How can I download files to the "external" SD card?

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    I want to be able to download files (videos, songs, whatever) directly to the SD card. By default it goes to the internal storage Downloads folder. How do I change this? I've tried steps for Firefox to change the download location, but it didn't work. This is a GS5 with Kit Kat 4.2.2 on it.
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    Downloading to anything other than internal memory is totally under the control of the app and very few support that. Your best option is to move it after download if you can't find an option in the app.
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    From what I understand, KK does not allow the direct download to the SD card.
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    You can root and avoid the security features of KitKat that prevent you from directly accessing the SD card. That's about it for the time being.
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    Very easy on a stock S5. Enable developer options. Inside developer options, enable USB debugging. Now possible to load data directly to the SD card while phone is plugged into the PC.

    Developer options enabled by tapping on build number 7 times. I think it's the build number? This also works on the S3.
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    Yes it's the build number. This feature should work on any device 4.2.2 or above.

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    The lack of write access to the SD card for most apps has ruined one of my favorite games, since it seems to be hardcoded to store save game data directly to SD rather than internal. So now, every time I play, I'm starting from the beginning again - no saving progress allowed. Grr...
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    I found instructions to change the download location for Firefox, but it doesn't work. It still downloads to the internal storage.
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    Yeah, discovered this when I rooted then found that my MicroSD couldn't be selected as a backup location for Titanium Backup (which is kind of extremely important)! Led me to the fix. If you are rooted, there's a free app called nextapp sdfix that does the mod to the xml file for you.
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    Don't know anything about this BUT, why not remove the sd card, plug it into your computer, move the files to it and return it to the S5?
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    Anybody?
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    Did this, created a folder on the sd and tried to move music to the folder. Would not move. Ideas?
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    I moved music from my PC to my sd card by plugging my s5 into my PC (that worked). when it comes to downloading to sd card on phone....unless your rooted it's a no go:(
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    The My Files app, that comes with the S5, can move files to the sd card. The Gallary app also supports moving photos to an external sd card.
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    So I just bought the S5, and found out after I put all my music and pics on a new larger SD card, Im not able to edit/delete/move anything that sits on the SD card? Why the restriction and how can we go around this?
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    While I agree this solution works, having to do so is like moving to ios or the old Windows Mobile os, totally unandroid like in previous versions. Total opposite of "portable on the fly" I've grown accustomed to.

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    Agreed... Why the restriction of not allowing any writing to the SD card? This is a pita!
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    What does this USB debugging help when files can be downloaded directly when plugged in while in stock form
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    ^ What does USB debugging do?
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    I did this with mixed results. I was able to move a music file to the sd but the albums/songs were jumbled up.

    Now I use a small thumb drive with a usb connector on one end and a micro usb on the other end. The dash mounted phone cradle allows this because it is open on the bottom.
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