How to Move Android Apps to an SD card

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Manufacturers are becoming storage conscious that they add plenty of storage to their flagships. However, not everyone is lucky to have one of these devices because they are often very expensive. Adding an external memory is still seen as the most feasible option because it is not only practical, but also cheaper as we don’t have to buy a high-end Android phone. Today we will share how to move Android apps to an SD card. If you feel like your phone almost runs out of memory, then upgrade to a bigger SD card, so that more data can be saved. Another alternative is to empty the external memory by moving the data to cloud storage or your computer. It is easy to run out of memory because many Smartphones pack high-resolution cameras. This means the default resolution will be high, which results in increased file sizes.

Find a phone with microSD card support

There are phones that have large internal storage yet no microSD card support. There are also phones with limited internal storage spaces, but come with a microSD card slot. If you need more flexibility in storing files, your phone should have at least 16GB of internal storage. You can expand it via an SD card. They are available in different capacities and prices. A 32GB card costs around $12. Those with bigger capacities surely cost more.

How to move Android apps to an SD card

  1. To move an app from internal storage to an SD card, you should go to the ‘Settings’ menu. It can be accessed through the app drawer.
  2. Tap on ‘Apps’ or Application Manager. Choose which app you wish to move to the new location.
  3. You will come across the information page. There are a few options here, one of which is ‘Storage’. Keep in mind that certain options may not appear if no SD card has been detected by the system. Make sure you have added the memory before proceeding to the next steps.
  4. On the same page, you should see the ‘Change’ menu. If there is none, then the app in question can’t be moved.
  5. Tap ‘Move’, it will take a few minutes until the process is completed. The length depends on the size of the app. If it is a game with heavy graphics, it would take longer because these apps are typically large in size.
  6. You can move the app back to the original storage by tapping on the same button.
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Use SD card as internal storage

So what if your phone doesn’t support moving apps to external storage? Don’t worry, there is something called Adoptable or Flex Storage. With this, we can format a microSD card and make it act like internal storage. However, this is limited to certain brands, such as HTC, Huawei, and Motorola. Before you try this, make sure you know whether your phone supports this feature or not. The quality of the microSD card is a big factor. You would need one with a fast write speed to ensure smooth performance. Here are the steps:

  1. Firstly, go to Settings.
  2. Tap Storage, and then select your SD card.
  3. There is an overflow menu button right in the upper-right corner. A tap on that will take you to the storage settings.
  4. Tap Format as Internal > Erase & Format. In the event that the microSD card is detected too slow by the system, you will see a notification.
  5. Tap Move Now, and then Next. The process will begin and wait until it is completed.

That’s how to move Android apps to an SD card.


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