What is the difference between internal memory & internal storage on an Android tablet?

Drsunil V May 17, 2014

What is difference between internal memory and internal storage on Android tab? Internal memory is about 200 MB and internal storage is about 5 GB. Memory card is not installed in device.

  1. Hovsep A
    May 18, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Saving Files

    Storage Options
    Internal StorageStore: private data on the device memory.
    External StorageStore: public data on the shared external storage

    Internal memory is your RAM

  2. Dalsan M
    May 18, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Actually, I think in this case internal storage is a separate storage partition for users to store documents, media, and downloads. Internal memory is more like ROM/OS storage for installing apps and for important system and app file storage. The context of each terminology is confusing, and it seems not all manufacturers use each to mean the same thing.

    • Drsunil V
      May 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks. Are you sure internal memory is for storing apps or is it RAM?

    • DalSan M
      May 18, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      It depends on the context of how the manufacturer uses the terminology as I have seen them to mean totally different things. Internal memory, by natural thinking on the term "memory" combined with "internal" would mean internal RAM. Some people and manufacturers call storage media as memory, especially being that most people and manufacturers know it as and call it memory cards rather than SD cards.

      Most devices now have ROM storage partition, internal storage partition for app installation, and a separate user storage partition. If the terminology and the definitions would be unified across the board, there would be less confusion. This is much like using the term megabyte to be 1000 bytes instead of the actual 1024 bytes it represents: this only confuses consumers as to know what things actually are.

    • Drsunil V
      May 28, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      your point about general protocols of terming is strong. please tell whether Android kitkat allows app storage in memory card instead of built-in internal storage?

    • Drsunil V
      May 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      please tell whether Android kitkat allows app storage in memory card instead of built-in internal storage?

    • Dalsan M
      May 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Natively, no. With rooting and modifying system settings and/or files, it is possible to install and/or move apps and app data to an external SD card. Many devices since Android 4.0.4 do not have the native ability to install or move apps to an external SD card. 4.4 Kit Kat is worse as many functions become broken should any previous data were installed or stored on the SD card prior to the 4.4 update. Many file permissions were changed to not allow the use of the external SD card for automatically saving pictures taken by the camera, game data stored on the external SD, even music files were no longer working with the music app due to the permission changes. If the device were to be rooted, there are "fixes" to allow installing and moving apps and data to the external SD card.

      One supposed fix available in the Play Store is "KitKat External SD Card Patch" https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.geeksoft.extcardpatch. I haven't tried it, but several reviewers say it works.

    • Drsunil V
      May 30, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      thanks. please tell , a) do you imply for storing cam pics , browser downloads , email attachments to external card , the android versions older than kitkat would be useful? b) Kitkat DOES NOT allow the cam pics , browser downloads , email attachments , bluetooth files received , to store on external card?

  3. Rajaa C
    May 18, 2014 at 1:32 am

    You yourself have already asked this question previously and have received a comprehensive answer on the same already. Refer to //www.makeuseof.com/answers/what-is-the-difference-between-internal-storage-and-internal-memory-in-android-gingerbread/

    • Rajaa C
      May 18, 2014 at 2:07 am

      Internal storage is exactly similar to the concept of the Hard Disk in your computer, where the OS and application is installed and the free space is used for your data, internal memory similar to the RAM of your computer. I hope it is clear now.

    • Rajaa C
      May 18, 2014 at 2:13 am

      Memory card ( external SD card ), is similar to connecting an external storage in the computer like a USB pendrive or a external hard disk for extra data storage space. In mobile, sometimes an app can be installed or moved to it, however some essential core files of the apps will always and only get installed / remain in the internal storage.

      Similar to let's say in your windows computer if you have two partitions in the Hard Disk, C: and D:, and you install a software and define it's path to install in D:, however, some essential files will always get installed under C: under Program Files or Program files (x86) depending on 32bit or 64bit application.

    • Drsunil V
      May 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Dear, thanks for multiple replies. Yes i have asked similarly implying query few weeks back. But repetition of discussion on same point comprehensively enhances clarity of knowledge in any field , even the knowledge about Absolute Truth. Secondly , mundane knowledge keeps changing with time with new protocols giving new meanings to terms with time , especially so with newer versions of Android coming in. So it is pretty justifiable to re-clarify points for same query by posting same query. Another respondent on this url has presented the same topic in new light on this url , which were not as comprehensively presented in the earlier weblink

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