Using an SD memory card as internal memory
Before proceeding with the setup, transfer all important data from your memory card somewhere: in the process it will be completely formatted.
Further actions will look as follows (instead of the first two items, you can click on “Configure” in the notification that a new SD card has been detected, if you have just installed it and such a notification is displayed):
- Go to Settings. Storage and USB drives and click on the “SD card” item (On some devices, the storage settings item can be found in the “Advanced” section, for example, on ZTE).
- Select “Configure” from the menu (button on the top right). If the menu contains the item “Internal memory”, immediately click on it and skip item 3.
- Click “Internal Memory“.
- Read the warning that all data on the card will be deleted before it can be used as internal memory, click “Erase and Format”.
- Wait for the end of the formatting process.
- If at the end of the process you see the message “SD card is running slowly”, this indicates that you are using a Class 4, 6 memory card, etc. really slow. It can be used as internal memory, but this will affect the speed of your Android phone or tablet (such memory cards can work up to 10 times slower than regular internal memory). It is recommended to use UHS Class 3 (U3) or at least U1 memory cards, about ordinary Class 10 cards your phone may report that they are not fast enough.
- After formatting, you will be prompted to transfer data to a new device, select “Transfer now” (the process is not considered complete until the transfer).
- Click Finish.
- It is recommended to restart your phone or tablet immediately after formatting the card as internal memory. press and hold the power button, then select the “Restart” item, and if there is no such item. “Turn off the power” or “Turn off”, and after turning off. turn the device back on.
This completes the process: if you go to the settings “Storage and USB drives”, you will see that the space occupied in the internal memory has decreased, on the memory card. increased, and the total amount of memory has also increased.
However, the function of using the SD card as internal memory in Android 6 and 7 has some peculiarities that may make the use of such a possibility impractical. this is the corresponding section of the manual.
How to format SD memory card as internal memory (example for Android 9.0)
On the latest version of Android, all the steps for converting a microSD memory card into an internal one are almost the same, but just in case, I will describe the steps separately and give screenshots (do not forget that all data from the memory card will be deleted in the process, take care of saving important files) :
- On your smartphone go to Settings. Storage. And then click on the item “SD card”.
- Click on the menu button in the upper right, select “Storage settings”, and on the next screen. “Internal memory”.
- Read carefully what will happen and, if you agree, confirm formatting the memory card as internal memory. Wait for the process to complete.
- To transfer data (those that can be transferred) from the internal memory to the SD memory card, open the menu in the storage options and select “Transfer data”.
This completes the procedure. All the features of operation and the method of returning the memory card to the mode of operation as a portable storage remain the same as for previous versions of Android.
Features of the memory card as an internal memory of Android
It can be assumed that when an M memory card size is attached to the Android N internal memory, the total available internal memory should become equal to NM. over, approximately this is displayed in the information about the device storage, but in fact everything works a little differently:
- Everything that is possible (with the exception of some applications, system updates) will be placed on the internal memory located on the SD card, without giving a choice. But the internal memory continues to be engaged: not all data and not all applications can be placed on the SD card.
- When connecting an Android device to a computer, in this case, you will “see” and have access only to the internal memory on the card. The same goes for file managers on the device itself (see Best File Managers for Android).
As a result, after the moment when the SD memory card began to be used as internal memory, the user does not have access to the “real” internal memory, and if we assume that the device’s own internal memory was larger than the MicroSD memory, then the amount of available internal memory after of the described actions will not increase, but decrease.
Another important feature. when resetting the phone, even if you removed the memory card from it before resetting, as well as in some other scenarios, it is impossible to recover data from it, more about this: Is it possible to recover data from a formatted SD memory card like internal memory on Android.
SD card as Android internal memory
If your phone or tablet on Android 6.0, 7 Nougat, 8.0 Oreo or 9.0 Pie has a slot for connecting a memory card, then you can use a microSD memory card as the internal memory of your device, this feature first appeared in Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
In this manual. about setting up an SD card as an internal Android memory and about what restrictions and features are there. The process is shown first for 7.0, then for the latest version of Android 9. Please note that some devices do not support this function, despite the required version of Android (Samsung Galaxy, LG, although there is a possible solution for them, which will be given in the material). See also: How to clear internal storage on Android phone or tablet.
