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How to transfer videos to a usb flash drive or sd card

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There are many ways to transfer movies from your phone to your PC. Today we will consider the most convenient of them. Choose for yourself the best method of copying movies to a flash drive, so that in the future do not spend a lot of time on this process.

Transferring movies to PC via card reader and memory card

The most convenient way to copy downloaded video files, movies to a memory card is to use a memory card reader.

This option will suit you if you want to transfer a movie to an sd card from your computer to watch offline - for example, on an airplane.

A card reader can be built into a laptop, but it's usually a separate device that you have to buy. Also, card readers are built into some USB hubs and docking stations.

To copy a movie to your phone's flash drive,

  1. Make sure your phone supports sd cards and the appropriate slot is available in your phone,

  2. Remove the memory card from the sd card slot of your phone,

  1. Connect the card reader to your PC via USB port or use the built-in card reader in your laptop,
  1. Open the disk of the connected memory card through a file manager
  1. Copy the movie to the memory card via file manager.
  1. Safely eject the card reader with the memory card.

Standard method of copying movies to a flash drive via the PC's usb port

If you want to copy a movie to a USB flash drive to then transfer it to another PC, all you need to do is connect the flash drive into the USB port of your PC and copy the data.

Once connected, you will see the new drive in File Explorer (File Explorer - This PC) or other file manager.

Navigate to the movie folder.

You will be able to transfer a movie from your PC to the flash drive in the usual way: by selecting the files (by pressing Ctrl or Shift).

Use the copy paste method (Ctrl + C), or the Copy command through the context menu.

If needed, delete the files on the source, making sure they are copied correctly to the PC.

Note. We do not recommend using the Cut operation (Ctrl + X) to transfer valuable files. Many users lose photos and videos as a result of an accidental mistake during the transfer process.

If you are using Mac OS instead of Windows, you will need a small program Android File Transfer to transfer files via USB.

Copy movies to your phone's USB flash drive using a USB cable

To transfer movies to a USB flash drive, you will need a good USB cable. It is usually included with your phone.

  • If you are dropping movies from an Android phone or PC, use USB type C.
  • If you're using an iPhone, you'll need a USB Lightning cable

Step 1. After connecting your phone to the usb port of your computer or phone, make sure that the appropriate file transfer mode is enabled on your phone.

When the " USB settings" dialog box appears, select "Transferring files").

Step 2. After that copy the movie to your phone's sd card.

How to copy a movie from phone to USB flash drive via OTG adapter

This instruction will be useful if your Android phone has a USB C port available to which you can connect an OTG adapter.

To free up space on your phone or just copy a movie to a USB flash drive,

Step 1. Connect the USB flash drive to your phone via the OTG adapter Step 2. Go to the "Files" application on your phone Step 3. Select the video folder of interest Step 4. Tap on the file and hold your finger for a second until it is highlighted. Step 5. Check all the movies you want to transfer to the USB flash drive one by one. Step 6. Click the Move button. Step 7. In the new window, select "Memory Card" and after that select the specific folder. Step 8. Wait until the data transfer to the USB flash drive is finished. Step 9. Repeat the procedure with the rest of the information in the same way.

MobileTrans utility

A relatively easy way to transfer movies from Android or PC to a USB flash drive is through the MobileTrans utility. It can be used to transfer videos, music, and other data between phones, tablets, and computers.

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Download and install MobileTrans on your computer. You can find the download link on the official website.

2. Install the program on your PC.

After installation, open the program and connect your Android phone to your computer with a USB cable. The program will automatically detect your phone.

3. Select the "Phone transfer" tab from the main menu at the top.

4. On the next screen, select the "Export to..." option - USB flash drive will be selected as the destination.

5. Select the Videos option from the list of file types you want to copy.

6. After the scanning is complete, you will be able to view the videos available for copying. Select the movies you want to transfer. If necessary, select Select all.

7. Click "Export". The program will start transferring the selected videos to the USB flash drive.

8. After the transfer is complete, you will be able to find the movies in the folder you selected to save.

Now you know how to transfer movies to usb flash drive or phone memory card with MobileTrans. The program is fast and easy to use, so you can quickly and easily transfer movies and other data between your devices.

Automatically save videos to a memory card or usb flash drive

In order to copy movies downloaded from the Internet immediately to the memory card, you need to go to the phone settings and change the saving location.

The instruction should work regardless of the installed version of Android OS.

  1. Go to "Settings" and select the "Memory" section;
  2. At the top of the window, pay attention to the item "Save data by default";
  3. Check the box next to "SD card".
  4. The download location will be changed.

The path to the save settings may vary. In other versions of the operating system, there will be a sub-item called "Memory Settings" (or similar), and in it, "Default Save Location". Tap on it and select "SD card".

Change Browser Save Folder

To download movies to a flash drive, you can configure your browser to ask you where to save them before downloading. Let's look at changing the download path using Google Chrome mobile browser as an example.

  • Step 1: Launch the Chrome browser through the home screen;
  • Step 2. From the menu (3 vertical dots), go to Settings;
  • Step 3. Scroll down the page, select "Downloaded Files";
  • Step 4. Opposite the "Ask where to save files" line, move the slider to the right.
  • Step 5. You can get to this section in another way - select "Downloaded files" in the menu, and from there go to "Settings" and move the slider.

Now, when you download content, you will see a window with a choice of saving path.


As you can see, there are a lot of ways to transfer files from the phone to the PC without unnecessary manipulations. If you have any difficulties or have any additions to this instruction, write to us - we will be glad to hear from you.


Can I copy youtube videos to my phone memory card or usb flash drive?

Unfortunately, no.

You can do it thanks to Youtube download function, for this you need to activate Premium subscription. The cost is about 10 USD per month.

We do not advise you to use video downloaders from the Internet - their use is prohibited by Youtube and therefore using this software is illegal from the point of view of the service.

What is the easiest way to download a movie to your phone memory card?

If you have an iPhone, you can use the methods described above. And the easiest way is to connect your memory card via card reader to PC or directly, via USB cable, synchronize your phone with PC. Then manually copy files (movies, video content) to the memory card.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.