Micro Sd Slot Galaxy S7

Samsung flashes back to the past with expandable memory. The Galaxy S7 includes two beloved features from 2014's Galaxy S5 - an expandable memory slot and water resistance. Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 edge - Insert SD / Memory Card This device supports microSD (TransFlash) memory cards. A microSD card can be purchased from any Verizon Wireless retail store or at the online store. Ensure the device is powered off.

Samsung this year acknowledged its mistake to remove microSD support from the Galaxy S6, by adding expandable storage to the Galaxy S7. The microSD slot lets you add as much as 200GB of extra storage to your handset, but as we explained recently, that’s not necessarily great news.

For whatever reason, Samsung left out one of the best memory features that Google added to Marshmallow last year. Adoptable Storage surprised the audience last year, given Google’s stance on microSD expansion in its own Nexus handsets. The feature lets you merge the phone’s flash memory and expandable microSD card into a single chunk of storage that’s treated as built-in storage.

While Samsung shunned this awesome feature on the Galaxy S7, someone figured out how to enable it on any Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge device, without having to mess with rooting procedures.

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Discovered by MoDaCo, the procedure is really simple and involves a few quick steps, though you need a computer with working “adb” on it. If you have no idea what that is, then you probably won’t need Adoptable Storage either. Here’s what you need to do.

Backup your data

The MicroSD card will be wiped cleaned to be formatted to support Adoptable Storage.

Manage your storage

If you have a high-capacity microSD card – say 128GB or 200GB – you may want to decide how much of that you want to allocate to Adoptable Storage. You should know the Adoptable Storage part isn’t accessible on a computer, so if you want to use microSD to move data to and from a computer, you need to save some “conventional SD” storage on the card. You won’t have to do anything about it yet, but this will be important at a later stage (see below).

Enable USB debugging on the Galaxy S7

Tap five times on the build number of the Galaxy S7 in the developer settings area.

Connect to a computer

Open command window or terminal on the computer and type “adb shell” after you’ve connected the phone to the computer. Then type “sm list-disks” to see the storage disks on the phone.

Partition the microSD memory

This is where you’ll use the “sm partition DISK TYPE RATIO” to customize your memory. MoDaCo’s disk name is “disk:179:160”. To turn all of it into Adoptable Storage, you’d use the command: “sm partition disk:179:160 private” while typing “sm partition disk:179:160 mixed 50” gets you a 50/50 split between Adoptable and conventional storage.

Check for errors

Once the partition process is done, you can go to Settings and then Storage, and see how the Galaxy S7 sees the memory (see image above). If the number is beyond the default 32GB of space, then you’re good to go. MoDaCo notes that apps will be installed automatically to the storage with the most space available, though you can move things around if you want to. The site notes that the built-in memory will always be the faster one, though we already know that, as the phone uses Samsung’s fast UFS standard).

In case you want to go down this road, you should consider SanDisk’s super speedy microSD that was announced at MWC 2016, and which is faster than everything else available so far.

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Samsung excited fans last week when it confirmed that the Galaxy S7 will indeed bring back an important feature the Galaxy S6 lacked: Expandable memory via microSD cards. However, if you plan to buy the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, then you definitely should pay attention to the way Samsung handles memory expansion before you commit to any of the phones.

In what follows, we’re going to look at the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Galaxy S7’s storage, both built-in memory and microSD cards.

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The Good

The Galaxy S7 has microSD support of up to 200GB of storage, meaning you can use one of SanDisk’s tiny memory modules to fit your needs.

The built-in storage inside the Galaxy S7 is incredibly fast. It’s so fast that it even rivals SSD performance. That’s why Samsung decided against adding a microSD slot in last year’s phone, so storage read and write differences between built-in UFS memory and microSD cards won’t hinder performance. It turns out Samsung has further improved UFS storage, though its newest chips might not make it into any Galaxy S7 version anytime soon.

The Bad

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Even though Samsung allows microSD cards on both phones, the company decided against supporting a major Android 6.0Marshmallow feature: Adoptable Storage.

With Adoptable Storage, you can merge built-in and microSD storage into a single block of memory that the system uses to install apps, save personal data, media files, and so forth. The combined storage is encrypted, and the microSD card is useless when inserted in other devices. That means you could install a 200GB microSD card in the Galaxy S7 and get a total of 232GB of available storage. But Samsung doesn’t allow that, which means your 200GB card is still relegated to only storing files – that’s still good, but not great.

The Ugly

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge only come in 32GB versions so far, and there’s no telling if you’re ever going to be able to buy a 64GB or 128GB model. Furthermore, 8GB of that 32GB is occupied by Android and Samsung’s TouchWiz bloatware. That’s just like last year with the Galaxy S6 and 8GB is still a massive chunk of space.

That means you’re effectively left with 24GB of storage on your phone for apps and you can’t install them on the microSD card because Samsung doesn’t (yet) support Adoptable Storage.

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However, as Droid-Life points out, you can still move apps to the SD card you’ll end up buying. Just go to storage Settings, and you’ll be able to change the storage location of apps and move them to the SD card.

This might sound similar to Adoptable Storage, but it’s not the same thing. You can move apps to the microSD card regardless of the memory’s performance with Samsung’s tool. Comparatively, using Google’s Adoptable Storage wizard, the system will determine whether your microSD is speedy enough for the feature to work without destroying the overall user experience. Adoptable Storage also encrypts data.

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