Note: when using the memory card in this way, it cannot be used in other devices. i.e. remove and connect it via a card reader to the computer will work (more precisely, read the data) only after complete formatting.
Formatting a memory card for use as internal storage in ADB
For Android devices where the function is not available, for example, on Samsung Galaxy S7-S9, Galaxy Note, it is possible to format the SD card as internal memory using ADB Shell.
Since this method can potentially lead to problems with the phone (and it may not work on any device), I will skip the details of installing ADB, enabling USB debugging and running the command line in the adb folder (If you do not know how to do this, then. perhaps it is better not to take it. And if you do, then at your own peril and risk).
The necessary commands themselves will look like this (the memory card must be connected):
- adb shell
- sm list-disks (as a result of executing this command, pay attention to the issued disk identifier like disk: NNN, NN. it will be required in the next command)
- sm partition disk: NNN, NN private
After formatting is complete, exit the adb shell, and on the phone, in the storage options, open the “SD card” item, click on the menu button in the upper right and click “Transfer data” (this is mandatory, otherwise the phone’s internal memory will continue to be used). At the end of the transfer, the process can be considered complete.
Another possibility for such devices, if root access is available, is to use the Root Essentials application and enable Adoptable Storage in this application (a potentially dangerous operation, at your own risk, do not perform on older versions of Android).
Installing a memory card in Samsung J3
This process is quite trivial. remove the cover, take out the battery and insert the card into the correct slot. The main thing is not to overdo it with removing the back cover and not to break the SIM card slot by inserting a micro SD drive into it.
We find a notch on the back of the smartphone that will allow us to access the inside of the device. Under the removed cover, we will find the hybrid slot we need.
Slip a fingernail or something flat into this depression and pull upward. Pull the cover until all the “keys” come out of the locks and it comes off.
We take out the battery from the smartphone using the notch. Just pick up the battery and pull it.
We insert the microSD card into the slot indicated in the photo. An arrow should be marked on the memory card itself, which will let you know which side it needs to be inserted into the slot.
The microSD drive should not completely sink into the slot, like a SIM card, so there is no need to try to push it through using force. The photo shows how a properly installed card should look like.
We put the smartphone back and turn it on. A notification will appear on the lock screen that a memory card has been inserted and you can now transfer files to it. Simply put, the Android operating system says that the phone is now endowed with additional storage space, which is completely at your disposal.
This is how you can install a micro SD card into a Samsung phone. We hope this article helped you solve the problem.
Points to remember when transferring data to a memory card
As you know, the memory card (or SD card) is an important functional element of today’s phones, allowing them to expand their data storage capabilities. Support for memory cards is built into the functionality of the Android operating system, allowing from version 4.0 to save the data we need to the phone’s memory card.
|Speed class||Each of the memory cards has its own speed class. Using an SD card on Samsung without the proper class can be convenient if it is used as a basic storage for the data we need.|
|Incorrect storage selection||Advanced features such as HD video recording, moving files or applications can lead to slowdowns, crashes or errors in the phone. If you encounter similar problems when working with SD, get a faster card.|
|You can choose any volume||You can purchase SD from 4 to 512 GB, insert it into your device, and save the data you need on it. It is important to familiarize yourself with the technical characteristics of the phone to understand the maximum amount of storage it supports.|
Below we will provide instructions on how to move files (photos, videos, applications, etc.) to an external card for Samsung phones based on Android 7.0 OS and later.
How to transfer to a memory card on Samsung: photos, applications, data
As you know, the smartphones we have purchased begin to work more and more slowly over time. The pile of applications, service files, photos and updates consumes more and more system resources, which leads to a slowdown in the device, the appearance of various crashes and freezes. This also applies to Samsung phones, which are reliable and functional, but also lose in speed and stability over the years. An effective solution to the problem is to free up free space, which can be achieved by transferring files from the phone to the SD card. Below we will analyze how to transfer the necessary data (photos, applications) in Samsung smartphones to an external memory card, and what is needed for this.
Moving Files to SD Card on Samsung
To save your information to a memory card in Samsung, do the following:
- Open the My Files application;
- Select “Internal Storage”, and navigate to the files (directories) that you want to move to the memory card;
Installing a memory card
- In order to install a memory card on the device, you will need to find a connection slot for this part on the phone itself. As a rule, it is located on the panel of the gadget, on the side.
