While the amount of memory for Android devices is increasing with every generation, SD card support is still very much present in the Android space and there are good reasons for it. Having cheap, disposable, easily replaceable storage in your device that you can swap in and out at any time is still a very handy feature to have around, and devices with smaller memory sizes benefit from it immensely. So today, we’ll show you how to easily transfer apps to the SD card, to take full advantage of it and free up some of the internal memory.
The latest versions of Android have actually gotten really good at supporting external storage. Despite Google attempting to phase out this feature for a while, it was necessary to maintain SD card support for their Android One line of smartphones, targeting emerging markets which rely on SD card support for software updates and a large part of their capabilities. What this translates into is built-in support for moving apps and files to the SD card, in a simple and easy way. This was something that used to require third-party apps and sometimes fiddling with the settings, but this time around it’s fairly simple. To move an app to your SD card, just go to Settings:
Then, pick “Apps”, which will show you a list of all installed apps on your device:
Tap the app you wish to move to the SD card, and you will see this screen:
From there, tap on the “Storage” option:
Which will take you to the screen above, where you can change which type of storage the app should be using by tapping the “Change” button. Once you do, a little pop up will appear to let you pick:
If you choose to move it to another location, a window will show up to assist you:
Just tap the button to advance, and soon your app will be transferred over to the SD card:
As of Marshmallow, this operation is now much easier to perform and seems to be more stable than ever. If you’re wondering what’s the benefit of moving an application to the SD card, the immediate benefit is that you are able to save space from the device’s internal storage. If you’re constantly seeing warnings about low storage or noticed a sudden drop in performance, the lack of space available in the internal storage might be one of the causes, and using this method you can solve the problem for good. It also keeps all of your app data in the SD card, which means that you can just pop it into a new device and have all of your old app stuff still in there, ready to use.