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Guide to using your SD card on Marshmallow

Android 6.0 SD card

Marshmallow: what is changing

Android 6.0 brings new and exciting features to your device.  Android 6.0 Introduces Adoptable Storage. Adoptable Storage enables a user to set up his SD card as internal storage, and store applications, their data, and media on an adopted SD card.

With Android 6.0, we are also deprecating the existing ‘Apps 2 SD’ Motorola feature which enabled the user to move applications to a SD card in favor of the richer experience natively provided by Android.

Let’s get to the details

 

When you insert a SD card for the first time on a Marshmallow device, you can choose to either use the card as Portable Storage or Internal Storage.

 


Portable Card


Internal Storage

select this mode if you frequently swap your SD card between devices, use your SD card for media storage only.

select  this mode if you want to completely extend your device storage with the card, and need the card to store large applications, games, and their data.

You have a Class 2, 4, or 6 card.

You have a high-speed card (UHS-1)

if you frequently swap cards, use sd card to transfer content between devices and do not download many large app, we recommend configuring your card as “portable”

if you want to store large games on the card, if your device storage is always filling up, and if plan to always keep this card in the device, we recommend keeping your card as internal.

Only pictures and media can be stored on the card

 

Downloaded applications, their data, is always internal. they can not be moved to the card.


The card is readable by other devices. (another phone, mac, pc, digital camera)


Content on the card is not encrypted by default.


The card will NOT be reformatted when Portable storage is selected.

The SD card can become your device primary storage

 

Downloaded applications, their data and media can be moved to the card


The card is not readable by other devices. (another phone, mac, pc, digital camera)


The card is always encrypted, and can not be decrypted on any other device.


The card will be formatted when Portable storage is selected

 

Performance warning

We recommend use of a  high speed card , such as a UHS-1 type.   Class 4 and Class 2 micro SD cards are not recommended for adopted internal storage usage. The performance of these cards is typically 10x slower than internal storage performance.

 

High speed card are identified by these logos:

 

 

If your card it too slow, your device will warn your during the adoption process. If you encounter this dialog, we advise to upgrade your card to a UHS-1 card first.

 

Using your card as ‘Portable Storage’

    • Insert the SD card on your device

    • Android will notify you a new SD Card has been detected, you can setup the card as portable or internal storage 

 

 

    • If you decide to defer this decision, the card will be used as portable storage by default. you can change this selection through settings->storage at a later stage

 

 

 

Using your card as ‘Portable Storage’

    • media, pictures, movies already on the card will be visible in the device photo gallery and media apps. New content sideloaded to the card will also be available and viewable in media apps on the device

    • through the motorola camera application settings, you can select the default storage for pictures and movies captured through the motorola camera app. Third party camera might not offer this option.

    • some third party applications will enable you to store their content on the ‘portable’ SD card, as in lollipop; but only if the application developer chose to do so (Google Play Music)

    • if you select a card as portable storage, you will NOT be able to move applications to the card, nor will play store automatically install applications to this card

      IMPORTANT FOR USERS UPGRADING FROM LOLLIPOP : if you received Android 6.0 as part of an OTA upgrade, any application which you had previously moved to (or installed on) the SD card with the legacy Motorola “Move apps to SD card” feature will still run from the card; but you will not be able to move new applications to that card. You will need to format your card as internal storage before being able to move new applications to the card.

Using your card as ‘Internal Storage’

    • Insert the card in the device

    • You should see a “Set Up SD card” Notification

    • Tap on ‘setup SD card’ in the insertion notification (or go to settings->storage->select card-> menu->format as internal)

    • Select the ‘internal storage’ option, after have carefully read the warning

    • If you currently have applications installed on the card, your device will ask you to move these applications back to internal storage before formatting your card

    • Your card will be formatted and encrypted, and usable as device storage

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Once the card has been formatted, you will be asked whether you want to migrate data currently on your device to the card. This step will move all media, pictures, and documents to the SD card.

    • By selecting where to migrate content, you also select the preferred storage location for all applications, databases and data.

    • if you decide to move that data to the card, the SD card will also become the preferred storage location for all applications content,  data and database and media.

    • If you decide to skip this step, your device internal storage will remain the preferred storage for all content.

    • Once a card has been formatted as internal storage,  both your device internal storage and the card will show up as “device storage” under storage settings, and you will be able to  move applications which were in internal storage to the card. Moving an application, its media files, obb files, and data to the card. Moving applications to the card can be done from application settings (settings->apps->select application->change storage location)

    • Once a card has been formatted as internal storage, Play Store will install applications on either storage volume automatically, based on a set of rules provided by the application developer (you will be able to move applications from one volume to another)

 

 

 

 

 

    • Applications will always store their content in the preferred storage location by default. You will not need to indicate in each application setting where to store content; for example:

      If you have adopted your SD card as ‘internal’, the motorola camera app will always store your content to the preferred storage location, there is no app specific setting

    • Storage settings will enable you to check storage usage on both Device storage volumes. Adopted SD cards will show up under “Device Storage”

 

 

 

  

 

 

My device shipped on Lollipop, and i used Motorola’s Apps2SD feature to move some application my SD card (on Lollipop), can i still use these applications after the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade?

 

Yes, applications which were moved to your SD card will still be available after the upgrade; BUT you will NOT be able to move other applications TO the SD card without ‘adopting’ it, as described above. You will still be able to move applications which are on the SD card TO internal storage after the upgrade without adopting the card.

 

I want to use the new adoptable storage feature but I have applications on my SD card, how do i avoid losing these applications?

