Frequently having to free up storage on your mobile phone can be highly frustrating. While your device comes with internal storage, if you’re an avid photographer or gamer, you may feel that it’s simply not enough. Fortunately, a lot of Android devices allow you to use expandable memory to give you up to extra space.
What’s more, you can even turn your SD card into internal storage. Yes, it’s possible to do it! Using your SD card as the internal storage will let you store everything – apps, pictures, videos, audio files, and more – in your SD card by default.
In this post, you’ll discover how to use an SD card as internal storage on your phone.
So, let’s get started!
How to Use SD Card as Internal Storage
On many Android devices, it’s possible to store everything – all the content including photos, videos, apps, and more – in your SD card. You can set your SD card as the primary storage media. This will make Android treat your SD card as internal storage.
However, note that not all Android phones support this process. For starters, almost all high-end Android smartphones today come with high internal storage space and no provision for using an SD card. So, the question of using an SD card doesn’t arise for such phones. Although a lot of mid-range and budget smartphones do support SD cards, many do not support using them as internal storage.
Therefore, before attempting to do this operation, ensure that your device is capable of doing so.
Here’s how to set your SD card as internal storage on your Android device:
- Open the Settings app
- Select Storage
- Tap on SD card
- Hit the menu button and select Storage settings
- Choose Format as internal
- Hit Erase and format
- Hit OK
- Migrate your data (or choose to do so later)
That’s it! This is how you set your SD card as internal storage.
Note that this process has its own downsides. First, your phone will only work when the SD card is inserted. And, if you remove the SD card, it will trigger a factory data reset.
Other than that, there may be performance issues in case the speed of your memory card is slow. So, make sure that the SD card you use is fast enough for optimal usage.
Can I Set Files to Save to my SD Card Automatically?
In case you don’t want to use your SD card as internal storage for your phone, but still want to store all the content in it so that you don’t run out of phone memory, you can set files to save to your SD card automatically. It saves you from having to move them yourself. Here’s how to do it.
- Open the Camera app
- Tap the settings cog
- Tap Storage location
- Tap SD card
This will automatically save all your photos & videos to your SD card.
- Open the Internet app
- Tap the menu icon. It looks like three lines in the bottom right of the screen. You may have to drag the screen up to see the menu option
- Tap Settings
- Tap Sites and downloads
- Tap Save downloaded files to
- Tap SD card
This will automatically save all your downloads to your SD card.
So, that’s how you can set your SD card as internal storage on Android. You must have noticed as it’s a fairly easy process. Before proceeding with it, just ensure that your phone supports an SD card and also the process of using it as internal storage. If it does, then you’re good to go!
On the other hand, if you don’t want to use your SD card as internal storage for your phone, but still want to store all the content in it so that you don’t run out of phone memory, then follow the above-mentioned steps to set files to save to your SD card automatically.
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