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Samsung Galaxy S5: How to Set SD Card as Default Storage in Camera App in Android 4.4.2 Kitkat

As we all know that we have to manage the internal storage in our phones to make sure that it has enough free space so that the phones will work properly and won't encounter any error caused by low internal storage. One of the file types often makes the free space in the internal storage runs out quickly is image files, moreover if you often take pictures using the highest resolution. To avoid low internal storage problem, aside from transferring photos to the SD card or other storage periodically, you can also set the SD card as the default storage in the Camera app so that all picture taken with camera will be saved to the SD card automatically.

How to set SD card as default storage in Camera app?
To switch the default storage in Camera app from the device storage to the SD card, kindly do as follows:
  1. Open Camera app.
  2. Tap to view more detailed camera settings.
  3. Scroll down to find Storage location and then tap it. By default, Camera app uses the device memory as the storage location.
  4. Select Memory card.
  5. Now, all pictures taken with camera will be saved to the DCIM folder in the SD card automatically.

As a note, though you have set the SD card as the default storage, burst shot and pictures taken using some downloaded camera modes (e.g: sequence shot) for technical reason will still be saved to the device storage.


  1. This is how it should work. On my S5, I can see the "Storage location"-tile, but I cannot press it (it is dark). With ES file explorer, I did verify that my S5 can see my SD-card.

    1. Hi Themsdosnerd,
      Thanks for coming.
      Can you set your SD card as the default storage in other apps, e.g: Internet app?
      Also, have you tried restarting your phone?

    2. Turn on front camera 1st then press setting and you will be able to use this function


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