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How To Move Apps To The SD Card in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

How To Move Apps To The SD Card in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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.

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23 Comments

  1. Rajmohan
    Rajmohan February 8, 2016 at 1:11 pm .

    Hi Admin,
    I moved one app from external storage to internal storage unknowingly…now i m unable to move back..in storage option the change option not coming.also what ever app instaling its storing in internal storage .pls help

  2. noname
    noname June 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm .

    using marshmallow 6.0.1 … there is no option “change” under storage for any app.

    My SD-Card is installed as external storage, and I already appleid sdfix and some apps like dict.cc are able to store additional data on it but “move app to sdcard” is still broken.

    What may be wrong?

  3. Aaron Petterborg
    Aaron Petterborg August 22, 2016 at 6:18 pm .

    I think the thing I noticed that changed, and it might have been from 4.x to 5.x instead of 5.x to 6.x is that you can no longer move multiple apps at a time from a single screen. Now every app must be individually moved, whereas you used to be able to just tick a box among a list of apps that can be moved to the SD card.

  4. Ari
    Ari September 10, 2016 at 11:05 am .

    I can’t seem to find the “change” option on my phone. My phone is a Lennovo K5 Note btw.

  5. Ari
    Ari September 10, 2016 at 11:07 am .

    Please help! I can’t semem to find the “change” option. My phone is a Lennovo K5 note btw.

  6. Guin White
    Guin White September 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm .

    On 6.0.1 there is no option to CHANGE from internal to external. How do I get that option?!

  7. Firesword
    Firesword September 22, 2016 at 6:42 am .

    I don’t have that button on my Xperia Z3 Compact. I just have clear cache and clear data.

  8. Thibaut Forgeot d'Arc
    Thibaut Forgeot d'Arc September 28, 2016 at 9:40 am .

    Hello
    Thanks for the explanation
    Every time an app is updated, it goes back to internal storage
    Any idea to keep it on sd?
    Thanks

  9. andreas
    andreas October 1, 2016 at 4:17 pm .

    only certain apps will give you the option to change the storage place, others , mostly the native apps will not offer that option. The ones which do, as you pick them in the settings–app option , will show the ” change” button and show you where the apps is currently stored and the ” move ” button. This on marshmallow, on a moto g 3 gen.

  10. MLD
    MLD October 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm .

    Before the upgrade I had the option available to move a lot of the downloaded apps to my sd card. Now when I follow the steps above I don’t get the screen to move to the sd card for those same apps. I don’t want to format my card as internal storage. It appears this upgrade was more of a downgrade! HELP!! I have a Moto G3. Thanks!

  11. Joy
    Joy November 12, 2016 at 12:49 pm .

    When I click on the app, I don’t see d ‘change’ button…… What do I do?

  12. hasir
    hasir November 22, 2016 at 4:14 am .

    Does this work? I mean when I move a app or a game to sd card, it only shows like it is being moved. But when I check the storage nothing is changed. All the game data or app data is still in the internal storage.

  13. ashishkarpe@gmail.com
    ashishkarpe@gmail.com November 28, 2016 at 7:29 am .

    In samsung j2 6.0.1 there is no option to CHANGE from internal to external. How do I get that option?!

    1. ashishkarpe@gmail.com
      ashishkarpe@gmail.com November 28, 2016 at 8:10 am .

      I formatted that sd card from my mobile n it worked for me

      1. ashishkarpe@gmail.com
        ashishkarpe@gmail.com November 28, 2016 at 8:41 am .

        bad news it is working only for few apps n specially not for whatsup n heavy apps 🙁

  14. Derek Jones
    Derek Jones December 25, 2016 at 6:21 am .

    So, actually, for most users you can’t transfer apps to the SD card in any version of android.
    So why is this claimed as a solution to the problem?
    When are Android going to sort this out?

  15. Damien
    Damien December 31, 2016 at 3:59 pm .

    Hi, I see the option to change from Internal to SD however after I move it nothing changes. 2.5 GB and it only takes 10 seconds to move. The app is still in internal and taking up the same amount of space although it now reads “external storage used”

    this happens with every App

  16. Mario
    Mario January 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm .

    Useless. If that option was there, we wouldn’t be here. Using ADB is the best way to achieve the result of moving apps to SD, but is cumbersome and requires a computer.

    I’m running CM13 on a Galaxy S5 with the appropriate kernal, I’m not rooted due to Pokemon Go, but don’t have the option to move either way.

    Clearly this is not your fault, but this article will only upset most that come here looking for a solution. (Read the comments if you think I’m wrong.)

    I recommend anyone having trouble to look up how to move apps using ADB.

    1. Mateus
      Mateus March 2, 2017 at 1:40 am .

      Best comment here =)

  17. Gar
    Gar February 7, 2017 at 3:33 am .

    Doesn’t work anymore as usual Google making things way more difficult and frustrating than necessary.
    I formatted my sd card as internal memory but now it seems to have been reverted back!
    Ridiculous and extremely annoying.

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