How to Expand Your Amazon Fire Tablet Storage


(Pocket-lint) – It’s no secret that the internal storage of Amazon’s Fire tablet range is a bit limited. If a child has ever complained about you because they can no longer download games or videos to their tablet, you will know it better than anyone.

Luckily, you can expand the storage of almost any Fire tablet model. Certainly, you can expand the storage of any of the newer models, and even use a feature that lets you adopt the microSD card as internal storage for saving apps and games.

What do I need?

You will need a microSD card, preferably a “Class 10” card to ensure it has fast enough read and write speeds. These are very affordable these days; even basic Amazon versions now have fast read and write speeds, so you won’t have to worry about performance.

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Still, we recommend getting a SanDisk Ultra, you can get a 128GB Class 10 card at a very reasonable price and with it double or quadruple your Fire tablet storage. Also, apps will run fine on it if you decide to use the SD card as internal storage.

Of course, if you want more than 128 GB, you can get it. Most Fire tablets support up to an additional 512GB, with some of the larger and newer models even supporting up to 1TB of additional storage. However, we think 128GB will suffice for most people.

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Which model of Fire tablets can be extended?

All current Fire tablet models support a microSD card, and many older models do as well. Just look for the little plastic flap on the bottom edge if you’re holding it in landscape orientation with the camera at the top.

This means that you can buy any of the The Fire tablets that Amazon currently offers and know that you will be able to add storage space if necessary.

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How to increase storage?

Fortunately, the process of inserting your SD card into the tablet is simple. All you have to do is locate the aforementioned SD port under the plastic flap.

If you’re holding the Fire HD 8 in landscape mode with the camera on the top bezel, the microSD slot is on the bottom edge, near the right corner. If you’re holding in portrait mode with the ports and buttons on the bottom edge, the microSD port is on the right side, near the left corner.

Open the plastic flap and push the microSD card in with the top of the card facing up and the gold contact points on the underside facing down (or similar to the back of the tablet).

‘Incompatible microSD card’ message, what should I do?

If you receive a notification on your Fire tablet that the inserted SD card is unsupported or faulty, you need to format it. Again, it’s a fairly simple process. Just tap on the “Format and Erase” option in the notification and it will take you to the format card screen. You can choose whether you want to format it as a standard “portable” SD card or format it to adopt it as internal storage.

If you want to manually erase it and format it again, you can head to Settings > Storage > Choose SD card, then tap the three dots in the top corner and select “format as portable storage” or “format as internal storage.

Use SD Card as Internal Storage on Fire Tablet

Since the Fire tablet’s operating system is Android-based – and Android has had the ability to “adopt” external storage as internal for a few years – you’re using a memory card as internal storage. This means you can not only save files and content on it, but also install apps and run them from the microSD card.

Again – if you get this “incompatible microSD card” message, tap on the “Format and Erase” option in the pop-up message, then choose “use as internal storage”. Read the pop-up warning about erasing existing content from the card and tap “format storage device”. Now wait for the formatting to complete.

Move Apps or Data from Fire Tablet to SD Card

Once the card is in place and formatted, you can move your data, content and applications to the SD card. This is a simple process. To move content/data, the process is as follows:

  1. Open settings
  2. Tap “Storage”
  3. Select “Move data to SD card”
  4. On the next screen, confirm that you want to move data/content

That’s it. Simply wait for the tablet to move your content from the internal memory to the microSD card. It’s almost exactly the same process for moving apps:

  1. Open settings
  2. Tap “Storage”
  3. Select “Move apps to SD card”
  4. Read the pop-up warning, then tap “Move apps”

The process of moving apps from internal storage to SD storage takes a little time, so you may need to be patient and wait for the process to complete.

Written by Cam Bunton.

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