iPhone & Android: How to Copy Music from Phone to Memory Card

The memory card helps store files and documents when you are continuing to run out of space. Whether you’re using iPhone or Android, you can try the two ways to learn how to copy music from phone to memory card.

Demi by Demi Updated December 14, 2023
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In the ever-evolving world of smartphones, the need for additional storage is a common concern for music enthusiasts. Instead of deleting music from iPhone/Android phone, transferring your music collection from your phone to a memory card can be a practical solution to free up space and ensure your favorite tunes are always accessible.

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In this article, we will explore step-by-step guides on how to copy music from phone to memory card, catering to both Android and iPhone users.

1# How to copy music from phone to memory card in Files app

When it comes to copying and pasting music from phone to memory card, the most direct way is to utilize the Files app on your phone. Different from the operating systems used on Android phone and iPhone, the steps are slightly different. According to the phone you’re using, follow the relative steps below.

Copy music from Android phone to memory card

Android devices come with a built-in file manager app that allows you to organize  your files on either the phone memory or a memory card. With a file manager, you can manually move or copy music stored on your phone to the SD card. Follow the straightforward guide below to transfer music from your phone to the SD card.

Step 1. Go to your phone’s File Manager app and proceed to the Internal Storage.

Step 2. Open the Music Folder or where your music file is stored. Select the songs you want to move then tap the vertical ellipsis on the upper right-hand corner.

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Step 3. Select Move to… > SD Card > Go to folders where you want to save your music files and click Done to move music files from phone memory to SD card.

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Copy music from iPhone to memory card

While for copyright reasons, Apple iPhone may not have conventional memory expansion slots, but it’s still possible to copy music from iPhone to memory card with the help of an external USB adapter.

Before the process, here’s what you’ll need to get started: an iPhone running iOS 13 and later, a Lightning to USB adapter ( also known as the Camera Connection Kit), and a USB Stick.

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How to transfer music from phone storage to memory card on iPhone

Step 1. Connect the Lightning to USB adapter to your iPhone > Plug the memory card into the adapter.

Step 2. Open the Files app on your iPhone > Tap the three-dot to select the song(s) or playlist(s) you want to transfer > Tap the Copy icon from the bottom of the screen to copy these files.

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Step 3. Go back to the main File screen and tap on the memory card under Locations.

Step 4. Tap Paste to transfer music from computer to USB stick. When it is completed, safely eject the USB stick from your iPhone.

2# How to transfer music from phone to memory card on computer

Transferring music from an phone to a memory card on a computer offers another efficient method. For Android users, you can directly drag and drop the music from Android to memory card. While for iPhone users, you may need a transfer tool to make it.

Transfer music from Android phone to memory card

The steps are similar to the way you transfer music from Android to PC. Let’s see how to drag and drop music from Android phone to memory card on computer.

Step 1. Connect your Android phone and memory card to PC via compatible USB cables.

Step 2. Drag your Android notification panel down and choose Media device (MTP)  to let your PC access Android files. The pop-up notification may differ according to the Android phone you’re using.

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Step 3. On your PC, go to This PC/My Computer > Tap on your device’s name to open the internal storage.

Step 4. Click the Music folder and select your wanted music files > Drag and drop the music from your Android phone to the memory card.

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Transfer music from iPhone to memory card

When you plug in iPhone to computer, you may find that you’re not allowed to drag and drop music to computer or your memory card. In this case, you can try FoneTool, a professional iOS data transfer tool.

It helps transfer music, photos, videos, and contacts from iPhone to computer, USB, external hard drive, and of course, memory cards, and vice versa. Free download the software to your computer, and follow the three simple steps to learn how to send music from phone to memory card with it.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone and memory card to computer > Run FoneTool and click Phone Transfer from the left bar > Mouse over to iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Click the plus icon to browse music on your iPhone > Select the songs you want to copy to memory card > Click OK to confirm.

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Step 3. From Transfer Settings, choose your memory card as the storage path > Click Start Transfer to begin the process.

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FoneTool also offers you an app version, which enables you to transfer files, like music, photos, videos from Android to iPhone wirelessly, and vice versa. You can get it from your App Store to have a try.


Whether you are using an Android or iPhone device, the step-by-step guides provided in this article offer practical solutions for how to copy music from phone to memory card.

By following the outlined steps, hope you can seamlessly transfer their favorite tunes from your iPhone or Android device to a memory card, ensuring that your music collections remain easily accessible and that you can make the most out of your smartphone's storage capabilities.

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