How Do I Transfer Apps From Android to USB Storage?

Android, Android Transfer

Are you running out of storage space on your Android device? Do you want to transfer some of your apps to a USB storage device to free up some space?

You’ve come to the right place! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of transferring apps from your Android device to a USB storage device.

Step 1: Check USB OTG Support

Before we proceed, it’s important to ensure that your Android device supports USB On-The-Go (OTG) functionality. USB OTG allows you to connect external devices such as USB drives or storage devices directly to your Android phone or tablet. To check if your device supports USB OTG, follow these steps:

  1. Connect a USB OTG cable (also known as an OTG adapter) to your Android device.

  2. Connect a USB storage device (such as a flash drive or an external hard drive) to the other end of the OTG cable.

  3. If your Android device detects the connected USB storage, it means that it supports USB OTG.

Step 2: Prepare Your USB Storage Device

Now that you’ve confirmed that your Android device supports USB OTG, let’s prepare your USB storage device for app transfers:

  1. Format the USB storage device:

    • If there is any data on the USB storage device that you want to keep, make sure to back it up before formatting.

    • To format the USB storage device, connect it to a computer and use the appropriate formatting tool for your operating system (e.g., Disk Management on Windows or Disk Utility on macOS).

  2. Create a folder on the USB storage device:

    • Connect the formatted USB storage device to your Android device using the OTG cable.

    • Open a file manager app on your Android device and navigate to the connected USB storage device.

    • Create a new folder with a suitable name (e., “Apps”) to store the transferred apps.

Step 3: Transfer Apps to USB Storage

With your USB storage device ready, it’s time to transfer the apps from your Android device:

  1. Navigate to App Settings:

    • Go to the “Settings” app on your Android device.

    • Select the “Apps” or “Applications” option, depending on your Android version.

  2. Select an App:

    • In the list of installed apps, choose the app that you want to transfer to USB storage.

    • Note:

      If you want to transfer multiple apps, repeat the following steps for each app.
  3. Move the App:

    • On the app’s details page, select the “Storage” option.

    • Choose the “Change” or “Move” button, depending on your Android version.

    • Select the “USB storage device” as the destination.

    • Note:

      If you don’t see the USB storage device as an option, make sure it is properly connected and recognized by your Android device.

Congratulations! You have successfully transferred an app from your Android device to a USB storage device.

Repeat these steps for any other apps you want to move. Remember that some system apps may not be transferrable due to restrictions imposed by the Android operating system.

Please note that transferring apps to a USB storage device may affect their performance due to slower read/write speeds compared to internal storage. It is recommended to keep essential apps on your Android device’s internal storage for optimal performance.

We hope this tutorial has helped you in learning how to transfer apps from Android to USB storage. Enjoy your newfound storage space!