These days, smartphones are generally available with large amounts of basic storage, but there are times when you may need more storage than is currently available. MicroSD cards are external memory cards that will become obsolete in the future, but some OEMs keep the external memory slot in their devices. Typically, high quality videos take up a lot of space that can be moved to external storage, but future games and apps will get bigger every day. Moving those bulky apps and games to your SD card can free up a lot of internal storage. Here are some of the steps below that can help you move an app to a microSD card.
Steps to Move apps to microSD card
Open your phone and go to the “Settings” app
Scroll down and look for the “Apps” option.
Select the apps you want to move to the SD card and tap on those apps
Then click on ‘Storage Option’
If this app supports the function, you will find an option “Memory in use” and to move this app from the internal memory to the external memory card, click on “Select”.
Then select the ‘microSD card’ option
Then click on ‘Move’
Now the files will be moved to your SD card
Most apps still store some files in main memory and are not completely moved to the microSD card. This is a universal method, and if an app follows it, you can only move a large portion of it to the SD card. The exact steps may vary depending on your phone’s operating system and user interface. These steps are from a Samsung device running on OneUI 3 based on Android 11.
Steps to merge SD card with phone internal storage
You can expand your phone’s internal storage using another method. This doesn’t mean you have to manually move all the apps to your SD card. If you have an empty SD card, insert it into the SD card slot on your smartphone. If the phone supports this option, you will see a notification asking if you want to use the SD card. Select the “Apply external storage” option. However, this merged storage option is not enabled on all phones. Here are the steps if you want to take this action in a different way.
Insert the SD card into the phone
Find and access the Settings app
Find out ‘Storage’ and click on it
Then tap on the option that shows your SD card that you inserted earlier
Select the menu button and select ‘Storage Settings’
Here you will find an option that says ‘Format as internal’
Click on “Erase and Format”
Then confirm it by tapping “Okay”.
You can now transfer the data or do so later
There are a few things to keep in mind with this particular method. First, you cannot swap out your SD card or use it to transfer files to other devices. Second, the internal storage of any smartphone is much faster than any traditional SD card. To compensate for this, your phone will operate at the slower speeds of the SD card instead of using the faster transfer speed of the internal storage.