November 23, 2017

How to move not just photos, files, and music but apps to SD card on Android?

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Most Android phones are blessed with an external storage option. Flagship phones tend to have a 128GB or even 256GB expandable capacities, while the cheaper versions have only 8GB, 16GB or maybe 32GB. With the growing need to use higher, smoother graphics, the videos and photos you capture are saved on the phone’s internal memory, which occupies a lot of space since they are all in higher resolution format. Hence, the use of a microSD can be a real life-saver to many Android users. You already know that you can move photos to SD when you are running short on space. Likewise, you can also move music to SD and also move files to SD. But how many of you knew that with Android you can also move apps to SD?

Why use a microSD card for Android?

As explained before, most Android phones of the cheaper range come with a smaller internal storage, maybe 4GB, 8GB or 16GB, none of which are really sufficient as per today’s consumption rates. A few heavy gaming apps, photo editing apps or music making apps downloaded from the Google Play Store will overload the phone’s memory in a jiff. This is why a microSD card needs to be onboard on an Android phone. When you have a microSD card inserted into the slot, you have the option of moving photos directly to a specific folder inside the external storage instead of a manual move. You can also drag and drop music, files, and documents to a microSD card from a PC or Mac. Therefore, the internal storage will be used only for the native applications.

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What type of apps can you move to a microSD card?

Before you get all hyped up about moving apps to SD card, remember that neither do all apps nor do all phone manufacturer’s allow this function.

How to move apps to SD card?

Once you have sorted out whether or not you are allowed to move apps to SD card, now is the time for some action.

  • Go to Settings and find the Apps menu (it can be in different locations depending on the phone).
  • A tab will now open containing all the apps you have download onto the device. On a swipe in from the right, you can see if any apps are already stored on your microSD card. If you have never done this before, this screen should appear blank.
  • To move an app to your microSD card, tap on the app that does not come pre-installed on your Android device. Native apps cannot be moved anywhere.
  • You should now see an option to ‘move to SD card,’ tap this. Then depending on the size of the app, the app will move to your microSD Card. You will also find it listed under the ‘On SD Card’ tab.

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Furthermore, moving apps to SD card can free up storage in your phone’s internal memory, but beware that whenever you format your microSD card or remove it from your phone, these apps may get lost from its memory. Also, if you see that you cannot transfer an app to the external memory card, do not attempt any programming to rewrite a pre-existing code, you could be in violation of company’s stipulated laws and regulations.

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