Chrome OS now allows Android apps to use SD cards

Since the introduction of Android apps in Chrome OS, Google's operating system for laptops and desktops has become far more useful than ever before. Now, Google's adding a long-awaited feature by allowing Android apps to use storage provided by SD cards.

As noted by Redditor marcellusmartel, updating to Chrome OS's beta channel of 67.0.3396.41 now allows any installed Android apps to use an SD card for storage if you've got one installed.

Why is this a big deal? If you use Android apps for saving offline copies of movies, songs, comics, etc., you can now store these files on an SD card rather than eating up the built-in storage of your Chromebook.

A handful of other users have responded to the Reddit thread confirming that they've also got access to this, and after updating to the latest beta, you should see a new option for SD card storage when looking at your storage settings.

There's no ETA as to when this will roll out to the stable channel for Chrome OS, but seeing as how it's already in beta, I imagine it'll be available for everyone sooner rather than later.

I, for one, am totally OK with Chromebooks replacing Android tablets

Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.