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How to adopt SD card as internal storage on Samsung devices?

Samsung (and some other manufacturers') devices don't support Adoptable Storage by default. However, there are some workarounds how you can enable it. Some devices will require root, and others don't. ...
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How does the "Format as internal storage" feature work in Android 6.0+?

If you use this feature, your external SD card is replacing your internal storage. In the process, it will be encrypted. You no longer can "simply unmount" the card to read it in any other ...
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How to decrypt Adopted Storage?

How to decrypt adopted storage. Your Android device must be rooted. Browse to /data/misc/vold, e.g. using a file browser app like "ES Explorer". The .key file there is the encryption key ...
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Split external SD card partially into adoptable storage and portable storage

You don't need to root your device but the device i done this with is rooted You need to enabled Developer Options. Enable the USB Debugging option. Make sure your SD card is formatted as portable, ...
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My adoptable storage is full. How can I move the data to a bigger MicroSD card?

Having a similar issue, I read through the comments to your question and ended up doing the following based on a hint suggested by Barleyman: Go to Settings > Storage & USB › Internal Storage, ...
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How can I move apps to SD on non-adopted Marshmallow storage?

Marshmallow internal storage can be better used with a mixed-format SD card as I also explain in my blog here: http://blog.sam.liddicott.com/2016/02/android-6-semi-adopted-storage.html First, you ...
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How to decrypt the corrupt SD card formatted as internal storage?

Even it does not fully answer the question, here's a guide to decrypt the external storage formatted as internal. You do need to be root on your phone, however. The gist is that we search for strings ...
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"Format as Internal Storage" option no longer available

It seems like manufacturers are removing the "Format as Internal" feature on newer phones. Perhaps because it's in their interest to force us to upgrade our devices after running into memory ...
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Samsung J5 : Use SD card as internal memory

This is how I achieved this on a Samsung Galaxy J5 with Marshmallow 6.0.1. It requires a computer running Windows vista/7/8/10: Install the official Samsung drivers on your computer - some other ...
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How to get Adoptable SD card encryption key with root access?

There's some interesting pointer found in Decrypting Android M adopted storage (emphasis mine): Android M allows for adoptable storage, which is implemented similarly to internal storage FDE -- ...
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insufficient storage even with marshmallow sd card formatted for internal space and plenty of space

I have the same phone & same SD card setup. David Coleman has good advice, but here are some additional points. Many apps will not even show the word "Change." That means they cannot be moved to ...
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What is the minimum MicroSD speed necessary to extend the storage of an Android phone?

tl:dr; Go in for SDXC UHS class 1 or A1 cards if you are looking to run apps from Ext SD SD card speeds have two aspects that would impact your proposed use as adoptable-storage ( though your ...
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SD card formatted as internal storage Recovery Data

This question appears to be a duplicate of How to decrypt Adopted Storage? in many regards, but if I understand it correctly, the following things happened and one step makes it unique: You adopted ...
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How to free Internal Storage by moving data or using symlink / bind-mount with Adoptable Storage?

First of all, symlinks don't work on Android's emulated storage. A workaround is to use bind mounts instead. See this answer for details. But with Adoptable Storage you don't need to: Create symlink ...
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Split external SD card partially into adoptable storage and portable storage

poqdavid's answer is correct. In addition though, you might get the error that your SD card on your device storage is corrupted. If so, follow these steps. After you have partitioned the disk and ...
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Adaptive internal storage : analysis

The internal storage doesn't increase itself, but external storage start behaving like internal (you can move apps to it and so), so you can say you have more internal which is used for apps mostly ...
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How to read the data of a SD card configured as "Internal Storage"

You don't... if the SD card was encrypted adopted storage, and you removed it and factory reset the phone then you have lost all possibility of accessing any information on the SD card. You are better ...
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What is the minimum MicroSD speed necessary to extend the storage of an Android phone?

For using SD cars as internal storage bare minimum would be Class 10 SD card, but still that is 4-5 times slower (if I remeber corectly) than internal storage at least in my case I presume that on ...
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Google Play store asks to uninstall apps on sd card to free up space for new installations

See App Install Location for what could be the reason When your application is installed on the external storage: The .apk file is saved on the external storage, but all private user data, databases, ...
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How to use an external sdcard as internal in Android Lolipop 5.1.1?

sm is actually not a binary, it is a shell script for java program which does not exist/work on 5.1-lollipop # Script to start "sm" on the device, which has a very rudimentary # shell. # base=/...
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Using SD card as internal storage and migrate date

OK, I think I found out the best setup. Format your SD card as internal memory. Go to Settings > Storage > Internal and open each app. Some apps have a "change" button. Press it to move the app into ...
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insufficient storage even with marshmallow sd card formatted for internal space and plenty of space

I had the same problem because, although adopted storage is supposed to merge the internal storage with the SD card there is still a distinction between the two and Google Play still seems to want to ...
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How does the "Format as internal storage" feature work in Android 6.0+?

A second answer to have some points more easily accessible. Yes the internal storage is still accessible, to android at least. After you've done "migrate data" to external storage, everything ...
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Recovering data from corrupted SD card formatted as internal storage (Marshmallow)

1) will rooting delete the encryption key so that the card can't be accessed? No, actually "rooting" will not delete anything. Rooting is just adding an application for superuser or root-level ...
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How to recover data from adaptive storage while rooted phone stuck at boot?

before starting , i'd recommend making a FULL backup of your SD card , through a raw image ( google the 'dd' command in linux) i followed the guide here ; Corrupt SD card formatted as internal ...
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Is it possible to migrate an SD card formatted as adopted storage to a new phone without reformatting?

Though you did not (yet) confirm both devices are rooted, this solution might be of interest for those where they are: Following up to our adoptable-storage tag-wiki, you will find a link to How to ...
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Unable to recover SD card used as internal memory after factory reset

TL;DR: Yes. Details: By adopting your SD card as internal storage, it was encrypted. The encryption key was stored on the device itself – and thus deleted when you performed the factory-reset. For ...
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Compatibility Feasibility Speed and use of High Capacity MicroSd Card for adaptable swapping and linking apps?

Your device is very old, which most likely means that it does not have exfat support. Compatibility should not be a problem, as every card and reader are usually compatible with each other, as long ...
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How can I move apps to SD on non-adopted Marshmallow storage?

You are correct. Android Marshmallow has done away with apps being on the SD card when it's setup as portable storage. The only way to use it in that way is with root and apps like LINK2SD.
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Moto G3 Marshmallow SD card as Internal storage

This is intentional by the Android system. When you format a microSD card to be used as internal storage, 2 things basically happen: The microSD card becomes locked-in to the device (as it is ...
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