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SD Card Storage Settings

Use your SD card as removable storage when there's already content such as your media and other files so that you don't lose that content. If you have a brand new SD card, choose whether to use it as removable storage or set it up as an extension of the internal storage.

Removable Storage

Use a new SD card as removable storage to be able to insert and use the card on HTC U11 and other Android phones.

Internal Storage

Set up a new SD card as internal storage for more privacy and secure use. This encrypts and formats the SD card to work just like the internal storage.

This also expands the storage space since:

  • Captured screenshots, camera shots, media, and other files will be stored on the SD card.
  • Third-party apps that you installed and their data can be moved between the on-device storage and SD card.

Important: After setting up the SD card as internal storage, the SD card can only be used on HTC U11 where it has been formatted.

Set Up Your SD Card as Internal Storage

When you insert a SD card that has not been used on HTC U11 before, the card will be mounted as removable storage by default. If the SD card is new or doesn't have content you want to keep, you can format the SD card to use it as internal storage for HTC U11.

See SD Card Storage Settings to find out the differences between using the SD card as removable storage or internal storage.

Important: If there are still files on the SD card, back up the files first before you format the card.

  1. Tap home key > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Under Removable storage, tap settings icon next to the SD card name, and then tap Format as internal.
  4. Tap Erase & format > Format.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to move your installed apps and their data from the phone storage to the SD card.

Tip: If you no longer want to use your SD card as internal storage, you can reformat the card as removable storage. Before you do so, make sure to move all the apps and data from the card back to the phone storage.

Move Apps and Data Between the Phone Storage and SD Card

If you've set up your SD card as internal storage, you can move third-party apps that you installed and their data such as photos, media, and downloaded files to the SD card to free up phone storage space.

If you no longer want to use your SD card as internal storage, make sure to move all the apps and data from the card back to the phone storage.

  1. Tap home key > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Tap the name of your SD card if you're moving app data from the phone storage to the SD card, or tap Phone storage if you're moving data from the SD card back to the phone
  4. Tap options icon > Migrate data.
  5. Tap Move.

Notes:

  • Screenshots will also be migrated.
  • When you take new photos or videos, capture new screenshots, or download new files after the migration, they will be saved to the new storage location.

Move an App

When you're running out of phone storage space, you can move a downloaded app and its data to the SD card if the card has been set up as internal storage.

If you need to reformat your SD card, make sure to move each app and its data back to the phone storage before formatting the card.

Note: Preinstalled apps cannot be moved. Some third-party apps you've downloaded and installed to the phone storage may also not allow you to move them to the SD card.

  1. Tap home key > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Tap Phone storage > Apps if you want to move an app from the phone storage to the SD card.

    – or –

    Tap the name of your SD card, and then tap Apps if you need to move an app from the SD card back to the phone storage.
  4. Tap the app you want to move.
  5. Tap Change, and then tap where you want to move it.
  6. Tap Move.

Copy or Move Files Between the Phone Storage and SD Card

You can go to Settings to view and manage files on the phone storage and SD card. If you're using your SD card as removable storage, you can copy or move your files between the phone storage and SD card. You can also copy or move files to or from an external USB storage device when you have it connected to HTC U11.

  1. Tap home key > all apps icon > settings app icon Settings.
  2. Tap Storage.
  3. Tap Phone storage > Explore or tap the SD card name.

    – or –

    Tap the external USB storage device if you have one connected.
  4. Open the folder that contains the files you want to copy or move.
  5. To select or deselect files:
  • Touch and hold a file to select it. To select more files, tap each file.
  • Tap a file to deselect it.
  • To select all files, touch and hold a file first, and then tap options icon > Select all.
  1. Tap options icon, and then tap Copy to or Move to.
  2. In the slideout menu that opens, choose the type of storage where to copy or move to, and then open the destination folder.
  3. Tap Copy or Move.