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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Paulgo, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. Paulgo

    Paulgo Lurker
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    Hi Guys

    What do I need to do to move installed apps from one SD card to another??


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  2. ayush29k

    ayush29k Android Expert

    Format the new card before copying the content on it.
    The sd card apps are stored in the .android_secure folder, make sure to copy that onto the new card.

    Just a side note: if you loose the paid apps, you will not have to pay again for them, just use the same google account as before to log in the play store and reinstall them.
  3. Paulgo

    Paulgo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks - the phone wont let me format that card, which is what I originally intended to do (that option is greyed out) but I think the card is the main problem here! It is losing data so something is not right! Teach me to buy off ebay!!

    I've gone back to my original SD card for now and re-loaded the Andriod secure folder. The apps work but all my thumbnails have gone and they all have com.xxx in front of their names?

    Previous to all this I transferred the apps across to the phone from the old card, then back to the new card thinking that would solve the problem. It didnt, largely due to a duff new card I think.

  4. sparky93

    sparky93 Newbie

    normally just a full sd to sd copy. but your new card does sound bust.
  5. Paulgo

    Paulgo Lurker
    Thread Starter

    H2testw was not impressed with it! I'm organising a new card but meanwhile I've managed to do something not good to my old SD card in that the apps dont appear to be installed properly. Some work, but with no thumbmnail, and other dont seems to be there :mad:

    I think the only course is to re-install all my apps properly on the old card (thankfully I dont have to pay again for the bought ones) then hopefully when the new SD card arrives it will justa simple case of copying over! Just spent two very frustating nights!! cheers guys
  6. ayush29k

    ayush29k Android Expert

    You can format the card from the PC using a card reader if formatting is the problem here.
  7. Benn_

    Benn_ Newbie

    Sorry to bump a old thread, but i'm moving apps from my old phone to new one (htc one x+) do i just drop the .android_secure folder in to the internal storage or in to the Android folder?

    Thank you
  8. Ryuinferno

    Ryuinferno Well-Known Member

    There is no use if you move .android_secure as it contains part of the app you moved to sdcard...so unless you are rooted and can backup, moving that folder is kinda useless...
  9. ayush29k

    ayush29k Android Expert

    This works only for changing the sd card in a phone without loosing the apps, but you can't use this to migrate apps from one phone to another. You either download the apps again on the new phone or make backups using specific apps on the sd card and restore them on the new phone with the same app. But there are some apps have different versions for specific phone models, so those apps will have problems running on the new phone.
  10. Ellary Kahan

    Ellary Kahan Newbie

    If I want to remove all the apps on the SD card can I just delete everything in the .android_secure folder? Or If an app in installed on the SD card will it be removed from the SD card when I uninstall it?
    I am migrating from a Galaxy S5 to an S7 so I'll have enough memory on the S7 to install all my apps in internal memory.
  11. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Uninstalling an app will remove the components of the app that have been placed on SD as well.

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