How to Organize an Android SD Card

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How to Organize an Android SD Card
The HTC Desire debuted at the CEBIT electronics show in early 2011. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Google's Android smartphones are powerful computers that can fit in your pocket. Just like all computers, they use a file system to help organise information for faster storage. The Android Media Scanner scours the Secure Digital memory card on an Android phone every time it powers on. The SD Card is where all of the media files are stored, and where the Media Scanner looks to find those files. It won't find media files that aren't saved in the right folders, so the SD card needs to be organised properly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Connect your Android phone to your computer using the USB cable that is included with the phone. Drag down the notification area on your phone. Tap "USB Connected," then press "Mount." This enables your computer to access the SD card on your phone as an external drive.

  2. 2

    Open the file browser on your computer and access the external drive section. Open the external drive that corresponds to your Android device.

  3. 3

    Create folders for the different types of media that you want to save. Android recognises media by folder type. The following folders are supported: Music, Podcasts, Ringtones, Alarms, Notifications, Pictures, Movies and Downloads. Create a new folder with each name. These folders can be either in the main directory or inside the "Media" directory on the SD card.

  4. 4

    Copy files from your computer to your Android's SD card. Save MP3 audio files to the "Music," "Podcasts," "Ringtones," "Alarms" or "Notifications" folders. Save images to the "Pictures" folder. Save video files to the "Movies" folder. Copy any miscellaneous files to the "Downloads" folder.

  5. 5

    Tap "USB Connected" in the notification area on your Android device. Press "Disconnect," then unplug the USB cable. The Media Scanner will run to detect the newly added media files.

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