Change Internal Storage to SD Card In Redmi Note 8

Redmi Note 8 has limited storage space and is not sufficient for some people who need to save large multimedia files such as photos, and videos, or install games. If your Redmi Note 8 internal memory is full you can use the SD card as internal storage and then move the apps and files to the external memory.

This article teaches you how to install and move apps to SD card on  Redmi Note 8. To do this, first, we’ll teach you how to set SD card as internal storage location.

How to Change Internal Storage to SD Card In Redmi Note 8

In case your Redmi Note 8 does not prompt you automatically, use these steps:

1. Insert the SD card on your Redmi Note 8 and wait for it to be recognized

2. Open Settings and tap on Storage.

3. Tap the name of your SD card.

4. Tap the three dots on the top right corner of the screen.

5. Select Storage Settings.

6. Tap Format as internal option.

7. Select Erase & Format at the prompt and wait.

You can now move apps to the SD card.

However, after formatting your SD card to behave like internal storage and moving your Redmi Note 8 apps to external memory it is not recommended to remove the card and put it in another smartphone, the apps won’t show on the device.

How to Move Apps to SD Card on Redmi Note 8

1. Open your Redmi Note 8 and go to Settings from the app drawer or the quick settings dropdown.

2. Scroll down and select Apps.

3. Find the app that you want to move to your SD card and tap on it.

4. Now tap on the Storage option.

5. Tap on the Change button and then tap on Move.

You can undo the change by tapping on the Change button and moving apps to internal storage. please note: not all apps support SD card use, some are Redmi Note 8 system apps and cannot be moved to SD card.

Why Can’t I Move my Files to SD Card on Redmi Note 8?

If you’re unable to move files to an SD card on your Redmi Note 8, these are some of the most common reasons: 

The SD Card is not properly formatted.

  • SD card has insufficient space.
  • The card is damaged.
  • The card has a virus or malware.
  • The card is read-only (write-protected).
  • The SD card file system might be corrupted.
  • The card is not placed properly.

It must be noted that not all Android devices allow you to move an installed app onto the SD card. Some apps also allow you to move only a small part to the SD card and the rest remains in the internal storage.

To this, it is not recommended to move Redmi Note 8 system apps to SD cards because of their limited write times and lifetime, where you can damage the SD card and data loss can occur, it is advisable to keep files in SD cards and not apps.

When you use an SD card as internal storage on your Redmi Note 8 the SD card formats in such a way that no other device can read it.

If you want to stop using the SD card that has been formatted as default/internal storage on your Redmi Note 8, it is not as simple as removing it directly. To do this, you will need to reformat the card as portable. Here’s how you can do it.

How to Reformat SD Card on Redmi Note 8

1. Open your phone and swipe down.

2. Tap Settings and select Storage.

3. Tap on the name of the SD card.

4. Tap the three dots on the top right corner of the screen. 

5. Select Format as portable.

6. You will see a warning screen that tells you what happens next. Make sure all the files on the SD card are backed up elsewhere.

7. then Tap Format.

Many Redmi Note 8 users wish to move apps to SD cards to save space on their phones. Since moving your apps can make your Redmi Note 8 and apps installed to be slow, you can instead take a backup of your Redmi Note 8 data to the computer or Google and make more free space on the device.

You can also uninstall unnecessary apps on your Redmi Note 8 and move them back into the internal memory. Then format the SD card as removable media. Now it will be safe to install Android updates on your Redmi Note 8.

Can I Use My Formatted SD Card on Another Phone?

To use the SD card on another device, you have to reformat it as a portable storage device. You would need to back up all the data saved on the card to your computer or Google.

Moreover, Redmi Note 8 and other Android smartphone’s internal memory is faster than SD, so it is not good enough to move apps from internal storage to SD card. If you move apps from internal to external SD Card it will change due to the fact that SD Cards have maximum speed for read and write.

Hence, it is better to free up space on your than to move or install apps on the SD/external memory. You can do this without deleting your apps.

How to Free Up Space on Redmi Note 8 Without Deleting Apps

1. Download the Google Files app from the Play Store

2. Open the Files app and allow it to access your storage.

3. The app will now scan Redmi Note 8 storage to find large files.

4. Select and remove them from your phone.

Clear Cache

1. Open Settings on your Redmi Note 8.

2. Scroll to Apps.

3. Check the installed apps list with storage space.

4. Select the app that takes up more space.

5. Scroll to Storage.

6. Tap Clear data.

Another way to free up space on Redmi Note 8 without deleting apps is to utilize cloud storage like Google One or Microsoft 365.  You can upload photos and videos to Google Drive or OneDrive and delete those files from your phone. That’ll free up space on your Redmi Note 8 and you can access those photos and videos from other devices.


Having to decide what apps, photos, or videos to delete in order to free up storage space on your Redmi Note 8 device is frustrating. While your Redmi Note 8 comes with internal storage, you may be looking for more if you’re a videographer, photographer, or gamer. You follow the steps to change storage location and install and move apps from internal memory to SD card/expandable memory on Redmi Note 8 for extra space.