Use the Memory Card As Default Download Folder on Galaxy Phones

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The latest Galaxy phones and tablets from Samsung have generous internal memory on them. With storage spaces ranging from 8GB to 64GB, one can store a lot of files and data on these devices. Average users may find this storage sufficient but people who use their smart phones for personal and business purposes may soon find that the memory for their devices will run out especially if multi-media files are stored on them. When space on a device runs out, one can Free up Internal memory by Installing / Moving Apps to your SD card in Android OS devices of the phone. If you are the type of person who frequently downloads files from the internet, you may find it taxing when you constantly move your downloaded files from the internal memory to the external and removable storage. You can set the external memory as your default storage by reading through this article.

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Set the external memory card as the default location for downloaded files

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By default, downloaded files on your phone or Tablet will be directed to the internal memory of the device. This is because these devices do not come with an external memory card on them so using the internal memory as the default download location is the logical thing to do. Depending on the application you used in downloading, you may follow these procedures:

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Set the external storage as the default download location of the native Internet application

If you are using the native Internet application that comes pre-installed with your Galaxy device, then follow these procedures to set the external storage as the download location.

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    Wherever you are on your phone or Tablet, press the Home button, located on the lower-middle part of the device.
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    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon, located on the lower-right part of your screen, to see the applications installed on your Galaxy device.
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    From the Application menu, locate the Internet application and tap on it.
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    This will open the native Internet application, tap on the Menu button (lower-left soft button) to view the Internet app menu.
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    From the list of available options for Internet, tap on Settings.
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    From the Settings menu, tap on Content Settings under the Advanced menu.
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    On the Content Settings page, you will see that the default storage is "Device"; tap on the option to change it.
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    A pop up option will show; tap on "Memory card" to set it as the default storage for downloads with the Internet application.
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    You have now successfully set the external removable storage as your default download location.
    "Default storage" option under Content Settings will now show "Memory card".
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Set the external storage as the default download location for Boat Browser

If you are using Boat Browser, then follow these procedures to set the external storage as the download location.

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    Wherever you are on your phone or Tablet, press the Home button, located on the lower-middle part of the device.
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    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon, located on the lower-right part of your screen, to see the applications installed on your Galaxy device.
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    From the Application menu, locate Boat Browser and tap on it to open the application.
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    With Boat Browser opened, tap on the Menu button located on the lower-right part of your device.
    This will show the menu options for Boat Browser.
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    From the menu, touch the Settings option to view and change application Settings.
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    From Settings, choose Browser Settings by touching on the option.
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    You will now see the Browser Settings for Boat Browser, tap on "Set download dir" option to change the default download directory.
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    From the "Set download dir" page, tap on the folder icon to change the default storage location for download.
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    A pop up option will show; tap on the "Up" icon for a few times until you will not see any Up icon anymore.
    You are now on the root folder.
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    From the Root location, scroll your way down until you will find the "Storage" folder.
    Tap on it to open the folder containing your storage devices.
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    From Storage folder, tap on "extSdCard" to get to your external SD card location.
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    You will now see the contents of your external memory card.
    You can tap on the plus "+" icon to add a new folder where you want to put the downloaded files from the Boat Browser.
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    Enter a name for your folder and tap on OK to create the folder.
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    Tap on the folder where you want to set as the default storage location for downloads.
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    You will be taken to the folder indicated on the address bar.
    Tap on OK to set the folder as the default download location.
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    You are done.
    You can now see that that the download directory for downloaded files through Boat Browser is now on the chosen folder.
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Set the external storage as the default download location for Opera Mobile

If you are using Opera, then follow these procedures to set the external storage as the download location.

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    Wherever you are on your phone or Tablet, press the Home button, located on the lower-middle part of the device.
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    From the Home screen, tap on the Apps icon, located on the lower-right part of your screen, to see the applications installed on your Galaxy device.
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    From the Application menu, locate Opera and tap on it to open the application.
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    With Opera opened, tap on the "O" icon located on the upper-right part of the screen.
    This will open the Opera menu.
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    On the list of menu, tap on "Downloads" option to go to the Downloads page.
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    From the "Downloads" page, tap on the More icon (three vertical squares) to view Downloads options.
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    Tap on "Settings" to go to the Download Settings page.
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    On the Download Settings page, tap on "Download folder" option to change the default location.
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    From the pop-up that will appear, continually tap on the Folder icon on the upper-left part of the pop-up until you get to "My device".
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    From "My device", scroll your way down until you will find the "Storage" folder.
    Tap on it to open the folder containing your storage devices.
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    From Storage folder, tap on "extSdCard" to get to your external SD card location.
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    You will now see the contents of your external memory card.
    You can tap on the plus "+" icon to add a new folder where you want to put the downloads from the Boat Browser.
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    Enter a name for your folder and tap on OK to create the folder.
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    Tap on the folder where you want to set as the default storage location for downloads.
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    You will be taken to the folder indicated on the address bar.
    Tap on "Select folder" to set the folder as the default download location.
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    You are done.
    You can now see that that the download directory for downloaded files through Opera is now on the chosen folder.
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Individual applications may have different ways of settings their default download location. Some applications do not offer the option to manually change it through their Settings. Is your application mentioned here? Let us know by clicking Yes or No and mention the name of the application that you want.

