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How to use the external SD card on Android 5.0 or higher?

How to use the external SD card on Android 5.0 or higher?

How to use the external SD card on Android 5.0 or higher?


Since Android 5.0 it is necessary to grant an app explicit write permission to access the external SD card in the device. If you have photos or videos stored on your external SD card, PhotoSync will show them and you can transfer them from your Android device to one of the supported PhotoSync targets but you will not be able to store photos in one of the albums on the external SD card or on any new location on the external SD card if you don't grant PhotoSync the necessary permissions. PhotoSync is able to detect if your device is using an external SD card. If it is doing so, you will see specific external SD card settings in the Expert settings section of the PhotoSync settings. To grant PhotoSync write permission to your external SD card and to set your default storage folder for new albums to your external SD card, just follow these instructions.

Open the PhotoSync settings and then the Expert settings section

Figure 1. Expert settings
Expert settings

 

Tap on the Write permissions for PhotoSync on external SD card entry

A system window will open in which you must select your external SD card. Tap on the sidebar toggle to open the sidebar and be able to see your external SD card in the side bar. Tap on the external SD card in the side bar to select it.

Figure 2. SD card selection
SD card selection

 

The root folder of your external SD card will show up in the window. We suggest that you use the root folder to grant PhotoSync write access to your complete external SD card. You can of course change to a folder that is located under the root folder and give PhotoSync only write permission to this folder and the nested subfolders but if other apps store their photos in other folders inside the root folder, PhotoSync will not have write access if you did not select the root folder. Tap on Select to select the chosen folder as the root folder for the PhotoSync write permissions.

Figure 3. Select the root folder for the write permissions
Select the root folder for the write permissions

 

If you want to store new photos that you transfer to your Android device with PhotoSync on the external SD card you can change your default storage location to any folder on the external SD card now. In the Expert settings tap on the Storage directory entry. You can now change your default storage location between the internal device storage or your external SD card. Tap on Storage location to choose where to store new photos on your device and choose SD card if PhotoSync should store new albums on your external SD card.

Figure 4. Select storage location
Select storage location

 

Now tap on External storage directory and choose any folder on your external SD card to use it as the default storage location for new albums that you create with PhotoSync. In this example, the folder Photos in the root directory of your external SD card is the new default storage location for all Photos that PhotoSync transfers to your Android device.

Figure 5. Select device
Select device

 

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