How to use file: ///sdcard/ to view files on Android
SD Card, also called memory card, is an external device or toolkit to enhance the size of data memory. You can use SD card to increase the memory limit of your digital camera, smartphone, Ipods, and other various other devices. You can even use your SD card to transfer files from one device to another.
However, you should always take utmost care while viewing files on SD card. Sometimes, your SD card may get damaged or corrupted, at the time of HD video recording, file transfer or using Android apps. It is always recommended to follow all steps carefully while handling SD card and transferring its data from one device to another.
What is File:///sdcard/?
It basically refers to a specialized tool kit, which creates a path to help Android users view the files and data stored into the SD Card and internal storage of the device.
However, using this path, you can only view files stored in this location. You can’t delete or alter the location of the file. But this path is useful to discover the direct route to SD card from your browser.
How to View Files on file:///sdcard/?
Launch your Google Chrome or any other browser. On the address bar type File:///sdcard/—– after / you can use various folder locations to view files. For example; if you wish to see download folder, mention download. If you wish to see photos on camera, go to DCIM-Camera, and so on.
We have provided some location path for your convenience. You can directly type these paths to move towards your preferred path.
File:///sdcard/download — You can see your download folder using this link
File:///sdcard/dcim/camera/— Use this to view files stored in your camera
File:///sdcard/ gallery — use this path to simply to view files on the gallery section of your Android-compatible handsets.
The tab that will be displayed corresponds to the result of all the folders and their modification dates. This element shows the formats MP4, .doc, PDF, JPG, PNG, MP3, .txt, among others.
In addition, when entering the folder, the content of the files is displayed indicating their name, format, weight and date of modification.
How to use the documents displayed in file:///SdCard?
You can store various data and files on your SD card (Memory Card). Starting from images, pictures, documents, and videos—all of these get stored in specific folders on an SD card.
The first step to checking the documents stored in file:///SDCard is to go into the memory section of your Android handset.
Here, you will see two sections: Internal Storage and SD Card.
When you go to SD Card, you will find various folders like Images/ Documents/ Pictures and Downloads. Depending upon your preference, you have to double click that specific folder go inside.
If you wish you can transfer these files from external storage (SD Card) to internal memory storage (if you have enough memory/ space) or to a particular folder in your Android smartphone.
How to Move or Copy Files to file:///sdcard/?
It’s a simple process. First of all, you have to trace the location of that particular file. It is definitely somewhere located inside your internal storage.
Please follow these steps to proceed.
- Select MyFiles.
- Click on to Internal Storage
- Now, select the folder and files that you wish to move.
- Go to Menu
- Now, choose EDIT
- Next step is to choose the intended files, folders or data that you want to transfer.
- Go to SD Card
- Select Create a folder option
- Now, go inside the folder and press Paste.
- That’s done. The transfer process stands complete.
How to Save Files to your file:///sdcard/?
You can save files to your SD Card from your Android-compatible smartphone. Just follow the following steps:
- On standby mode, choose ‘My Files’ on your Android device.
- In the top left section, explore ‘More Menu.’
- Now, go to settings.
- Simply click on Save to SD Card to proceed.
- You have to tap ‘Allow’ to initiate the process.
- All files will be saved on SD card.
How to Transfer Files from file:///sdcard/ to Your PC?
You can transfer files form PC to SD card through CUT, COPY and PASTE method.
- First of all, insert your SD card into the device.
- Automatically, it’ll get detected.
- Now you can follow the remaining process.
- Press ‘Window’s button’ + ‘E’ on your PC.
- My computer section will open.
- Opt for the files that you want to get moved.
- Cut or copy the intended files from your PC.
- Now, get inside the SD card and click paste.
- Soon, all files will get transferred within a few minutes.
- You can also directly drag and drop these files from PC to SD card and save it.
- Once it is done, now you can safely remove your SD.
In case, you find any difficulty in the above method, you can also use the alternative method as mentioned below using ‘command prompt’ on your PC:
- Link your SD card and PC using a card reader or Android handset.
- Press ‘Windows’ + R to open the Run section.
- In the Run button, type CMD and enter.
- Soon, a command prompt window will appear.
- Enter cd c:\ Pictures or downloads and press ok (enter).
- In the above step, c:\pictures shows your file location that you wish to transfer.
- Type each file name and their extension codes.
- Soon all such files will get transferred to your SD card.
How to Transfer Files from file:///sdcard/ to Your Mac?
Transferring files from SD card to Mac is slightly different from the one that you followed in case of Android handset and PC.
Not all Mac PCs come with a dedicated SD card slot. If your PC doesn’t have a pre-installed SD card slot, you should use a Mac-compatible card reader for to complete the transfer process.
First of all, you have to insert your SD card into your PC’s dedicated built-in tray or use a card reader.
Soon, the files will be in front of your PC screen.
- Go to files
- Choose Import
- Select files or photos or videos or documents that you wish to transfer to your PC.
- Click apply and ok.
- You have the option to “Import All” as well if you wish to transfer the entire data into your MAC PC else you can import the selected files using ‘Import selected’ option.
- Soon a dialogue box may appear asking you to ‘delete items or keep items.
- Depending upon your choice, you can pick any options.
- At the time of import, if you want to cancel it, press ‘Cancel Importing.’
- When all the process is completed, you can safely take out the card from your PC.
- Imported files will appear in ‘Imports’ section in the sidebar.
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Top 5 Interesting Facts about SD Card
Memory Size: SD cards are available in various sizes. Starting from 32-GB to 256-GB and much more, SD Memory cards are now available in various memory sizes. But your card will not support its maximum capacity if your device doesn’t permit it.
Different Memory Cards: All memory cards vary. Memory cards are available in various sizes. MicroSD is the smallest memory card that works in smartphone, digital camera and other devices.
Storage: It is highly recommended that you shouldn’t exceed the maximum limit of your memory card with data. If your memory card has a space of 32-GB, at least keep 1 to 2 GB as a blank space.
Speed: It is recommended that you should use SD card having Class 6 or UHS Class 1 or above.
Warranty: All SD cards come with a lifetime warranty. In case, your SD card is not working properly, you can get it replaced at the shop from you purchased it.
We hope this article helped you understand various methods of transferring data from your device to SD card and vice versa. Whenever you start the transfer process, make sure each step is completed properly. Any interruption during the transferring process may damage or corrupt files. In that case, your files may not open. However, you can still recover those files using data recovery tools online.
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