How to install apps directly to your SD card


NSYour smartphones are almost everything to us. We watch news, movies, football matches and record videos with them. We also download and store large amounts of books in it. We also install other applications that help us in our daily activities.

With all these things in our phones, a large part of their memory will be occupied leaving little or even no space at all. This makes the phones slow down and the slowdown makes it very frustrating to use. But to avoid all that, you can download apps directly to your SD card.

An SD card or Secure Digital card is a type of removable memory card used to read and write large amounts of data in a variety of portable electronic devices, cameras, smart devices, etc.


To install apps directly on your SD card, you can try these different solutions or even go ahead to expand your phone memory to make space.

Set SD Card as Internal Storage


If your device does not support moving apps to a micro SD card after installation, there is a feature that allows you to format the micro SD card to act like an added internal storage. Not all devices with a micro SD slot support this feature and some brands like Samsung and LG have removed it from their newer models of phones. It is also known as rooting.

To get the best results in this:

Take advantage of the fastest SD card you can place manually. You can check with Carlcare service centers for the highest quality, warranty-covered SD cards that will give you optimum performance.

Also note that any information already on the SD card will be formatted or erased and you can’t use the SD card on another device unless you reformat it.

Once you remove this SD card from your phone, the functionality of your app will be affected.

Here’s how to do it:

Run Settings > Go to Storage and tap on it > You will see RAM, Internal Storage and Memory Card > Select your SD card by tapping on the three vertical dots (menu button) in the right corner of the memory card > Select Format as Internal.

For some devices, you may have to select storage settings before you find the option to format as internal.

After selecting the format as Internal > Click Erase & Format

If the system sees that the micro SD card is too slow, it will prompt you with a warning that it will degrade performance. You can choose to continue or stop and try again with another SD card.

Press Move Now (to start moving your files and apps to SD card) > Click Done when done

Your SD card will now be listed under the shared internal storage and the system will use it as additional internal storage in the future when you want to install apps.

Use Application Manager to move apps from internal memory to SD card

If you can’t install apps directly on your SD card, you can go ahead and install the app on your internal memory, then move to your SD card. However, this is not found in all devices and also does not apply to all applications. You can try this if you don’t want to bother how to install android apps on SD card without rooting.

Here are the steps to move apps to SD card on Android:

Go to Settings on your phone > Navigate and select Apps > Select the app you want to move to the SD card.

Click Storage > Click Change > Click Transfer

If you don’t see the option to change storage, the app cannot be moved. This is the developers’ choice and it means that such an app aims to offer some features that cannot be run from an SD card. Try another app, but if none of the apps gives you this option, your device does not support this feature.

Change the default storage to SD card

Let’s have a look at how to install apps directly to SD cards from google play store, by changing settings and setting SD as default memory. Keep in mind that this solution is not applicable to all Android devices. It works on those running Android 4.4.2. They usually have limited internal storage, so larger apps need to be installed on the SD card.

Make sure that a compatible SD card is inserted into the device

From the home screen, tap Settings > Navigation and tap Storage > Check to turn on the SD card, and set the SD card as the default storage location.

From the main screen, click on File Browser open > Navigate and select apps > Choose a specific app to install > Click OK to install the app to the SD card

Using a third-party app manager

A third-party app manager is an app that manages other apps. You can easily get one from play store

Launch the Google Play Store

Type application manager in the search bar. This will give you a list of third-party app managers that you can choose from. Some third-party app managers are free while others are premium, do some research and decide. Two of the apps that got quality ratings are File Manager 4.7 stars and App Manager 4.3 stars.

Install your favorite option

Whatever app you choose, you will have to grant the permissions the first time you launch it.

It’s easy to use and navigate and you can then use it to move apps from one location to another.

Use Android Studio and Android SDK to configure your phone to automatically install apps on your SD card

If you want to use the Android SDK to install apps directly on your SD card, you’ll start by installing the SDK app. This is a small program that allows your computer to communicate with the Android operating system. This means that you need a computer to implement this solution. This is also a very technical process so you need to follow it carefully.

You can download the app to your phone by searching for Android SDK in playstore and choosing the preferred option.

Also download and install the Google Android SDK on your computer.

Once downloaded and installed, connect your phone to your computer using a USB charging cable

From the options, select File Transfer

On your phone, launch Settings > select Developer options > scroll down and tap USB Debugging

On your computer, open the Platform-tools folder and open a CMD window inside the folder. (If you are on Windows it may be located under a folder like this: C:UsersUser1AppDataLocalAndroidSdkplatform-tools)

Type “adb devices” to display all connected devices > type “adb shell pm set-install-location 2” to set the installation location to an external SD card in this case.

Type “adb shell pm get-install-location” to display the location where the apps are installed

If you see 2 [external] In the CMD window, you are all set. If you don’t, try again.

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