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The Galaxy S7 has a microSD card slot, but doesn’t support adoptable storage

In addition to water resistance and the slew of hardware changes that the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge come with, one that stood out for us was the addition of a microSD card slot. However, a new revelation has found that both flagships are lacking ‘Adoptable Storage’, which is a feature that was included by Google with Android 6.0.

This basically lets you merge the internal storage with the microSD storage, while encrypting the card so that it functions just like a native storage module, allowing users to install apps as well as store regular media. The downside to this is that users cannot use the microSD card with other devices as it is encrypted to work only with the source device. This is precisely why Samsung has left it out as well.

Here’s what Samsung said when asked about the omission – “Samsung decided not to use the Android Marshmallow “adoptable storage” model. We believe that our users want a microSD card to transfer files between their phone and other devices (laptop, tablet, etc), especially the photos and videos they shoot with the camera.”

Unfortunately, Samsung has also decided to sell only the 32GB model in some major markets, so those who need a lot of internal storage for large games and apps might be a bit disappointed. It is important to note that fellow South Korean manufacturer LG has also left out this feature with its recent G5 flagship, so this could be an industry wide practice going forward. The Pure Edition Moto X however is an exception to this.

Do you think Samsung should have included this feature with the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge?

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jetiandresito
jetiandresito

Until they have UHS-I interface compatible SD card readers in their flagship phone it is ridiculous to join the two memories! The SD card reader in my S9+ was not even able to reach the 104 MB/sec limit offered by the UHS-I interface. I measured 68 MB/sec R/W speeds with a premium SD card which was able to reach over 220 MB/sec read speed in a laptop which had the UHS-II interface (the one with the two rows of pins.) They should change the outdated and slow card reader first before they even think about this option. (My internal storage… Read more »

Michael Lauinger
Michael Lauinger

This is an absolutely horrible choice on the part of Samsung, and they should also educate their vendors to inform customers if they are going to do this. My Verizon vendor help me I would be able to you put apps on the SD card, and now I found out that I have just an expensive doorstop. My Note 4 Edge is still the best phone out there. 32 gigabytes fills up in almost no time especially when the operating system fills up a large part of it. Since they don’t have multi-terabyte drives in phones yet, it’s always a… Read more »

manuellj1979
manuellj1979

A mi personalmente, me gustaría poder usar mi sd samsung pro plus 128gb como adoptable ya que para eso la compre junto a mi s7 edge.
Así que por favor habiliten la opción y que seamos los usuarios los que decidamos.

gbswales
gbswales

This is all very confusing. I thought that the SD card was being utilised as it was before – ie where all my apps are on the internal drive but with the ability to move large data files that the apps use, to SD. So for example a Navigational app would be installed on internal storage but the map files kept on external SD. Similarly photo editors would be able to open photos from gallery stored on SD and then save them back to external SD as unencrypted data. I cant imagine that anyone would want to run apps from… Read more »

jrumi
jrumi

I would like to point out that the internal (UFS) memory is much faster than any MicroSD card can possibly be by today’s standarda (which can’t be overcome since the hardware in the phone is fixed: you can’t upgrade bus). Merging the two storages would result in uneven and mostly unpredictable performance not counting the different effects of wear and tear on the two kind of memories and the fact that if the (usually less reliable) MicroSD fails, the phone would become unusable and need to be reinstalled from scratch. Do you still believe that it was a bad choice… Read more »

FuturePilot
FuturePilot

This is a really stupid move on Samsung’s part. Did they not realize that the first time you insert an SD card into a 6.0 device it will ask you which way you want to use it which also includes a warning that if you configure it as adaptable storage it won’t be usable in other devices if they’re so concerned about people being able to transfer files between their phone and computer? I pretty much never remove my SD card. Set it and forget it. If I need to transfer a lot of files that’s what the USB cable… Read more »

zero2hero
zero2hero

you are right, the same for me! 😉 i cannot understand samsungs decision not to hand this feature…

