How do I set my sd card to be my default storage

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I can't seem to figure out how to start storing my memory onto my sd card. My internal memory is full, and evan though I put a 16gig card in my phone I am still having trouble with trying to download anything to the new memory card. Please help. LG Tribute owner.
 
Well, if you are trying to just have things like photos, music, videos, etc., (not apps) go to the card, then you just need to set up in the individual app you use for that to save to the card. So say in your camera, change the settings to save to the card. Or for a browser to save downloads to the card. If the ones you are using don't have that option, then you may need different apps for it.

Now, if you are talking downloading and running apps from the card, that is a totally different thing. The others are just files and don't require internal storage, however apps do require (in most cases) internal storage. For this you would need to be able to convert the card to that to make it work. This only works on some devices (others are restricted by manufacturers). Below are the instructions on how to do it. Should it work for your device.

First, you need to be using a phone that is running at least Android "Marshmallow" (or newer) or be able to upgrade to it. Second, you will need the instructions I am including below. And third, you need a phone that has not been restricted by the manufacturer from making this change. Which does happen.

NOTE: If any of the steps are missing on your phone, or they don't work for you, then you have a phone that either has an older Android version or has been restricted by the manufacturer.


How to turn the "External" SD card into "Internal" storage on "Marshmallow".

NOTE: Please be sure you start with a blank SD card. It needs to be blank because when the card is converted to "Internal" storage, it will be formatted (wiped) and encoded (making the cards data only readable by that device).

1. Go to device “Settings”, then select “Storage”.
2. Select your "SD Card", then tap the “three-dot menu“ (top-right), now select “Settings” from in there.
3. Now select “Format as internal”, and then “Erase & Format”.
4. Your SD Card will now be formatted as internal storage.
5. Reboot your phone.

NOTE: If you don't reboot the phone, many things may not work correctly, so make sure you do.


How to turn the "External" SD card into "Internal" storage on "Nougat".

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure you start with a blank SD card. When the card is converted to "Internal" storage, it will be formatted (wiped) and encoded (making the cards data only readable by that device), so anything on it prior would be gone.

1. Go to "Settings", and then select "Storage & USB".
2. At the bottom of the list you should see the SD card's details, including the option to format it and make it "Internal" storage.
3. Once this is done, reboot the device and you can start running things from the card.

If you don't reboot the phone, some things may not work correctly, so make sure you do the reboot.

 

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How am I supposed to change my default storage to my sd card? I have an LG Tribute.
 
Well, if you are trying to just have things like photos, music, videos, etc., (not apps) go to the card, then you just need to set up in the individual app you use for that to save to the card. So say in your camera, change the settings to save to the card. Or for a browser to save downloads to the card. If the ones you are using don't have that option, then you may need different apps for it.

Now, if you are talking downloading and running apps from the card, that is a totally different thing. The others are just files and don't require internal storage, however apps do require (in most cases) internal storage. For this you would need to be able to convert the card to that to make it work. This only works on some devices (others are restricted by manufacturers). Below are the instructions on how to do it. Should it work for your device.

First, you need to be using a phone that is running at least Android "Marshmallow" (or newer) or be able to upgrade to it. Second, you will need the instructions I am including below. And third, you need a phone that has not been restricted by the manufacturer from making this change. Which does happen.

NOTE: If any of the steps are missing on your phone, or they don't work for you, then you have a phone that either has an older Android version or has been restricted by the manufacturer.


How to turn the "External" SD card into "Internal" storage on "Marshmallow".

NOTE: Please be sure you start with a blank SD card. It needs to be blank because when the card is converted to "Internal" storage, it will be formatted (wiped) and encoded (making the cards data only readable by that device).

1. Go to device “Settings”, then select “Storage”.
2. Select your "SD Card", then tap the “three-dot menu“ (top-right), now select “Settings” from in there.
3. Now select “Format as internal”, and then “Erase & Format”.
4. Your SD Card will now be formatted as internal storage.
5. Reboot your phone.

NOTE: If you don't reboot the phone, many things may not work correctly, so make sure you do.


How to turn the "External" SD card into "Internal" storage on "Nougat".

IMPORTANT NOTE: Be sure you start with a blank SD card. When the card is converted to "Internal" storage, it will be formatted (wiped) and encoded (making the cards data only readable by that device), so anything on it prior would be gone.

1. Go to "Settings", and then select "Storage & USB".
2. At the bottom of the list you should see the SD card's details, including the option to format it and make it "Internal" storage.
3. Once this is done, reboot the device and you can start running things from the card.

If you don't reboot the phone, some things may not work correctly, so make sure you do the reboot.

 
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