Having an Android phone or a tablet with very little storage space can be annoying at times. You need to keep juggling with important apps by installing and uninstalling them. However, there are many tricks to expand the storage space on your Android phone provided it has an SD card slot.
Android apps have an internal storage by default which is usually quite less. When you have an SD card inserted in your phone, you can set it as a default location to install apps from Google Playstore thus freeing up some space for several other apps that you would have skipped installing due to insufficient storage. Apps that you have already installed on your phone can also be moved to your SD card.
There are other ways too to do it. Which ones are suitable would depend on your Android version and also the apps that you wish to move on the card. For automatically allowing apps to get installed to your SD card and making it an internal storage, you can use Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
A few pre-Marshmallow devices let users manually move apps if the developer allows to do so. If you wish to enjoy more flexibility than what these options offer then you will have to root your phone and use Link2SD app.
Running apps on your SD card will take more time as compared to running them on your internal storage. So do it only if it is absolutely necessary and move apps that do not require lot of speed to run properly.
How to Move Android Apps to SD Card Marshmallow
SD card in Android phones is considered as a portable storage. You can easily store files such as videos, music, photos to use them on
your phone. The SD card can also be plugged into your computer to transfer these files back and forth. Removing an SD card does not affect the functionality of your phone.
How to Move Android Apps to SD Card Caveats
Not all only some Android devices come with this button in the application manager that allows installed apps to be moved to the microSD card. Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3, HTC One (M8), LG G3 are among the several devices that include this button.
However, apps that are large in size such as games leave partial data on the internal storage. Eg. Asphalt 8 puts 64 MB data on MicroSD card while the rest of the 1.4 GB is left to fill up your device. This can help save sufficient space if you wish to move all your installed apps.
Moving Apps Using Application Manager to SD Card
Navigate to settings on your phone. The settings menu can be found in the app drawer.
Tap Application Manager
Select the app that you wish to move to the micro SD card.
Tap the Move to SD Card button. If this option does not appear then the app cannot be moved. You device may not support this feature if you cannot see the “Move to SD card” buttons on apps. Most of the preinstalled apps do not have this option. To move the app back to the internal memory, click “Move to device storage.”
How to Move Android Apps to SD Card Using Application Manager
1. Navigate to settings on your phone.You can find the settings menu in the app drawer.
2. Tap Application Manager.
3. Select an app you want to move to the microSD card.
4. Tap the Move to SD Card button. If you don’t see a Move to SD Card button, the app cannot be moved. Most preloaded apps cannot be moved to an SD card. If you don’t see Move to SD Card buttons on any apps, your device may not support this feature at all.
If you wish to move an app back to the internal memory, hit the “Move to device storage” button.