It happens to me all the time, I find an app that I really want, but it’s several megabytes in size and I’ve already got a notification saying low storage. These notices really get annoying, especially because your phone probably still has space available, just not on your internal storage, but likely on your MicroSD memory card. Now there are some exceptions, there are a few Android phones on the market that don’t actually come with an external storage option like the Nexus S, but then again that phone has 16 gigabytes of internal storage, so this how-to probably isn’t needed for users with this kind of space available. For the rest of us, there is still hope. I’ll show you have easy it is to free up space on your internal phone storage by utilizing a nice feature called Move to SD card which became available for devices running the Froyo version of Android OS (version 2.2), which was released about a year ago.
What you’ll need:
- An Android phone running version 2.2 or higher. Go here to help on finding which version of Android you’re running.
- A MicroSD card, which typically comes with your device, so chances are this is already in your phone. If you want to add even more storage to your phone, oftentimes you can get a larger capacity MicroSD card, but you’ll want to make sure your device can handle that. For tips on choosing a MicroSD card check out this article.
Start by Tapping the Menu button on your device then Tap Settings.
Scroll down and Tap Applications.
Next Tap Manage applications
From here Tap the All tab at the top. This will show the full list of your apps. You can now scroll down and find ones you want to move from your internal storage to the MicroSD card. I usually look for ones that are over one megabyte as these are the ones that make a difference.
As an example, I’ll Tap on the Angry Birds app which is showing a size of 2.71 megabytes.
Now if you see a button that says Move to SD card, this means two things.
- You have an SD card.
- This app is currently residing on internal phone storage.
If you see the button but it’s greyed out, this means that the app doesn’t support this Move to SD feature.
Another option you might see other than Move to SD card is to Move to the USB storage. This typically would be a good indication that you don’t have an option for an external SD card.
Go ahead and Tap Move to SD card, and you’re done! It’ll take several seconds to complete and now you’ve offloaded this app to the SD card.
Example of an app that doesn’t support Move to SD card.
This is an easy trick to help keep your internal storage clear so that your phone doesn’t slow down or keep annoying you with notifications about low storage.
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