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Portable Device Storage - Droid Turbo 2 (Android 6.0)

Portable Device Storage - Droid Turbo 2 (Android 6.0)


Android Version 6.0 (Marshmallow)
introduces Adoptable Storage, which enables a user to set up the SD card as internal storage and store applications, their data, and media on an "adopted" SD card.

Android Version 6.0 no longer uses the Apps 2 SD Motorola feature which enabled the user to move applications to an SD card. The Adoptable Storage feature provides a much richer experience by Android.


What is the difference between Portable Storage and Internal Storage?

How do I set up the SD card as Portable Storage?

How do I move pictures, videos and movies to the Portable SD card?

What happens to my current applications, media, video, and photos that are on my SD card when I upgrade to Android Version 6.0 (Marshmallow)?

I used Motorola's Apps2SD feature to move some applications to my SD card; can I still use these applications after the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) upgrade?

What if I change my mind about how I want to use the SD card for storage?


What is the difference between Portable Storage and Internal Storage?

When you insert an SD card for the first time in an Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) device, the device will prompt you to choose to use the card as Portable Storage or Internal Storage.

Portable Storage

Internal Storage

Select Portable Storage if you frequently swap your SD card between devices or use your SD card for media storage only (photos, videos, music).

Select Internal Storage if you want to completely extend your existing device storage with the SD card and need the card to store large applications, games, and their data.

Select Portable Storage if you have a Class 2, 4, or 6 card.

Select Internal Storage if you have a high-speed card (UHS-1).

Select Portable Storage if you frequently swap cards, use SD cards to transfer content between devices, and do not download many large apps.

Select Internal Storage if you want to store large games on the card, if your device storage is always filling up, and if you plan to always keep this card in the device.

Downloaded applications and their data are always stored in Internal Storage. They cannot be moved to a Portable SD card.

The card is readable by other devices (another phone, Mac, PC, digital camera).

Content on the card is not encrypted by default.

A Portable card will not require an automatic re-formatting of the card.

If the card is over 32 GB, may require a re-format.

Downloaded applications, their data and media can be moved to the Adopted card, as long as the application developer allows for this feature with their application.

The card is not readable by other devices. (another phone, Mac, PC, digital camera)

The card is always encrypted and cannot be decrypted on any other device.

An Adopted card will be formatted when Internal Storage is selected.

IMPORTANT: Motorola recommends setting up the SD card as Internal Storage if the device has 8GB or less of storage. Please visit Adoptable Internal Storage - Droid Turbo 2


How do I set up the SD card as Portable Storage?

  1. Insert the SD card in your device.
  2. When the new SD Card has been detected, an Android prompt will ask to set up the card as portable or internal storage.
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  3. If you aren't sure yet, the card will be used as portable storage by default. This selection can be changed later by going to Settings > Apps > Select Application > Storage > SD card > Menu > Settings > Format as internal.
  4. Select the default storage for pictures and movies captured through the Motorola Camera app.  Open Camera > Swipe from left to center to pull out Settings > select Image  > select SD card.  Third party camera apps might not offer this option and will automatically be stored in the internal storage.
  5. Photos and videos can be stored on the Portable Storage card.  With the exception of apps such as Google Play Music, most new applications will not be able to be moved to the Portable SD card, nor will Play Store automatically install applications to this card. 

IMPORTANT FOR USERS UPGRADING FROM 5.0 (LOLLIPOP): If you received Android 6.0 as part of an OTA upgrade, any application which had previously been moved to (or installed on) the SD card with the legacy Motorola "Move apps to SD card" feature will still run from the card; however, new applications cannot be moved to that card. You will need to format the card as Adopted Internal Storage before being able to move new applications to the card.



How do I move pictures, videos and movies to the Portable SD card?

To access storage settings and move media, touch Settings > Storage > select SD card > select the three dots in the upper right > Settings > Move Media. Select the media you wish to move.


What happens to my current applications, media, video, and photos that are already on the SD card when I upgrade to Android Version 6.0 (Marshmallow)?

When you choose to use the SD card as Portable Storage, media, pictures, and movies already on the card will be visible in the device photo gallery and media apps. New content loaded to the card on other devices will also be available and viewable in media apps on the device.


I used Motorola's Apps2SD feature to move some applications to my SD card; can I still use these applications after the Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade?

Yes, applications which were moved to your SD card will still be available after the upgrade; but you will not be able to move other applications to the SD card without 'adopting' it, as described above. You will still be able to move applications which are on the SD card to internal storage after the upgrade without adopting the card.

IMPORTANT: A re-format of your card is important for full access to all the new features Android 6.0 has to offer. Not formatting can actually result in applications not working properly or, worse, stopping working altogether.  Motorola highly encourages all users to adopt the SD card as Internal Storage.  Also, if the SD card is over 32 GB, in some cases the re-format will be required.


What if I change my mind about how I want to use the SD card for storage?

To access storage settings, touch Settings > Storage > select SD card > select the three dots in the upper right > Settings > select whether you want to Format as Internal or Format as Portable - depending on how the card was initially formatted, the device will provide the opposite option.  Selecting the option Format will re-format the card in the way it is currently set up.

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