- Then the selected map is loaded here, which is suitable for the user in terms of volume.
- It is necessary to check how thoroughly the part is fixed in the slot. If all is well, an expressive click will be heard.
As a rule, nothing else needs to be done to detect the memory card by the telephone. However, there may be exceptions.
How to install and enable a memory card on your phone
The common question of how to turn on a memory card on a phone is of interest to many owners of mobile devices, on which there is very little free space for storing useful information.
What to do if the memory card is not detected
Reading information from a working memory card is often a real problem. What to do if, as a USB device, it is not visible and does not appear at all on the device?
If such an add-on is installed on the mobile phone, then the difficulties can be solved by using a card reader. This device is a true universal adapter.
Its work is focused just on reading information from various memory cards.
Then the memory card is removed from the mobile phone and loaded into a special device. After the adapter is connected, the information will be displayed in a folder called “my computer”.
As a rule, after data manipulation, the card begins to interact perfectly with the phone itself. However, for safety reasons, it is still recommended to transfer data from a mobile device to a PC.
Among other tips, it is worth noting that many experts recommend purchasing a memory card that will be the largest in terms of volume.
If you have a Samsung phone (Android 9 or higher)
For Samsung smartphone owners, changing the location of saving files is as easy as shelling pears. The settings are changed through the standard browser installed on the phone by default (usually Chrome). Actions:
- Go to the phone menu and find the classic browser (the name “Internet”);
- Click on the 3 vertical buttons in the upper right corner and go to the menu;
- Click “Settings” Websites & Downloads;
- Select “Where to save files”;
- Select “Memory Card”.
- From now on, all downloads will be automatically placed on the SD card.
If you have a Samsung Galaxy, but the method did not work, it may be due to the fact that:
- you are using a non-standard browser,
- there is no SD card in the phone,
- you do not have an original Samsung phone, but a fake.
Transferring files to SD card
To free up space, transfer data from the internal memory to a USB flash drive. For this
- go to the “Files” folder
- select the subfolder of interest (photos, videos, documents, etc.).
- Press on the file and hold your finger for a second until it is highlighted.
- Mark one by one all the photos / videos / audio that you want to move to another location or click “Select all”, if there is such an item.
- Click the Move button.
- In the new window, select “Memory card“, and then. a specific folder.
- Wait for the data transfer to finish.
- Repeat the procedure with the rest of the information in the same way.
How to save photos and videos to a memory card on Samsung?
Most of the space in a smartphone is taken up by photos and videos, which quickly accumulate on the internal memory and slow down the operation of the device. The ideal option is to immediately dump the files to your computer. But this is not always possible due to lack of time. This is why transferring data to an SD card is one of the best solutions.
Before saving a photo to a memory card in Samsung, you need to insert an SD card into your phone. Next, the device should request information about changing the storage location for the photo. This happens the first time you turn on the camera. If the corresponding inscription does not appear, take the following steps:
- Go to the Settings of the Camera section (gear view).
- Find the line Storage location (by default, photos and videos are stored in the phone).
- Click on this line.
- Select SD card.
- Make sure you make the right choice.
From now on, the Samsung smartphone will save the photo to the card. Note that the manual refers to the standard Camera program installed in the device. If using an additional application, the setting may vary. The advantage of transferring to an SD card is that in the event of a failure on the smartphone, important data is saved and can be transferred to a PC at any time. But there is another risk that the data on the SD card will be lost due to damage to the flash drive itself.
Here we lose the ability to move applications to the memory card (This common rumor was reserved only for marshmallow cards formatted for internal memory).
Naturally, if you get root rights, almost everything can be changed, it is difficult to do this in Android 6.0.
If the SD is used as internal memory, this leads to the loss of access to the integrated one and the ability to store only programs and their data (mandatory, if you have ROOT rights, you can bypass this) and SD becomes invisible in other devices (since it is encrypted).
How to Save Files from Internet to Samsung Memory Card
If nothing is done, videos, pictures, music and other data downloaded from the browser are saved in the internal memory of the device. As a result, it fills up quickly and the device malfunctions. This situation can be easily corrected if you know how to set up saving to a memory card in your Samsung phone.
