How to Transfer Phone Storage from Internal to External

I’ve been a proud Android user for some years now and I don’t know what I would do without my precious external storage. Not only is it useful to free up some space so that your phone runs faster, but it also keeps files portable so they can be used on more than one device.

We’ll be talking about three methods to transfer your storage. The first two describe the process of selecting certain files or apps and moving them to the SD Card, while the last one is about making the above-mentioned methods automatic.

However, you might be required to install some other application to help you with transferring.

Related: Android File Transfer

So let’s see what this is all about!

Method 1: Moving Apps to SD Card

For this, you will need an Android version above 4.2 and also the developer of the application has to have made this option available.

So first, let us show you how to check if this option is available for you:

Step 1: Open your phone’s settings

This should be in the menu of your phone.

Device Settings

Step 2: Go to Applications, Apps or Application Manager

It should be under the Applications Management tab. It might not be this exact name, depending on your phone, but it will be similar.

Installed Apps

Step 3: Select an application

Pick one that you want to move to the SD card and tap it.

There should be an option called “Move to External Storage”,  “Move to USB Storage” or “Move to SD Card” – they all do the exact same thing.

However, if this option is not available, you will need an app mover. The application that I use is Link2SD.


This app helps you quickly see which apps can be moved to your SD card. This might be easier, to the less experienced user, for moving apps from one storage type to another.

Method 2: Moving Files to SD Card

This is quite similar to moving an application, except that almost all files can be moved and you don’t need additional apps. So let’s see:

Step 1: Go to your File Manager

File Manager

This should be in your phone’s menu.

Step 2: Select the file that you want to move and tap “Move”.

File Selection

Step 3: Select your SD card and then the folder you want to move the file in as a destination.

Storage Path

There, congratulations, you have successfully moved your file!

Method 3: Set SD Card as Default Storage

This method will help you automatically save the files and applications that you download and install directly to your external storage so that you don’t have to manually move them afterward. If you have no SD card installed, everything will be saved to your default internal storage.

So how do we do this? Let us show you!

Step 1: Go to settings

Just like in the first method, the settings are available in your phone’s menu.

Step 2: Tap on Storage

That should be under the System & Device tab and then go to Storage Settings.

Storage Tab

Step 3: Now, select the type of files you want to automatically be saved to your SD Card

Those types were available on this phone, on yours they could be slightly different.

File Selection

Step 4: This is the final step.

All you have to do is select “External” as the type of memory you want your files to be saved in.

External Storage

To Wrap Things Up

Those were three methods for transferring your files and applications from your internal storage to the SD card. This is useful if you want to prevent your phone from running low due to lack of space or just want to keep your files well-organized and portable.

So what method did you chose? Or did you try all of them? Let us know in the comments below!

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