Do you want to make sure those important pictures and videos that you just took with your Samsung Galaxy S 4 are safe on your memory card? Good idea! If your phone ever malfunctions or gets damaged and your photos are saved to your phone and not the SD card then those pictures or videos might be lost forever. This article will help show you step-by-step how to check to make sure that your camera is set to save pictures and videos automatically to the phones external memory card as well as how to set it up to do so if it isn’t already.
How to check your cameras default storage location
Usually this happens automatically
As soon as you insert your memory card into your Samsung Galaxy S 4 it typically prompts you the first time you open your camera with a message letting you know that you have inserted an SD card and if you want to change the default storage location to that SD card.
From which most people select “Ok”.
And that is usually all there is to it and you’re done. However… sometimes settings can be accidently changed or the “Cancel” option might have been selected instead so I strongly recommend that you double check your cameras settings to make sure that the proper configuration is set.
Checking or setting the cameras storage location
Camera > Settings (the little gear/sprocket icon) > Settings > Settings Tab > Storage > Memory card
Detailed instructions with pictures
Open your camera.
By default there is a camera icon on your home screen, if this shortcut has been removed then you can access your camera by going into your Apps and selecting Camera from your list of Applications.
You should see a video display as though you are about to take a picture.
Tap the Settings icon
It looks like a little gear or sprocket.
You will be shown some additional options.
Tap the Settings (gear icon) again to bring up even more settings
You will be presented with 3 tabs and a list of options.
Tap the Settings icon a third time.
Make sure that Storage says Memory card
If “Memory card” is not selected and its showing “Device” instead then tap on the Storage option and select Memory card.
Once memory card is selected you’re done.
Your phone is now setup to automatically save your cameras pictures and videos to your memory card.
If your S4 is displaying “Device” and it will not show a “Memory card” option or the “Memory card” option is unavailable then your phone is not reading your memory card properly. Make sure that you check to make sure that it’s inserted and mounted properly. If this applies to your device then you might be interested in reading about Mounting and Un-mounting an SD card on an Android smartphone.
Move your previous pictures from the phone to the memory card
Don’t forget to move the pictures that you had previously taken to your memory card as well. You want them to be nice and safe on your memory card and not just your phone, your Android phone will not automatically do this for you.
If you need help moving your original photos and videos or many other files from your phone to your memory card then Saving Pictures from a Samsung Android Smartphone to an SD Card should help to set you on the right path.
Make sure that you have the room for your media
If you’re using a hand me down memory card or an older memory card from a previous device then you should make sure that it is large enough and fast enough to handle the media from your new phone. The Samsung Galaxy phones get along with most micro SD cards very well but you certainly don’t want to run out of space on your memory card when you need it most. You might be interested in these tips on upgrading or choosing the best memory card for Android phones.
Enjoy your now secure photos on your Samsung Galaxy S 4. Make sure to take lots of pictures and videos and to enjoy the little things. Thank you for reading. If you have any tips, suggestions, or questions then don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. If you found this article helpful let me know by clicking the Facebook Like button or the Google + button below. Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check out some of the other interesting and helpful articles on the site. Enjoy.