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Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge tip: How to move apps to the SD card

One of the major features of Android 6.0 Marshmallow is adoptable storage, which formats and encrypts a microSD card to work as part of the internal storage. It basically lets you increase the size of the internal storage, and the biggest use of this feature is having more space for installing apps, which can only be done on the internal storage on Android. Samsung, unfortunately, hasn’t implemented adoptable storage on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge (or on Marshmallow for other devices), but it continues to offer the option to move apps to the external storage.

This is the same option that has existed on Samsung devices for long, but the way you move apps to the SD card is somewhat different on Marshmallow (and the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge). How do you do it? Well, just follow the steps below. Keep in mind that it’s up to individual apps to support moving to the external storage, so the steps below can only be applied on apps that do enable the option.

Step 1: Head into your phone’s settings, then tap the Applications option. On the next screen, select Application manager to see a list of all your installed apps.

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Step 2: Then, find the app that you want to move to the SD card, and click on its name in the list.

Step 3: Here, below the Uninstall button, tap on the Storage option.

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Step 4: If your app supports moving to the SD card, you should see a CHANGE button on the screen that pops up after you select Storage in the above step.

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Step 5: Tap the CHANGE button, then select SD Card. This will bring you to the export menu, where you can hit the MOVE button at the bottom to start moving the app to the SD card.

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That’s it! Once done, simply hit the back button to go back to the applications list, or hit the home button to go to the home screen. Do note that Android doesn’t support fully moving an app to the SD card, so some of the app’s data will continue to reside on the internal storage. Taking out the SD card at any point might make these apps stop working, so if you are ever swapping your microSD card for a new one, make sure to move each of the apps back to the internal storage before doing so. Then simply repeat the above steps to move those apps to your new SD card.

Having issues with this? Let us know in the comments and we will help you out the best we can. Don’t forget to check more of our Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 tips to get the most out of your device.

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xiaoxia
xiaoxia

Nice sharing. Vibosoft Android Data Manager allows you to effortlessly move apps to SD card in a batch.

wesamelmaksoud
wesamelmaksoud

This is the worst procedure to do such a simple thing. So STUPID that a Galaxy J3 have a simpler way of transferring apps to External Storage while the infamous S7 Edge has it in a more complicated and non-simple way at all. In J3 all you need to do is navigate to Applications Manager then slide to the right (SD Card), you’ll find a list of all the apps that can be transferred to the SD Card and next to them a check box showing those have been transferred already (CHECKED) and those you can transfer (UN-CHECKED). A little… Read more »

RebDovid
RebDovid

It’s not working for me. I have an S7 with a 200GB Sandisk SD card on which I have music and am able to save photographs from the Camera. But I’m unable to move apps.

I’ve tried two methods: (1) SettingsApplicationsApplication Manager, then choose an app, StorageChangeChange Storage Location, change from Internal storage to SD card. It goes directly to Export [name of app], but nothing happens. (2) SettingsStorageInternal StorageUsed SpaceApps, choose an app, Change, change from Internal storage to SD card. It again goes to Export [name of app], but again nothing happens.

jorjake
jorjake

not working for me, i moved 4 over 1GB games on the sd card, in application manager the apps apears ojn the external storage, but there is still no space into internal storage, the apps are still there.:(

Bufferzz
Bufferzz

But i dont have that option. I wonder why.

lapje
lapje

So, it will only help a little to keep enough space on the internal sd card. As noted it will not always move all data to the external card. So like many games which will download more data next to the basic app will stay on the internal card. This means e.g Fifa 16 which will download around 1 GB extra will stay on the internal card. 🙁 .

j2001m
j2001m

Nope, if it can be moved to sd card, then it moves all of the app or game over in full, unlike the s5 or s4

Throwaway69
Throwaway69

I made an account just to tell you that you are wrong. I own S7 Edge and it only moves less than 20% of the app to sd card, rest stays on main storage!