Please note that this guide is for phones running Windows 8.1. If you are currently using Windows 8 See How do I update my Windows Phone software? To learn how you can upgrade your device to 8.1
If you are like me and love to download a lot of apps and games then most likely you will run out of space in no time. Gladly if your Windows Phone is running low on storage space Windows has provided a convenient way for you to continue your downloads spree by allowing you to use an mircoSD memory card, that’s if your phone has a memory card slot.
You can also add more if your phone has a microSD memory card slot. To check if your phone has a slot, in the App list, tap Storage Sense . If SD card is displayed, your phone has a slot. (The slot might be on the side of your phone or on the back underneath the battery cover.)
If a microSD card is installed, Storage Sense will show how much storage on the card is available and how much is being used. You can use the available space on the SD card to store new files or move your apps over to free up space on your phone.
Window Phone Tip
If your microSD card can be taken out, you can also use it to move or share media files. See below for more info.
To move Windows apps to your SD card
1. In the App list, tap Storage Sense > Phone > Apps + games.
2. To move one app, tap the app, and then tap Move to SD. To move more than one, tap Select , select the check box next to each one you want to move, and then tap Move.
To move apps back to the phone, in Storage Sense, go to SD card > Apps + games.
To manage files on your SD card
To find and manage files on your SD card including photos, music, videos, podcasts, and more, use Storage Sense. To manage your files on your SD card:
1. In the App list, tap Storage Sense > SD card.
2. Tap the category of file you want to manage, and then tap Manage.
Windows Phone Tip
You can also use a new, free app for your phone called Files to copy and move files or delete them to free up space—plus organize them into folders, share them with friends, and more.
To copy files to an SD card in your Windows phone from your PC
You can move files between your PC and SD card while the card is still in your phone. To do this:
1. Connect your phone to your PC using a USB cable.
2. Do one of the following:
o If you’re using Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, open Windows Explorer from the taskbar.
o If you’re using Windows 8, go to the desktop, and then open File Explorer from the taskbar.
3. Under Computer, click your phone’s name, and then click SD card.
4. To move files between your phone and your PC, right-click the file you want to move, and then click Copy or Cut.
5. Right-click in the folder you want to move the file to, and then click Paste.
To safely remove the SD card from your Windows phone, do the following:
Removing your SD card from your Windows phone without doing the following steps can cause great damage to your files or even your SD card. Similarly, if you don’t safely remove the SD card, when you reinsert the card you might see the Scan SD card and fix errors message box. If that happens, tap Yes to have your phone scan the card and try to fix any errors. If you see an SD card scan failed message, insert the SD card into a PC to try and fix it there. To remove your SD card:
1. In the App list, tap Storage Sense .
2. Tap SD card, pan down and tap Remove SD card, and then tap Yes to confirm.
3. In the Safe to remove message box, tap OK, and then take the card out of your phone.
Here is how to format the SD card on Windows Phones
Please note that formatting your SD card will remove all files and the card, so please do this if you really want to erase all files on your mircoSD card.
1. In the App list, tap Storage Sense .
2. Tap SD card, and then pan down and tap Format SD card.
3. In the Format SD card? message box, tap Yes to confirm and format the card.
Addition Tips and Tricks for Windows 8.1 Phones
Here are some additional Tips and tricks for your Windows 8.1 Phone
To choose where to store new music, photos, apps, and more
1. Do one of the following:
o If your phone has a microSD card slot, insert a card. If it’s a new card, in the SD card found message box, tap Yes to store new files on the card and go to Storage Sense to review your preferences. If the card isn’t new, in the App list, tap Storage Sense , and then pan down to set your preferences.
o If your phone has an internal SD card already preinstalled, in the App list, tap Storage Sense .
If you insert a new card into your phone that has apps from another Windows Phone already installed on it, tapping Yes in the SD card found message box won’t change where your phone stores apps. If you want to save apps to the card, you’ll have to delete the other phone’s apps first. In Storage Sense , pan down and tap Store new apps on my, and then tap SD card. In the Delete other apps? message box, tap Delete.
2. In Storage Sense, choose where to store new music, videos, podcasts, photos, apps, and downloads—on your Phone or the SD card.
Windows Phone Tip
You can change your SD card storage settings at any time in Storage Sense. Storage settings are based on the individual SD card, so if you insert a different SD card, your phone will prompt you to choose new settings.
• To view pictures or camera videos that are on the SD card, use the Photos app. To play music, videos from Xbox Video, or podcasts, use the Music , Video , or Podcasts apps.
• You can check your storage space from both your phone and the Windows Phone app. To learn more about storage categories and space on your SD card, see Storage on my phone.
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