 

Adopting your SD card will reformat it and encrypt it. Before adopting your card, we recommend moving all applications on your SD card back to internal storage; THEN adopting a card.

 

After I adopt a SD card as internal storage, can i use this card in another device or my laptop?

 

No. You should keep the card in your device. Another device (laptop, camera) will not be able to view the content on the card.

 

If you remove an adopted card from a device, the system will request the card be reinserted; you will lose access to apps and data on the card until it is safely re-inserted in the system.

 

Are there any performance concerns?

 

While formatting a card for internal storage use, Android will perform a set of speed test and warn you if it determines your card does not meet the minimal performance requirements.
 

The lifetime of a microSD can vary depending on its manufacturer and class. We see a large variety of cards, each with different properties. If you decide to use your card for internal storage, and as SD card typically have lower lifespan expectations than embedded device storage, we recommend you make sure important content and apps are backed up to the cloud. Android 6.0 now auto-backups up application content and their data to Google Drive. SO, please make sure all your content is backed up to the cloud.

Please do not PM me - if you have issues, search the forums for threads on your topic and post there, or start a new thread. Thanks!
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Re: Guide to using your SD card on Marshmallow

Great info and timely - thanks Matt. This reminds me of what I miss about a good solid owners manual - Thanks again.


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Re: Guide to using your SD card on Marshmallow

Thanks for this.  There is a very important piece of feedback I would like to give (as far as I am concerned).  Marshmallow has kneecapped the Google Play Music app in terms of it not being able to access the SD Card formatted as Internal on this phone.  On my MXPE running Marshmallow the app is using my fairly small internal storage space, rather than my very large SD card, to store music, and there is no option to change the storage location in the app.  This was not an issue on 5.1, when both options were available.  Let me know if you need any additional information.



Thanks for the guide!



-Andrew

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Re: Guide to using your SD card on Marshmallow

This is great info!!! 

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Re: Guide to using your SD card on Marshmallow

Thanks for this info. Since I had my SD card in the phone before I got the Marshmallow update, I was never prompted with the option to use it as internal storage. Guess it's time to do a factory reset this weekend and start off fresh. Smiley Very Happy

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Re: Guide to using your SD card on Marshmallow

Question about SD cards, I have a PNY 64GB Class 10, UHS-I/ U3 card (max 90 read, min 30 write (U3)) and when I use it as internal storage, it says it is slow.  I understand that it will always be slower than the true internal drive, but that appears to meet all requirements for internal storage.



Will it say they are all slow?



Also I bought a PNY 64GB Pro Class 10, UHS-I/ U3 (max 95 read, max 90 write) and it times out every time when formatting at 30%.  I can only use it as portable storage.



Maybe these are Google/Android questions, but anyone else have this experience?



 



 



 

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slides said:


Question about SD cards, I have a PNY 64GB Class 10, UHS-I/ U3 card (max 90 read, min 30 write (U3)) and when I use it as internal storage, it says it is slow.  I understand that it will always be slower than the true internal drive, but that appears to meet all requirements for internal storage.



Will it say they are all slow?



Also I bought a PNY 64GB Pro Class 10, UHS-I/ U3 (max 95 read, max 90 write) and it times out every time when formatting at 30%.  I can only use it as portable storage.



Maybe these are Google/Android questions, but anyone else have this experience?



 



 



 


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I have the first card you mention (Not the pro version) and at first it did not warn that it was slow, and later it did.  It also currently mischaracterizes it as a Lexar SD card for some reason.  I am not sure what is used to make these determinations, but so far the card works great for me and I notice no slowness at all in my apps.

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Thanks Andrew



Good to know that first cards works even though 'it is slow'.  I was also a little surprised that it read as a Lexar card



Thanks for the info



 

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AndrewSpins said:


Thanks for this.  There is a very important piece of feedback I would like to give (as far as I am concerned).  Marshmallow has kneecapped the Google Play Music app in terms of it not being able to access the SD Card formatted as Internal on this phone.  On my MXPE running Marshmallow the app is using my fairly small internal storage space, rather than my very large SD card, to store music, and there is no option to change the storage location in the app.  This was not an issue on 5.1, when both options were available.  Let me know if you need any additional information.



Thanks for the guide!



-Andrew


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Apps will no longer show another storage location, as they're both internal.  Move Play Music to the SD card and see if it stores music on the adopted SD.  It should, but I don't know if Google updated Play Music.



Keep in mind, only NEW music downloaded will go to the SD card after it is moved.  So, be sure to remove all cached music on device internal, then re-download it.

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jason.motox said:



AndrewSpins said:


Thanks for this.  There is a very important piece of feedback I would like to give (as far as I am concerned).  Marshmallow has kneecapped the Google Play Music app in terms of it not being able to access the SD Card formatted as Internal on this phone.  On my MXPE running Marshmallow the app is using my fairly small internal storage space, rather than my very large SD card, to store music, and there is no option to change the storage location in the app.  This was not an issue on 5.1, when both options were available.  Let me know if you need any additional information.



Thanks for the guide!



-Andrew


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Apps will no longer show another storage location, as they're both internal.  Move Play Music to the SD card and see if it stores music on the adopted SD.  It should, but I don't know if Google updated Play Music.


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Thanks Jason, I would love to move it to SD but it is a system app so the option to move to SD Card is not given.  On another deployment of MM where it is not a system app, or on a rooted rom (which I prefer not to do with this phone) this would be a simple issue to resolve.  But with GPM as a system app its ability to utilize adopted storage is hampered.



-Andrew

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