Let’s consider the situation for the preinstalled Internet program (OS Android 9.0). To save data to SD card, follow these steps:
- select the location to save the files;
On Samsung with Android OS version 5 to 8, to save data to the card, do the following:
- select the Settings and Advanced section;
- go to Content Options or Default Storage;
Now you know how to save files to your Samsung memory stick. But keep in mind that the instructions are only relevant for the firmware. The specified settings may not be available if another browser is configured or the smartphone does not have an SD card.
But it’s not a problem. For example, in the Google browser, to change the save path, just go into the program, click on the three dots at the top and select the Downloaded files section. There, click on the gear icon at the top and change the location of the data. A similar principle applies to other web browsers.
Instructions for Android devices marshmallow 6.0 and higher
In older versions of Android, the SD memory card worked as both portable and removable storage. On devices from Android 6.0 Marshmallow and above, a feature called Adoptable Storage has been added. Thus, when you insert an SD card into the device, the system will automatically add up the internal memory and SD card capacity and display the total memory.
The advantage is that all apps are automatically installed to the SD card. As a result, there will be no need to move applications manually.
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- Insert your SD card, open the notification shade and tap “Configure”. You can use the SD card as portable storage or as internal storage. If you select the function “Use as internal storage”. then the system will format the SD card and then integrate with the device.
- After that, all data on the smartphone will be installed on the memory card by default.
However, using such a function will fully integrate the SD card with the internal memory, and now it will not work with other devices. This means you can’t just pull it out and plug it into your computer to download music, photos or videos from your computer.
Be sure to back up any data or information on your computer before choosing the “Use as internal storage” option, as Android will completely format the SD memory card.
It is worth noting that at any time you can go to the settings in accordance with our instructions above and transfer applications from the SD card back to the internal storage.
How to transfer information from phone to memory card
Sometimes the internal memory of a smartphone can be clogged not only with applications, but also with photos and downloaded files from the Internet. Users simply forget about these files, which are not particularly important.
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If you do not want to delete the downloaded information, you can transfer it to the SD card in a separate folder.
You can transfer multimedia files to your smartphone through the explorer. You can also use the Total Commander application. The program is available for download on the Play Market.
Smartphone setup procedure
First, you need to physically place the SD card in the SIM card tray of your smartphone, which, as a rule, has a special place for installing a MicroSD card. Then push the tray inside the smartphone until it locks into place.
Then, after turning on the smartphone, launch the Phone Settings application.
Screen. click on the “Settings” icon on the Home screen.
On the main page of the Phone Settings, you need to enter the “Memory” section.
Screen. click on the line “Memory”.
In the “Memory” section after installing the SD card in the phone, in addition to the main subsection “Internal memory”, a new subsection “SanDisk Memory Card” will appear.
To change the save location of the downloaded information on your smartphone, you need to click on the item “Save location by default”.
After that, a small window will open. It has now been determined that the default save location is “Internal Memory”. We want to define a new location for storing information. “SanDisk Memory Card”. To do this, click on the line “SanDisk Memory Card”.
Screen. at the very bottom of the screen, you need to click on the “Default save location” item. Screen. click on the line “SanDisk Memory Card”.
The phone will ask you to confirm our intention to switch the storage location by clicking on the “SWITCH” button. You need to click on the “SWITCH” button.
Screen. click on the “SWITCH” button.
After that, the smartphone will reboot the operating system.
Next, we need to go back to the “Memory” section of the Phone Settings.
Now the main default save location is “Memory Card”.
Screen. view of the “Memory” section “SanDisk Memory Card”.
Appmgr iii (app 2 SD)
The most popular application that allows you to transfer almost any application to your SD memory card. It should be noted that the application does not require root access, which is especially important for inexperienced users.
In addition, AppMgr III is feature rich and provides many other useful features.
- Download AppMgr III application, wait for automatic installation (takes 2 to 5 minutes).
- Now open the AppMgr III application and wait for the list of installed applications on your phone to load. After that, click on the application you want to move, select “Move”. and then in standard android functionality move the app to SD card.
- Reminder! Do not move or block applications if you do not know what it is for and what functions it performs. Some apps may seem out of place, but are critical to other aspects of the device. Basically, be careful not to touch apps you haven’t installed.