Do you use a microSD card to expand your storage?

Do you use a microSD card to expand your storage?
MicroSD cards used to be a pretty common thing back in the day among Android users. While handsets used to come with a more... limited internal storage, you could always trust that there would be a slot to allow you to expand it.

Now, a lot of manufacturers are omitting the microSD card slot. Google insists on keeping it away from its own Pixel line and many of its partners has followed suit. Some major manufacturers still keep it — like Samsung and LG — but their phones also come with plenty of internal storage. That, combined with the contemporary cloud features — like Google Photos and Spotify / Play Music / Apple Music — and you can pretty much go through two years of usage without reaching fora microSD card.

Or so we think. Do you still have a microSD card in your phone?

Do you have a microSD card in your phone?

Yup!
73.41%
My phone has a slot, but I don't need one
12.27%
Nope, phone doesn't support it
14.32%

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75 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes, we need more! But crappy iphones do not have it, instead you have to pay a lot more for a phone with larger capacity!

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2541; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Don't forget to include Pixels as well.

39. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Well on the plus side Google gives you Unlimited Cloud Storage for pictures, unlike Apple that only gives you 5GB free then charge you for extra

44. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

To be fair, iPhones have never supported the feature and it is for obvious reasons. Because then their would be no benfit to selling phones with larger capacities, and thus no profit margins. Apple is all about profit. So lets just leave them out of things that don't apply. For me, I would still love to have a Galaxy with a 128 or 256GB internal storage and I would still add a 256GB microSD card. Because for me, for one, I always have an full backup image of my PC on my phones microSD card and I always carry by USB adapter. I do this because if every my PC drive bears down, which it has happen, I can restore an image right away. I usually create a backup one every 30 days and I copy that image to my phones card. But with phones having 4K recording and recording at slower FPS which create bigger files, even Apple needs to open up to them and Android OEM's need to provide larger internal storage.

58. path45th

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I use a flush drive that works with my iPhone and iPad as well as my pc. For a 64 GB one I had to pay just 25 dollars. It can also function as a charging cable.

65. Leo_MC

Posts: 6935; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Or you can use the cloud and buy the basic model.

2. RoyalMike unregistered

Yes, when samsung decided to remove SD card support in S6 edge, it didn't upset me. I was happy with my 64gb memory, I didn't like their decision to bring it back in S7 as I had a misconception of sd cards slowing down phones and having security issues but on using a high speed sd card with encryption in my S8, i feel having additional 256gb is always a good thing and it doesn't slows down phone. No matter how much internal storage is there. SD card is a must have thing because it's an easy storage expansion.

7. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

I also use SD card to back up my apps and data into it, just in case when I'll need to factory reset my handset. As well as having all my data on-the-go when switching smartphones.

3. rsiders

Posts: 1899; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Why would you not take advantage of such a great feature? I got a 180gb with my V10 that I've used for years even after upgrading.

4. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's a great option to have! Also a great feature to have!

5. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I have the slot so I use it. It does come in handy.

6. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

When Samsung gives away free fast 256Gb cards, you can bet I use it. My entire music library, 20 HD movies and all my mobile pictures and videos, and it's hardly half full. It leaves room for games and everything else on the internal card.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

256 gig Samsung Evo Plus...free of charge too. Gotta love that.

10. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Same here man

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 30902; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

yes sirrr.

51. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I got 4 of those 256GB ones and they are most certainly fast.

11. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

So far my best experience was with a BlackBerry Priv I bought as a backup phone. I bought a fast MicroSD card and was able to link it to the internal storage rather than having it as separate storage. Of course that meant it could not be put into another phone or used in a PC reader.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1844; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I use my SD card solely for photo and music storage and other files I'll download from the web. I don't see any reason to store music/photos on your phone storage unless the phone doesn't have a SD slot.

14. nepalisherpa

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

I do use a 128GB card; however, I would prefer to have bigger built-in storage option at a reasonable price. If I could get a phone with 512GB built-in storage and no card expansion, I would be ok with it.

19. cncrim

Posts: 1585; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I still like SD card simple 2 reasons; 1. Move media from one phone to another that 30 seconds take one out pop other phone. Transfer 80gb media take around 4hours. 2. SD card immune to Drop in water. If you drop older phone or even today phone water resistant, chance of water damage is still possible.

24. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

#2 is the primary reason I would advise people to use microsd cards. Store your camera roll there plus any other important files that you would like to keep safe. More recently though Google Photos and the automatic backup has worked very well for pics and videos

48. nepalisherpa

Posts: 337; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

#2 is actually a good reason that I hadn't thought of.

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Yep, yep...That's where my photos/videos automatically save to the 256GB card. Had an issue with my Note 5 a few years ago and lost all the pics/videos on my phone when I had to do a factory reset. Since then, I won't use a device that doesn't have a microSD slot and doesn't have dropbox setup as a backup.

17. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Songs, photos and videos only. No apps.

18. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

256 GB SD for movies, music, pictures.. 128 GB on my phone so I think I'm ok on storage....................................Or am I..............................

20. ahmadkun

Posts: 553; Member since: May 02, 2016

i really love Oneplus phones and Google pixel phones but because they don't support it i'm away from them .. i used to keep all my media on Sd card and keep phone Storage for apps and games .

23. PeeCee25

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 07, 2018

I'm using huawei honor 8 pro, which comes with a gigantic 128GB of internal storage, out of which, around 106GB is free. So, I don't really need a micro SD card, as 106GB is ample and sufficient enough for me to store a lot of games, audio music, music videos, photos etc. Still, after storing a lot of games, photos, videos etc, I'm still left with more than 60GB of storage. So, why should I need to insert a micro SD card, for which I have absolutely nothing to put into

27. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

PeeCee25, SD cards are immune to water drops, so if you happen to accidentally drop your Honor 8 Pro into water, you'll be safe if you have all your data backed-up in an SD card.

25. xperian

Posts: 417; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Nope, iPhone doesn't have a slot and 64gb is more than enough for me

26. libra89

Posts: 2265; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I voted yep because that was the closest to my ideal answer. I use it when I have a phone that has a low amount of internal storage. For 32gb internal storage, I have no need. I never used one with my Honor 8 when I had one for a while.

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