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Move apps to SD card

No more space on the internal memory of your smartphone? That's annoying, but not the end of the world. With many Android smartphones, you can use a external microSD card expand. Often it is apps that eat away the internal memory. Regardless of whether flea market apps, budget book apps or postcard apps: just put them on the SD card!

Save apps on the SD card: Here's how it works

Before you buy a microSD card, first check that your smartphone has one accepted at all. While the memory of iPhones cannot be expanded, for example, other manufacturers are more open. Once you have set up the microSD card, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the "Settings" app on your smartphone.
  2. Go to "Apps". You will now see a list of the apps that you have installed on your Android smartphone.
  3. Navigate to the app you want to offload and tap on "Storage".
  4. Under "Used memory" you can see where the app is currently stored. If the internal storage is displayed here, tap on “Change” and select the microSD card to move your apps to the SD card. The process shouldn't take longer than a few seconds, even with large apps.

There are differences in every mobile phone and every app

There is so much variety in Android phones that it is difficult to give one general guide. The manufacturers often add to the operating system through its own interface. With Samsung, moving the apps to the SD card may work differently than with a Sony or Huawei phone.

Also note that not every app can move. Google services and apps that are system-relevant or preinstalled often cannot be moved. You can usually see this from the fact that there is no "Change" button next to the specified storage location in the details of the individual apps in the settings. You cannot transfer these Android apps to the SD card.

You can use some apps only partially to the microSD card. The information your smartphone needs to start and run the app then remains on the internal memory, other data of the app can be transferred to the SD card.

You should at a later date Updates run, depending on the smartphone, it may well happen that the respective app jumps back to the internal memory. In this case, you simply move the app to the microSD card again.

Move all apps to the microSD card at once: that's how it works

With some Android smartphones - including various Sony models - you can use all apps and data or certain types of data (e.g. music or photos or apps) in one fell swoopmove. If this option is given on your smartphone, the whole thing works as follows:

  1. Open the "Settings" app on your mobile phone and navigate to the "Storage" menu item.
  2. In the “Miscellaneous” area, tap on the “Transfer data to SD card” option.
  3. Now the options “Photos”, “Videos”, “Music” and “Apps” should appear. Put a tick next to the data you want to move and then tap on "Transfer".

The process can easily take a few minutes - depending on the amount of data.

It's even easier with special apps

If you find it too cumbersome to move all apps individually to the SD card, you will find various apps in the Google Play Store, who support you.

One of the best known is Files that comes from Google itself. The data management app can not only clean up your storage space of old and superfluous files, but also helps you move apps and other files quickly and easily from the internal storage to the microSD card.

AppMgr III (App 2 SD) is also ideal if you want to move several apps to an SD card at the same time. The only catch: In order to be able to use the app, it is necessary that you root your smartphone.

And this process is not entirely safe. In the worst case, the so-called "hard brick" can occur, which means that your smartphone will be in this case irreparably damaged. Many manufacturers also void the device warranty if you perform a root process. This is because the intervention changes the basic structures of your smartphone.

If you decide to use the app anyway, here's what to do:

  1. First open the app. You will be shown all tools that can be moved to an external memory card. As mentioned above, this is unfortunately not possible with all apps.
  2. Select the apps you want to move and confirm by tapping "OK" - done.

Store apps on SD card: free up your storage space!

  • In the settings of your Android smartphone you can move some or all of the apps to a microSD card.
  • However, this does not work with all apps: Above all, Google services and system-relevant programs must remain on the internal memory.
  • With “Files” from Google, you can move your apps to the SD card even more easily.

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Lisa used to explain the latest gadgets to her little brothers. Not only does she know a lot technically, she also knows where the best pizza can be found in Hamburg.