Copying Files and Photos to My Android Phone's SD Card

by Ruri Ranbe
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USB Mass Storage enables an Android device to interface with and display the entire contents of the Secure Digital, or SD, card to a computer. Upon connecting your smartphone to the PC, Windows 8 detects the SD card inside the device and mounts it as removable storage. You can copy files to and from the Android device just as you would with any USB flash drive or hard drive.

Step 1

Touch "Settings" from the Home or Apps screen, touch "Storage" under Device and then press the "Menu" key. Choose "USB Computer Connection" from the top of the screen.

Step 2

Select "Mass Storage" to turn on USB mass storage. Connect the Android device to your PC.

Step 3

Click "Open Device to View Files" to open File Explorer and then select the library containing the files or photos to copy over to your Android device.

Step 4

Press "Ctrl-A" to select all of the files in the library, or press "Ctrl" and click each file to transfer.

Drag-and-drop the files onto your smartphone. Disconnect the device from the computer when the file transfer completes.


  • Information in this article applies to Android Jelly Bean 4.2. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • If your Android device does not have a "Mass Storage" option, you must download a third-party app to access the SD card on your PC.


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  • Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Ruri Ranbe has been working as a writer since 2008. She received an A.A. in English literature from Valencia College and is completing a B.S. in computer science at the University of Central Florida. Ranbe also has more than six years of professional information-technology experience, specializing in computer architecture, operating systems, networking, server administration, virtualization and Web design.

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