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Internal / SD Card Storage - Moto G 3rd Generation

Internal / SD Card Storage - Moto G 3rd Generation

Start by finding your Android Version. Settings > About Phone > Android Version
Click here to learn more about SD Card usage on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

Whether its images, music, videos or applications we know that the most important stuff on people's phones is stored in the user memory.



Your device has 8 GB of internal memory.

The 8 GB version of user memory is partitioned into two bundles:

  • Approximately 3 GB of user memory - for applications, pictures, videos, music, etc.
  • Approxinalely 5 GB of system memory - this is for the operating system, carrier applications, pre-loaded media.

To see how much internal storage is available for use, perform the following steps:

  1. Touch Apps Image
  2. Touch Settings
  3. Scroll down the screen, then touch Storage
  4. The available device memory displays in the Internal Storage section




The device also supports micro SD cards up to 32GB (card is sold separately)

Important Note: SD cards are not "hot-swappable" >> The phone has to be turned off to safely remove the card.

Anything greater than 32GB will prompt a reformat.

The device can then use that card (example, using a 128 GB card will provide 119 GB usable after formatting).

Note: Once reformatted swap-ability is not as convenient.


To see how much internal storage is available for use, perform the following steps:

  1. Touch Apps Image
  2. Touch Settings
  3. Scroll down the screen, then touch Storage
  4. The total and available storage card space is displayed in the SD card section

Moving Media to the SD card

When inserting a SD card post-purchase, your device will help you free internal storage by offering to move pictures, movies and music stored internally to the SD card, through the Move Media application. Move media will only move content which is safe to move: pictures, movies and music. Items are moved from internal storage to the card, and are moved to the same location on the card. As an example, a picture stored on your internal storage at this location :  /sdcard0/DCIM/MattJones.JPG will simply be moved to /sdcard1/DCIM/MattJones.JPG (on the SD card). Content will still be visible to media consuming applications (Gallery, Music) after being moved.

The Move Media dialog on card insertion will only displayed once for each SD card, and only if there is content to move. You can invoke it manually from storage settings at any time by going settings > storage and USB > SD Card > three dots in the upper right > Settings > Move Media

Configuring the Motorola Camera application to store pictures, movies on your SD card

When an SD card in present, you can set the card as the default storage location for your pictures from the camera application.

Out of the box, captured pictures and movies will always be stored on internal storage.

You can find this setting under the “Storage location” icon in the camera app settings. This setting will only appear when a SD card is present in the device.

Installing or Moving Applications to your SD card

Some applications are getting quite large. For your device, we have enabled the ability for a consumer to install and move applications from internal storage to his SD card. Applications moved to the SD card still appear in the apps tray, and runs.


The “On SD card” tab, under Settings ->Apps displays the list of applications which can be moved to the card, as well as these already installed on the card.

You can move each application back and forth through each “app info” settings view (“move to SD card”). Please wait until each move has completed before exiting the App info panel.


To move an application to the SD card go into settings > apps > scroll down to the application you want to move and select it > storage >: switch the Storage location  to the SD card.


  • Moving an application to the SD card only moves the application executable and resources, any data which the application needs (cache, data) might still reside on internal storage.
  • Ultimately, it’s up to the application developer to decide whether an app can be moved to the SD card. Only applications which follow the Android install location guidelines can be moved, and there are certain class of apps which can’t be moved to the card. If your favorite app can’t be move to your SD card, please contact the application developer first
  • If an application that is stored on the SD card receives an update through the Play Store, it will need to be moved back to the SD card.

Using your SD card for content purchased from  Play Music and Play movies

One of the developer options (available in Android 4.4 and later) allows applications the ability to decide to store content seamlessly on either internal storage OR an SD card. The first two applications using this functionality are Play Music and Play Movies, both preloaded apps on your device.

If you have a SD card inserted in your device, Play Music lets you select the SD card as the storage for your music cache, downloaded or purchased from Google Play music. This setting can be found under the application settings -> storage location. Play Movies offer a similar option.

If you used both of these Google applications, we recommend you set both of these settings to “SD Card/External”.

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