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    T-Mobile is WAY behind the curve. Just got the Android 4.3 upgrade recently and can finally move apps to the SD Card. However, I can't see on the card where it is moving the apps. I have seen that the card is getting more data, and that internal memory use is getting freed up. I would just like to see where it is storing it so when I switched SD cards I can move the apps without moving everything back. OR reinstalling it after I insert the new card and find out which ones are on the old card.....
     

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    For example, I have Real Racing 3 installed on my phone. I selected the 'Move to SD card' option, but it still stays (about 1.3Gb) on the internal storage. I was able to locate it under /sdcard/Android/data/.depot with the Show Hidden files setting using the File Manager App.

    I can see photos staying on the External SD card just fine, but having an Application fragmented across 2 physical storage locations can't be the best concept in my opinion.

    I don't really have that many Apps/games installed, so I simply unchecked all my Apps I previously 'moved' to external SD, and just use the external SD location for Photos/Music/Videos.

    I have about 3-4Gb free on internal, and that's fine with me.
     
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    All of that is going to depend on the carrier branded phone. Google Edition S4's, for example, are shipped with pure android and most it not all are currently running Android 4.4.2. There is no camera option on those phones to save pictures to SD. There is no option to move apps to the SD card.

    However, take the Samsung Note 10.1 2014 wifi edition that is not carrier branded nor is it a Google Edition. You can move some apps to the sd. There is a camera option to save pictures to the sd. Samsung put those options there.
     
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    This may be a stupid question.. but here goes anyway. I only store pics and music..lots of music, close to 2000 songs on my SD card. I am on Verizon so I dont have the update yet. My question is; will I still be able to add more music (all music is downloaded from Amazon only) and will the music I currently have be fine? I use the stock music player that came with the phone. I am only asking so I know whetr to accept or NOT accept the upgrade when it rolls out from Verizon.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    What is the point of not allowing to store things on the SD card? Why even bother putting a slot in the phone?
     
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    It's for music and video mostly. Per Google Nexus devices only offer fixed storage as the company wants to avoid "techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing".

    Upon answering questions about the Nexus lineup on Google+, Google's director of user services on Android, Matias Duarte, said offering consumers expandable memory through SD cards was apparently too confusing.

    "Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users," he said. "If you're saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt every time? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It's just too complicated."
     
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    I think it was already answered in one of the links. If not, I'm sure Google has stated it somewhere.

    Some store music on the SD. Some store tons of photographs on the SD. Some store movies or television shows on the SD. There's probably other things people store on the SD. Those can be large files and most do not want them on their internal memory.
     

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