How to View Files on SD Card on Android

If you have inserted an SD card into your phone and you wish to see its files, the following guide should teach you how you can view SD cards on an Android device. It explains multiple methods to access the files on your SD card.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 07, 2020

If you have a very little amount of memory space on your Android phone, sooner or later you will need to buy an SD card to store large amounts of data on the device. If you have already purchased an SD card with some content on it, this post will teach you how to view files on an SD card on Android phones.

While you can access the files of an SD card on your computer using a card reader, the same does not work when you want to view your SD card files on your Android device. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to view your SD card files on any of your Android device. Here is how you do it on your phone:

How to View Files on SD Card on Android with Google Files App

Most Android phones come preinstalled with at least one file manager app. A file manager app lets you view and work with the files sitting on both internal and SD card storage on your device. This app may be called File Manager, Files, or something similar and should be available in the app drawer of your device.

If you do not see such an app in your app drawer, you can use the Files app by Google. It is available on the Google Play Store and it lets you view all the files on your device. The following is how you use it to view your files on your SD card.

Step 1. Launch the Google Play Store app on your Android phone and search for and tap on Files by Google. Tap on the Install button to install the app on your device.

Step 2. Launch the Files app from the app drawer on your phone. You will likely be in the Clean tab but that is not where you can view your SD card files. Tap on the Browse button at the bottom.

How to View Files on SD Card on Android with Google Files App - Browse SD Card Files

How to View Files on SD Card on Android with Google Files App – Browse SD Card Files

Step 3. On the following screen, scroll all the way down and you will find your SD card. Tap on it to view its content. You will then see the folders and files that exist on your SD card.

How to View SD Card on Android with Google Files App - View SD Card Files

How to View SD Card on Android with Google Files App – View SD Card Files

That is how you can view the files residing on your SD card using your Android phone. Also, you are not limited to using the Files app to view your files. Pretty much every file manager app offers the ability to view your SD card files on your phone.

How to View Files on SD Card on Android with AnyDroid

If you are looking to view your SD card files and eventually transfer them to your computer, the above method will not work for you. What will work for you is a powerful Android data manager called AnyDroid.

AnyDroid allows you to mount and view your SD card on your computer with the help of your Android device. You can view your SD card’s files, play with them, and even copy them over to your Windows PC or Mac. The following are some of the features.

  • Import files to the SD card of your Android phone and export files from your SD card over to your computer.
  • Edit and delete files on your SD card and Android phone with ease.
  • More than managing files, AnyDroid enables you to directly send files from iOS device/iTunes/iCloud to Android phone.
  • Transfer files at a fast speed. AnyDroid can help you transfer 3000 songs from device to computer in 5 minutes.

If you would like more than the ability to view your SD card files, AnyDroid is an ideal solution for you. Get it on your PC or Mac and the following shows how to view SD card on Android.

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Step 1. Launch AnyDroid on your computer > Plug-in your Android phone to your computer using a USB cable or connect it with computer via Wi-Fi.

How to View SD Card on Android with AnyDroid - Step 1

How to View SD Card on Android with AnyDroid – Step 1

Step 2. Now you should land in the Device Manager section. Upon landing, click on the option that says Files to view the files on your device.

How to View SD Card on Android with AnyDroid - Step 2

How to View SD Card on Android with AnyDroid – Step 2

Step 3. On the following screen, you should be able to view all the files residing on your device and on your SD card. You may play with your files and even transfer them to your computer by clicking on the Send to PC button at the top.

How to View SD Card on Android with AnyDroid - Step 3

How to View SD Card on Android with AnyDroid – Step 3

In a rare case if the app does not recognize your SD card, you may want to check if it is properly inserted into your device. Many times the SD card is loosely inserted that results in the app not being able to recognize the card.

The Bottom Line

If your friend or someone else has given you an SD card with some content on it, the above guide should teach you how you can view that content stored on the SD card from your Android phone. We hope you can access the required content using our guide above. Why not give a try to this Android manager right now!

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.