A lot of Android phone owners who use WhatsApp are wondering if they can move the app from their device’s internal storage to their SD card. This way, they’ll reduce the amount of data that their internal storage contains and make way for other applications that need it. They’ll also boost the speed at which WhatsApp runs and have a faster and smoother experience when messaging their friends.
If you’re one of these folks, WhatsApp has bad news for you: as of the moment, it’s not possible to move the app to your SD card. On their website’s FAQ page, the company states that there are “technical hurdles” that prevent them from moving their mobile application to SD cards. If your internal storage capacity is getting low, they suggest moving media files and other apps to your SD cards to free up space.
But remember: that’s only the official statement. Many techies have found several ways around WhatsApp’s restrictions, and they’re using these strategies to transfer the app to their SD card and free up their internal storage.
One of these strategies is to use a file manager app, such as FolderMount. It creates a new folder in your SD card and automatically transfers information from your internal storage to your SD card. So, WhatsApp will continue to think that your WhatsApp data is stored in /storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp, when in reality it’s being stored in /storage/sdcard1/WhatsApp.
To use FolderMount, you can download it from the Google Play Store and install it in your phone. Once the app is open, tap the (+) icon to create a connection between your internal storage and your SD card (you’ll have to name the connection, e.g. “WhatsApp”). Select WhatsApp’s source folder (/storage/emulated/0/WhatsApp) and either create a destination folder in the SD card or allow FolderMount to automatically do so. If you choose the latter, you can immediately move the data from your phone’s internal storage to the SD card. Once everything has been transferred, go back to FolderMount’s homescreen and click the switch beside “WhatsApp” to ensure that WhatsApp data will be stored in your SD card moving forward.
You can learn more about this by checking out this Quora thread.
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