How to make your SD Card default storage on Android

How to make your SD Card Internal Storage on Android

We have seen that a lot of Android phones have a typical error that says “storage space running out” which is a very annoying error that all the phone owners using Android have faced.

This also means that when the error comes, the phone does not allow you to install any new applications on the phone and that means all the work gets stopped.

Now, the problem comes when we want to install a new app and have to remove some of our installed apps. But the issue is that we do not want to uninstall our existing apps but also install new apps.

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In order to make your SD card the default storage on Android, you will need to format your SD card in order to make it compatible with the format that your phone recognizes as internal storage.

The reason why we need to make our SD card default storage on Android is that most of the budget Android phones are limited in internal storage space.

They have either 16GB or 32GB internal storage space and we tend to need a lot more space these days.

In that case, we can always upgrade an SD card so if we add a 64GB SD card to our phone then our internal storage space becomes 64GB and we can upgrade that later on if needed

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How to make your SD Card default storage on Android?

How to make your SD Card internal storage on Android devices
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Now, it is quite simple to make your SD Card as default storage on your Android device but do make sure that you are running Android 6.0 Marshmallow on your phone or higher version.

This is because the method we are talking about was introduced with Android 6.0 and later so all the phones running current versions of Android will be compatible with this method.

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So let’s get started with the actual method:

  • Go to Settings on your phone which can be opened via the app drawer or you can also open it via notification pull-down and click on the Gear icon at the top-right.
  • Inside the Settings, you will have to go to the Storage option and click on it.
  • Now, you will see two options of your Internal Storage and your SD Card.
  • Click on SD Card and then tap on the three-dot menu and choose the Settings option from the menu.
  • This will take you to the SD Card Settings and you need to select “Format as Internal” 
  • Now, you will be asked to confirm your selection and click on “Erase and Format”
  • After this, your SD Card will be formatted and converted into the internal storage of your device.
  • Once all this is done, reboot your phone and you will see that your SD Card has now become your internal storage.

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Note that the SD Card will be erased during the process so it is better to keep the card blank so that no data is lost during the process of converting it to internal storage.

Rob Smith

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