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How To Move Apps To an SD Card

Free up some space by shifting things across with this guide

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on July 15, 2024
How To Move Apps To SD Card
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While the latest phones come with plenty of storage space, the more photos, music, and apps you accumulate, the less storage space you will have. If you own an older device, then this storage space is even more scarce. Just because you are running out of memory, doesn’t mean you need to fork out a lot more money on a new phone.

It is possible to move some of your apps across to an external memory card, and several Android devices even have micro SD card slots that will give you more storage space. This article is going to show you how you can move your apps across to an SD card on Android, and how you can free up space on your iPhone by transferring certain files over.

1

Move Apps to an SD Card with Android

Step

1

Insert the SD Card into the phone

Begin by inserting the SD card into the phone.

Step

2

Go to Settings

Go to ‘Settings’, and then select ‘Apps’.

Step

3

Tap on the app

Tap on an app you would like to move over to the microSD card.

Step

4

Go to Storage

Go to ‘Storage’, and tap on ‘Change’ (you may not see the ‘change’ option, which means you won’t be able to move this particular app).

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5

Tap on Move

If you do this option, then you can move it to the SD card. Tap on ‘Move’, and it will move to your external SD card.

Repeat this process with the rest of the apps you want to move over.

2

How to Move Files to an SD Card for iPhone

While iPhones do not have a MicroSD slot in their phones, you can still transfer files over to an SD card as long as you have a MicroSD adapter.

This adapter will need to connect to both your iPhone and the SD card in order for you to be able to move files across.

This short guide will show you how you can transfer files across, such as photos and videos, which will free up a lot of space on your phone.

Step

1

Plug in your SD card

Plug your SD card into your adapter, and plug your adapter into your iPhone.

Step

2

Open your Gallery

Open up your photo gallery, and tap ‘Select’.

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3

Select photos/videos

Then, tap on any photos or videos you would like to move across.

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4

Transfer files

Once you’ve selected the items, tap on the ‘Transfer’ icon located on the bottom left of the phone screen.

Step

5

Select Save to Files

Select ‘Save to Files’ from the menu that appears, and you will be able to see your SD card from a drop-down menu.

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6

Select Save

Tap on it, and select ‘Save’ and the items will then save to your SD card.

Final Thoughts 

Knowing how to free up storage space on your phone is essential in order for it to keep working properly, as your phone can begin to glitch if it is becomes too full – especially with older models. 

When it comes to Android phones, if compatible with a MicroSD card, all apps may not be able to be transferred over. If this is the case, moving over some photos and videos will free up some space.

The same goes for iPhones and files that are able to be moved across. Juist don’t forget that you will need an adapter.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.