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Making the Most of Your SD Card


Subra from Malaysia wants to save some of the onboard space on her phone.  Subra writes “I have a Samsung Galaxy grand Duos I-19082 phone. The phone memory is almost full. However, space on SD card is hardly used.  How do I transfer the applications etc to start from and save to SD card? I just want to free up the phone memory, without losing any usability of apps. Thank you for your help.”

Hi, Subra.

Thanks for the great question.

Moving your apps to your SD card is one way to save space on your phone, and Android actually makes it very easy to do this.

The first thing that you’ll want to do is go to your settings and open your APPLICATION MANAGER.  Sometimes this is also simply called APPS, depending on which version of Android you’re running.


Click on APPS or APPLICATION MANAGER and choose the app that you want to move.  If the box that says “move to SD card” is grayed out, then you can’t move it.  If it isn’t, then just tap on that and it will automatically move your app.

If you open this app in the application manager again, the box will now say “move to phone”.  That’s all that there is to it!

Another great way to save some space on your device is to make sure that your camera is set to save photos to the SD card instead of internal storage, which is also a pretty easy fix.  (Screenshots are from my Galaxy Tab 4 running Lollipop. Your screens may look slightly different, but the instructions still hold.)  Please note that if your phone doesn’t have an SD card slot, or if you don’t have an SD card installed, then the card option will either be absent or will be grayed out.

First, open your camera app.  Once it’s open, choose the SETTINGS option, which usually looks like a cogwheel.


That will open your settings for you.  You may have to tap on another cogwheel to open up the general camera settings, the tab of which is noted here with an arrow.  Once you do, choose STORAGE or SAVE LOCATION or whatever your particular device has, and choose CARD, MEMORY CARD, EXTERNAL CARD, SD CARD or whatever your particular device displays.  I’ve seen all of these on various Android devices.

I hope that this helps!

~ Randal Schaffer


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3 Responses to “Making the Most of Your SD Card”

  1. Rose says:

    What a great informative post…Thank you.

  2. BRENDA MARHON says:

    This did not work on my Android Samsung On5, I believe it is Marshmallow. The only choices in Applications Manager is Disable and Force Stop. Since I am constantly maxing out the phone memory to the point where it won’t download emails or phone messages, it is disappointing that the only thing I can save on the SD card I bought is photos. And I only have very few apps and no data or music stored.

  3. Randal says:

    Hi, Brenda.

    I did a quick Google search for “Move apps to SD card Samsung ON5″ and was able to find the instructions. I hope that this works for you!


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