Moving Apps to Galaxy S8 MicroSD Card

The new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ have 64GB of internal storage, twice as much storage as previous Samsung devices. However, owners will want to save as much space as possible by moving apps or games to the microSD card. Here are quick and simple instructions for doing exactly that.

Those who want to get the most out of the Galaxy S8 will download tons of apps, games, VR content and more. If so, you’ll want to free up as much space as possible.

Unlike the Galaxy S6 or Note 5, Samsung’s last few devices all have a microSD slot. As a result, owners can technically have over 300GB of space. We have to migrate each app one at a time, but this will only take a few moments and will better prepare your device for use and for the future.

With Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Google added a feature called Adoptable Storage. This basically treats a microSD card as internal storage and makes everything easy for end users. It combines both storage limits. Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t use this feature so owners will have to manually migrate their apps. Here’s how.

Transfer Apps to MicroSD Card on Galaxy S8

At the top of the page, we share our best microSD card recommendations for the Galaxy S8. Get a 128 or 256 GB card and then follow the instructions below. When you add an SD card you will want to go to settings, move any major apps or games to it and free up internal space.


For starters, pull down the notification shade and hit the gear-shaped settings button. Find that or in the app tray and open it. Scroll down and select . Next, make sure that the top-left drop-down menu is set to show.

Now users will see a huge list of every single app installed on the Galaxy S8. Many are default apps, stuff from Google or Samsung, or pre-installed apps by carriers. They cannot be moved or deleted, but you can disable them. Instead, look for the big apps that take up the most space and transfer them to the microSD card.

  1. Find and list
  2. Tap on the third option labeled
  3. Where it says “Storage used, internal storage” click the button
  4. Choose the one you want from the drop down menu
  5. Confirm by selecting it at the bottom right, wait for it to export
  6. for any app you want (or is convenient to) port
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Depending on the size of the app the process takes about 3-5 seconds per app and unfortunately we have to do it one at a time. That’s it, you have successfully transferred your apps and games to the Galaxy S8 microSD card.

Other details

It’s worth noting that only certain apps can be moved. Some will not be supported and will need to stay on internal storage. Note that any apps or games on the SD card will not work if the card is removed. And since games or apps are now loaded from the microSD card instead of the fast internal storage, a fast class 10 or higher microSD card is recommended.

While in the app settings menu, feel free to follow similar steps to disable pre-installed (bloatware apps) from carriers. Instead of selecting storage, hit the “Disable” button at the top of each app list.

In closing, we wrote a similar how-to article for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge but users had a lot of trouble. Most of this is due to using a cheap or slow microSD card. Getting a good high speed mobile friendly card from our link at the top of the page is your best bet. Now that you’re ready and porting apps, enjoy everything the Galaxy S8 has to offer.