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How to Move Android Apps to an SD Card?

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How to Move Android Apps to an SD Card?

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Do you own an Android device, probably an older version? Are you worried about the apps occupying your limited storage space?

Given the fact that most of the mobile devices, probably the older versions were kept restricted in space, it becomes worrisome as you add more and more apps to your Android device. Not to forget the fact that much of storage space is consumed by the software and pre-installed apps.

So, what do you do? Stop downloading apps or keep replacing the older ones?

Well, neither of the two seem feasible. The best you can do here is to move all your Android apps to the SD card. Thankfully, every mobile device has this facility where users can insert an external card, of large sizes, to store and fetch data.

How to Move Android Apps?

How to Move Android Apps

Without wasting much time, let’s move ahead to the migration process. Make sure you have an external SD card inserted within your Android device.

  1. Hover around the application drawer to locate the settings menu.
  2. Scroll down the menu to find apps. Click on it.
  3. The screen will display all of your installed apps. To move one to the SD card, select the app.
  4. Here, you will find an option that says storage. Click on it to move the app data to the external storage. You can follow a similar process to move the app back to your local device storage.

Pretty easy right? Now, the above solution is applicable only when your device supports the feature of moving apps to the SD card. In case, you do not find the option of storage in step 4, odds are your device doesn’t support the feature.

So, what next?

In case, your device has the Marshmallow version of Android, there is still one way left and that’s called Adoptable or Flex Storage. What this feature does is create an impression that your SD card is the internal storage. Here again, you would need to perform a set of changes.

  1. Hover around the application drawer to locate the settings menu.
  2. Move around to select storage and then click on the SD card.
  3. On the upper right-hand corner, you will see an overflow menu.
  4. Select the same and then click on the format as internal. (Note that you are about to format your card, so all of the previous data would be erased. Make sure you have a copy of all)
  5. Finally, select format and erase.
  6. Once done, you will be prompted with a message that says SD Card is ready

You can now use your SD card as internal storage.

Note: This feature is supported only in Huwaei, Motorola and Nvidia devices. LG and Samsung have removed the feature and there is no way you can move your Android apps to SD card in those mobile devices.

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