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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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”.

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10 Useful Android Tips And Tricks You Should Know


Whether you are new to Android and eager to try out every available option you see on the screen, or familiar with the system, including the annoyances that plague you on a daily basis, tips and tricks to get around a system is always helpful. We are here to help you with that.

In this post, we are featuring 10 useful Android tips and tricks that may improve your experience while using your Android device. Do note that the steps may vary a little from one Android phone to another due to the differences in the build and the OS version, but if you play around with it, the next step isn’t too far off.


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13 Android Tips & Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know About


Android is a great little operating system. It’s absolutely packed with great featuresawesome hacks, and time-saving tricks.

But how much do you really know about your phone or tablet?

Sure, you can make phone calls and send texts, but we bet there is something in this article that you weren’t aware of.

1) Enable Developer Mode

Ok, this is one of the more widely known tricks, but it’s important nonetheless, so we are going to include it.

Navigate to Settings > About phone and tap on your phone’s build number seven times. You’ll get an onscreen countdown, eventually followed by a message saying “Congratulations, you are now a developer”.

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25 best Android tips to make your phone more useful


Android is the most popular computing platform in the world thanks in part to how fast it has evolved over the years. Google is always adding new features and making changes to existing ones, and OEMs like Samsung and LG can add their own stuff on top of that. It can be hard to keep up, so we’ve gathered the 25 best tips for your Android phone right here.

Configure a secure lock screen

Android phones all offer various forms of secure lock screens. Most phones will prompt you to do this during setup now, and you should. The defaults are PIN, pattern, and password. Some devices also offer fingerprint security and device-specific things like Samsung’s iris scanner on the Note 7. To control your lock screen, head to the system settings, and find the Security menu. Some phones have a separate lock screen menu instead. You will need to have a secure lock screen to use features like Android Pay and factory reset protection.

By Ryan Whitwam

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How to move your photos, contacts, and more from Android to iPad and iPhone


Moving your photos, contacts, calendars, and accounts from your old Android phone or tablet to your new iPhone or iPad is easier than ever with Apple’s Move to iOS app. Apple’s first Android app, it hooks your old Android and new Apple device together over a direct Wi-Fi connection and transfers over all your data

While Move to iOS app transfers a lot of your data, it doesn’t transfer your apps (as they’re not compatible), music, or any of your passwords. Additionally, you can only transfer data from an Android phone or tablet to an iPhone or iPad running iOS 9 or higher. Good news: That does include your brand new iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, or iPad Pro.


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9 Battery Saving Tips For Android


The biggest grouse that smartphone users have is running out of battery power in the middle of the day. True, there are handy power banks and fast chargers available in the market to help tackle this problem, but additionally, there are also little tricks and tips that, when applied in the course of day-to-day usage, can help get that extra juice.

Android phones allow for a lot of customisation and tweaks, and this property helps in extending the phone’s battery life. Here are some handy tips that you can use.

1. Set brightness manually

By default in Android, the brightness is set to the adaptive mode. Which means that the phone’s sensor detects the light and adjusts its brightness accordingly. While this is a useful feature, it can be a drain on the battery charge. Instead, you can set the brightness level manually as per your requirements.

2. Turn off data when not needed

Another battery draining culprit is the phone’s constant search for the best possible data and calling network. It is therefore best to switch off ‘data’ when you don’t need it, which is practically most of the times. Most phones offer a one tap data switch-off. If you don’t have it, there is an app to help you with it.

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4 tips to make your app’s user interface shine


Invest some time in design

If you don’t plan your user interface in advance, it can seem like your UI is something that just happens, as you add all the UI elements that each screen needs to deliver its functionality. Don’t just settle for whatever you end up with! Take some time to wireframe and prototype each screen in advance.

Putting some thought into your user interface’s design is one of the most effective ways of creating a UI that’s dressed to impress, and while wireframing and prototyping are tools of the design trade, the good news is that they don’t require any specialist design skills or fancy image-editing software (although you can use specialist software, if you really want to).

To create a wireframe, simply grab some paper and a pen or pencil, and sketch a rectangle to represent your typical smartphone or tablet screen. Then, add all the UI elements you want to include, starting with the most important (such as navigational elements, headings and images) and working your way down the content hierarchy to the least important UI elements.

Experiment with different UI elements

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a bit of a rut with your user interfaces? Simply grabbing items from Android Studio’s palette, dropping them onto the canvas and making adjustments to the underlying XML in the ‘Text’ tab is all well and good, but maybe you need to shake things up a bit!

If you feel like your UI is lacking, consider experimenting with some UI elements that you won’t find in Android Studio’s palette

Get specific about configuration qualifiers

Android is diverse platform, available on many different types of devices, so it’s pretty standard practice to provide multiple versions of your app’s resources, for example creating alternative drawables that are optimised for different screen densities.

But what about supporting different screen sizes?

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