party application from the Play Store in order to help you move your files to or from the SD card. Just do a search on the Play Store for “File Manager” and you will have many different applications to choose from. One of my favorites is the “Astro File Manager” but you can also choose to download the “File Commander” app as it too is very user friendly and doing so will allow you to to follow along with this guide.
Please also Note: that the “File Commander” icon may appear or look different depending on your specific model of Sony Xperia and the version of Android that it is currently running on. Sometimes the last letter in “Commander” can get cut off as well, depending upon the current applications displayed on the window and it may appear as “File Commande” as shown in the screenshot below.
After opening the File Commander it will show you a list of folders and allow you to access the media files stored on your Sony Xperia or its memory card.
Since we want to locate the files stored on the phone in order to move those files to the memory card we are going to want to select the Internal storage option.
You will then see a list of folders available on the phones storage. You might have to browse these folders in order to locate the file(s) that you would like to copy or transfer to the memory card.
Common folders of interest from this list include the:
DCIM – this is commonly the default storage location for photos taken with the camera of an Android smartphone, and is often, in my opinion, the best place to start when transferring files from an Android phone to its SD card.
Pictures – this folder often contains the Screenshots taken on your phone, and may also contain pictures and images from other folders and or tasks as well such as Camera pictures from the DCIM folder mentioned above.
Images – much like the Pictures folder and should display most of the images and photos which are stored to your Sony Xperia.
Movies – this folder is pretty self explanatory and is often one of the best places to look for movies that you may have downloaded to your Sony Xperia smartphone.
Music – often contains music downloaded to your cell phone. Note: if you are using a third party app to download music to your Sony Xperia then the music files might be stored in a different folder other than the Music folder. If this is the case then I suggest looking for the name of the application that you used to download music as the files are most likely stored in a folder named after that app.
Moving files to the memory card
Now that you know how to locate the files saved on your Sony Xperia it’s time to actually transfer them to your external memory card.
Moving files from the phone to the Memory Card: Quick instructions
Select Image(s) > Copy > Back > Sdcard1 (or whatever the external storage is labeled) > Paste
Moving files from the phone to the Memory Card: Detailed instructions with pictures
Open the folder that you would like to transfer your file(s) from. In this example I am going to choose to copy from the Images folder.
So I am going to click and open the Image folder.
Once the Image Folder is open you should have a list of images to choose from.
If you need to copy all of these files to your memory card then press the Edit button at the bottom of the screen.
Then tap the option to Select All, which should select and put a checkmark next to all of the images within the current folder. In this example it selected all of the pictures within the Image folder.
If you only need to copy a single image or a few images then put a checkmark next to the image(s) that you would like to copy.
Once the Image(s) that you want to copy to your memory card are selected and have checkmarks next to them you can then press the Copy option on the bottom of the screen.
Important Note – Cut vs. Copy: There is also a Cut option but I highly recommend that you use the Copy option as opposed to the Cut option and here is why. By using Copy you are actually creating a secondary image and saving that second image to the memory card. Once it’s there and you have confirmed that your image has indeed copied to the memory card successfully you can then go back to the original image still saved on your Sony Xperia and then remove it from the phones internal storage by simply deleting it.
I have seen a few cases, especially when transferring multiple files, where the Cut option has been used, something happened during or between the transfer and a loss of data occurred. Where pictures didn’t get moved over properly and unexpectedly vanish without a trace.
If you choose the Copy option and for some reason a file doesn’t transfer properly then you will still have the original image or file to go back to and try to copy again. So use the Copy option as it can help prevent loss of data during the transfer.
After you have copied the image(s) that you want to put onto your SD card you’ll need to tell the phone where you want to put them.
So tap the Back button until you get to the main screen of the File Commander again (where we previously opened the “Internal storage” option from).
This time instead of choosing “Internal storage” since we want to save our copied files to the memory card we are going to look for a memory card or SD card option.
In this example it is labeled as Sdcard1, so we are going to open this option to access our Sony Xperia’s memory card.
You will then see a list of folders containing all of the files on your memory card.
At this point anything that you copy, cut, move, or add to this Sdcard1 folder, or any of the folders within this folder, are going to be saved onto your memory card.
So to put the copied file(s) on your memory card you can press the Edit button at the bottom of the screen and then tap Paste.
This will paste the copied file(s) onto your memory card and they will be nice and safe should your phone ever malfunction or if it ever gets damaged.
Note: If you really like to stay organized, then instead of pasting your files to the Sdcard1 folder you can go even deeper into the folder structure and save your images wherever you please. If you copied files from the Image folder on your phone then you can paste those files into the Image folder on your SD card. You can even create custom folders if you want in which you can save specific photos or images.
Don’t forget to check
Once all of your images have been copied and pasted to the memory card don’t forget to check and make sure that you’re not missing any. It’s uncommon and unlikely that any files are missing but double check just to make sure.
Once you have confirmed that they’re all safe on the memory card you can go to the originals and delete them from the phones internal storage. If you have a lot of files that you need to erase then don’t forget the “Select All” feature.
This should not only help you keep your files more secure but it will also allow you to free up some space on your phones storage which can help your cell phone to run smoother and faster.
That is how you can move files from a Sony Xperia phone onto its memory card
I hope that this guide has helped you through the process of backing up your information to a memory card and made it a little easier to understand. Sometimes these things can seem a little complicated at first but once you know how to do it then it’s not so bad at all and can be extremely useful.
Don’t forget to check and make sure that your Sony Xperia’s camera is setup to save its pictures directly to the memory card as well. Then you won’t have to worry about constantly transferring files to your memory card. As soon as you take a picture with your phone it will save directly to the SD card. If you are unsure how to do this then you might find How to change the cameras default storage location to the SD card on a Sony Xperia smartphone helpful and informative as well.
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