Apps cannot be moved to SD CardSupport


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  1. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Yes. I'm using directory bind. That's for the sdcard/android/data part really, which if you're a heavy game player, you'll want.

    Moving .apks is pretty much pointless IMHO

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  2. bearballz

    bearballz Well-Known Member

    I'll tell ya', if somebody can find a work around for this issue in the form of one of these SD card apps that doesn't require rooting. There will be a lot of happy SIII users out there who would gladly plunk down a couple of bucks to buy this!

    I just find it vexing Samsung would not allow this. The Evo 4G LTE allows users to do it, why can't the SIII?
  3. muryce79

    muryce79 New Member

    my galaxy s2 android 4.0.3,cannot move movable apps..get message "couldn't move app"..need help..??
  4. bearballz

    bearballz Well-Known Member



    As of now you can't move apps to the SD card. It's a Samsung/Android thing. Hopefully this will be fixed, we just have to wait and see.
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  5. Jaxx89

    Jaxx89 Active Member

    Will root and use Directory Bind if I can move my HD game to the SD. But being a n00b I still have a bit of learning to do before I root. Don't wanna go and brick the phone. Plus I have to understand the mount/unmount thing in Directory Bind.

  6. jdubincx

    jdubincx Member

    Check this out: How to REALLY put apps on external sd card android - YouTube

    Works like a charm! FINALLY!
  7. Aravindan

    Aravindan Well-Known Member

    Hi Guys,

    I don't see a "move to SD card" option withing Application manager in my Galaxy S3 and I've seen in few forums that this feature is actually not available in Galaxy S3 :mad:

    I have games including Dark Knight, Asphalt 6&7, Nova 2&3, Shadowgun, Deadspace and Backstab. This apps alone nearly take up 14+ GB in my internal storage. With the other productivity apps installed, I've literally run out of space in the internal storage ! :confused:

    One of the main reasons for me to get S3 after using Galaxy S-i9000 for more than 1.5 years was gaming. S1 used to lag a lot in-spite of rooting and optimization... and S3 is just blazing through.... BUT for this issue of inability to move apps to SD card.

    I really don't understand why Samsung does one or 2 actions which undermine their otherwise masterpiece hardware.... The issue with Galaxy S i9000 was the 'ext4 format' issue and the S3 has got the 'apps to sd' issue.. :(

    As it stands today, I don't see any option for solving this issue unless I install a custom ROM, which I don't want to do at the time being....

    Any other software solution possible ???? :confused::confused:

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  8. Stormlight

    Stormlight Member

    I have contacted Samsung Support regarding this issue and they confirmed that it won't be fixed. The only way to do it is to root your phone and use the app DirectoryBind.

    It's really annoying.
  9. Aravindan

    Aravindan Well-Known Member

    That's a real pity!!! Best of hardware but falls out on certain basic requirements.... :-( booo boooo:mad:
  10. DaddyCee

    DaddyCee Well-Known Member

    is this not a restriction of ICS then?
  11. ieyan

    ieyan New Member

    just connect your phone on the pc and transfer the files to sdcard..
  12. Aravindan

    Aravindan Well-Known Member

    I certainly can move the files from internal storage to SDcard. But will my games work? I don't think so.... :-(
  13. jeannot61

    jeannot61 New Member

  14. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Hello, I have merged a few threads regarding this topic. Thanks for understanding. :)
  15. ren857

    ren857 Well-Known Member

  16. g-tigerdan

    g-tigerdan New Member

    Hi, for those facing problem with internal sd card being fully used up and not able to transfer to external sd card- download total commander-fm playstore- it User friendly. It will show the Internal n external sd card and its a matter of cut n paste that's all ;))
    galaxy s 2 - tigerdan.:)
  17. Aravindan

    Aravindan Well-Known Member

    This is your first post? :)

    We are not just talking about the possibility of moving data to SD card, we all know that we can do that using even the stock file manager.

    The question is that large apps like HD Games take up space in the internal SD card (which is limited to 16GB) and we are unable to install more apps after the limit is reached (owing to the inability to move apps to sd card). Directly cutting and pasting the folders from internal to external sd card wont make sense as the apps wont work afterwards...
  18. grouch3k

    grouch3k New Member

    This does not work with either Acer Android Tabs.
  19. gbswales

    gbswales Active Member

    Apps do automatically go to sd when the app allows it on my s3 however only to the internal sd which is now about 16gb. The problem is that you can't send them to the external usb which you could before Samsung set up this new internal sd feature.

    Before you had phone memory and external sd but now you have phone memory and internal sd plus external sd. I am sure for the average user this will never be a problem but for heavy gamers and people who like to have hundreds of apps it will be. Very short sighted of samsung in a phone designed for humans.

    You can of course move other types of files
    such as music and videos to the external card but have not found whether or not you can move default locations such as gallery to it. Shoddy design which I suspect is aimed at selling phones with larger internal capacity. Seems like the have copied at least one feature from apple unfortunately a BAD one
  20. gbswales

    gbswales Active Member

    It seems my earlier supposition was wrong I now see my apps are all on my internal memory and I only have 4gb free for apps and this is before I have installed any large games. It seems as if it can't even use the internal sd card. Samsung really need to sort this as games get bigger every day and from the few I have checked it doesn't even put data on the internal sd. One of the big attractions of android for me is expandable storage. At the very least Samsung should make it clear that not even all the internal memory is available to apps.
  21. icenet

    icenet Member

    Same here, Galaxy S3 downloaded App to SD from play store and after running the app it does not detect my sd card. Message says it does not support my device.
    Downloaded Astro file manager (great app) for managing files, but will send files/apps to SD
  22. dracozny

    dracozny Well-Known Member

    links2SD instead? the actual SD card shows up on your device as extSD instead, the internal space is SD, the links2sd is supposed to create a symlink in the SD directory to one in the actual SD card (extSD)
  23. SUroot

    SUroot Well-Known Member Developer

    Yes its a shame they did it like this but they're not fixing it. Unfortunately, not unlike my previous device (The HTC Desire) I had to root for better memory management. I was going to root anyway and actually already had rooted before I noticed there was going to be an issue with memory.

    Many wont be happy with the answer to root their device, but unfortunately its the best I have. Then using directory bind, [TOOL] DirectoryBind - move data to external_sd (GameLoft, Shadowgun etc.) ROOT req. - xda-developers to move and bind the data from /sdcard for big games to /extSdCard
  24. ren857

    ren857 Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify...

    You're saying that in your storage settings that look like this:

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    You have 4gb left where it says "Available space"?
  25. Shocky

    Shocky On Probation

    We need a choice of where to install applications, we have needed this for a long time now.

    But since Google devices don't have sdcards it's not a priority for them so Samsung, HTC and others will have to find a solution.

    I'm aware of directory binds but this shouldn't be required, it would be like Windows forcing me to install everything on the C drive.

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