How to Transfer Photos from Tablet to USB Flash Drive

We all want to take pictures using our phones and tablets. Compared to DSLRs and other large cameras, smartphones and tablets can provide us with the convenience and portability that cannot be given by the former. All you need to do is to take out our tablet or smartphone, open the camera app and then capture the moment.

However, tablets and other mobile devices have limited internal storage. If you have a tablet that accommodates a micro SD card, then you can always set the default storage there. Unfortunately, if your tablet does not have a micro SD card slot, then you have to deal with the limited internal storage of the unit.


Thankfully, you can always move your cherished photos to an external drive or a USB flash drive. USB flash drives can provide tablet users with more storage, leaving you with more room to store your photos on your tablet or smartphone. Moreover, you can use the flash drive to carry your pictures and other files around and maybe transfer to other devices.

In this article, we will teach you how to transfer photos from tablet to USB flash drive. Generally, you can move or copy pictures from your tablet or mobile device through a USB OTG cable and by using third-party applications.

Read on to learn more about these methods.

Using Third Party Apps

AS mentioned above, transferring photos from tablets to a flash drive can be done via the use of third-party apps. In this section, we will be talking about the two most potent and efficient third-party apps that does the job with ease.

1. AnyTrans

The first third-party app we will be discussing is AnyTrans. The app provides users with an easy and convenient way of transferring photos from your tablet or any Android device to a flash drive. However, it is worth noting that this app only works for mobile devices that are running the Android OS.

AnyTrans is generally a data management tool that is well suited for Android-powered devices. With this, you have full control of the data on your tablet. These include pictures, videos, documents, and even apk files. With this, the app seamlessly helps users to copy and transfer photos to an external drive such as a USB flash drive.

It is worth noting that the application supports all photo formats. It also allows the transfer of pictures captured by the local camera as well as images that have been downloaded from the internet. The app has an intuitive interface and system that organizes all your data into different folders. With this, you can easily find a file or picture that you are looking for. Moreover, the app makes sure that your photos are kept at the highest quality and not the compressed versions. With this, you can rest assured that the quality of pictures will be preserved.

Also, ANyTrans allows lightning fast transfer speeds. The app can transfer a total of 1000 pictures in 3 minutes.

To use the app, you need to download it first in the Play store. After downloading and installing the app, you need to launch AnyTrans. After this, you need to connect the tablet and the USB flash drive on a laptop or computer.

The next step is to choose the photos you want to transfer from your tablet. On the application, click the gear icon and change the flash drive as the destination. Click on Next so that the transfer process will commence.

2. ES File Explorer

Another third-party app that you can use is the ES file explorer. It is free to download an app from Google Play store that allows fast transfer of data such as photos from any mobile device to a flash drive.

To use it, you need first to download the ES file explorer app. After this, you need to plug in the 3 in 1 adapter to the tablet. Connect the flash drive to the said adapters and then launch the application. Once the app acknowledges the flash drive, you can now start the transfer process.

Navigate through your file manager and look for the folder that contains your photos. This is usually the DCIM folder. Select the images you want to transfer and then click on “Copy.” You can select the images by clicking on the pictures, or in some cases, toggling the check icon on the pictures.

After copying the preferred pictures, paste the images on the flash drive of your choice. At this point, you already have copied the pictures to your Flash drive.

Using USB OTG Cable

Most tablets are equipped with micro USB or Type C ports that are used to charge the battery or to do data transferring. To use this method, you need to be equipped with a USB OTG cable. These cables can be bought for a low price and are usually found in phone stores.

To use the USB OTG cable, you need to plug in the USB flash drive to the female part of the adapter. Make sure that the USB flash drive is securely plugged in so that it will be recognized later on by the tablet.

After connecting the USB flash drive to the USB OTG cable, you need to join the male portion of the OTG cable to the charging port of the tablet. You need to make sure that you are using the correct USB OTG cable. Check whether you have a tablet that has a micro USB port or a Type C port.

Wait for your phone to recognize the flash drive and then swipe down the notification drawer of the tablet on your file manager, tap the USB flash drive.

When transferring files from the tablet’s internal storage, you need to open the file manager of the device. Look for the photos on your tablet that you want to transfer. To select the images, hold down the files and then select the other photos you wish to move.

After selecting the photos, you want to transfer, tap the three dots you will find on the top right portion of the interface. A small pop up window will appear that gives you the option to either copy or move the files to another drive. Select text or move and then paste the data on to the USB flash drive interface. At this point, the transfer process is completely done.