How to move applications from internal memory to an SD card on an Android phone

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How to move applications from internal memory to an SD card on an Android phone
Free up internal memory by moving apps to an SD card. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

When you download an app for your Android phone it loads onto the device's internal memory. If you've got lots of data such as photos and music on the internal memory plus apps you may be near the capacity limit. This may affect the performance of the phone. You can solve this problem by transferring apps from the internal memory to an SD or micro SD card. The process described here will work for phones with the Android 2.2 release, known as Froyo, and above.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Touch the "Menu" button on your Android phone's home page. Tap "Settings" then "Apps" followed by "Manage apps."

  2. 2

    Find the app you want to move. Apps are listed alphabetically by default.

  3. 3

    Touch the app and a screen with information about the app plus a series of options appears. Touch the "Move to SD card" option and the app will be relocated.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the steps above to reverse the move. When you come to the app information screen the "Move to SD card" button will now say "Move to phone."
  • Some apps may not work properly from an SD card.
  • Some system apps will not allow transfer to an SD card.

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