Whenever you install an app on your Android device, it will be installed on your device’s internal storage by default. Depending on your phone’s internal storage capacity, you may run out of space sooner or later if you continuously keep downloading applications, videos, games, etc. A vast majority of modern smartphones come with a minimum of 64GB of internal storage. But it is always better to free up a good amount of space on your internal storage. This will keep your phone’s performance from declining and save you from the trouble of deleting old data for a new one.
Steps to move apps from internal storage to an SD card in Android
- Go to Settings on your phone- You can access it from the settings icon on the top right corner of the dropdown screen or from your device’s app drawer.
- Choose the “Apps” option in settings- It will be there in the settings menu, you can find it by scrolling down.
- Tap on the app you want to move to the SD card- From the list of all the apps on your phone choose the one you want to move.
- Select the “Storage” option from the chosen app’s tab.
- Choose “Change”- the change option will only be visible if that app can be moved to the SD card. If it is not there, that means the app can’t be moved.
- Select “SD card” and then tap on ”Move”.
Use SD card as Internal Storage
Your phone’s base UI might now allow you to move any apps to your SD card (on some devices). If the above solution is not possible on any apps on your device, try this method instead. This feature allows your phone to use your memory card as an addition to your device’s internal storage after formatting it first. Needless to say, if you have some data on your SD card, you should move or copy it on your computer or any other accessible device first. Here are the steps to add an SD card to your internal storage:
- Find and select Settings on your device.
- Tap on the Storage option from the list.
- Select SD card instead of internal storage.
- There should be an overflow menu button (3 vertical dots) in the upper-right corner.
- Tap on the Storage settings option.
- Then select Erase and format to format your SD card.
- After the formatting is done, the UI will ask you to move the data (to the SD card), select Move now.
- Lastly, tap on Done.
Well, not all apps can be moved to an SD card, so don’t expect to completely clear your internal storage. Some applications need to be in the device’s internal storage to function properly or perform the Android software’s basic functions. Many modern smartphones sadly do not have the option of inserting an SD or a microSD card. So it’s best to buy a phone model with at least 128GB of internal storage space.