How Do I Transfer PDF Files From External Storage to Android?

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How Do I Transfer PDF Files From External Storage to Android?

Transferring PDF files from external storage to your Android device is a simple process that can be done in just a few easy steps. Whether you have PDF files stored on a USB drive, an SD card, or any other external storage device, you can quickly and conveniently transfer them to your Android device for easy access and viewing. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of transferring PDF files to your Android device.

Step 1: Connect your External Storage Device to your Android Device

If you haven’t already done so, connect your external storage device (such as a USB drive or an SD card) to your Android device using the appropriate connector or adapter.

Step 2: Open the File Manager App

On your Android device, locate and open the File Manager app. The File Manager app allows you to navigate through the file system of your Android device and manage files and folders.

Step 3: Locate the External Storage Device

In the File Manager app, navigate to the location where your external storage device is mounted. This might be named differently depending on your device and operating system version.

Common names include “USB Drive” or “SD Card”. Tap on the name of the external storage device to open it.

Step 4: Find the PDF Files

Browse through the folders in the external storage device until you find the folder containing the PDF files you want to transfer. Tap on this folder to open it.


If you’re not sure where your PDF files are located, try looking in folders such as “Documents” or “Downloads”. You can also use the search function in the File Manager app to search for specific file names or extensions.

Step 5: Select the PDF Files

In the folder containing the PDF files, tap and hold on one of the files to activate the selection mode. Once in selection mode, you can tap on additional files to select them. Selected files are usually highlighted or marked in some way.


If you want to transfer all the PDF files in the folder, look for a “Select All” or similar option in the File Manager app. This will automatically select all the files in the current folder.

Step 6: Copy or Move the PDF Files

Once you have selected the PDF files you want to transfer, look for options such as “Copy” or “Move” in the File Manager app’s toolbar or menu. Tap on one of these options.


If you choose “Copy”, a copy of each selected file will be created and transferred to your Android device while leaving the original files intact on your external storage device. If you choose “Move”, the selected files will be transferred to your Android device and removed from your external storage device.

Step 7: Choose Destination Folder

After selecting either “Copy” or “Move”, you will be prompted to choose a destination folder on your Android device where the PDF files will be transferred. You can either select an existing folder or create a new one.

Step 8: Start Transfer

Finally, tap on a button such as “Start” or “Transfer” to begin transferring the selected PDF files from your external storage device to your Android device.


The time it takes to transfer the PDF files will depend on the size of the files and the speed of your external storage device and Android device. Larger files may take longer to transfer.

Once the transfer is complete, you can open a file manager app on your Android device and navigate to the destination folder you chose in Step 7. You should now see the transferred PDF files in this folder.


Transferring PDF files from external storage to your Android device is a straightforward process that can be completed in just a few steps. By following this tutorial, you can easily access and view your PDF files on your Android device, even if they were originally stored on an external storage device. Enjoy convenient access to your PDFs wherever you go!