How to Save WhatsApp Data to SD Card by Default?

If you’re present in too many WhatsApp groups, you will notice some files that are coming into the WhatsApp Messenger, will be downloaded onto the phone storage which makes the device lagging a lot.

To get recovered from this issue this would be better if you just move WhatsApp data to the SD card on mobile phone and for all incoming messages that data can be stored on the SD card instead of internal storage so that the internal memory can have a suitable space left.

To make the SD card as default WhatsApp storage for your Android device, first, you have to get your device rooted then use the XInternalSD on your rooted device and make the setup to store the data on that SD card.

Note that moving the existing data from phone storage to an SD card or other flash drive is quite easy and you can do that if you need to have a good space on your WhatsApp.

If you root your device to treat the SD card as an internal memory of the phone then WhatsApp data will be saved onto there.

WhatsApp stores all of the media files (sent or received) on your device. But, this normally hits the phone storage limit within a few weeks or months.

Advantages for Moving WhatsApp to SD Card:

If you can move your WhatsApp data to the SD card there are many advantages that you can grab with your phone, let’s describe these into a few points:

  • First of all, your mobile storage will be free up a bit that got stored with WhatsApp data or files.
  • You can install other apps as well that can use the SD card as its default storage.
  • Your mobile will be performing faster than before as you have just cleared up some space on the phone storage or extended.

Note: Before starting the process make sure you just backed up your WhatsApp data files onto your Google Drive account so that you can restore the files if any deletion or re-installation is needed in this process.

Move WhatsApp to SD Card as Default Storage

You can move the old files to the external SD card and also change the default storage to the SD card for WhatsApp media.

But, to make the SD card as default storage for WhatsApp media, you have to use the third-party app on your rooted phone.

On the lower versions of Android, below 4.4 this is possible without any root process.

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The three best apps are suitable for this process. The list is below:

  • 1. XInternalSD
  • 2. Photo & File Redirect (without Root)
  • 3. FolderMount

1. Move WhatsApp Media to External SD Card

When you don’t have root access on your phone, you can follow this method of transferring the WhatsApp media to the SD card and make it the default storage media place.

To proceed any further, you need to connect the device with the USB cable. Make sure it is compatible and works along with the mobile phone. After that, you should start the process.

Step 1: Connect a working and compatible working cable to your Android Phone to the PC. The PC should detect the USB cable, so connect a good quality one.

Step 2: After you connect the Android phone to the PC by using a USB cable, the PC will detect the phone. Then, go to the location where the device folder is situated. Then, select the folder.

Step 3: Find the WhatsApp folder in the list and select that.

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Step 4: After this step, select the folder and copy it carefully to the other folder, the SD memory card folder.

Now, this is one of the methods you can employ to make your SD card folder in your phone to be the default folder for storing your WhatsApp media.

2. Change Default WhatsApp Media Storage to External SD [Root]

By using third-party tools like XInternalSD, FolderMount you can make the external SD card as WhatsApp default storage. Just need to root your android device.

These apps can help you to select any other apps and games to store on your SD card by default.

Here is the step-by-step guide for the XInternalSD app below:

Step 1: You can also make the SD card folder the default folder to save your WhatsApp media. First of all, download XInternalSD.

Step 2: After downloading the app, you should open the user interface of the XInternalSD app.

Step 3: Then, change the internal SD card to an external SD card. Tap on ‘Path to..’ from the list.

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Step 4: Now, select WhatsApp option from enabling for apps.

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Step 5: Copy the WhatsApp folder to the external SD card folder. After this, make sure you remove or delete the WhatsApp folder from the internal SD card folder.

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Step 6: Once, this is over, you can see that your WhatsApp media is getting saved to the external SD card folder which you have done with the help of the app.

The Bottom Lines:

This article explained the two methods to make the SD Card as default for WhatsApp storage to save data. These are apps you can start with if your phone has root access. Also, apps like Photo & File Redirect can easily set or change the default storage without any root. If anything goes wrong and you forgot to backup then still you have a chance to recover these.

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