Android Quick Tip: How to Move Files on Your Google Phone

Move music, images, documents and other files around your Google Android smartphone using this simple, five-step process.

Fri, March 18, 2011

CIO — Recently, I purchased a number of songs using Amazon MP3, my favorite mobile music shop for Google (GOOG) Android devices. It wasn't the first time I've used Amazon MP3 to fill in some of the holes in my music collection. What set this purchase apart from the previous times I've employed the service: The new tracks I bought didn't appear in my Android music library when I went to listen to them.

Motorola Atrix 4G Android Smartphone
Motorola (MOT) Atrix 4G Android Smartphone

After some particularly distasteful choice words directed at no one and nothing in particular, I went back into my Amazon app to confirm that the purchase went through, the songs successfully downloaded. They did...but still no sign of the music in my library. So I had to go looking for them myself. (Why those files didn't automatically appear in my music library is still a mystery to me.)

I quickly located the wayward files, but I didn't want to have to dig through my Android directories every time I wanted to hear the tracks. So I simply shifted them over to the appropriate music folder.

Countless potential scenarios exist for why you might want to move files around your Google Android smartphone, and the following five steps will help you quickly move music, images, documents, whatever, wherever you want.

(Note: The following process was performed on a Motorola Atrix 4G smartphone running Android v2.2.1, and the steps for moving files around your Android devices may differ slightly based on your device model and specific mobile OS version.)

How to Move Files on Your Google Android Smartphone

First off, locate the core Android "Files" application on your device. This is the basic Android OS file browser, and you'll use it to navigate through the various directories on your device, as well as on your media card, if you use one. Open up your full application list and browse through the alphabetically listed apps until you find Files.

Next, you'll want to locate the specific files you wish to move. (In the Amazon-MP3-scenario described above, I knew where to find my music purchases immediately because I remembered telling the Amazon software to save music to my device's internal memory. And the app creates a directory of its own, called "amazonmp3," so the tracks were easy to locate.)

Once you've navigated to the file or files you wish to move, press and hold your Android device's touch screen for a second or two until a new menu called File Options pops up.

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