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How To Use Micro SD Cards As Internal Storage In Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow has now started rolling out on different devices. Recently Moto 2015 received the android M update in India, North America and Canada. There is not much difference if we talk about the look and feel. It is similar to android 5.1 Lollipop in appearance. But android 6.0 has some good features that will help to get most out of your smartphone. One of the best features of android M is the ability to use any Sdcard as internal storage. Today most phones have 8/16 GB internal storage. This storage may get full if you store all of your data like photos, videos and files on it. If you don’t want to run out of space then you can use any Sdcard and make it your phone’s internal storage. Please note e that USB OTG drive can't be used for the same purpose.

In android 2.3 we were able to move some apps from phone to Sdcard, but this feature was completely removed in later versions. After several years android 6.0 Marshmallow brought this feature back which will change the way we used micro SD cards in the past. For a Sdcard to become the internal storage of your phone it should have faster read/write and data transfer rates. You should use either Sandisk Ultra or Samsung Evo. Both of these micro storage devices are of class 10 having a reading speed of 80 Mbps. You can grab them here Sandisk Ultra|Samsung Evo.


Before doing anything take a backup of your files stored on the internal storage of your phone. The files can be moved to Sdcard if you want, but taking a backup is safer which will help you reverse any unwanted file loss event.

How To Use Micro SD Cards As Internal Storage In Android 6.0 Marshmallow

  • Insert the micro Sdcard in the slot.
  • A popup will appear in the notification panel.
  • Tap ‘Setup’. A setup screen will open. Here select ‘Use as internal storage’ and tap ‘NEXT’.

android m sdcard setup as internal storage

  • Now tap ‘ERASE & FORMAT’. Wait for the process to finish.

  • Finally after the format, you will be given two options to move your phone’s data.
  • Tap ‘Move now’ and then tap ‘NEXT’. It takes more time to transfer the data if your micro sd card is not of class 10. You should select ‘Move later’.
  • It will take few minutes in moving the data to new internal storage.
  • The phone's original storage will not be accessible and no longer visible in file manager apps.

Manually Move Data To New Internal Storage

  • You should use a USB OTG drive to copy all your files to new internal storage. But USB OTG drive is not visible in most file managers if your phone is running android 6.0 Marshmallow. Only ES files explorer can access the USB disk.
  • Download and install ‘ES file explorer’.
  • Connect the USB disk to your phone.
  • Open ‘ES file explorer’ and tap the menu on the top left corner.
  • Here select ‘Local’ and then tap ‘USB1002’.
  • Now copy the files from here and paste them into new internal storage.
  • You should eject the Sdcard before removing. Go to ‘Settings>Storage & USB’. Tap the eject button next to Sdcard.

Advantages Of Using Sdcard As Internal Storage In Android M

  • You can remove the storage device anytime and keep it safe.
  • Internal storage can be expanded up to 32/64 GB via micro Sdcards.
  • Install apps and games on the Sdcard.

If you have questions then ask via comments.

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