Option "Move to SD Card" Completely MissingSupport

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  1. jmlport98

    jmlport98 New Member

    So far I am dissapointed in my Optimus f3, not only having a pathetic 2 GB of internal storage but wasting my money on a 32GB MicroSD card that I cannot move my apps onto! The "Move to SD Card" option in App Info for any of my apps in not grayed out, it just isn't there. I tried rooting my device and it is still missing. Is there some way I can move my apps to my SD card?

  2. MLSS

    MLSS Well-Known Member

    That's an ICS/Jellybean issue not your phone.
  3. jmlport98

    jmlport98 New Member

    There has to be some way to move apps to the SD card.
  4. bkttk2

    bkttk2 Well-Known Member Contributor

    Have you looked into Link2sd
  5. sneaky_1

    sneaky_1 Well-Known Member

  6. grandamn

    grandamn Member

    Link2SD is bull unless you use a custom ROM and want to give up wifi calling. Link2SD will move some apps but all the apps that I had that were using lots of space were unable to move ex. chrome, google music, evernote. The stock rom uses the device for cache regardless. Root Browser works great though. The key is to create a folder in EXTSDCARD and create a shortcut to the programs data folder. I'm just having problems linking evernote to the EXTSDCARD because Evernote user profile is in the SDCARD folder directory and not the DATA folder. Any folder in the SDCARD directory wont let me create a shortcut to EXTSDCARD. Very frustrating.

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  7. Im having the same issue. Tried those App2card programs, which did not work at all.
    Also tried a computer program that help manages your apps on your phones, which did not work either.

    I have been told that rooting on these phones not only does not work, it can harm the phone, as well as kill your warranty on the phone.

    I would suggest moving all of your music and photos to your SD card instead.
  8. Fox Mulder

    Fox Mulder VIP Member VIP Member

    Rooting works just fine on this phone, many of us have done it successfully. Check the root sub-forums at the top (or bottom, depending on how your preferences are set) of this section.
    The only harm can come from deleting or modifying system apps or files after you root. If you're careful and leave the important stuff alone you won't break anything.
    Link2SD does work, but requires root. It doesn't move everything, app data files do remain on internal storage, but it moves the apps themselves and does help significantly to stretch the available internal space. There are other apps and manual methods that can move more files to the external SD, with a bit more effort than Link2SD (and they also require root).
    It's true the no-root apps that claim to let you move apps to the SD card are pretty worthless.
  9. Murf1

    Murf1 Well-Known Member

    Rooting the phone does nothing except allow programs (with your permission) and yourself to have access to a part of the phone memory that you otherwise would not. Having that access does not mean you have to go in there and tinker with it. I do not tinker with it - did not remove bloatware or anything (because I don't want to accidentally break something). I did it solely so I could install apps that need root - mainly for Link2SD.

    But you are right in that it is a good idea to put you music and photos on SD card so you have more room on your internal user storage for apps.
  10. nicstocks

    nicstocks Active Member

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  11. phillyundead

    phillyundead Well-Known Member

    Rooting is the best thing you can do on any Android phone. Most phones now you can unroot it too and I've had a few phones bust while being rooted and the carrier still honored the warranty. You might as well go apple bro.
  12. move2sd

    move2sd New Member

    it took me ages to find, but the solution is rather simple,

    follow these steps and the option will appear
    1- go to the settings
    2- tab on storage
    3- choose default storage sd-card
    4- reboot and after this the option Move to SD is available

    hope this works
  13. XxHaimBondxX

    XxHaimBondxX Well-Known Member

    Wow, it's amazing! How did you find this!?!?! Do you see dead people too?
  14. MotoDefy

    MotoDefy Member

    also looking for more space on my F3 I followed your steps ... in the storage tab I see no option to choose(default storage sd-card)
  15. Murf1

    Murf1 Well-Known Member

    My phone (on Virgin Mobile) has no such option either. It must be based on your phone provider. :(
  16. chucksaysblah

    chucksaysblah Well-Known Member

    This is not entirely true. I bought my wife a zte phone running 4.1 and it has a move all apps to SD card option in the settings.
  17. suobs

    suobs Member

    The phone is Jellybean, therefore it's a phone issue.
  18. suobs

    suobs Member

    I'm also more disappointed in the Android version than the phone. The phone is nice and would be fine if you could use the SD for something. I have installed a few bare-bones "extra" apps on mine (browser, email, calculator) and it's constantly running out of space - ONLY because (a) you can't move apps to SD, and (b) you can't uninstall the two dozen useless Google and other pre-installed apps. I'm thinking iPhone next time because Android is weirdly unpredictable about whether their newest version is actually better than the last version or a downgrade in disguise.
  19. suobs

    suobs Member

    I'm also Virgin Mobile. The option is not available. Hard to believe the provider would or could do this.
  20. Raptor_Jesus

    Raptor_Jesus Well-Known Member

    Why not root and use the app2sd guide? Works like a miracle

  21. drashishgandhi

    drashishgandhi New Member

    Move to SD is disabled android 4 onwards. Also App2SD AppMgrIII etc all are useless. I found best solution to this problem after a-week-long search on google I found this very useful new app called FolderMount

    see: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devasque.fmount

    Of note, you need to Root your phone. Root It by Easiest means Mobogenie

    I tried it on 3 folders (in free version only 3 can be tried) and then immediately bought the pro version; its worth.. just cleared lot of place on my Galaxy Mega 6.3.

    Also, You might be interested in this check

    It customizes your android and allows you to uninstall Built-in Apps (called as Bloatware, many of you which we never use and never need)


  22. Murf1

    Murf1 Well-Known Member

    Anyone care to validate this statement? :confused:

    I had hoped we would get this feature back with KitKat. :(
  23. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    (a) is relevant, but (b) is not. System apps (which usually means anything pre-installed) live in a different storage partition, so you'd not actually gain space by removing them.

    You mean you hoped that ZTE would add it back? Google removed it, and there's no point hoping they will change their mind on that :(
  24. Murf1

    Murf1 Well-Known Member

    So it is not present on KitKat?

    Any idea why they would want to restrict a user from adding storage to a device to make it more useful?!??!!?

    They want you have to pay more for a device with more GB?
    That sounds like the draconian policies of (Cr)Apple!
    I thought Android was suppose to be a good alternative to Apple - not more of the same.

    I just don't get that mindset. I'm starting to like Google less now...:mad:
  25. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    They removed it in 4.0 or 4.1. TBH the official apps to SD was always rather limited (only moves some apps, and only part of the app), and I think it was only introduced to paper over the limitations of many early devices (e.g. my HTC Desire, which had only 147MB internal storage).

    Their current assumption is that devices have more internal storage, which can be used for anything, and that external cards are for media rather than apps. I'll not defend their logic (though there is something ugly about having an app partially on the phone and partially on a removable card), but I see no realistic prospect of that changing.

    Root solutions to this problem were always more effective than the official one, but not everyone wants to root.

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