Ever found yourself running out of phone memory? This guide will help you learn how to move your phone apps to your SD card to free up storage and get the most out of your storage space.

Today is the world of cloud services and online streaming, which means that there’s lesser motivation to store a lot of stuff in your phone when you can easily access it online. To add to it, smartphones these days also come up with large storage capacities. Regardless, after a while, you often find yourself running out of memory and thinking of what to delete and what not. More so, if you own a budget smartphone.

Now, the good news – if your device comes with expandable storage, you easily move apps to an SD card to free up storage space. Additionally, you can even turn your SD card into internal storage. This will help you store apps and all the other data on your phone on your SD card. In this post, you’ll discover how to do both.

So, let’s get started!

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How to Move Apps to an SD Card on Android

In this section, I’ll explain how you can move apps to an SD card on your Android smartphone. But, before proceeding further, let me tell you one thing. The list of Android devices that support SD cards is getting shorter day by day. Almost all high-end phones today come with high internal storage space and no provision for using an SD card.

Things are a bit different if you own a mid-range or a budget phone. A lot of such smartphones support SD cards even today. However, there’s a catch here too. There may be a chance that your phone does not support moving apps to an SD card. So, before attempting to move apps to an SD card, ensure that it’s capable of doing so.

Moving forward, here’s how to move apps to an SD card on Android if, of course, your phone supports it:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Move to Apps
  3. Select the app you want to move to the SD card
  4. Select Storage
  5. If the app supports this feature, you’ll see an option called Storage used. To change where the app is stored, tap the Change button
  6. Select SD card
  7. Tap on Move

That’s it! Your phone will transfer all the app-related files to your SD card.

Note: Formatting an SD card is an important step to take when moving apps to the card on an Android phone. This is because formatting the card prepares it for use as internal storage and ensures that it is optimized for use with the device’s operating system.

If you’re looking for guidance on how to format an SD card for your Android phone, be sure to check out our article on How to Format SD Card for Android Phone for step-by-step instructions and tips.


How to Set SD card as Internal Storage on Android

If you want to store everything – all the content including photos, videos, apps, and more – in your SD card, then the best way is to set your SD card as the primary storage media on your Android smartphone. This will make Android treat your SD card as internal storage. Again, not all Android phones support this operation.

Please note that this process has its downsides too. First, your phone will only work when the SD card is inserted. Removing it will trigger a factory data reset. Other than that, you may face performance issues if your memory card is slow. So, make sure that the SD card you use is fast enough.

Find here the list of the fastest SD cards ever.

And read this article if you ant to check how fast is your SD card using one of the 5 best free speed testing tools.

Here’s how to set your SD card as internal storage on your Android device:

  1. Open the Settings app
  2. Select Storage
  3. Tap on SD card
  4. Hit the menu button and select Storage settings
  5. Choose Format as internal
  6. Hit Erase and format
  7. Hit OK
  8. Migrate your data (or choose to do so later)


How to Move Files to SD Card on Android

You can easily move or copy files, including pictures, videos, audio files, documents, and more to an SD card on your Android device.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open the Files app
  2. At the bottom, tap Browse
  3. Under “Categories”, select a category
  4. Find the file you want to move or copy
  5. At the top right, tap More and then Move to or Copy to
  6. Now, Tap SD card
  7. If you want to move or copy files to a new folder:
    • Choose where you want to create a new folder, then tap Add new folder
    • Enter folder name in the pop-up
    • Tap Move to folder or Copy to folder
  8. If you want to move or copy files to an existing folder:
    • Choose the folder you want to move or copy the file to
    • Tap Move here or Copy here

Continue reading how to use SD card as internal storage.

Last Tips

So, that’s how you can move your apps to your SD card on Android. It’s a fairly easy process. Just keep in mind a few things. One is that your phone should support an SD card and also the process of moving apps to an SD card. If it does, then you’re good to go!


Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide helped you know about the whole process of how to move apps to an SD card on Android. 🙂


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