Although smartphones offer more storage with each new generation, the other side of the coin is that apps increasingly need more space, not to mention that the powerful cameras of contemporary cell phones create larger and larger files. Fortunately, many phones offer a way to deal with this predicament: the option of using an SD or microSD card, which allows you to save not only files, but applications as well. Learn how to move apps to an SD card on Android and expand the capacity of your device.
First, you need to insert a SD or microSD card in the slot of your Android, generally located on the side of the cell phone. You can insert a pin or needle into the small hole in the slot to remove the card tray (some phones allow you to insert the card directly into the slot, without removing a tray). Make sure you place the card correctly in the slot, label side up. You will then be prompted to format the card when you first insert it.
Assuming your SD card has been properly inserted, you can move apps to it by doing the following:
Step 1: Go to Settings > Apps and notifications > See all apps/Application information.
Step 2: Select the app you want to move to the SD card and then press Storage (on some phones you can say Storage and Cache).
Step 3: Press Change, button that you will see below the title Storage used. If this option does not appear, it is because it is not possible to move that particular application to an SD card.
Step 4: Select your SD card from the available options and then press Move.
That is all. If you want to make an application go back to the internal storage of the phone, simply do the same process above, but in Step 4 select Internal storage.
How to use an SD card as internal storage on Android
On certain Android phones, you may not be able to move apps to an SD card, even if your phone has such a card. Fortunately, some Android devices allow you to use your SD card as if it were part of your internal storage, through a process known as Flexible Storage. This includes devices manufactured by Huawei, Motorola and HTC, but not those made by Samsung and LG.
To configure your SD card as part of your cell phone’s internal storage, go to Settings > Storage > [Tu tarjeta SD]. Once you’ve selected your SD card, press Plus (three vertical dots in a row) and then press Storage settings. Finally, press Format as internal and later Format SD card to confirm.
Keep in mind that this option will delete everything on your SD card, so if you have important files, you should back them up and transfer them to another device, or not format the card.
Also, you will need a pretty good microSD card if you want to use it as internal storage for your phone, that is, an ultra high speed (UHS) card, preferably one that is UHS-3 rather than UHS-1.