Nine54
Nine54

I know a lot of enthusiasts complained about the lack of MicroSD in the S6 line, but I still question how many S5 owners leveraged expandable storage. I supported Samsung’s decision to remove it in the S6 line and, in some ways, bringing it back feels like a step backwards. I appreciate folks’ need for more storage and the affordability issues for phones with larger internal drives, but MicroSD is relatively old and sometimes unreliable technology. I would have rather seen USB-C. In any event, I think the adoptable storage issue is a great example of why OEMs continue to… Read more »

zero2hero
zero2hero

i think the adoptable storage should be a feature for the s7 lineup! buyers can decide their own, to use this feature or not on card setup. i hope, samsung will hand this feature in an later update! PLEASE SAMSUNG GIVE US ADOPTABLE STORAGE and stop patronise your customers!

maccyb
maccyb

It was a good move. I use the cloud anyway, but my wife who will get one of the new phones, likes to copy her photos and scans onto her laptop and move music onto her card. An encrypted Micro SD card that only works within the phone would be virtually useless for most people. For anyone who needs so much space to hold games, I say, you have too much time on your hands, get a job already! 😀

gbswales
gbswales

I think the comment about “getting a job” is somewhat irrelevant, and more than a little patronizing. Some people want to simply replace some of their PC usage with a mobile device. For example I have a fairly good video editing suite on my Note edge but because of the changes google made, it cannot work properly unless you save the video you want to work on, to internal storage. (to be more accurate it wont save back to the external card, overwriting the older version) Modern phones produce good HiDef videos and editing/saving one of these may be more… Read more »

harinsheth
harinsheth

Most worst step … going to sell note 4 and will buy moto phones if note 4 will not have adoptable storage

To idiot samsung, if some one do not want then he will turn off that feature manually ! No need of you to turn off for all users !

Also note 4 have 32 gb and 24 gb only usable i have 64 gb sd card and i cant move most of the games.. waitingwaiting for android M for only 1 feature and they idiot are not including with fake saying that its for transfer .. ! WTF.

TheSparda
TheSparda

So why not release a 64 GB option at least in some of those major markets like the USA? Samsung is not very bright. Who makes such decisions? 32 GB option only is a silly move on their part. I can use the SD card to store photos and vids, but there are people like me who also have tons of apps on our phones. I was disappointed that the note 5 was limited to 64 GB, but now we cannot even have that option on the S7/S7 edge in the country that I live? Looks like iphone 7 is… Read more »

Wilksie
Wilksie

People are angry Samsung remove the SD slot on the S6. Samsung put the SD slot back in the S7 and it works just as it used to and they are angry again. Seriously? Android added a feature in the time the SD card slot took a break from Galaxy’s. It’s not an ideal as it creates more problems than it solves. It’s back how it was… Chill. Just be happy the phone I’d back to how it once was. The new feature isn’t all that amazing so be thankful Samsung removed omitted a feature that would cause more headaches.… Read more »

TheSparda
TheSparda

Just be happy you say? So we have to accept mediocrity and be fine with it, and companies can keep giving us less and less, while charging you $$$. I appreciate the SD card feature, but limiting the phone to 32 GB option only in the USA when in the past you have bigger base storage options? That’s a downgrade to me. I am one of those people who have tons of apps including graphically intensive games on my phone. 64 GB was barely enough for me. It’s like samsung listened to us, but with 1 ear only. I heard… Read more »

skccs
skccs

I read that the LG G5 removed the “adoptable storage” feature too. As you wrote, this should tell us something about the possible problems. Why buy a s-series premium samsung-phone with ufs memory and slow it down to a a-series phone with an sd-card. Just get your Galaxy A7 and let us others have fun with a speedy S6 or S7.

gbswales
gbswales

This is what is not at all clear – Does the SD card work exactly as it did before? Before I could move the largest portions of some apps to the external data card without them becoming encrypted to the device. Now it looks to me as if I have to accept using adoptable storage before doing this which is not “the same as it was before”. The anger about the changes to SD cards which led manufacturers to drop the SD slots should have been directed to google more than samsung. Incidently if anyone really wants to risk using… Read more »