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Questions and Answers

How to set the SD card as the default storage on a Samsung Galaxy Note3?

While I'm transferring data from my friend's phone to my phone, all the data is going to the internal storage. I want it to go to the SD card.

As of your Samsung Galaxy Note3's Android 4.4 update, your phone is no longer able to directly put information or install applications onto the SD card. The phone's internal storage is where all of the new information you put on your phone -- pictures, videos, music, applications, and other files -- will be stored. However, after you've put the information onto your phone, you can use a file browser from the Google Play Store to move the files to your SD card. Here's a list of some of the most popular file browsers available for your Samsung Galaxy Note3:

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If you want to install applications onto your SD card after the Android 4.4 update, you will need to go into your Settings application, navigate to the App settings, tap on the app you want to move to your SD card, and then tap Move to SD card.

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My phone doesn't have that icon?

The step/panel I'm looking at says tap Internet. My Galaxy S5 phone doesn't have that. It has Chrome, but I can't find a place in Chrome to change the default download storage to SD card. I have tried: Following the steps shown on your website. I think it was caused by: I have no idea. That's why I'm asking.

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Hello I am using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4?

I am using Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and I would like to set default location to SD card

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Computer connection have a problem with my mobile? How can I change my setup to default factory setting?

Hi, my Galaxy J1 Ace 2016 was connected to PC correctly, but today I can't connect my device to PC. When I connect USB cable, I have no change, only PC shows one small page with two computer trying to connect to each other for several minutes

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I rooted my Android phone and uninstalled the Android system?

'Now the phone is bricked and doesn't load the home screen. I have tried: Nothing really. I think it was caused by: Uninstalling the Android system

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Hi. I am running out of memory on my kid's Samsung 7" tablets?

The internal memory is full with very few apps installed. The external 30GB memory used for media has 29.5 GB free that we'd like to use for more apps. Your help would be appreciated.

Please follow our tutorials on freeing up used space. This will involve moving applications and media to the microSD card and clearing up cache and data. Here are the tutorials: tutorial 1 and tutorial 2.

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I am using an Android 2.3.6 Samsung Young device, but when I try to install any of the apps from Google Play Store, the phone shows that there is no space. I have just installed a 16 GB memory card

You will need to move your applications, photos, music, and videos to the memory card. Besides that, some extra actions will clean up some space in the internal memory. To perform all of the aforementioned operations, please read our tutorials on how to free up Android internal storage and free up internal memory.

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How do I set up my SD card on my Acer One 8 B-810 Android tablet as the default storage location for downloads?

I have an Acer One 8 B-810 Android tablet. I installed a 32GB SD card for additional storage and to free up my 32GB of internal storage. I need to know how to set up the SD card as the default storage destination for downloads. I also need to know how to move existing files such as movies and pictures from my internal storage to the SD card.. I have tried: I have researched the issue on the Internet but none of the solutions I found there apply to my tablet. They involve making updates to the browser content settings but the steps supplied do not work on my tablet. I also contacted Acer but their solution did not work.. I think it was caused by: I don't think anything actually "caused" this problem. I'm sure a solution exists, I just can't find anyone who can communicate it to me.

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Don't have an "internet" icon on my Galaxy S5?

Thanks for helping with the answer to the annoying inability of the S5 to install on sd as default. Problem is....don't have an "internet" icon on my Galaxy S5. Just chrome, and now firefox and opera.

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If you do not have the Internet application, you can use any of the three.

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    Create a folder on the SD card.
    You can use any file manager like X-plore. For example, navigate to the SD card and create "downloads".
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    Opera.
    To set the default download location in Opera, either follow the "Set the external storage as the default download location for Opera Mobile" section in this tutorial or just download a file, tap on the small gray triangle above the "Save" button. Select your desired folder (for example, "sdcard/downloads/"). The folder will be used later on by default.
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    Firefox.
    Open a new tab. Type "about:config" in the search bar. In the search bar, type "download". Find "browser.download.folderList". Tap on "Modify". Set the value to "2". Then, scroll all the way up and tap the "+" button to the left of the search bar. Enter "browser.download.dir". Tap on "Boolean". Change the value to "String". Enter the value, which should be a folder on your SD card, for example, the aforementioned "/sdcard/downloads". Tap on "Create".
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    Chrome has no ability to select the download folder.
    You will have to move files manually by using file managers like the one in step 1.
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Actually, I have flashed custom ROM and I am not able to download anything?

Actually, I have flashed custom ROM and I am not able to download anything When I open my file manager there are two folder showing Android and clockwork recovery folder. I have tried to flash another ROM but still I am getting the same result, what is the problem, can you help me on this

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I have a blu phone, I wanted to know if you can help me with it?

I was wondering how to enable the SD card as my default download place for all internet downloads as well as apps downloads. If you can help, that would be awesome!

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When I tap on the menu button no options will appear?

When I download something from Play Store or internet, my device warn me your internal storage is full and you cannot download anything, delete those apps you no longer use, so I deleted many apps from my device but sadly after this I try to download some app from Play Store but I can't download anything not even a single app! I need help, I shall be very grateful if you resolve this problem as soon as possible.

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