Our beloved microSD cards are those elements that more than once have saved our day. They have prevented us from losing our most precious photos or our phone running out of storage at the first change. They have come through a bad time in which manufacturers rejected them in favor of the cloud, but they are too powerful to be buried.
One of the things that many times we have been able to imagine is being able to use our microSD cards as if they were part of internal storage. Luckily, almost anything is possible on Android, and in this article we are going to explain how you can make your precious card become part of your mobile’s internal memory.
The first thing to keep in mind is that this process can only be carried out safely on devices with Android Marshmallow or higher versions And of course they have a microSD card, the faster the better. Therefore, if you have an older version of the operating system, you will not be able to make your memory card part of the internal storage.
However, although the system gives the option to format the microSD as internal storage, most models have it hidden, so before reading further check it in the settings, enter ‘Storage’ touch the microSD section and Format. If it gives you the option of Internal storage, you do not need to follow this process.
Some phones have the option to format the microSD as visible internal storage, while the rest have it hidden. In this case we explain the process to follow.
Before starting with the instructions, the first thing is to make a backup of everything you have saved on the microSD card, since the process will erase everything. The next thing is to have the USB debugging enabled (from ‘Developer options’ in the phone settings menu), as you will have to connect the mobile to the computer.
The next thing to keep in mind is that you must have ADB Tools installed, which you can download from its official website, if you don’t already have it. The last previous step is, with everything ready, connect the mobile to the PC.
How to format the microSD card as internal storage
Okay, now let’s get down to business. With the mobile connected to the computer, the first thing you have to do is open the command console on your PC by right-clicking on the Windows symbol in the lower left and selecting ‘Symbol of the system’. When the window opens, the first thing to do is find out our card ID.
First of all, on the console, type ‘adb shell’ (without the quotes) and it will show you a different new line that will end with the dollar symbol. In this line you must write ‘sm list-disks’ and below it will show you the ID number of your card, in my case it is 179: 0, but yours may be different.
Now that we know the ID of the card, it is time to format it to convert it to internal storage. To do this in the console type ‘sm partition disk: “card ID” private’ where “card ID” is the number we just found out (in my case it was 179: 0). The process will take several seconds, wait until the next line is displayed.
But it is possible that you prefer that only part of the memory of the microSD becomes storage, in this case the command would be different. Assuming you want that only half is storage, you must write ‘sm partition disk: card ID mixed 50’, as shown in the following image.
How can I reverse the process?
Converting the microSD card into internal storage has several advantages, such as being able to install the apps directly there or store application data. But it also has a disadvantage, and that is that if you remove the card with application data, they will not work, but luckily you can reverse the process in a very simple way.
You only have to go to the settings of your phone, enter ‘Storage’, then touch on the microSD and choose the option, previously absent, of ‘Format as portable’. From then on, the microSD will be the same as before, having to carry out the tutorial again if you want to convert it back into internal storage.
A curiosity is that in the Storage section Exaggerated figures or negative values can be shown in certain models. This should not worry you, it will not affect the operation of the device, it is just something that can happen without further ado. I have followed these steps on a Huawei Mate 9 and it has been simple and fast. Have you followed them?
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