How to Download Videos and Files Directly In External Memory Card on Galaxy S3 / S4 without Rooting

Usually I don’t write about the android applications but this app really saved a lot of time for me. Before I found this app, I tested many applications available in the Google PlayStore but none of them worked. Few months back when I purchased my first android based Samsung Galaxy S3 handset, one thing I liked, besides many others, was its feature to support the external memory card.

I purchased new 32GB memory card, inserted it in the phone and installed many applications from the store to download the videos and other big files directly into the extSDcard but all in vein. I knew there was a simple solution and that was to download the stuff first in the internal phone memory and later move it to SD card using any file manager. But this was not possible in those cases where I had to download more than 10 GB files. To be honest, it was a real pain for me to transfer the videos and files after every download.

I surfed the internet and found few applications which might work after rooting the Galaxy S3. Even I found an interesting article written by Eric McBride on androidpit on how we can increase the internal memory of Galaxy s3 and Note 2 to 64 GB without upgrading to new model. Actually I was very scared of rooting at that time, so didn’t try any such apps or methods.

Then I found “Android Download Manager” application. It worked just like charm. It has all the functions and features which a standard download manager have.  In fact it reminds me of popular windows based “Internet Download Manager”. It gives unlimited file size download option. It supports multiple (16) parallel connections per download, stop and resume facility, many video playback (.mp4, .m4v, .3gp, .wmv, .mov, .flv, .avi, .rmvb, .rm, .divx, .xvid, .mpg) formats and above all it allows us to select the external SD card for storage to download the larger files on Galaxy SIII.


This app works flawless on Galaxy S3 supporting all popular browser and apps like Facebook. It has got its own internal browser too. I didn’t test it on Galaxy S4 but I am sure it will also work on this phone because the file and directory structure of both the models is almost similar.

Just like Internet Download Manager, it also creates its own directory structure and downloads the files, music, videos, images and documents into their respective directory/folder. This is the reason the videos downloaded through this application won’t be available in the Gallery. You can either move the files to any top-level folder to show them in the Gallery or use any other third party video player like MX Player.


I am really happy after I found it. It is now my favourite downloader for larger files on my phone. I’d like to know your views and comments also. If Android Download Manager also works on Galaxy S4 handset, please confirm us by leaving a comment below.

Update: Download ES File Explorer File Manager for Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S3

I don’t know how I missed ES File Explorer File Manager while writing this post. This works perfect on my device. In fact I am using it as the default download manager on my device. It performs a lot of other tasks too. You should check it out.

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Updated 10 years agoCategorized as Samsung

By A. Usman

Loves new tech, especially from Apple and Google.

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