Adaptable storage in Android 6.0: what it works and how

One of the main initial advantages of the Android operating system over Apple smartphones iPhone was support for memory cards. Google still avoids them in its Nexus series devices, but other Android manufacturers offer Slots MicroSD. In the past, they were quite difficult to manage, but this changed in the MarshMallow version with the adaptable storage option (Adoptable Storage). Several presses you have the ability to combine the card with the built-in memory for expansion of the capacity. If you are not against a number of minuses.

What is adaptable storage?

The default mode for removable memory in Android has always kept it separately from integrated memory. Even when it was possible to transfer data to the card, it was often necessary to do it manually. For example, when Google made it possible to transfer an application to an SD card, each needed to move separately. Until now, the standard removable memory did not support private applications and media data until you involved adaptable storage.

Adaptable storage formats the microSD card as part of the system using the EXT4 file system and 128-bit AES encryption. The new section becomes part of the system and the main storage location of applications. Previously, you had 10-12 GB on the smartphone 16 GB, it was possible to increase the value of up to 70 GB due to the microSD card with a volume of 64 GB. The data was distributed between the memory card and the built-in memory automatically, without having to use the file manager.

In other words, if you "adapt" the SD card, it will make the smartphone memory more compatible, and will not add a separate disk space unrelated in the built-in memory. The adaptable memory can be created using any memory card, Android will quickly start Benchmark to make sure enough high speed of its operation. Use slower compared to the recommended cards can adversely affect the speed of the system, although the difference is usually small. When using enough fast cards, the speed of reading and writing data will become slower by about 5%.

When the card is adapted by the system, it seems to be an integral part of the device. Since Android holds a significant part of the application data on the map, its elimination will lead to the inoperability of many programs. If you make the system forget about adapted storage when the card is lost or damaged, this data will be lost irretrievably.

How to use adapted storage on the smartphone

To use adapted storage, you need a machine on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and a microSD memory card slot. The number of supported devices, among others, include Moto X PURE, LG G4 and HTC One A9. Not all smartphones on Android 6.0 support this functionality - it is not in the new LG G5 and GALAXY S7.

You will be prompted to choose the mode of the card after you insert it. Most devices offer portable mode (Portable) and "Internal" (Internal). Select "Portable" if you just want to transfer some files that can then be transferred to other devices. The option "internal" and is an adaptable storage, and after its choice you will not be able to remove the memory card from the device without loss.

When you choose the option "internal", all information stored on the map is deleted. When the formatting is completed, the device will offer the option to transfer application data and multimedia files to the card. It will take some time, depending on the amount of data. If you miss this opportunity and want to return to it later, open the internal memory menu and select the "Transfer Data" option. After that, the map will be filled into several gigabytes.

If you decide to use the card for something else or want to buy a bigger card, you will have to first spend the preparatory work. The data stored on the map must be returned to the internal memory of the device so that applications do not lose performance. This can be done from the internal memory menu. If everything does not fit, you need to delete some files until you fit into the proposed limit. After that, you can go to the SD card menu and format it as "portable", which will give her the opportunity to work with other devices. If it remained data, they will be destroyed.

These are underwater stones of using adaptable memory, but in most cases it is more convenient than previously existing options. While the OEM manufacturers continue to input smartphones with a built-in memory of only 16 GB, this feature should be in demand.