changing the default storage through the camera app

How do I Make SD Card the Default Storage for Samsung S4?

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with 16GB of storage space, which means that you are likely to face problems when it comes to storing your data, particularly videos, mp3 songs, apps and photos. That should not mean that you should replace it with another model. There are solutions for almost anything in the tech world.

If you do not want to increase the storage using an SD card, you can buy one and use it as the default storage for your S4. Here is how to do it.

Method 1: changing the default storage through the camera app

To switch between the Samsung S4’s internal storage and your SD card as the native storage through the Camera app, follow these steps.changing the default storage through the camera app

  • Step 1: Open your Camera app
  • Step 2: Tap on the “Settings” icon to see the other options
  • Step 3: Tap the “Settings” icon. This will help you enter your device’s settings menu.
  • Step 4: Tap the “Settings” tab
  • Step 5: Scroll down and tap the “Storage” button. Your device will now show two options: Device and Memory Card. You can select the “Device” option if your aim is to save pictures in smartphone’s internal storage. Select the “Memory Card” option if your goal is to save any picture you take with the “Camera” in the external SD card. After selecting this option, the SD card icon will appear in your viewfinder screen. Step 6: After that, the pictures you take with the Camera app will go to your selected folder.

Making the SD card your default storage for the Camera app comes with many benefits. Some user photo files occupy a large space and you can therefore run out of space within a short period.

Method 2: Using the Android Marshmallow

This method requires you to update your device with Google’s Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Updating your Galaxy S4 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Samsung is unlikely to provide another version with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for Samsung Galaxy S4. That might sound unfair to most individuals, who are already planning to buy one.

How to do it

To update the phone, you will need a crDroid ROM file. And before starting the update, you have to backup any sensitive data on the internal storage. The update process will completely wipe the internal storage and if you are like most individuals, you might not want to lose your data. Ensure that you have fully charged the battery – it should be at least 30 percent full. Do not attach the phone to a charger or press any button during the update process.Updating your Galaxy S4 to Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

  • Step 1: Use a USB cable to connect the smartphone to a computer
  • Step 2: Send the crDroid ROM file to the Samsung S4’s memory card
  • Step 3: Turn off the phone and turn it back onto the recovery mode. To do that, press the Power, Home and Volume Up buttons simultaneously.
  • Step 4: Factory reset the phone
  • Step 5: Open the crDroid file you downloaded using your computer and transferred to the SD Card and follow all the instructions appearing on your screen.
  • Step 6: Restart the Galaxy S4. The Android Marshmallow features will appear on your device after this step.

Now, make your SD card the default storage. Here is how to do it.
Google offers a built-in option in Android Marshmallow that allows use of the external storage or SD as the native internal storage. Before you try to make the microSD card the default storage, you should know that the Android system will wipe out all data and a backup beforehand is important. Here are the steps to follow.

  • Step 1: Ensue that your microSD card is inside the Android Marshmallow running phone and in the right working condition.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the phone’s “Settings”, then to “Storage and USB
  • Step 3: Locate the external microSD card under your smartphone’s “Portable storage” section. Now, tap on it.
  • Step 4: Now, post jump in your external SD and locate the three-do menu situated at the phone’s top-right. Hit on the “Settings” button.
  • Step 5: Here, you will find four options – Format, Eject, Format as the Internal and Movie Media. Select “Format as Internal.”
  • Step 6: A screen saying that the erasing of your SD is starting and it will only work with the device will not greet you. Tap on the “Erase and Format” button.
  • Step7: After the formatting process is over, the external SD will work as the default internal storage.

The two methods will help you store as much data as possible in your Samsung Galaxy S4. You can also change the SD card as you please.

PS: Please back up your previous phone data before formatting.

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Anna began using PCs in 2001. She has worked at companies like Lenovo and Dell.

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