How to Access SD Card Files on an Android

Written by shawn farner
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Smartphone owners running the Android mobile operating system can access the phone's SD card files from their PC. Android has a built-in USB flash drive feature that turns your SD card into an external flash drive when you plug your Android phone into your PC with a USB cable. Using this feature, you can drag and drop files between your PC and your SD card without third-party software. You can access SD card files on your Android phone by following a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • USB cable for phone

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  1. 1

    Connect your Android phone to your PC using a USB cable.

  2. 2

    Tap the "Turn on USB storage" button when it appears on your Android phone's screen.

  3. 3

    Click "Open folder to view files" when the "AutoPlay" box pops up. Your Android's SD card will mount as an external drive and its contents will be displayed in a window.

  4. 4

    Tap the "Turn off USB storage" button on your phone's screen when finished. This unmounts the SD card from your PC.

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