Although the best Android phones come with plenty of storage space these days, space is often at a premium on older devices and cheap phones, with a large portion of the phone’s storage taken up by the operating system and preloaded apps.
Fortunately, many Android devices have microSD card slots that allow you to expand your storage capacity by inserting a memory card. Using a memory card in your phone will not only allow you to store your photos and videos, it will also allow you to move some of your apps. Not all Android phones support this. But for those who do, here is our guide on how to move Android apps to SD card.
What you need to know about adding storage
First, not all Android devices allow you to install parts of an app installed on the microSD card, but for those that do, it’s just a quick trip to the app manager and the press of a button. Most flagship phones no longer support this feature; it’s most commonly found on mid to low-end hardware, but these are often devices that could use the extra storage.
Unfortunately, even if your smartphone supports the feature, not all apps do. Large apps like games leave most of their data on internal storage. For example, Asphalt 8 puts only 64MB of data on the microSD card, leaving the remaining 1.4GB to fill up your phone or tablet. That said, you can save some space this way, especially if you have a lot of apps installed and move as many as possible to a microSD card.
Move apps to SD card using app manager
1. Go to Settings on your phone. You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.
2. Tap Apps.
3. Select an app you want to move to the microSD card.
4. Tap Storage.
5. Tap Change if there
If you don’t see the Change option, the app can’t be moved. If you can’t find any apps with this option, your device probably doesn’t support the feature.
6. Press Move.
If you want to move an app back to internal storage, press the Change button again and select Internal storage.
Use SD card as internal storage
If your device doesn’t support moving apps to a microSD card, there’s another option, first introduced in Android Marshmallow, that may be the answer for you. This feature is called Adoptable or Flex Storage, and it allows you to format a microSD card to act as additional internal storage. Again, not all devices with a microSD slot will support this feature: Motorola, Huawei, and Nvidia have chosen to enable Flex Storage, while Samsung and LG have removed it.
There are a few factors to consider before enabling this feature. You’ll want the fastest microSD card you can find to ensure smooth performance, at least Class 10 or UHS-I and preferably UHS-3. All data present on the microSD card will be erased when you format it as internal storage, and from then on it cannot be used on other devices (unless you reformat it). Finally, remember that if you remove this microSD card from your phone, it will break the functionality of any apps or content you’ve moved to it.
1. Navigate to settings on your phone. You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.
2. Tap Storage.
3. Select your SD card.
4. Tap the additional menu button in the top right corner.
5. Select Storage Settings.
6. Tap Format as internal.
7. Tap Erase & Format. If the system determines that your microSD card is too slow, it will warn you that it will degrade performance.
8. Tap Move Now. After making your selection, you’ll tap next and the transfer to your microSD card will begin. The system will indicate approximately how long the transfer will take and how much data will be transferred to your SD card.
9. Tap Done.
Your SD card will now appear immediately below internal shared storage and will be used by the system as additional internal storage in the future.
Now that you know how to move Android apps to SD card, check out how to speed up your Android phone or tablet in this quick and easy guide. For something more advanced, check out how to connect USB storage devices to your Android phone or how to print from an Android phone or tablet.