LG Phoenix 5 Move Apps to SD Card & set it as Default Storage

LG Phoenix 5 is an entry-level smartphone with just 16GB of internal storage space. Out of this, half the space is used by the System memory. The actual usable space is less than 8GB.

It does offer expandable memory support, so we can add a micro SD memory card. However, this will only boost the media storage space. The apps and games are still going to occupy the internal memory.

The solution to this problem is adoptable storage. We can partition the SD card as internal storage and make it the default storage space for app and game installation.

Before moving ahead make sure to –

  • Backup the internal storage data.
  • Use a High-Speed Micro SD card at least Class 10 is preferable.
  • Keep the SD card inserted all the time else you’ll face app close errors.
  • The Camera app may not work. You need to download a 3rd party camera app from the Play Store.

How to move apps to SD Card on LG Phoenix 5

First of all, we need to insert the micro SD card in the card slot. Use a SIM Ejector tool and remove the sim tray located on the left side as shown above.


Place the SD card in its respective slot and push the SIM tray as depicted in the above screenshot.


In the next step, we need to enable USB debugging on Phoenix 5.

Pull down the notification panel and hit the Settings icon at the top-right corner.

On the Settings page, scroll down and select “System”.

Now, choose “Developer options” to get access to USB debugging.


Scroll down on the Developer Options page, and turn on USB Debugging.

Tap “OK” to allow USB Debugging.

Now, we are ready to connect our Phoenix 5 to the PC.

Grab a Micro USB cable and connect your phone to the computer.


A notification on the phone shows “USB Debugging connected”.

Wait for the ADB Interface driver to install. Check the installation status via device manager.

The “LGE Mobile ADB Interface” driver is installed successfully on my computer.

Now, we need to use the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool for USB Debugging.

Download & install the Minimal ADB & Fastboot tool from the below link –


Install the tool and launch it.

The “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” tool launches the command prompt window.

First of all, let’s ensure that the ADB connection is established between the phone and PC.

Type adb devices and hit enter on your PC keyboard.

It shows the model number of the connected device i.e. LMK300 but this PC is unauthorized for USB Debugging.

At this stage, check your phone screen.

You must receive a request on the phone screen to “Allow USB Debugging”.

Hit “Allow” to accept this request.

Once again type adb devices and click Enter.

Now, the PC is authorized for USB Debugging.

The next command line we are going to use is –

adb shell sm list-disks

Type the above command and tap Enter.

The disk name in my case is disk:179,128 it can vary in your case. I can be 179,64  or something else in your case.

Use it accordingly in the command line later.

Now type the next command line –

adb shell sm list-volumes all and click Enter.


The next command to enable adoptable storage is –

adb shell sm set-force-adoptable true 

type the above command and tap Enter on your PC.

Now, is the crucial stage. At this point, we are going to partition the SD card.

We need to use the disk name i.e. 179,128 (in my case) and choose what percent of SD card to use as internal storage space.

If partitioning 60% of the SD card space as internal storage, the command line would be –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 mixed 60

You can also use the complete SD card space as internal storage. In that case, the command line would change to –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 private

Based on the write speed of the card, this step may take a few minutes time.



In the next step, we are going to move the old internal storage data to the newly created partition on the SD card.

Write the command  adb shell sm list-volumes

The output from this command is the UUID as marked in the above screenshot. This will differ in your case. Copy this UUID.


Using the UUID from the previous step the next command line would be –

adb shell pm move-primary-storage 35b49de6-83c9-461a-8ed4-d514000ea199

The result of this command is “Success”.

Now, check your phone screen.

A notification on the phone reads “Content transfer is done – Content move to SD card”.

Now, open the Settings app and select “Storage”.

You can see a 2nd “SD Card” under “Device”. This is the new default internal storage space for app & game installation.


To revert the changes – Format the SD card as Portable Storage

To revert the changes, hit the SD Card option as marked in the above screenshot.

Now tap the “3 dots icon” on the top-right corner and choose “Format as Portable”.

Hit “Format” to erase the SD card partition.

Now, the whole of the SD card space is available as External Storage space.


How was your experience after setting the SD card as internal storage? Please share your views in the comment section below.



6 thoughts on “LG Phoenix 5 Move Apps to SD Card & set it as Default Storage

  1. In effect it worked …… BUT There is a problem and it is that when I activate that option and open a game it starts to freeze and get stuck, however when I deactivate the sd card the game is correct, is there a solution?

  2. Seemed to work great, BUTTTTTTTTTTT

    I had used ~ 14.5 GB of 16 GB of internal RAM. Added a empty 32 GB Class 10 micro SD.

    Now I have

    14.49 gb used of 16 gb internal, And

    26,13 gb used of 32 gb micro sd,


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