Smartphones are giving us more and more storage space with each new generation of devices. Unfortunately, apps are getting more demanding, requiring more space to accommodate on our phones. At the same time, smartphone cameras are becoming increasingly powerful, which means that the photos we take with them are getting bigger and bigger. Fortunately, many phone manufacturers have offered us a way out of this dire situation: SD cards.
Depending on the Android smartphone you own, you’ll find a slot for an SD or microSD card on the side. By using this slot, you can not only store files, but also apps. Accordingly, this article explains how to move apps to SD card in Android. It also covers how to use an external SD card as additional internal storage.
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Moving apps to an SD card in Android
First of all, make sure you have actually inserted your SD or microSD card into the Android slot. You can do this by using a pin or needle to pop out the card tray, which you should find on the side of your phone (some phones allow you to insert the card directly into the slot without pulling out a tray) . Make sure to insert the card correctly into the slot, label side up. You will then be asked to format the card when you insert it for the first time.
Assuming your SD card is properly inserted, you can move apps to it by doing the following:
Step 2: Tap the app you want to move to your SD card, then tap Storage (this can be displayed as Storage and cache on some phones).
Step 3: Crane Change, which you under the Storage used column. If you don’t see this option, it is not possible to move this particular app to an SD card.
Step 4: Select your SD card from the available options and tap Action.
That is it. However, if you want to move the app back to your phone’s internal storage, just go through the above process except dial Internal storage space during step 4.
How to Use SD Card as Internal Storage in Android
With some Android smartphones, you may not be able to move apps to an SD card, even if your phone has such a card. Fortunately, some Androids let you use your SD card as if it were part of their internal storage, through a process known as Adoptable or Flex Storage. This includes devices manufactured by Huawei, Motorola and HTC, but not those of Samsung and LG.
To set up your SD card as part of your phone’s internal storage, go to Settings> Storage> [Your SD Card]. Once you’ve selected your SD card, tap Lake (it looks like three vertically aligned dots) then tap Storage settings. Finally, tap Format as internal.
This option requires that you erase all pre-existing contents from your SD card, so if you already have important files on it, you may need to transfer or not format them first.
You also need a pretty good microSD card if you want to use it as internal storage for your phone. That means you’ll need an Ultra High Speed (UHS) SD card, preferably one that is UHS-3 rather than UHS-1.