Thedy01
Thedy01

That adoptable storage is a dumb feature. I used it with CM13 on my SGS5 and it started to boot much slower… like 4x the time with normal storage and no i do not own a cheap sd card, im using a Samsung EVO class10 32gb card.

vic1010
vic1010

Sometimes I wonder how Samsung thinks She can Just Think for Everyone and Nail it Right. Google Included this Feature in their Latest Version of Android for a Reason. The Best Thing Samsung could Have Done is make it Optional for People who Want to use this Feature. And Educate her Users/Customers about how to Maximise or Take Full advantage of this Feature. More so Using SD cards in This Manner Doesn’t Disable the Internal Storage, It only makes it Usable for only the Device it’s Assigned to which is Exactly what most Power Users Want. They Wanna Move Apps… Read more »

nur sweet
nur sweet

pleas firmware j2..

warlockba
warlockba

Hm, I remember there was a flyer of Samsung’s M Features even in an article on Sammobile (if I remember correctly) where this particular feature was on it. Sad they will not support it though …

j2001m
j2001m

It’s because it does not work with ufs, there is no way you can go down from ufs to sd card as your main HD,must never going to work

jamieridler
jamieridler

I never take the card out of the phone, if I want to transfer something I use either wifi transfer or a USB/microUSB memory stick I keep on my keyring. Would have loved this to be a setting you could turn on or off yourself, which ever way you wanted it, rather than having Samsung make one choice and force it on everyone.

AquilaSol
AquilaSol

And you should be very, very grateful for that. Because Adoptable Storage doesn’t ‘merge’ the external and internal storage, it REPLACES it.

If you use Adoptable Storage, the internal storage is disabled. Now, imagine how well that is going to go with all the idiots who buy cheap microSD cards…. Their phones would brick every other week, and they’d all blame Samsung for their own stupidity.

preime101
preime101

utter hogwash, it does nothing of the sort. I have it running on my Nvidia K1 tablet and it hasn’t lost a single byte of storage using it. Shame it seems to greatly affect the running of apps with most games now barely stuttering along, even with a fast card.

eHoolie
eHoolie

I believe it was a wise choice. It adds options for swapping out cards, and safety since cards do fail once and a while. What kind of errors would be produced if adoptable storage was used and the card failed for some reason?

Blood Wolfe
Blood Wolfe

How about this Samsung, stop thinking you know what everyone wants because last year you took away 2 major features and now 1 is returning (microSD slot) so to say “We believe that our users want a microSD card to transfer files between their phone and other devices (laptop, tablet, etc), especially the photos and videos they shoot with the camera” is ridiculous! Is it so hard to keep that feature and allow users the OPTION to pick how they want to use their SD cards? It’s implemented by Google so why spend the effort to remove it when some… Read more »

AquilaSol
AquilaSol

Because the average user is a technologically handicapped idiot who will use a cheap, crappy MicroSD card in an 800 quid device, and then bitch to Samsung because their devices keep bricking within a week.

THAT is why they removed the option.

hot_spare
hot_spare

Note to everyone: Using microSD as Adoptable storage option makes your SDcard NON-removeable.

1. It formats the card as soon as you select adoptable storage option.
2. You can’t remove the card, the card has to stay in the phone always.
3. Huge performance disparity between microSD and UFS, you are likely to face performance issues if you start using it for app data.

Using microSD as adoptable storage is very bad choice.

GIBbeerSKY
GIBbeerSKY

Without this feature whole Marshmallow loses sense for me.

edismehmedali
edismehmedali

I’m kind of worried about the 32gb… right now I have a S6 with 128gb and I’m loving it

davidatscpc
davidatscpc

I currently have a 32GB HTC One XL, and ran out of app storage (7.5GB 6 months ago). Unless I can get a 64GB version, or Samsung allows adoptable storage in the future, they have lost my sale 🙁

ahmad570
ahmad570

Is there any chance of a dualsim variant along SDcard slot of GS7?