How to move apps from phone memory to SD card in Android

How to move apps from phone memory to SD card in Android

Storage is usually not an issue with most Android smartphones. The base storage in most Android-powered smartphones is usually 32GB. However, there may be storage issues with some entry-level Android phones. This often restricts the number of apps a user can download on his phone. Here, one way is to transfer some of the apps to an SD card. However, also remember that you cannot transfer all apps to an SD card also many Android phones do not support this feature.

For those who do, here’s how you can go about it. Here’s are step-by-step instructions:

Let’s begin by first identifying the apps that you want to move to the SD cards. Please note here that apps which require a continuous sync are not recommended to be moved. So, for example, if you move WhatsApp to your external storage, the app would not send you regular updates. Also, the app would disappear when you use your phone without the SD card.

Pre-installed or native apps too can’t be moved (especially Google’s apps). So, it is a good idea if you have apps that you use occasionally, and have ample space on your SD card.

Step 1:
Head over to the Apps management section under ‘Settings’ of your phone. Here you will find listed all the apps that are installed in your phone. Selecting one of the apps will take you into the individual app settings.
Step 2:
Once in the app setting, you should be able to see “Move to SD card” as an option. Android makes provisions of detecting apps installed both on phone and SD card memory.
Step 3:

Click “Move to SD card” and wait for until the process is complete. This should be a few seconds and not too long.

Once the app is moved to your SD card, you can unmount it from the settings and cross check to see if the app is still in the menu. In case you want to move the app back to the internal storage, you can mount the SD card, and head over back to the settings menu.

 In place “Move to SD card”, the app will show the option of “Move to phone storage”.

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