How to move apps to the SD card in Android

In our days the best flagships on Android get so much internal memory that you no longer have to use for its expansion memory card format microSD. However, for older devices and smartphones medium and low price segments the possibility of expanding an initially small capacity are still important. Most of the memory of your smartphone is already occupied by the operating system and pre-loaded software, but once you start to add more native apps and also take pictures and videos, you risk very soon exhaust all the available space.

Fortunately, many Android devices have slots for memory cards, which by placing in the card volume can significantly increase the initial amount of memory, which was generous by the manufacturer.

Below we describe the process of how to move applications to the microSD card using the built-in Android application management features.

What you need to know about additional storage

In General, we need to understand not all Android devices allow you to move parts of the application on the memory card, but for those that can, the process takes only a few simple movements. Most leaders refused to support this feature, and therefore it is more common in devices of medium and low levels, but most often it is the device which has the ability to use additional storage.

Unfortunately, even if your phone supports this function, it does not support all applications. Large apps such as games leave most of their data in the internal memory. For example, Asphalt 8 puts just 64MB of your data on the memory card, leaving as many as 1.4 GB for memory of the mobile device. However, you can still save some precious space this way, particularly if you have lots of applications, simply by moving more of them on the memory card.

Moving apps to the SD card

  1. Go to the Settings app, which can be on the desktop or in a menu of applications.

  2. Go to “Applications”.

  3. Select the app you want to move to the SD card.

  4. Click on “Store”.

  5. Click Edit, if available. If you do not see this button, then this app can not be placed. If you can’t find any apps with such ability, that, apparently, this function is not supported by your phone.

  6. Click “Move”.

If you want to move the application back to the primary location of your device, click “Edit”, but this time select internal storage.

Using memory card as primary storage

If your device does not support move apps to the SD card, there is another option that is introduced in Android Marshmallow, which can help you. This function is called Adoptable or Flex Storage and allows you to format the memory card so that it acted as a main memory device. Again, not all devices with a slot for memory cards will support this feature Motorola, Huawei and Nvidia was allowed to use Flex Storage in their mobile devices, while in smartphones by Samsung and LG this is not possible.

Before enabling this function, you need to consider several factors. You will need the fastest microSD card, which can be found to ensure smooth operation, at least Class 10 or UHS-I and UHS-3. Any data existing on the memory card will be erased when you format it as internal storage, and from that moment it cannot be used in other devices (if you don’t pereformuliruem it again). Finally, remember that if you remove the memory card from your phone, you break the functionality of all applications or content that you have moved on it.

  1. Go to the Settings app, which can be on the desktop or in a menu of applications.

  2. Go to “Storage”.

  3. Select your memory card.

  4. Open the popup menu by clicking the icon of three dots in the upper right corner.

  5. Select “Settings storage”.

  6. Press “Format internal storage”.

  7. Click “Erase and format”. If the system determines that your memory card is too slow, you will see a warning that this will lead to slow performance.

  8. Click “Move now”. After you have made your choice, click “Next” and begin moving data to the SD card. The system will indicate approximately how much time will it take to transfer and how much data will be transferred to your SD card.

  9. Click “Finish”.

Now your SD card is part of the primary storage system and will use it as extra source of memory in the future.

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