(this was posted in the thread insufficient storage even with marshmallow sd card formatted for internal space and plenty of space which is a discussion about this same problem, but for some reason this got deleted... dont understand this. Now I opened a new question)

Today I inserted a brand new 64GB fast SD card (Sandisk extreme U3) in my MotoG 2nd generation, as I was constantly hitting the internal storage barrier. I formatted it as "internal storage" also called Adopted storage I believe.

I was expecting to see a total size of 64 GB of "memory" to be available, and not having to bother anymore with choosing between internal mem and SD cards. So I am now still puzzled why I still see both separate, and still hit the limits on storage space... I thought Android would handle this fully in background, so the user would see 1 big memory. What I don't understand is that I still get the "not enough space" error and why then I would have to manually move apps or data between Internal memory...

When I check the storage, I see Android 2.5 GB, Internal memory 4.6 of 5.5 used, Sandisk SD card almost all free (58GB)

anyone can help ?

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Apps can't be stored on SdCard. The only way to do that is rooting the phone and use apps like Link2sd or adopting SD card if you have Android 6+. Here is how to do it.

  • Thanks for the reply, but I DID "adopt" the SD card, like I clearly described in my first post. I expected to see 1 large space, but that clearly is not the case. So, I don think this "big new thing" on Android 6 is not really very useful. I tried moving applications to the SD, but many cannot be moved
    – Leo B
    Dec 24, 2016 at 10:37
  • Than you done something wrong. Of course it shows as two different spaces, otherwise how would you know when apps are on SD card. What error you get when you try to move app. Did you migrated data on adopted card? Dec 24, 2016 at 10:49
  • well, I expected that both storages would be managed in the background by Android, similar to a Win Swap file, where windows takes care of swapping between ram (internal storage) and disk (external storage, like my SD).
    – Leo B
    Dec 24, 2016 at 10:53
  • (sorry for the multiple messages, but each time I hit enter the message gets posted). Yes, I did migrate my data (but minimal result: 250 mb). I am not getting an error, but on many applications, I do not have the possibility to move it to SD. Some yes (and those work) but many dont give the option to move
    – Leo B
    Dec 24, 2016 at 10:55
  • If you adopted it it should offer you moving for every single app. Provide a screenshot from storage menu in settings and open adopted space and take a ss, and addnit to question Dec 24, 2016 at 11:02

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