How to use MicroSD card as Internal Storage in Android Marshmallow?

  • Posted on: 4 November 2015
  • By: sasi

In the previous versions of Android, not all apps could be moved to the SD card. Some apps required internal storage to function. Marhsmallow gets around this problem by letting you format SD card as internal storage. When you insert an SD card into your Android device for the first time, you will be given an option to set it up as either 1) Portable storage or 2) Internal storage.

If you choose portable storage, your SD card functions the same way as it functioned in the previous verisons of Android. If you choose internal storage, your SD card will be reformatted to make it work as internal storage. All your downloaded apps can go to your SD card. Android will see no difference between internal and external storage.

If you have already formatted your SD card as either 'Internal storage' or 'Portable storage', you can change the formatting by following the below steps:

To change an SD card from portable storage to internal storage:

  • Go to settings>>Storage & USB
  • Tap the SD card listed under 'Portable storage'
  • Open the menu by tapping the menu icon ()
  • Tap settings>>Format as internal
  • microSD card as internal storage in Android Marshmallow

  • Confirm by tapping 'Erase and Format'.
  • Your SD card will be formatted as internal storage.

To change an SD card from internal storage to portable storage:

  • Go to settings>>Storage & USB
  • Tap the SD card listed under 'Internal storage'
  • Open the menu by tapping the menu icon ()
  • Tap format as portable.
  • microSD card as portable storage in Android marshmallow

  • Confirm by tapping 'Format'.
  • Your SD card will be formatted as portable storage.

On devices with low internal storage, you can format your SD card as internal storage.

Note:
1. SD cards are generally slower than built-in internal storage. On devices with a good internal storage, you should format SD cards as 'portable storage'.
2. Note that SD cards formatted as internal storage work only with the device they are formatted with.