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How to move apps to SD Card

Moving applications from your phone’s internal storage to a microSD card is just easy to do. In fact, you may only have to tap your screen a few times to move an app to an external storage. But the thing is, not all phones and apps support this feature. Of course, only smartphones with a microSD card slot should be able to do this and as for some apps, only a portion of their data files can actually be moved over to an external storage and among the most common reasons is that some SD cards are actually slow and may affect the performance of the app.

In this post, I will walk you through in moving applications to an SD card provided your phone support this feature. Continue reading as this short article may be able to help you one way or another.

Move apps to SD card via Application Manager

Before anything else, make sure that you properly mounted the SD card on your phone and then format it so it would become usable. If you’re using a used card then make sure to backup files in it as you may never be able to retrieve them once they’re deleted. After making these preparations, it’s time to move some apps.

  1. Navigate to Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Apps or Applications.
  3. Now choose an app you want to move to the microSD card.
  4. Tap Storage.
  5. Tap Change if you can see a button with that name. If there’s none, then it means the app cannot be moved to the microSD card. One of the best examples is Spotify which requires to be in your phone’s internal storage but you will have an option inside the app to change the location of downloaded tracks.
  6. Finally, tap Move.

Depending on the size of the app as well as the number of files to be moved, this process may take a minute or two so just wait until the process is finished. Should you want to move the app back to the internal storage, follow the same procedure and hit Change to change location.

Move apps to adoptable storage

Adoptable or Flex storage was first introduced in Android Marshmallow but not all manufacturers were happy about it because it defeats the purpose of building phones with higher storage capacity that are often offered in higher prices than those with only 16 or 32GB phones. While majority of the phone makers include this feature in their devices, popular brands like Samsung and LG removed it from their flagship devices.

With this feature, your microSD card will really become an expandable storage because after doing the steps below, your phone will see it as an extension of the internal storage. So, your phone with only 16GB storage may be able to install applications way beyond that if you mounted a high capacity external storage device. Here’s how it’s done…

  1. Navigate to Settings on your phone.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Select your SD card.
  4. Tap the menu button in the upper-right corner.
  5. Select Storage Settings.
  6. Tap Format as Internal.
  7. Tap Erase & Format. If ever you saved some files in your SD card, copy or move them to your computer or phone before you do this procedure as you will not be able to retrieve them after this procedure.
  8. You will be prompted to move some files into the extended storage and if you want to do so, tap Move Now.
  9. Your device will tell you how long the process will take and once finished, tap Done.

The system will then use the card as an internal storage after this procedure. And that’s pretty much it! I hope that this article can help you one way or another.

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