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Add Storage Space to Your Fire HD Tablet with a microSD Card

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Amazon’s latest version of its tablet line, the Fire HD 10, comes in 32 and 64 GB models. It’s good to see these devices come with more local storage, but when it comes to downloading content to enjoy while offline, the more space the better. The cool thing is you can add a microSD card, up to 256 GBs, for enough space to add high-quality movies and TV shows.

Install MicroSD Card Fire HD

Installing a microSD card on the Fire HD 10 is a straight-forward process. First, uncover the SD card slot that’s located on the side perpendicular to the power button.

microSD Slot Fire HD 10

Insert your microSD card into the slot and once it’s recognized, you’ll get a message letting you know that anything you download from this point forward will be saved to the card. That includes most apps except the ones that need to be installed on the internal storage of the device.

1 Fire Detected microSD

You can change which items are downloaded and stored on the card, though. Head to Settings > Storage and tap your SD card. There you will see a list of different file types like videos and pictures. Choose which ones are stored on the card by toggling the setting on or off.

3 Choose Items Stored on SD Card

From here you can also erase the card to clear up all of its space or stop any apps running from it so you can safely remove it.

4 Remove or Erase SD Card Fire HD

If you ever need to know how much space is being taken up on your SD card or local drive, go to Settings > Storage. With a glance, you can see how much space you have left. For example, I added a 64 GB card and have about 53 GBs available. Note that here you can free up space by archiving things that haven’t been used in a while.

Tap the drive and you can get a deeper look the type of media that’s taking up space. The data files are broken down into different categories like Movies & TV, Apps, Books, Music. Similar to how you can see what’s taking up space in iOS.

Fire HD 10 Storage Breakdown

By adding a decent size microSD card to your tablet, you can download movies and TV shows at a high quality for the best viewing experience.

download quality

If you’ve already downloaded content to the tablet, you can move it to the SD card. For apps head to Settings > Apps & Games > Manage All Applications. Tap the app you want to move and then tap “Move to SD Card” button. To move previously downloaded videos, books, you need to delete them from your device first and then re-download to the microSD card.

Move App to SD Card

It’s also worth mentioning that managing space on other modern Fire Tablets is essentially the same software wise. The way you pop in your SD card varies a bit on each model, though.

Having the extra storage space is great for those times when you’re on a plane or anytime Wi-Fi isn’t available. If you are a Prime member, you can download Movies and TV shows from Amazon Video. You can also download Netflix content to watch offline. Then load up your SD card with a healthy amount movies, TV, books, movies, games, and music to enjoy while on-the-go.

How much digital content do you load your Fire HD tablet with? Leave a comment in the section below and let us know your story.


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