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Here is how to use SD card as internal storage on Android

SD cards are definitely the best and most convenient option for storing important data. These portable storage devices were intended to work on smartphones, tablets, DSLRs, etc. SD cards are available in different sizes like 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, 64GB, etc.

Although Android smartphones today provide users with enough space to store data, the demand for SD cards remains high. You may need this extra storage for storing long videos, or you may need it for saving the high resolution photos.

However, SD cards cannot be used to store apps and game files. By default, Android installs Apk files on internal memory and stores data files on SD card. This means that when installing apps and games, Android uses both internal and external memory.

What if I tell you that you can install APK files on SD cards? Well, Google introduced a feature known as “adoptable storage” with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The feature solves all the issues related to the use of internal and external memory on Android.

What is the “adoptable storage” feature on Android?

It is a feature that allows users to use SD card as internal memory. Yes, you read that right! You can use your SD card as internal memory. This means that you can now install the Apk files directly to the SD cards.

To use SD card as internal storage on Android, you need to follow some of the simple steps given below. So let’s see how to use SD card as internal storage on Android smartphones.

How to use SD card as internal storage on Android

Below, we’ve shared a method that uses Android’s “Adoptable Storage” feature. You need to follow all the steps accordingly to use the SD card as internal storage on Android smartphones.

Step 1. First of all, put the SD card on your Android smartphone.

2nd step. When done, open Settings and tap “Storage”

Step 3. Tap your SD card and select the three vertical dots in the top right corner.

Step 4. Press now on “Storage settings”

Step 5. In the next step, press “Use as internal storage”

Step 6. In the next screen, you need to press “Erase and format”

Step 7. You will now be prompted to move the data to the new storage. You can select “Move now” or “Move later”

Step 8. When finished, press “Finished” to complete the data transfer process.

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That’s it, you’re done! Now if you want to make the SD card portable again, open the storage option and tap on your SD card. Now tap on ‘Format as portable’ option to make it portable again. If you have any further doubts, let us know in the comments box below. Hope this article has helped you! Also share it with your friends.