How to move to SD card on Android

Many cheap Android phones come with a paltry 4- or 8GB of storage, while even 16GB isn’t really enough for lots of apps, high-resolution photos and videos, plus a music library. Fortunately, the vast majority of Android phones have a memory card slot, into which you can slot an inexpensive microSD card.

What you need to know about microSD cards

Before you buy one, check what capacity your phone will support. Flagship phones tend to accommodate 128GB or higher, but many cheap Androids accept only 32GB. To be fair, 32GB will be enough for most people. We’ve tested and rated all the best microSD cards.

Once you’ve got the microSD card, it’s easy to set things up so that it becomes the default place for new apps, photos, videos, music and more. You can switch the storage location within your camera settings or Google Play Music settings, for example. But what about the stuff already clogging up your phone’s internal storage?

How to move apps to SD card

First, let’s clear up something important: not all apps can be moved to microSD, and some phones won’t let you move apps to SD at all. This means phones with just 4- or 8GB of internal storage can still run into problems even with a microSD card if you download and use a lot of apps.

Whether or not an app can be moved to microSD is down to the app developer and, sometimes, the phone manufacturer.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 is among the phones that do allow you to move apps to SD, but you should note that those apps won’t be available when you remove the SD card. We’ve written a separate guide to help if you see Android’s “insufficient storage available” message.

If an app can be moved to the microSD card, you’ll find the option to do so within the Settings, Apps menu. Not all Android phones have the same settings app, but there will be an Apps menu somewhere.

On the first tab of this screen you’ll see all apps downloaded to your phone. Swipe in from the right to see which are stored on your SD card – this screen should be blank unless you did it before and simply forgot how to do it.

To move an app, return to the Downloaded tab and tap on an app to select it. Here we’ve selected AnTuTu, which was not preinstalled on the phone (preinstalled apps often cannot be moved).


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How to Fix Instagram Videos Not Playing on Android

Based on the reasons given above, here are the solutions to fix the video not playing problem on Instagram.

Step 1. Restart your phone. Whenever your phone gets problem, always restart the phone first. Sometimes, an restart can easily get the phone back to normal. If the problem persists, move on to next solution.

Step 2. Disable power saving mode. But with Android 7.0, you may also need to adjust battery performance mode to play Instagram video smoothly.

  1. Disable power/battery saver on Android 6.0 or earlier: go to Settings > Battery > Battery Saver. Toggle the battery saver button to off.
  2. Adjust performance mode on Android 7.0: open Settings, tap Device Maintenance > Battery > Performance Mode, choose High performance/Entertainment.
    • Clear caches of Instagram on Settings > Apps > Instagram > Storage > Clear Caches.
    • Then reopen the app, the videos should play now.

Now you can close Instagram and reopen it to see if the videos load now.

Step 3. Clear Instagram caches. If you haven’t enabled battery saver or optimized battery but the Instagram videos still won’t play, try to:

Step 4. Uninstall and re-install Instagram. If you still can’t play videos on Instagram, try uninstall the app and re-install the latest version. The new version should fix the bug.

You should be able to watch videos on Instagram by now. If you need to stop videos from automatically playing, keep reading.


By Carrie Murray

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How To Track Your Lost Android Phone Without Installed Tracking App

There are a handful of phone recovery or anti-theft apps on the Google Play Store which can be a lifesaver in case you lose your phone or, even worse, it gets stolen. But many people might only realize that there are such apps AFTER it got lost or stolen. Then it usually is too late and you have to face the ugly truth that the phone is gone for good.

How to track your Android phone or tablet after it got lost or stolen

But don’t burst out in tears just yet. There’s still hope for your phone to find its way back to you! There are a few ways to remote control and track your phone even if you haven’t installed a recovery app before it vanished.

Let’s have a look at the various ways to get your Android smartphone back to its rightful owner!

1. Track your lost Android with Android Device Manager or Google Find My Device


  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • Allowed Android Device Manager (ADM) to locate your device (turned on by default). This can changed in the Google Settings app.
  • Allowed ADM to lock your device and erase its data (turned off by default).

Android Device Manager (also called Google Find My Device) is Google’s official and easy-to-use tool to track your Android phone or tablet. The best thing about it is that you don’t need to install an app to be able to track your devices. The only requirement is that your device is connected to your Google account, turned on and connected to the internet. All you need to do is visit the Android Device Manager while being logged into your Google Account. Once the site is loaded it will automatically try to track down your phone. If you habe several Android devices registered, make sure the right one is chosen in the dropdown menu.

2. Remote control and track your smartphone with Android Lost


  • Your device is connected with your Google account.
  • Your device has access to the internet.
  • You’re not running Android 3.0 or higher.

This is a more complicated way to track your phone. Basically, you need to install the tracking app ‘Android Lost’ on your phone and activate it by sending it an SMS (this can be done from any phone). How do you install something when you don’t have your phone with you? That’s very easy. You can install any app on all your registered devices directly from your browser through the Google Play website. Simply navigate to the Android Lost app and click the install button.

