apps saved to sd card


  1. mbiram

    mbiram Member

    hi new to android, how do you tell were an app will save by default? reason i ask is because i downloaded the argos app and it saved to sd card and wiped the card. took more care and tried to keep apps off sd card. today downloaded british gas app, that also saved to card, read all the permissions but nowere does it say it would save to card. can you block access to card and save on device? device is samsung galaxys 5.0 wifi.

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  2. Metroid Prime

    Metroid Prime Oil Can!!! Oil Can!!! VIP Member

    Hello and welcome to AF. :)

    That one app you downloaded sounds malicious to me if it wiped your SD card. I'm no expert on this, but I think some apps save only to the phone to have better performance and some apps can be moved to SD card if there not required to only be on the phone.
    People have rooted there devices to move apps to there SD card that normally couldn't be moved before. I am not sure about blocking access, but you should just be able to move the app to your phone. Don't just read the permissions, but read the comments too and even ask around here. The community is your best friend when it come to apps and such.
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  3. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    There is a "default install location" setting, with options auto/internal/sd. I believe that the default is auto, so an app can indeed install to sd. That's what mine is set to, and I just downloaded the British Gas app and confirm that it did install direct to sd.

    You shouldn't need to worry about an app installing to sd - that should be no more dangerous to the card than taking a photograph. But if you really want to force all apps to install internally you should be able to do it.

    There's a thread here in my devices's support/troubleshooting forum (old device) containing a guide on how to force apps to install to sd - the Desire lacks internal memory, so that's what most people want! If you were to follow that but set the install location to "1" rather than "2" I believe that would do what you want (force apps to install internally). It does require that you set up adb on your computer, and the instructions for doing that are specific to the device (because the drivers are device specific). So you may need to do some research to get that bit set up - visiting your device's forum might help (it's a good thing to do anyway :)).

    Personally I think main reason for not moving an app is that widgets don't work if you move the app to sd. Apps where I don't intend to use their widgets I usually move to sd. Oh, while I think of it keyboard apps also don't work from SD.

    But as MP says, check comments about apps before installing, and ask in this forum if unsure.
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  4. VHMAW

    VHMAW Member

    I have a different problem, I can't get my android to install to SD card by default!(2.2 Froyo I think)
  5. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    See the thread I linked above - that's actually instructions to do just that. Do note that setting up adb will be device-specific, so will probably differ for you.
  6. VHMAW

    VHMAW Member

    Thx I missed the link last time.
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