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Last Updated: 2013-12-31 00:05:04
  1. EpicRazzy

    EpicRazzy Active Member

    Hello, comunity!So I got this Sony Xperia Z1 a few days ago and today I've bought a 64 gb Micro SD card.For the last few hours I've been trying to move apps from the internal storage to the card but with no luck!I can't find the ''Move to SD'' option in Apps!It used to appear on my old phone, which was HTC Evo 3D.Any ideas?

    EDIT:By apps I mean games.Big games with OBB files.For example, if I move the obb files from the internal storage to the card, the game stops working!

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  2. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Welcome to AF! :)

    Unless the app in question has a move to SD function, you can't unfortunately.

    Even the 3rd Party Apps2SD apps don't work.
  3. EpicRazzy

    EpicRazzy Active Member

    Why?Is it because of the phone or something like that?
  4. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    It's just something Sony didn't include. :(

    Not sure if it's a Sony thing, or a JellyBean thing.

    What Android version was your Evo 3D?
  5. EpicRazzy

    EpicRazzy Active Member

    My last phone had Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3.
    By the way I read that copying everything from internal storage to SD card then formating the internal storage using an office app (that guy had Polaris Office, I have Office Suite) would make the card the default install location for apps. Is it true?

    EDIT:I've just found out that my card is emulated.Is it relevant?
  6. psyxologos

    psyxologos Well-Known Member

    I think it is a Sony thing. My phone does the same. It thinks that my card is emulated. It creates a fake SD car which it calls SDcard0 and then names the real SD card SDcard1. Annoying...
  7. EpicRazzy

    EpicRazzy Active Member

    What's the point in making an emulated card then?
  8. EpicRazzy

    EpicRazzy Active Member

    Anyway what do you think about what I have said earlier about formating the internal storage? Do you think it will work or will I mess up my phone?
  9. psyxologos

    psyxologos Well-Known Member

    I did it and had no effect whatsoever. Not only that, I restored the phone to the factory settings. As soon as I restarted the phone, it went right on creating the emulated drive etc. Have a look at this thread especially the last few messages.
  10. xacto

    xacto Well-Known Member

    I think it might be an Android thing, though.. Because the same thing happened on my S3, on JB 4.1.
  11. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Android JB doesn't natively support external (i.e. real) SD cards. The internal storage is addressed as "sdcard" for compatibility with all the apps that hard-coded that location (otherwise devices without sd cards couldn't run those apps). You'll find that on any device, whether it has an sd card or not, because this is part of the OS.

    Then if you do have a real sd card, you have to give it a name. "sdcard1" sounds like Sony's solution, other manufacturers have used other names.

    The bottom line is that unless you are willing to root the phone and do some fiddling there is nothing you can do. SD cards, where phones have them, are essentially for media storage only these days.

    In the case of your .obb file, I wonder whether you could do it by hand with a symbolic link to the real location? But I suspect you may need root privileges to set this up.
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  12. psyxologos

    psyxologos Well-Known Member

    So would that explain why my HTC phone that had 'Sense' was able to see my SD card and did not need to emulate a drive? Because of sense?
  13. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Your current one can see the sd card - it just sees it as sdcard1 rather than as /sdcard.

    More likely the difference was an older version of Android underneath the Sense layer. My HTC does not have an actual sd card, but it still has a /sdcard folder, which is also addressed as /storage/sdcard0, /storage/emulated/0 and /storage/emulated/legacy - all of these refer to the same bit of internal storage. The /storage/sdcard0 name suggests that if it did have an sd slot (like the Chinese models do) that might be /storage/sdcard1 as well, but I've not got my hands on one of those to check the theory.
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  14. psyxologos

    psyxologos Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that. Well, I had the HTC sensation XE and the OS was 4.0 or 4.1 if I remember well.

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