How to Transfer Apps to an SD Card (2023 Guide)


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At times, apps and files can occupy a significant amount of space in the internal memory of your Android phone. To free up space, you have the option to either delete unnecessary content or transfer them to an external storage device like an SD card. In this guide, we will explain how to move apps to an SD card on Android.

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Please note that while the method provided here is generally applicable, the exact placement of menu items may vary depending on your Android version and user interface.

For Android versions up to 6.0:

  1. Open the “Settings” menu.
  2. Select “Device” or a similar option.
  3. Tap on “Applications” (you may need to click on “All apps” later).
  4. From the list that appears, select the desired app.
  5. Inside the app menu, locate and click on the “Memory” option.
  6. Tap on “Change.”
  7. A window named “Change storage location” will appear. Select “Memory card.”
  8. Finally, press the “Move” button.
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For Android versions after 6.0: Moving apps to an SD card on Android Marshmallow version 6.0 and above follows a slightly different process. You can still use the first method mentioned above, which works for smartphones running any version of the operating system. However, there is a second method available for file transfer on Android 6.0+.

For Android 6.0+ with Adoptable Storage (or Flex Storage):

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Select “Storage.”
  3. Choose the SD card from the available storage options.
  4. Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner.
  5. From the menu that appears, select “Storage settings.”
  6. Press “Format as internal storage.”
  7. Choose “Erase and format.”
  8. Click on “Move Now” and select the apps you want to move.
  9. Tap “Next” and proceed.
  10. Finally, press “Done.”
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If you didn’t have an SD card in your phone before and want to enable Adoptable Storage:

  1. Insert the SD card into your phone.
  2. Wait for the message “New card detected” to appear on the screen.
  3. Press the “Configure” button located below the alert.
  4. Select “Use as internal storage.”
  5. The formatting process will be performed automatically.
  6. After formatting, the system will prompt you to transfer files now or later. Choose the appropriate option and click “Done.”


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Once Adoptable Storage is enabled, the SD card becomes part of the main storage and cannot be removed and inserted into another device easily due to partition formatting peculiarities. PC systems may not be able to read these partitions.

To revert the SD card to its original state (e.g., for transferring files between PC and smartphone via the SD card), follow these steps:

  1. Insert the SD card back into your smartphone.
  2. Open the “Settings” app.
  3. Select “Storage.”
  4. Choose the SD card.
  5. Tap on the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner.
  6. Select “Storage settings.”
  7. Press “Format as portable media.”
  8. Confirm the action by pressing the “Format” button.

It is important to note that reformatting the SD card will separate it from the shared storage and convert it into a standalone drive, allowing you to transfer files between a PC and smartphone as before.

Please keep in mind that the specific steps provided are based on general settings found in Android, but the exact process may vary slightly depending on your device’s manufacturer and Android version.

How to Transfer Apps to an SD Card on Honor Devices

While the first method mentioned above is generally effective, there are cases where moving an app in this way may not be possible. The option to move apps to the SD card may be disabled by default by the developer. In such situations, an alternative method can be used, which involves enabling automatic saving to the SD card. This configuration ensures that all subsequent app installations are automatically saved to the SD card.

To achieve this, follow the steps below:

  1. Activate automatic saving to the SD card:
    • Access the device settings.
    • Locate the option for “Storage” or a similar category.
    • Enable auto-save to the SD card.
  2. Move the desired app to the SD card:
    • Remove the app from the main internal memory of the smartphone.
    • Download and reinstall the app. It will now be automatically saved on the SD card.

Additionally, if you want to install apps directly to the SD card on an Honor device, you can follow these steps:

  1. Access the device settings.
  2. Navigate to “About phone” or a similar section.
  3. Tap repeatedly on the “build number” until the developer mode is activated. The activation message will appear at the bottom of the screen.
  4. Go back to the main settings menu.
  5. Select “For developers” or a related option.
  6. Enable the feature to save apps to an external drive.

Please note that these steps are specific to Honor devices and may vary for other Android smartphones.

How to Move Apps to an SD Card on Xiaomi Devices

To move apps to the SD card on Xiaomi devices, follow these steps:

  1. Access the device settings.
  2. Select the “Applications” or a similar tab.
  3. Open the desired app from the list.
  4. Tap on the “Storage” option.
  5. Choose the “External Storage” or similar option.

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We hope that these methods will assist you in efficiently and securely transferring and saving apps on your Android device.

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