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Official Galaxy S9 Android Pie update doesn’t include Adoptable Storage support

Samsung’s final version of Android Pie that is rolling out for the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ does not come with support for Adoptable Storage. The feature was found in the leaked Pie firmware for Snapdragon Galaxy S9s in the US, suggesting Samsung could finally bring it to Galaxy smartphones. It didn’t actually work in the leaked firmware, and the official Pie update does not include the feature at all.

Adoptable Storage was introduced to Android with Android Marshmallow, allowing users to format a microSD card and use it as extended on-board storage. Samsung chose to exclude it on its phones, citing that the feature is useful for mostly budget devices with low internal storage. Samsung’s been offering plenty of internal storage on even low-cost phones in the last year or two, so Adoptable Storage is much less of a necessity here in 2018.

It’s also worth mentioning that Adoptable Storage formats a microSD card to make it work as the internal storage, and using that card as a standard microSD card with other devices also requires formatting. Of course, one can argue that such a useful feature should be offered by Samsung even if it isn’t a great alternative to high internal storage, and we’d agree. Perhaps budget Galaxy phones eligible for Pie might include Adoptable Storage, but we will need to wait a few months before that can be confirmed.

As it stands, Android Pie for the Galaxy S9 doesn’t have Adoptable Storage, and chances are slim that the company will change its stance with future Android upgrades.

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Nowonmai
Nowonmai

Personally, I had rather hoped it had included adoptable storage. Not being a noob, I know to not get the cheapest thing on the market , and if there’s an issue with the phone, to check the SD card first. I take photos PRO version, which means DNG files. They automatically save to the device, NOT the SD card. That can end up chewing up a lot of space, or taking up a lot of time shifting them all from the device to the SD card.

tailgunner9
tailgunner9

Never have I used SD card for apps. I use it to store pic, video that I take with the camera, also Music. So I hope you still can do this with Pie on the S9????

woody365
woody365

If they give me adaptable storage I sure hope they give me the option to turn it off!

utvic99
utvic99

Adoptable storage sucks. Nowadays budget phones have at least 16GB of internal storage, where apps can fit just fine for an average user. If you put your microSD to act as internal storage on a 16GB storage phone, chances are that it’s a cheap card, which most probably means a really really slow card, considering you didn’t have enough money for a better phone anyway. Which means that, because all your apps are on your microSD card, the performance of your already slow phone would be even worse, because the internal storage (made by today’s UFS standards, gets better with… Read more »

jamsterdm
jamsterdm

Absolutely brilliant of them not including it. I work in mobile retail and it causes no end of bloody issues.

tswfootball
tswfootball

I think this is a smart move. A lot of people will enable adoptable storage without realizing what it implies.
When their phone slows down or apps crash(because of apps on a old or cheaper sd card) do you think they’ll realize it’s because of the sd card? No they’ll think its the Samsung device.

Sd cards should be limited to media files(i.e. photos/videos/music) like it is now.
because it adheres to what most people are familiar with when it comes to external storage.

Shenoysiddhant
Shenoysiddhant

Well speaking of slow performance just like apple egen Samsung had been caught slowing down phones

Biransahin
Biransahin

Adoptable Storage…. Wow that’s a blast from the past Abhijeet! Haven’t heard that mentioned since the days when 32gb was considered HUGE on a smartphone! It’s not really a thing now. Putting Android system apps on to an SD card wouldn’t be good for the speed of the phone and there’s a possibility, though very slim, of bricking a phone if the SD card fails, which actually happened to me on an old Nexus device. But it was my fault. Google did actually warn about the danger at the time. I didn’t listen..

sharkyslo
sharkyslo

I am wondering, if it is possible to upgrade from Oreo to Pie via Recovery mode on S9+… Because there is still no OTA update in Slovenia…

jasmin071
jasmin071
sharkyslo
sharkyslo

Maybe do you know, which version should I install? I am on G965FXXS2BRK3 right now…

Gunter2
Gunter2

Once it’s G965F as yours is, you can pick whatever country you want. I’d always go for the very latest one so you could use Turkey or Netherlands which just arrived today or yesterday….just make sure after you unzip it you will see two similar files CSC and CSC home. always use the CSC home, to keep all your apps and data and passwords…

locarno
locarno

What a stupid idea.
Use ODIN.

sharkyslo
sharkyslo

So, there is no way to install via Recovery mode?

locarno
locarno

No. Only Download mode and flash with ODIN.

Biransahin
Biransahin

If you have the G965F version, just download the software from our great friends here at Sammobile and use Odin to flash it. Recovery won’t do it. It will just reinstall Oreo.

sharkyslo
sharkyslo

Thank you. Thank you to you all. I wish you all nice holidays. 🙂

Gunter2
Gunter2

Adoptable storage was good to have in the past when phones had only 8gb ,16gb or even 32gb storage. Now phones are coming with 64gb, 128gb and 512gb there is tons of room for apps and lots of storage for media and documents with the added micro sd card if it’s even needed by most. It’s not really very important plus having system apps on an SD card only slows down the phone. Completely unnecessary.

Biransahin
Biransahin

My words exactly. I had it on my old 16gb Nexus. It was good in the days of old when on board storage was so small. Now it’s not needed and as you say will just make the phone run more slowly and it can be risky too having a system app on a Micro SD card if the card fails you can have serious problems as I experienced.

Gunter2
Gunter2

Of course. I never thought of that. An sd card based system app failure could be a disaster.

tariq123
tariq123

I have get release date android pie for samsung Galaxy Note 9

zizibuba
zizibuba

You should learn some proper English first so people could understand you because I have no idea what you just said. If you just wanted to get a date when Note 9 will get Pie, this is not the place and you should have used a question mark.

tariq123
tariq123

No how get release date android pie for samsung Galaxy Note 9 how time

Biransahin
Biransahin

It will arrive in January or February 2019. Unlocked phone probably January, carrier phones, February.

uphobia
uphobia

nasaboh kecek lagu tu.. tok pehe butir abok pong.. gaponyo oyak tau.