The remote installation process of Android Lost is very straightforward and only requires that your phone is still connected with your Google account. However, in case of theft, you have to hope that the thief doesn’t disconnect from your account.

By Marc Knoll

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3 great hacks for your Android device

Here are three ways to put your mark on your Android phone that give it a lot of personality. Don’t skip No. 3. It’s a back-to-basics way to turn your phone into your own, unique device.

Are you ready to get started? If so, think “Androidify.”


You’re familiar with Android’s green mascot. He’s the oblong-ish character with round, white disks for eyes, a detached head and limbs, and two little space-alien antennae on his head. (We think it’s a he.)

Now, you can create your own Android avatar (see photo below). You can access the Androidify website,, or get the app for free on the Google Play Store.

Androidify is really cool. It’s a lot of fun and it’s super easy to use. You start with an Android mascot and then use its templates to add your personality to it. There are loads of options to choose from.

You can choose from hairstyles, clothes, shoes – from sensible to beyond impractical, but fun. You can add glasses, shirts, pants, flags, boas and a lot more.

It’s all about you choosing items that reflect your personality. Plus, you can add your own distinct dance moves. Are you the type of person who does the robot, either to make your family laugh or because you’re thinking you’re killing it on the dance floor? Add that move or many others.

Then, the idea is to share your persona with your friends. You can add your image or GIF with your text messages, your chats and your social media posts. Give it a shot. It’s really fun.

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3 tips to get more out of your phone

Android generally offers all kinds of tweaks and customisation features that make using an Android device all the more easier. Here are three hacks for your Android device you may not know about:

Summon Google Assistant: By holding down the home button, you can summon Google’s AI assistant from almost anywhere on your device. Whether you are within an app or scrolling through Instagram, summoning Google Assistant can get you information on what your screen is currently displaying or just an opportunity for you to find out something from the Google assistant. You can also set it so you can summon Google Assistant anytime you want just by saying “OK Google”.

Check your phone info via USSD: Have you ever tried to check the details of the WiFi network you are connected to on your phone? Or check in-depth information about your phone? Well, you can do that and more by using the universal *#*#4636#*#* USSD service. Just dial the code.

Reboot your phone is Safe Mode: Sometimes your phone hangs or a virus gets into it and you want to reboot the device without losing your files. You can do that holding down the power button, holding down the “Power Off” option that shows up, and selecting “Reboot in Safe Mode”.

By Folarin Okunola

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How to set up Android Pay

How to set up Android Pay and add your preferred payment and loyalty cards.

Since it was first introduced back in 2015, Android Pay has been steadily rolling out around the world, most recently arriving in Canada. With more shops supporting Android Pay via NFC and more banking institutions offering the service to its clients, there’s no better time to start setting up Android Pay on your phone. Here’s how to get started.

Setting up Android Pay the first time

When you load up Android Pay for the first time and log into your preferred Google account, the app will automatically recognize any credit cards associated with your Google Play account and request to add them to Android Pay. Depending on the banking institution, you may need to go through a verification process to confirm things.

You’ll also be asked to allow Android Pay a slew of permissions as you’d expect, including NFC which you’ll absolutely need to turn on if you want to use Android Pay’s tap-to-pay features. The app will also request to be your primary payment method. You may only see that notification if you’ve previously used Samsung Pay or another banking app.


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How to Install Android Apps on Your Windows Computer, the Easy Way

Apps on Windows have gotten better. But every once in a while, you stumble upon a really useful mobile app that hasn’t made its way to PC yet. If runs on Android, though, there’s good news. With the help of third-party software, you can probably run it on your Windows computer.

Unfortunately, getting apps from your phone or tablet to your PC isn’t as easy as installing a Windows program. To help simplify things, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on what software and utilities you need to install Android apps on almost any Windows computer.

Android emulators and how to use them

One way to run Android apps on a Windows computer is by using an Android emulator. Emulators run on complicated code, but the basic gist is this: They enable one computer to behave like another. Android emulators make your Windows machine appear as though it’s an Android device — right down to the processor, cameras, and sensors.


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How to get Android O on your phone right now

Having just shown it off again at I/O 2017, Google has a public beta of the next version update of Android O available for Pixel and Nexus devices.

Google typically announces the Android preview during its Google I/O developer conference held annually in May. In 2017 – for the second year running – the developer preview was made available early so many could test Android O before launch.

A public beta is a “work in progress” build that is released prior to a consumer rollout of the final software. Google offers the beta to collect and incorporate user feedback.

The aim is really to tease out problems with specific devices and allow developers to update apps to support O’s new features or changes, if there are any.

In the initial phases Google is offering Android O for:

So far there’s no mention of any other handsets. Unlike last year, Google hasn’t included any non-Nexus/Pixel phones. Saying that, we wouldn’t rule out seeing another phone or two being included, particularly on the budget end of the scale, to test Android Go, the company’s version of O designed for less powerful, affordable phones.


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