Enable Adoptable Storage on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

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S7 Adoptable storage

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, the latest addition to the most popular Galaxy S flagship series. These devices come with the latest Marshmallow OS and a revamped version of TouchWiz interface from Samsung. However, Adoptable Storage, one of the most fabled features in Android Marshmallow is missing in the S7 duo, so you might face low storage issues while installing apps. Well, that’s disappointing as most of the devices running Android Marshmallow sport this useful feature.

Well, good news is you can enable the Adoptable Storage on your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge using a simple trick. All you need is a good quality high-speed SDcard and a PC with ADB installed. All the credit goes to MoDaCo developer PaulOBrien who came up with this simple workaround to enable adoptable storage on Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. It is recommended that you use high-speed SDcard for better performance. In general, a Class 10 SDcard would be enough for our needs and you won’t find much difference in performance when SDcard is merged.

So, if you’re ready, let’s see how to enable Adoptable Storage on your Galaxy S7/S7 Edge. Before we start, make sure that you backup the entire SDcard as this would format it. So, without any further ado, let’s start with the tutorial.

Prerequisites:

  • Make sure your device has more than 60% battery, or else there is a chance of smartphone getting temporarily bricked if the installation process is interrupted mid-way.
  • Install USB Drivers on your computer for your device to be detected by the PC.
  • Download and extract the ADB filesDownload Link
  • Enable USB Debugging on your device. To do this, go to your device’s Settings » Developer options » click on the “USB debugging” checkbox.

How To Enable Adoptable Storage on Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge:

  1. Download and extract the ADB files on your PC.
  2. Navigate to the ADB files folder and open a command prompt inside the folder by pressing Shift key + Right click in the empty space inside the folder, and select Open command window here option from the Windows context menu.
  3. Now connect your device to the PC and verify if it’s detected by using the below command.
    adb devices
  4. Type the below commands in the command window to check if disks are available for adoption, which will be your SDcard. Make sure it is inserted when you begin.
    adb shell
    sm list-disks
  5. The above command shows the disks available for Adoptable Storage on your device. It will be something like disk:179:160.
  6. Finally, use the command below to adopt your SD card 100% as internal storage on your device.
    sm partition disk:179:160 private

    Change the disk ID as per your device.

  7. If you want to use 50% of the disk as adoptable storage, use the below command.
    sm partition disk:179:160 mixed 50

    But it is recommended that you use entire storage for adoptable storage.

  8. Once it is completed, reboot your device to make sure everything’s good.

 

That’s it. If you want to verify the storage, navigate to Settings » Additional Settings » Storage and check if the additional storage is added. Be informed that the total space isn’t reported correctly in the Storage section, but everything is reported to be working fine.

adoptable storage galaxy s7

So, did you successfully enable Adoptable Storage on your Galaxy S7?