How To Move Apps From Your Android Phone To An SD Card


Wouldn’t it be nice to download all available apps on Google Play to your Android phone? Of course, it would! Then again, you most likely have very limited internal memory.

While you have access to a sea of apps, you can’t take them all home with you. You can, however, go with the next best thing – get an SD card with an insanely large memory!

That way, you can download (and store) more apps than your default storage allows.

Why Do You Need To Move Android Apps?

As I just mentioned, you would want a phone with a large memory. Sadly, most Android phones aren’t built with that.

Most of them are only designed with 8GB worth of storage. 8GB may not seem so bad for a few days. But months (and even years) of that small a memory somehow defeats the purpose of having an awesome phone at all.

Luckily, most Android developers are aware of this. This is why they created SD card storage slots! This way, you can transfer some apps and end up expanding your phone’s memory.

How To Move Apps Using The Application Manager

If you were able to download some apps before a problem with your internal memory surfaced, good for you. But you might want to move them now.

  • First, go to Settings.
  • Next, go to the General tab.
  • Then, choose Applications.
  • Choose a specific app from the list.
  • Select Move to SD card.

Example Of An App Moved To The SD Card

Here, I chose Airbnb’s app.

The move was successful because I checked Application manager -> SD CARD. And there it was!

From now on, all of its data will be stored on my SD card. No longer will it take up space on my internal memory.

How To Use An SD Card As Internal Storage

If you don’t want to settle for just the apps on your phone, good news is headed your way. You can also use your SD card as internal storage.

This is also the better solution as you move forward. Even if you don’t download lots of apps from Google Play, your phone’s memory can still run out soon.

Do you take many pictures and videos? If you do, they also consume a lot of space. But with your SD card as an internal storage system, you won’t have to worry about this again.

  • First, go to Settings.
  • Then, go to Storage.
  • Next, head over to Storage settings.
  • Switch the storage space for each built-in app. To do this, click the arrow on the left. Make sure that instead of Internal storage, it should say External storage.