How to set the SD card as the default location for your Galaxy S4 photos

The first time I started snapping photos with my Galaxy S4 I was relatively satisfied.

The 13 megapixel photos almost rivaled the pixel depth of my 16 megapixel Nikon DSLR.  Most of the images were sharp, well exposed and generally copacetic.

So I started taking more and more photos and filling up more and more storage on my device.

I eventually noticed that performance was inversely proportional to storage.  In other words, the less space I had available because of my photo collection the more it felt like my phone was languishing.

My Galaxy S4 no longer responded with the snappy alacrity that first captivated me and instead crawled with a torpor that made me conjure up creative ways to destroy it.

Let’s see: I can chuck it in the microwave or toss it in the blender and give it a whirl?  Hmm, the microwave scares me: what happens if the thing catches on fire? Let’s go with the blender.

If you’re tired of saving photos to your device rather than your capacious SD card, follow me and I’ll show you how to save to your SD card by default.  This is a quick 30 second read.

Saving Photos to SD

Tap open the Camera then touch the little gear icon on the right side of the screen (highlighted blue below).

Galaxy S4 Camera App Settings

A fresh list of icons slides down the screen like a tray of freshly baked cookies.

Pick the new gear graphic in the upper right corner of the screen.  It looks the same as the gear you just tapped but it invokes a different set of options.

You’ll see a photo icon, video icon and yes… another gear icon.

I promise you this is the last one.

Tap it and flick down to the bottom and touch Storage to change the location from your Device to the Memory Card.

Save images on Galaxy S4 memory card

That’s better isn’t it?

Now you can happily take all the photos you want knowing they’re being saved to your larger capacity SD card!

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  • CT

    Ohhh my god, I am so mad that I did not figure this out myself/sooner. I’ve had my phone for well over a year, and had thought I checked everything.

  • Kim McMurtrey

    Thank you!!! I love you.

  • sam

    Done that then took photo and a sign come up saying couldn’t store on sd card even tho I have millions of space on card it auto set back to device

    • skyrail02

      me too.
      I guess it’s an issue related to Android new policy, preventing apps to save to external sd card.

  • Ben

    Thank you very much for sharing this!

  • Maria Borg Costanzi

    I’ve done this however my photos are still taking up half the storage on my phone! Is there a way to store them ONLY on your Sd card not on both device and sd card? Please help and running out of space! Thanks

    • Grignasan

      Same here? Is there a solution to this problem?

  • Harley11067

    Thank you sooooo very much. I am a tech idiot. You saves my life. (well dramatic…..but sincere)

  • Yusuf Shaik

    do you know how to save all media to the sd card by default? a lot of times i download music/videos/pictures and they’re always taking up a lot of space on my phone

  • Linda Kennedy

    Did not take even 30 seconds. Amazing !! Thank you so much.

  • manesg

    My default is set to the memory card; it’s saving to device anyway. The card is about 80% available for storage. Anyone have this problem, and know how to solve it?

  • Bonnie Rodriguez

    thank you! not sure how it changed, but nice to know how it is done.

  • DanG

    Thank you! Discovered that my new, just-bought S4 had automatically recognized SD card after I installed, without any action on my part (I did format it when installed), and had already set so that photos/videos are stored on SD. HOWEVER, did get pop-up telling me that “burst photos” would be stored on device. I suppose because write-speed on SD, even though it’s a “high-speed” card, not fast enough to handle burst-mode.

  • Anita Martin

    thanks easy peasy

  • Nzenit

    Perfect! Thanks.

  • Harveywallbanger237

    Great! This “fixed” my wife’s S4 after we added a new SDHC card.