How to free storage by moving apps to the microSD memory card on your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge


With Android Marshmallow, Google introduced the so-called Adoptable Storage feature, which merges the internal memory of a phone with the external storage in the form of a microSD card (if the device has such a memory slot), and treats the resulting cumulative memory as a one total partition. In theory, this would prevent user confusion as to how much exactly free space they have in total on the phone, instead of trying to calculate microSD storage and internal storage separately, or wondering in general what the heck are those.

It is up to the manufacturer to implement the option, though, and both the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 edge don't support Adoptable Storage, despite shipping with Marshmallow on board. They simply treat the microSD card as a separate entity, instead of lumping it together with the internal memory in the storage menu. Samsung did this as it prevents users with slow, cheaper memory cards from experiencing issues and hiccups that often occur with Adoptable Storage, as the internal storage is much faster and more reliable. 

There is a way around this, of course, which doesn't require rooting your phone, yet we don't recommend using it to enable Adoptable Storage on your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge if you don't have one of the faster memory card standards out there. In case you want to simply free some memory from your internal storage by moving the apps that have installed there by default to the microSD card, here's what you need to do:

1. Put a microSD card with enough free storage on it for the apps you want moved in your phone (duh);

2. With the memory card in your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, go to Settings>Storage>Used space>Apps;

3. Get to the app whose data you want transferred to the microSD card and choose "Change Storage" from its internal options;

4. Change the storage space to microSD card, and let the phone guide you while it moves the app there.

Bear in mind that not all apps can be moved to the microSD card, as some require internal storage to function, but as you can see in our example above, Implosion is a pretty big game, occupying about a gig and a half of your precious internal memory, so moving it to the memory card will free up quite a bit of space there. Naturally, if you remove the microSD card for some reason, the game won't function, but the phone will prompt you to put it back in, and take it from there anyway.

Related phones

Galaxy S7 edge
  • Display 5.5" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3600 mAh(36h 3G talk time)
Galaxy S7
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(28h 3G talk time)

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8 Comments

1. gamerRO25

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 09, 2015

Cool but please make a post about what microSd is the best and the fastest for the S7.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

You can just Wiki it though.. SD Cards have one too many variants

7. gamerRO25

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 09, 2015

Thats what i was trying to say... There are so many types of microSD cards. I have the S7 32gb and i would like to get a good 64GB card

8. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Class 12.

9. smash

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

samsung pro plus is the fastest

3. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Sandisk extreme pro series (32 and 64 GB variants) are super fast. The 200 GB variant is fast too but it's write speed suffers. Also, there's the Samsung card(in the thumbnail).

5. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

Personally, i prefer this implementation more than the adoptable storage one. I've had bad experiences in sd card corruption on my old note 2, but i really like the ability to move at least some apps to free up space. Really looking forward to what the note 6 might bring out, though having just bought the 5 i can't really savor it anyways :p

10. orielwindow

Posts: 109; Member since: Sep 23, 2010

So if the only options after clicking on the app are "Clear Data" or "Clear Cache" then that means the app requires internal storage, correct?

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