Android Marshmallow comes with tons of features and improvements. One of the best one is adoptable storage. It lets you to use the microSD card just like the internal storage. Sounds like a great feature, right! But if you have followed the launch of Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge you may have heard that this feature is missing in this devices.
As any other Android smartphone Galaxy S7 has an option to move apps from internal storage to SD card but this is not the same as adoptable feature of Marshmallow. But the good news is that with a few simple steps you can enable adoptable storage on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
You can easily configure adoptable storage feature on Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge using ADB and this method has performed well until now. So head over and learn how to do it. We gonna explain the entire procedure step by step.
In order to enable adoptable storage feature on Samsung Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge you will need a computer with ADB drivers installed and a SD card in your device. The faster the SD card the better it is. Personally I use Samsung 128GB EVO Plus Class 10.
If you don’t wanna spend a lot of money for a SDcard a good one is also the Samsung 64GB EVO Class 10
Here’s how to enable and configure adoptable storage on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Step 1: Your SD card will be formated by this process so make sure to save somewhere else the files you have in your SD card in case you don’t wanna lose them. So make sure to save your pictures, videos, documents and so on.
Step 2: Now you have to decide how do you to split the the SDcard. You can choose either to use 100% of the SD card to the internal storage or you can split between internal storage and SDcard. The splitting option is recommend if you need to put your card and a PC. But we would recommend using the whole card.
Step 3: Connect your phone to your PC using an original USB cable and make sure ADB driver are installed properly. You will need to enable USB Debugging on your device as well.
Step4: On your computer open a command window/ terminal and type this code: “adb shell”.
Step 5: Type “sm list-disks” to open a list with the available disks for adoption. Once you do that it will look something like the image below.
Step 6: You have to partition the disk now. For this you need to use the “sm partition DISK TYPE RATIO” command. To understand you better let’s take an example. To partition the disk above as fully adopted storage (aka private)we should use this command “sm partition disk: 179:160 private”. If you wanna split if 50:50 you should use this command “sm partition disk: 179:160 mixed 50”. You see, it’s not difficult!
Step 7: This process may take a while and once it’s done go to Settings > Additional Settings > Storage and you will see the new internal storage. Sometimes the total space is not showed but do not worry, it works fine.
That’s all! You have successfully enabled adoptable storage on Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. To view the available space on your device use any third party apps such as Free Space and Free Space Plus. They can be downloaded both for free on Play Store.