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Samsung tablets like Galaxy Tab S7+ LTE come with 256 GB internal storage, which is sufficient for most people, but old models like Samsung Galaxy Tab E and A series have only 8 to 32 GB inbuilt storage.
Even 256 GB internal storage is not enough for some people that’s why they prefer to store their data in SD cards. The latest Samsung tablets support SD cards up to 1 TB, so if you want to switch storage to an SD card for both installed applications and file storage, you can easily do that by following the steps below.
How to change default storage to SD Card
Note: There are multiple Samsung tablet models with different Android versions; thus, the steps can be slightly different for some models. And if your model does not allow you to change the default storage, you can use Android apps like Link2SD, but you’ll have to root your Samsung tablet, which can be risky; thus, we have also mentioned how you can manually move your data and installed apps from internal storage to SD card.
Steps 1: Open tablet settings
Look for the settings icon in your notification panel or the app drawer and tap on it. You can also search for settings in the search bar if you can’t find it.
Steps 2: Go to storage preferences
After opening the settings, you have to open storage preferences, tap on “Change default storage,” and change it to SD card from internal storage. Now your current storage location will be displayed as SD card.
How to move apps from internal storage to SD card
(Galaxy Tab A and other models)
Most Samsung tablets allow you to change the storage location of installed applications. If you have a model that does not allow you to change the default storage location, you can move your apps to SD card and save storage for pictures, videos, and more apps.
Steps 1: Open tablet settings
You should be able to find the settings icon in the app drawer.
Steps 2: Open Application
In the settings menu, look for Applications and tap on it. If you are using Android 10 or above, it will be just “Apps.”
Steps 2: Open Application Manager
If you see “Application manager” and “Default applications,” tap on “Application manager,” and now you will be able to see the list of all the installed applications.
(If you have the latest Android version, step 2 will be skipped.)
Steps 3: Go to Storage
Tap on the app you want to move to SD card and look for “Storage.”
After tapping on “Storage,” you’ll be able to see the storage location of the app and how much space it is taking.
Steps 4: Change storage location
If the storage location is displayed as “Internal storage” or “Internal Shared storage,” tap on it and select SD card. After selecting the SD card, if another window opens up, tap on the “Move” button, and your application will be moved.
Note: Not all apps can be moved to SD card, especially built-in apps, so if you don’t see the “Change” button in storage, it means that app can’t be moved to SD card.
How to transfer data from internal storage to SD card
If you have data like pictures, videos, music, documents, or game files in your internal storage, you can easily transfer them to your SD card by following a few simple steps.
Step 1: Open File manager
Samsung tablets and smartphones come with a file manager that has a yellow icon. You can find it in your app drawer or search for it using the search bar.
Step 2: Tap on internal storage
Step 3: Find the files and folders
After tapping on “internal storage,” you will see all the folders and files. Look for the folder or files. If you don’t know where your files are located, you can search for them using the search option and long press on the file and tap on details to find their location.
Step 4: Select files
Once you know where your files are, you can hold one of them, and you will be able to select the files you want to move.
When you are done selecting all the files, tap on “copy” or “move”.
Step 5: Move files to SD card
After tapping on “move”, select SD card storage, select a folder or create a new one and finally tap on “move here,” and all the files will be moved to SD card.
How to transfer data from internal storage to SD card (Using PC or Laptop)
You can also transfer your tablet data using a PC or laptop by following the steps mentioned below:
Step 1: Plugin-in your Samsung tablet to you PC
You can use the charging USB cable to connect the tablet to your PC.
Step 2: Allow storage access
If your tablet has a screen lock, make sure it’s unlocked. After plugging in the USB cable to your PC, you might see a pop-up for USB storage, or if you don’t, you can check notifications and then tap on it. Now look for USB storage and tap on it to allow storage access.
Step 3: Open your device on your PC
Open My “My computer” or “This PC” and look for your tablet’s device name. If you don’t see the device name, look for “removable disk” and click on it.
Step 4: Select the files you want to transfer
Once you open your device on your computer, you will see internal storage and SD card drive. Click on internal storage and select the files you want to move. You can also hold the control button and select multiple files using the mouse. Once you are done, right-click on the selected files and click on “cut.”
Step 5: Move the files to the SD card
After selecting the files, go back and open SD card storage. Now choose any folder you want and press right-click and click on paste. All the files will move to the folder you select.
How to Format SD card
- Open Settings on your tablet and select storage.
- Tap Format SD card and follow the on-screen instruction.
Another method for tablets which come with Samsung device care
- Open settings from the app drawer and tap on “Device care.”
- Now tap on storage and select SD card.
- Now you will have options to delete documents, images, videos, audio, and apps. You can open them and select all the files, and tap on delete.
How to insert/remove SD card
- Open the SD card tray using the ejector pin.
- Place the SD card into the slot and push the SD card tray back into its slot.