How Do I Install Games Directly to My SD Card?

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By Valerie Becker

Are you running out of storage space on your phone but still want to install more games? Don’t worry, you can easily install games directly to your SD card. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps required to do so.

Step 1: Check Your Phone Compatibility

Before we begin, it’s important to check if your phone supports installing apps directly to an SD card. Not all phones have this feature, so it’s best to check the manufacturer’s website or user manual for more information.

Step 2: Insert Your SD Card

Insert your SD card into your phone’s SD card slot. If you’re unsure where it is located, again, refer to the user manual.

Step 3: Format Your SD Card

Now that your SD card is inserted, format it if necessary. This step is important as formatting ensures that the file system on the SD card is compatible with your phone and ready to use.

Android Phones:

To format an SD card on an Android phone:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Storage.’
  2. Select ‘Format SD Card.’
  3. Tap ‘Format SD Card’ again.


To format an SD card on an iPhone:

  1. Insert the SD card into a computer or laptop.
  2. Select ‘This PC’ or ‘Computer’ from the File Explorer window (Windows) or Finder window (Mac).
  3. Right-click on the drive letter assigned to the SD card and select ‘Format.’
  4. Select ‘FAT32’ as the file system format and click ‘Start.’

Step 4: Change Default Storage Location

By default, most apps will be installed to your phone’s internal storage. To change this setting and install apps directly to your SD card:

  1. Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Apps.’
  2. Select the app you want to move and tap ‘Storage.’
  3. Select ‘Change’ and choose the SD card as the new storage location.

Unfortunately, iPhones do not have an option to install apps directly to an SD card. However, you can save photos, videos, and other files to your SD card by using a third-party app like File Manager or Documents.

Step 5: Install Your Game

Now that you’ve changed the default storage location for apps, you can go ahead and install your game. Simply download it from the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iOS) and it will automatically be installed on your SD card.

In Conclusion

Installing games directly to your SD card is a great way to free up space on your phone’s internal storage. By following these simple steps, you can easily change the default storage location for apps and enjoy more games without worrying about running out of space.