Users carry a lot of data in their smartphones for day to day usage. And this is precisely the reason, phones with microSD memory cards are in demand. Although manufacturers provide enough space, still there is need to expand memory. Now the catch is that most of the apps and their data go into internal memory by default. However, you have the option to store files in external memory apps and their data continue to clog internal space.
Today, we are going to discuss that how you can use your microSD card as a real memory extension and install apps on it? You can do this by simply format your microSD cards as internal memory. It would be much better if you are using Android device running on Marshmallow or above as it will surpass the restrictions applied by some manufacturers.
Some users reported issues while installing updates. Hence it’s advisable to take backup of your files before formatting microSD SD card as internal memory.
However, there is a problem reported with Android 6.0 when a microSD card is formatted as internal memory, apps can be completely stored on it. Unfortunately, some smartphone manufacturers have omitted the menu option to format SD cards as internal memory for their Marshmallow variant. Still, with some trick and tweaks, you can still do it by the following method
1. Needless to say, the first backup all data you have on the microSD card. Go to Settings> tap 5 times on the build number to enable USB debugging on your device.
2. Download and install the quick Android Debug Bridge package, or, alternatively, the whole Android SDK on your computer;
3. Connect your phone with the USB debugging option active, and in the command prompt on your computer, type ADB shell
4. Key in sm list-disks, so that the phone can display the particular disk ID of your card.
5. If you want to use only part of the memory card for Adoptable Storage, and the rest for shuttling files back and forth, you can split them in half with the command sm partition disk:179:160 mixed 50, where 179:160 is whatever disk ID was displayed in the previous step.
6. It will be less problematic to use the whole card in Adoptable Storage mode, though, so you can simply type in sm partition disk: 179:160, or whatever your disk ID numbers are, and then wait for the lengthy merging process to finish;
That’s it, when you go to Settings>Storage, you won’t find the SD card option, but all storage will be lumped together instead, though the total amount might not be present in the system app, so you’d have to install a third party file browser from the Play Store or a storage widget to keep an eye on it. Bear in mind that it will format your card; so make sure you have everything backed up to restore in this new common storage beforehand.