Android smartphones have limited internal storage space, which often poses a problem for users. Most smartphones no longer allow the moving of applications or data to a memory card, as it is believed that application performance is better when installed on internal storage than when installed on external storage. However, there are still some tips and tricks that can be employed to reduce the load on the phone’s internal memory, such as moving downloads to an SD card. In this post, we will explore 10 ways to save download results to SD cards on all Android phones.
1. Using Built-in File Manager
Every Android smartphone comes with a built-in file manager application, which can be used to manage all files. In this application, users can copy, move, rename folders, and even edit files. Users can also trick the file manager to move the downloaded file to the SD card by going to the storage location where downloads are usually located; Internal Storage > Downloads, and then moving the downloaded file.
2. Using Third-Party File Managers
While file manager applications are considered the standard, third-party file manager applications have more features. An example is the EZ File Explorer app, which can be used to move data on the phone’s memory to the SD card. If users are not satisfied with the features offered by this app, they can choose from other similar applications listed in the article, “15 Best File Manager Apps for Android.”
3. Using a PC/laptop
Users can also save downloads to an SD card with the help of a PC or laptop. All that is required is to plug the cellphone into the laptop with the aid of a data cable, and the internal storage and SD card that the user is using will be detected automatically. After that, users can move any files in the phone’s memory to the SD card.
4. Settings in HP Settings
In the phone settings, users will usually find an option to set the download storage location for files to be saved to an SD card. For instance, the Zenfone cellphone has a setting where users can determine the installation location for applications to be placed on the internal or external memory.
5. Storage for Xiaomi
At Xiaomi, users can save downloaded files so that they are automatically saved to the SD card. Furthermore, the results of downloads from the Play Store can be saved to the SD card too. To do this, users just need to go to the download settings, find the storage location, and change it to the SD card.
6. Advanced Download Manager
Users can also save downloads directly to the SD card by using an application called Advanced Download Manager. This application offers many advantages, such as the ability to download many files simultaneously. It is similar to the IDM on a PC, but it is the Android version.
7. Browser Settings
Users can directly adjust the storage allocation of downloads in the default mobile browser application. However, only a few phones can do this. Users can search in the browser settings, find the download location, and, if possible, change it to the SD card.
8. On YouTube GO
To save downloaded videos on YouTube GO to the SD card, the user can set an SD card as the storage location for videos downloaded from YouTube Go. The application has a storage settings feature that makes this process easy. Users can enter the YouTube Go application, click on the profile/account, select video storage, and then select SD card.
9. Settings on HP LG
For LG phones, users can also save downloads to an SD card via the settings already available on the cellphone. This feature will be helpful when downloading files that are reasonably large, considering that the phone storage on the LG is small.
10. Allocation of Download Storage on Xiaomi Browser
Xiaomi browser settings allow users to set their downloaded files to be saved to the SD card or internally. Users can enter the Xiaomi browser, select Settings, select Advanced, and select Download location. Then they can change the location to the SD card.
In summary, Android phones have limited internal storage space, but users can save download results to SD cards. With the tips discussed in this post, users can reduce the load on the phone’s internal memory and optimize their phone’s performance.