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How to expand your Amazon Fire Tablet storage

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

Fortunately, you can expand the storage of almost any Fire tablet model. You can definitely expand the storage of all the newer models and even use a feature that lets you adopt the microSD card as internal storage to store apps and games on.

What should I use?

You need a microSD card, preferably class 10 to ensure sufficient read and write speed. These cards are very affordable these days; even the basic versions from Amazon have high read and write speeds, so you don’t have to worry about performance.

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We still recommend that you choose a SanDisk Ultra card. You can get a 128GB Class 10 card for a very reasonable price and double or quadruple your Fire tablet’s storage space with it. Apps will also run fine on it if you decide to use the SD card as internal storage.

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

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Which Fire tablet models are expandable?

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

This means you can buy all of them Four tablets currently offered by Amazon and know you’ll be able to add storage if needed.

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How to expand the storage space?

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

If you hold the Fire HD 8 in landscape mode with the camera on the top edge, the microSD port is on the bottom edge near the right corner. If you hold the device 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 insert the microSD card, making sure the top of the card is facing up and the gold touch points on the bottom are facing down (or in the same direction as the back of the tablet).

The message “Incompatible microSD card”, what should I do?

If you receive a message on your Fire tablet that the inserted SD card is unsupported or defective, format it. Again, this is a fairly simple process. Simply click the “Format and Delete” option on the message to enter the card formatting screen. You can choose to format it as a standard “portable” SD card or format it to adopt it as internal storage.

If you want to delete it manually and format it again, you can go to Settings > Storage > Select 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 now – you use a memory card as internal storage. This means that you can not only store files and content there, but also install apps and run them from the microSD card.

Again, if you get the “incompatible microSD card” message, tap “Format and delete” in the pop-up message and then select “use as internal memory”. Read the warning message about deleting 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 apps to the SD card. It’s 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 all. Wait for the tablet to move your content from the internal storage 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 warning that appears, then tap “Move Apps”.

The process of moving apps from internal storage to SD card takes some time, so you will have to be patient and wait for the process to complete.

Written by Cam Bunton.

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