To get more space on our Android smartphone we can pass files and applications to the SD card. The process is simple, although it may seem a bit complicated at first. Although before starting it is necessary to know some concepts, such as partition, as well as some application like corrupted SD card recovery software, will be necessary. Let’s go to the mess!
Having a slot for microSD cards gives us many possibilities and is a great place to make backup copies of our files, photos, applications and others. Even Lollipop was like having an extra place of memory, something like a USB stick for a computer, but with Marshmallow things changed. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is able to use the SD card as a direct extension of the phone’s internal memory (as long as the manufacturer does not remove this option from the final software).
How to save photos directly to the micro SD card
How to use native microSD support from Android 6.0 Marshmallow onwards
Native support for the microSD card is one of the best features that Marshmallow has brought to Android. The configuration is very simple. With this step we will be able to install applications and directly save the photos we take with the camera.
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With Marshmallow you can use the SD natively
Warning: To use a microSD card as internal memory it is highly advisable to have a class as high as possible (Class 10, UHS 1 or UHS 3). The speed of the internal memory will always be greater than the speed of the microSD card. Be careful when passing applications to the microSD card as it can slow down its execution, especially in the case of heavy applications such as games.
Format the microSD card as internal memory from Android 6.0
Insert the microSD card into the slot. Enter Settings> Storage and USB where the removable memory that we just entered will appear. Clicking on it will display the folders it contains. In the upper right part of the drop-down menu that appears when you press the three point, choose ‘Settings’. Once inside select ‘Format as internal’.
Format the card as internal memory
Formatting will erase all data on the card, so first make a copy of the data you do not want to lose. Once finished the process will ask us if we want to directly pass the photos and some applications to the card. I recommend selecting ‘Transfer later’ and choose calmly to transfer.
Pass applications to run from the microSD card from Android 6.0
Once prepared the micro SD card to use it as an internal memory expansion we can completely pass applications to it. Enter the information of the application that you want to move from the application drawer by pressing it on it and release it on ‘application information’.
Within the information of the application click on ‘Memory’ and here you can see where it is. Press ‘Change’ to move it from the site. Choose the SD card and confirm with the move.
Run applications directly from the microSD card
Once saved in the microSD card will run from there, without taking up space in the internal memory of the smartphone. If you remove the card you will also be unable to use the application and its icon will appear in grey tones.
Extract the APK file from an application to the SD card
For this we need an application on our Android, of the ES Explorer type, this is a file explorer. Now we download APK applications to our computer. Once done, we connect our smartphone through the USB cable. We copy the APK file from the computer to the Downloads folder (SD card/downloads) of the card. Now, from our smartphone we can access the microSD card through the aforementioned application. We enter the Downloads folder, select the APK file and we will install it.
Hopefully, the tips above can help you.