I cannot move apps to my 32 GB MicroSDSupport


  1. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Hello Forum Readers.

    I cannot move apps to my 32 GB MicroSD card because my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 only has 9 GB of internal storage left.

    So I tried to move any app to my SD card but the "Move to SD Card" option is missing. I can view the SD directory in my Files app with no problems. I also can add pictures and music to my SD card without problems.

    Yet, if I try to install an app from Google Play, my "App2SD" app tells me the app can be moved to my SD card. Selecting the app does not display the "Move to SD Card" option. Instead the "Clear Cache" option appears in the Storage section. This is very strange.

    Does anyone know how to resolve this issue? Thank You.

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  2. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ~Play Nice~ VIP Member

    I spun this out to its own thread in the S4 forum so you can get the help you need.:)
  3. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Ok. Thank you. How do I get to this specific thread? Can you send me the link to it?
    Again, thank you for your attention to this annoying issue.
  4. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ~Play Nice~ VIP Member

    I sent you a PM with the link, but you just posted in your new thread.:)
  5. valorian

    valorian Well-Known Member

    The ability to move apps to SD was removed when Jellybean was released.
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  6. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Hello and thanks for your reply and observation.
    Unfortunately, my 32 GB MicroSD Card is brand new. Radio Shack formatted, installed, and mounted it into my S4. I can view the SD directory using my file app. I can store pictures and songs to my SD card with no problems.
    My major issue is that once I download an app and am notified by my Apps2SD app, when I select the downloaded app the "Move to SD Card" option is missing and instead "Clear Cache" option appears in the Storage section.
    Does anyone have information about how to resolve this?
  7. mlacunza

    mlacunza Member

    Is a bad decision from Google added in jelly bean, Samsung said some weeks ago they will going to fix that and they release the update, so you need to wait until your carrier take it and send it via fota, that can take several months
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  8. valorian

    valorian Well-Known Member

    The only way to move apps to SD that I know of is to root your phone. I'm not sure if its an ICS or Samsung thing but since the S3 Apps to SD no longer works.
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  9. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Hello and thanks for your response.

    The news regarding this Apps to SD issue is getting stranger by the minute.

    Why would this very important option be removed? Is this a carrier (Sprint) decision?
    Any news on whether this Move to SD card option will be returned in the next release of Android (Key Lime Pie)?
    Kind regards.
  10. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Hey Valorian, thanks for your response. Radio Shack already did it all for me: installed, format, viewed picture and song files I stored on the Sd card. No problems. But the moment we tried to move any app to the SD card the Move to SD Card option is missing.

    I never had this problem while using Gingerbread 2.3.6. I just bought the S4 phone and Jelly Bean for this new issue to deal with. I truly hope Google rolls out an update to address this issue. I do not plan to root my new phone, and invalidate my new contract's warranty.

    Thank you and kind regards.
  11. jj14x

    jj14x Guides Guide

    Google removed that functionality in jellybean, so I don't really expect that to come back from Google.

    Having said that, Samsung is working on rolling out an update for the S4 that will permit you to move apps to SD. It may be a slow rollout, and may be dependent on your carrier's timelines.

    Moving apps to the SD card on the Samsung Galaxy S4 | Android Central
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  12. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Thank you for the positive news JJ14X. Hopefully the "Move to SD Card" rollout occurs sooner rather than later. Cheers.
  13. murzz

    murzz Well-Known Member

    The update is out in the UK or at least with my carrier 3UK, Apps to SD works perfectly.
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  14. fred1955

    fred1955 Member

    Wow! Fantastic! The "Move Apps to SD Card" revolution is underway.
    Hopefully this update will reach the shores of our Western hemisphere shortly. Thanks Murzz.
  15. murzz

    murzz Well-Known Member

    No problem fred::D
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  16. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;) VIP Member

    Hmm anyone know if the s3 devs will be able to take advantage of this? :beer:
  17. ChicTek

    ChicTek Member

    This function will only affect the app, and only when the app developers enable it, AND will only move the app, not necessarily the data. The data is the hog. 9gb is PLENTY of space for apps. Plenty, most apps are under 5mb, and at that rate it would take 200 apps to fill just a gig. It's the data you need to worry about.
  18. ShanDroyd

    ShanDroyd Well-Known Member

    I have never had a problem using GL2SD ( Gameloft to sd, free in play store ) on a rooted phone. I see now there is a paid, pro- version, but I am unclear as to how you benefit to that...???

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