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Extracting out files, photos from my "full" Galaxy Note 2

My Note2 has 16GB only & I can't take photo using its camera nor from Whatsapp.
When I click on Gallery, it won't open up Gallery, complaining phone is full.

How can I copy out the files & then housekeep/delete the bigger files away?

Any freeware tool is appreciated.
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
Best place to start is to plug in your phone into your computer and navigate to the pictures folder: /Phone/DCIM/Camera

Make sure you unlock your phone
Click allow for "Allow access to device data" that pops up on your phone

In Windows Explorer, under "This PC", you'll see your phone, double click
Navigate to DCIM/Camera and move (copy then delete) all photos to your computer.

Going forward, I would recommend putting a SD card for extra memory and setting your camera to store images on that.  When that gets full it won't freak out as much.

What I personally do is utlise Google Photos that automatically backs up my photos to my private cloud account.  The app on my phone also allows me to easily delete the photos from my phone when they've been backed up to the cloud.
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Jackie ManCommented:
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
Or you could install something like Google Photos which allows unlimited storage for 4MP photos (auto sizes on upload) and after uploading photos and videos, delete it from device
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Jackie ManCommented:
"Or you could install something like Google Photos which allows unlimited storage for 4MP photos (auto sizes on upload) and after uploading photos and videos, delete it from device"

Agreed. But there is no space to install any app as it is full already.
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
> putting a SD card for extra memory and setting your camera to store images on that
I do have a 32GB microSD card in my Note 2 Android phone.  How do I go about setting it
such that all photos & videos (including those taken via Whatsapp) are auto-stored in it?
Do provide step by step (or click by click) instructions
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
It is app dependent.  There's not a global setting.

For Camera
Open the camera app
Tap on the "cog" to get to Settings
Scroll down to "Storage Location"
Tap and change from "Device" to "SD Card"

For everything else, you can move the app to the SD card if it allows it
Move Apps to SD Card Using Application Manager
Tap Apps.
Select an app you want to move to the microSD card.
Tap Storage.
Tap Change if it's there. If you don't see the Change option, the app cannot be moved. ...
Tap Move.
taken from here: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/move-android-apps-to-sd-card,news-21279.html where there's also screenshots.  I do this all the time with some of the bigger apps like Viber but unfortunately Whatsapp can't be moved to the SD card
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sunhuxAuthor Commented:
Under Whatsapp folder (in the phone, not in the microSD card), I saw (via Win7 explorer;  
WinXP cant see them), photos taken via Whatsapp prior the days when Whatsapp was
encrypted.

When Whatsapp start to encrypt, the photos can only be viewed within Whatsapp &
not via Win Explorer anymore?  Anyway I can disable encryption temporarily to
facilitate housekeeping?
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
You can try. Not sure that disabling encryption will decrypt existing photos. Only one way to know is to do it and see 🤔
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Jackie ManCommented:
There is no way to disable encryption... but...

When you copy the media folder under Whatsapp folder in internal storage of your Android phone to the external microSD card, the media folder and the content inside are decrypted.
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