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How do you move apps to SD card on Alcatel Fierce 4

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Pipe Diesel, May 22, 2017.

  1. Pipe Diesel

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    My phone's memory is almost completely full, and I want to move a lot of apps to my SD card. All my previous phones had a selection for me to move the apps to the SD from settings apps etc, but this phone does not. Is there a way to move them with this phone?
     


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    Post #2 by Hadron, May 22, 2017 (1 points)

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  3. Hadron

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    That hasn't been a standard feature since Android 4.0, though many manufacturers added it back.

    What OS version have you got? With 6.0 Google added the option to format the sd card as internal storage, which would allow you to store apps on it if your phone has this. It has the drawbacks that the card is reformatted and encrypted, so all data currently on it are lost and it can no longer be used in other devices, and a fast card is strongly recommended.

    Otherwise your only option is likely to be to root and use a script or app like Link 2nd.
     
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  4. Pipe Diesel

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    Thanks for the reply Hadron. I have Marshmallow 6.0.1. I'm not exactly sure what's on the SD card, but don't want to really format it until I find out what's on there. Guess I'll have to connect to my PC and see what's on it and decide. I can't believe that the option to move anything and everything to the SD card isn't standard on all phones, I mean this is 2017. But enough about cheap ass phone manufacturer's. Thanks again for your reply!
     
  5. Hadron

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    There are technical arguments for favouring internal storage. Even the fastest SD cards are slower than internal storage, wear out faster, and if they are fat32 formatted they are less secure (file permissions aren't supported by fat32 drives under Linux - this is why the card has to be reformatted to be used as internal storage with Marshmallow). These are the (official) reasons Google have never been fans of storing apps on SD, and even less of storing app data - in fact the last Google device to have an SD card slot at all was the Nexus One (2010), so they really are not fans. Mind you, it took Google a long time to accept that people wanted to store data and media on the device rather than in their cloud - even the Nexus 5x only came with 16/32 GB and no expansion, and who other than Google would think that 16GB with no expansion, which means about 10GB available after a factory reset, would be sufficient in 2015/16 for a phone that's targetted at enthusiasts?

    With the new Marshmallow option you can indeed store whatever you want on the card, but at the cost of having it behave like internal storage in other ways too (i.e. not being usable as transferrable storage due to encryption).

    And yeah, I'd definitely back the card up completely before doing anything like this.
     
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