What is the Difference Between Portable Storage and Internal Storage?


  • SD card inserted for the first time
  • Motorola phones with Android 6.0 or higher


SD cards used as Portable Storage have the following properties:

  • Can be frequently swapped between devices or used for media storage only (photos, videos, music)
  • Can be used to transfer content between devices
  • Can NOT be used to store downloaded applications and their data 
  • Readable by other devices (another phone, Mac, PC, digital camera)
  • Content on the card is not encrypted by default
  • Will not require an automatic re-formatting of the card

SD cards used as Internal Storage have the following properties:

  • Can extend your existing device storage to store large applications, games, and their data
  • Can store large games
  • Use if you plan to always keep this card in the device
  • Downloaded applications, their data and media can be moved to the Adopted card, as long as the application developer allows for this feature with their application
  • Is NOT readable by other devices. (another phone, Mac, PC, digital camera)
  • Card is always encrypted and cannot be decrypted on any other device
  • Card will be formatted when Internal Storage is selected


Additional Notes

Motorola recommends setting up the SD card as Internal Storage if the device has 8GB or less of storage.

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