Living the dream: industrious Nexus 5 user adds functional microSD slot
How would you like to be able to easily expand the internal storage space of your Nexus device? Don’t answer that, because it’s really a no-brainer rhetorical question similar perhaps to asking if you’d enjoy spending a day with Harrison Ford in Han Solo character.
Unlike one of Hollywood’s most reclusive grumps though, modifying at least a Google Nexus 5 phone to accommodate microSD cards is decidedly within reach… if you’ve got the spare time, right tools and set of skills.
All you need to do, according to a Reddit member nicknamed Sockpockets, is carefully remove the technically non-replaceable back cover of the two and a half year-old 5-incher, fold up the lower daughter board, rearrange the speaker assembly and antenna cables, and finally, connect a generic adapter to the micro USB port.
The amazing thing is once you follow these steps (and don’t mess anything up), Android 6.0 Marshmallow should automatically recognize the newly added microSD slot, requiring zero software tweaks to then let you save digital stuff on essentially any memory card.
Of course, if you have little experience tinkering with complex mobile hardware, or simply still care about the integrity of your precious N5, it’s best to try to settle for the 16 or 32GB space provided out the box. After all, you may need to seal the phone’s internals with an ugly third-party case, get a bulky and lumpy modified handheld, and be prohibited to simultaneously use microSD and USB connectivity.
But hey, perhaps Google and… HTC (?) will consider this a wakeup call, and stop limiting people to ridiculously low storage numbers in 2016.