How to Move Android Apps to an SD Card?

- June 16, 2020


How to move apps to a microSD card


in this article we are going to talking about how to transfer apps mobile to memory card The warning “Out of memory” when trying to install a new application on a smartphone means that all these games, photos and 4K videos finally did the trick. Using a microSD card is a good way to free up space in the phone’s memory by moving some of the content onto it.


t is always worth remembering that memory cards are slower than internal storage, so it needs fast and voluminous. You will need the fastest microSD, at least class 10 or UHS-I, and preferably UHS-3. If the system determines that the microSD is too slow, a warning message about performance degradation appears.












    6 Best ways to transfer applications to a memory card

    Use internal storage

    Starting with Android Marshmallow, changes were made to the processing of memory cards by phones. Now they can be used as internal storage - Android will consider the card as an extension of the internal memory. But this method has a big drawback: the flash drive will be encrypted, so it can not be placed in another device (unless formatted again).






    Let's get started! First back up your important data, and then insert the USB flash drive into your phone. When a notification about a new SD card appears, select “Install”. Next, you need to choose how the phone should use the card: Phone Storage (on Android 9) or Use as Internal Storage (in older versions). If this menu does not appear, go to Settings > Storage .





    At the next stage, select Format SD Card or Erase & Format - the system will offer to transfer all files, including applications, to the card. Android OS will also show how much space you save. Click the Move Content button to start the migration. This feature is called Adoptable Storage and it requires you to always have microSD in your phone. Any data on the card will be erased when it is formatted as internal storage.


    Unfortunately, not all devices with a microSD slot support this feature: Motorola, Huawei and Nvidia connected Adoptable Storage, and Samsung and LG removed it.


    move app Android 5.0 Lollipop to sd card

    Lollipop has less reliable microSD support than later versions of Android. In addition, in this version, not all applications can be ported.







    • Go to Settings> Apps and select the application you want, 
    • then click the Move to SD Card button . 
    • The button will be unavailable while the transfer is in progress, so do not do anything until the process is complete.
    •  As soon as the transfer is completed, the information will be updated and it will be shown how much the application takes up space on the map and in the internal memory.





    Android 7.0 Nougat



    • Go to Settings> Apps. Scroll down to find the application you want to move to the map and click on it.
    •  Select "Storage". If it supports transfer to the card, you will see the “Storage used” section. Click the button labeled “Change,” 
    • select the location where you want to move the application, and click the “Move” button.

    Android 9.0 Pie

    If the phone does not support adaptive storage, then you can transfer applications to microSD manually.


    • Go to Settings> Apps & notifications> App info. 
    • Find the application you want to transfer and select Storage> Change> Virtual SD-card in the Change storage dialog box . On the confirmation screen, click Move .
    •  To move it back to the internal storage, repeat the steps, but in the last step select Internal shared storage . 
    • You should always do this if you want to change or remove a flash drive!.





    Transfer via Link2SD

    This is necessary when the phone does not support transferring to an SD card. Apps2SD is a popular application for these purposes, like FolderMount , but both require root privileges . We will consider Link2SD , which can work as root-rights, and without them. And it can be used not only for mass transfer to a USB flash drive, but also forced (even when it is prohibited by the system).


    Launch Link2SD and give it root privileges if your phone is rooted. Then select the application you want to transfer and select the Link to SD Card option . The Link to SD Card (Data and Cache) option transfers application data and its cache, but requires root privileges. To immediately transfer more than one application, click the menu button in the upper right corner and select the Multi-select item . Now click on all the applications you want to transfer, go back to the menu and select the option you need: Link to SD card or Move to SD card .

    The Move to SD Card option does not require root privileges, but it will only work if your phone supports the transfer to external storage function. If you have root privileges, you can force the transfer of applications that initially did not allow this. But some of them may stop working after that.





    What applications can I migrate?


    Learn this will help AppMgr III from Sam Lu Tools. With it, you can “freeze” applications using Freeze apps , hide them using Hide Apps and move the Move app option to the SD card .

    AppMgr III at the first launch will show on the Movable tab which applications can be moved to a USB flash drive and which cannot.