Power users and photo freaks have one thing in mind when they are out to purchase a new smartphone, the internal storage. Even if a phone has all the other specifications up to the mark, all can easily go in vain if the storage space is insufficient. Moreover, the OS occupies your phone’s internal storage to a great extent. Thus, you need something that can cover them up along with providing you the required space for storing your favorite multimedia.
Cloud storage and a plethora of phones that have a massive internal storage have catered to this issue to a great extent. But it is not necessary that these phones lie within the affordable range. Thus, one of the most viable ways to gain more storage is transfer apps to SD card. Apart from Pixel, most of the popular flagships that are widely in use such as Samsung, Vivo, Oppo, etc. support this feature.
Android apps occupy a lot of storage space in the phone. Normally, users don’t think twice before clicking on the install button only to see an app end up unused for months. If you store a large number of apps in the internal memory of your device, the performance is bound to get adversely affected. One of the most convenient ways to free some space on your device is to move the apps to the SD card. This way, all your data remains safe and the storage capacity increases.
How to Move Android Apps to an SD Card
1. Tap on the Settings menu on your phone.
2. After that, tap on Apps.
3. Select the applications you wish to move to the external SD card.
4. Tap on storage and look for the ‘change’ option. If you can’t find it, chances are, your phone does not support the feature of moving apps to the SD card.
5. If the option is there, change the storage to SD card and move the apps of your choice to the desired location.
What If Your Device Doesn’t Support Moving Apps To SD Card?
For users whose device does not support moving apps to external storage, no need to be disappointed! Android Marshmallow came up with the feature of users being able to set external SD card as the default storage. In situations where moving apps to the SD card are not possible, this feature can come in handy for those who want some extra internal storage space. Although there are few things you should know before you adopt this approach. When you remove the SD card from your device, the functionality of the apps will be compromised to a great extent. Thus, think before you move apps to sd card.
Consider The Exceptions:
You can’t transfer all apps to the SD card. Some applications that are pre-installed in your smartphones such as Google Chrome, maps, messages, Youtube, that can’t be transferred to the SD card. Even if you attempt to do so, the option will be grayed and you won’t be able to carry out the necessary action. Although in order to fix this issue, some phones support another great feature. This is transferring a certain portion of the app to the SD card. The rest is secure in the internal storage space of the phone. This doesn’t completely solve the problem, but we can say that something is better than nothing!
But there are some apps such as games that you can’t fully install on the SD card. They have high-quality graphics and large memory. Even though you can move a portion of the app, space freed up is almost negligible. For instance, let us consider Asphalt 8. It gives the option of storing 64 MB in the external SD card. But for the remaining 1.4 GB it utilizes the phone memory.
It is true that not all the Android phones permit the installation of apps on the SD card. But for those who do, the process is as simple as tapping a few buttons. If you have a large number of apps installed on your phone, it indicated an alarming situation. It is a wise move to go ahead and move some to the SD card. Although keep in mind that if possible, move only those apps that are fully compatible with the SD card. Also, make sure that they don’t give trouble when you move their entire data. Make sure the apps run flawlessly or else there is no point of moving them. You can also consider moving some of the photos, videos or other multimedia. It is an effective measure to free up further space.