How to set up adoptable storage on your Samsung Galaxy S7


When I first saw ‘adoptable storage’ in reviews of Android Marshmallow I thought it was a typo. However, it is a neat way of combining the internal and external storage of your phone into one. This makes it easy to manage apps and storage and is a useful hack for phones. Samsung decided to ignore this feature in the S7 line so it needs a bit of tweaking.

If you want to set up adoptable storage on your Samsung Galaxy S7, here’s how to do it.

Utilize adoptable storage on a Galaxy S7
First off, back up everything you want to keep on your phone. While this process shouldn’t damage the phone or its data in any way, the microSD card will need to be formatted to make it work.

1. Navigate to Settings, About phone and Build number at the bottom. Enable debugging on the S7 by tapping the build number five times.
2. Connect the Galaxy S7 to your PC by USB.
3. Type or paste ‘adb shell’ in a CMD window (Windows OS).
4. Type or paste ‘sm list-disks’ and record the disk IDs that come up.
5. Type or paste ‘sm partition DISK:TYPE:RATIO’. Enter the disk ID where it says DISK, TYPE is either ‘private’ to adopt the entire microSD card or ‘mixed’ to adopt some of it. RATIO is used if you select mixed. So a command would be something like: ‘sm partition disk:182:160 private’ to adopt the entire storage. Or ‘sm partition disk:182:160 mixed 50’ too adopt 50% of the microSD card.
6. Allow the process to complete and then verify within the phone.

Some versions of the Galaxy S7 don’t reflect the increase in storage correctly. So if you go to check the internal memory and it still reads 32GB, don’t worry too much. Unless the process threw up an error, the memory should be present and usable.
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