How to use SD memory as internal memory in Android

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Convert memory card to internal memory

SD memory cards are definitely the best and most useful option for storing important data. These portable storage devices are used in smartphones, tablets, DSLRs, etc. SD cards are available in different sizes 2, 4, 8, 64, etc. Although Android smartphones nowadays provide enough space for data storage, the demand for SD memory cards is still high and users often use them to store long videos or high quality photos.

The memory cards SD can be used to store apps and games files. By default, Android stores APK files in internal storage and data files in SD memory card . APK files are actually software installer files (usually games and applications) on the Android operating system. By downloading these files, you will no longer need to access sites like Google Play. This means that when using apps and games, Android uses both internal and external memory.

But you can save APK files to SD memory cards . In fact, Google introduced a feature called ‘Adoptable Storage’ with Android Marshmallow 6.0. This feature solves problems related to the use of internal and external memory in Android.

What is the ‘Adoptable Storage’ feature in Android?

This feature allows users to use the SD memory card as internal storage . Yes, you got it right! You can use your SD card as internal storage. This means you can now install APK files directly on SD cards.

To use the SD memory card as internal memory in Android , follow the steps below, this way you can turn the SD card into internal memory in your Android smartphone .

How to convert SD card to internal memory in Android

Step 1: First, insert the SD memory card into your Android smartphone.

Step 2: Then, open Settings and tap ‘Storage’.

Step 3: Tap the SD Card and tap on the three vertical dots in the right corner of the screen.

Step 4: Now tap on ‘Storage Settings’.

SD memory card as internal memory

Step 5: In the next step, tap ‘Use as internal storage’.

SD memory card as internal memory

Step 6: On the next screen, you have to tap ‘Erase & Format’.

SD memory card as internal memory

Step 7: You will now be asked to move your data to a new memory. You can select ‘Move now’ or ‘Move later’.

SD memory card as internal memory

Step 8: After these steps, tap ‘Done’ to complete the data transfer step.

SD memory card as internal memory

Well done. If you want your SD card to become a removable memory again, open the storage option and tap the SD card. Now tap on ‘Format as potable’ to get your SD card back to its original state.