Save Downloads on SD Card

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I have Cherry Mobile Flare J3 Prime Lite. The Internal Memory is near its maximum which is 8gig. I have an external SD card. I changed the memory from internal to SD. It works only with Bluetooth files and camera pics but when it comes to downloads from chrome and other websites, the files are saved on internal memory. I learned through this site that I can format my SD card as internal. But I Don't want that. It might get corrupted and goodbye files. So what should I Do? I want my SD card to be my default storage but still a back up memory. You got me?
 
Well it is going to depend on what kind of files for one. If it is apps, then you can't set them that way. I will include those instructions below. If, however, it is just files (music, photos, etc.), then you would need to change the download location in the app you are doing the downloads through. So say the browser. You would go into that browser app's settings (not the phone's settings) and change the location files are saved to. If that option is not in the app you are using to do the downloading, then you would either have to not change the location or try a different app to download through.

The above, however, will not work with apps you are trying to download. That is done the following way....


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" a.k.a. 6.0.

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" a.k.a. 7.0.

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.

 
Well it is going to depend on what kind of files for one. If it is apps, then you can't set them that way. I will include those instructions below. If, however, it is just files (music, photos, etc.), then you would need to change the download location in the app you are doing the downloads through. So say the browser. You would go into that browser app's settings (not the phone's settings) and change the location files are saved to. If that option is not in the app you are using to do the downloading, then you would either have to not change the location or try a different app to download through.

The above, however, will not work with apps you are trying to download. That is done the following way....


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" a.k.a. 6.0.

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" a.k.a. 7.0.

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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