Updated on April 17, 2018: Added a part "Note: How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Media on SD Card"
One problem that has troubled WhatsApp users is the struggling between limited internal storage and countless fun videos and pictures. We receive new videos and images on WhatsApp every day and can store these media files nowhere except internal memory on our phone, due to some "technical hurdle" as it is explained on WhatsApp.com.
So does it leave us no choice but delete some media files when our phone internal memory is low? Not really. This post is going to introduce you 2 simple method to move WhatsApp media to SD card without rooting.
Tip: WhatsApp can't be installed on SD cards and there is no way to use WhatsApp on an SD card. But it is possible to move media files on WhatsApp to SD card to release your internal memory space. The methods introduced below can be used to manually move media files, especially important photos, videos you received a long time ago from WhatsApp to SD card for saving. And after the media files are moved to the external SD card, the files can't be viewed from WhatsApp as they don't exist in your internal memory, but you can always view the media from SD card on your phone.
- Method 1: Move WhatsApp Media to SD Card via File Manager
- Method 2: Move WhatsApp Media to SD Card without Rooting
- Note: How to Recover Deleted WhatsApp Media on SD Card
STEP 1: Launch the file manager app on your phone. If you don't have one, you can find some useful file manager apps (ES File Explorer File Manager, for example) on Google Play and download one.
STEP 2: On a file manager app, open the internal storage files, from which you will find a folder named WhatsApp.
STEP 3: Open the WhatsApp folder, find the Media folder, and cut the folder.
STEP 4: Create a new folder on the SD card named WhatsApp. Open the new folder and paste the media files from internal memory into it.
The method is very straightforward. Before you start to put the method into practice, here is a little heads-up: the method aims at helping Android users to move their WhatsApp media files to SD card, but it won't set the SD card as the default storage to save media files WhatsApp. The photos and videos you received or sent on WhatsApp will always be saved to the internal memory of your phone. There is no way to have the media files saved to SD card automatically unless you root your Android device and use apps like XInternalSD to make your phone think SD card storage as internal memory.
Another way to move WhatsApp to SD card without rooting is by using a computer. To do this, you need a USB cable that is compatible with your Android so that you can connect the device into the computer. Now, let’s see how to change WhatsApp storage to SD card in Samsung, for example.
STEP 1: You need to connect your Android to PC via a USB cable. Make sure that the device is well detected by the computer.
STEP 2: On your computer, go to the phone device folder and find out the "WhatsApp" folder from internal memory folder. Then copy the WhatsApp media folder.
STEP 3: Now, paste the folder in the SD memory card folder. Then the job is done!
Once you have accidentally deleted the WhatsApp media files on SD card, the data can still be retrieved. The WhatsApp media is saved in a folder so you can use FonePaw Data Recovery to scan and find the folder back.
1. Launch the program and then connect a card reader with your SD card to the computer.
2. Select data types and path to go on. As for WhatsApp media, here suggest you choose ALL to scan since it contains lots of different file formats.
3. When you preview the results, please choose Path List to check because it categorizes the files according to the folder, not the format.
4. As you get WhatsApp folder or the folder that you have moved to SD card before, you can choose it to restore on PC.
If you have any problem when trying to move WhatsApp media to SD card and release your phone storage, please drop us a comment below to let us know!