Can we make Google Play Store default storage SD card?
You can’t make Google Play Store default storage SD card. But I think you want to do this because you are running out of internal storage. Then there is a way but it needs root privileges. Mostly you already know getting the root access will void the warranty. If you have root privileges then you can make a link to internal storage to SD card. It is like a pointer who told to operating system while accessing data that go to that place on SD card to retrieve data.
So applications think that they are retrieving data from internal memory, but this link takes very less (almost 0)space on internal memory. If you have not known about what root privileges can do then you can refer to online forums but remember read carefully because with root privileges you can get many benefits but it will also come with risks, but it’s worth it. Just root your phone you will love it. Since procedure to root the phone is device specific you need to Google it.
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Anyway, the solution I’m going to propose is universal means it works across all Android versions to Make Google Play Store default storage SD card:
- Root your phone and install Link2SD app from Play Store,
- Partition your microSD card into two drives of which one is formatted under ext4 filesystem. This will store all of your apps and their data. You’ll probably need a Linux distro like Ubuntu or a free to try windows software for this; Hope you have an Ubuntu LiveCD at hand or are already in dual-boot config). And the other is formatted as FAT32 or exFAT – to store things like files, photos, music, and videos.
- Set up Link2SD. Make it aware of the drive you’ve chosen on your card that stores apps by digging into the settings of this app. You can also search for tutorials (there’s one on their website) and you’re good to go.
** Android 5.0 Lollipop – It definitely allows apps to write/store files on microSD card but I don’t think it allows moving apps to SD card.
*** Android 6.0 Marshmallow – It will allow moving apps to SD card without root. But there’s a condition that you will have to use the feature called adopt storage. In which the microSD card gets formatted using a Linux filesystem like ext4 instead of FAT32 or exFAT seen in Windows. The downside to this method is that your card gets tied to the phone. In which it was formatted for use as adaptable storage. Means you’ll have to backup and format your microSD card as adoptable storage every time you want to use it with a new phone.
** Warning Once you root your phone, your phone will be out of warranty after rooting.**