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List of Apps Able to Be Transferred to SD Card (for 2.2)

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dodger55fan, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. dodger55fan

    dodger55fan Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Hey guys, I think it would be cool if we could keep a list going of which apps can be moved to the sd card (with 2.2). I'll start it, and submit apps and I'll keep this updated. Feel free to move to "All things root", but I figured it'd be a better fit here since 2.2 will eventually be released to everyone.

    As of right now, I could hardly find any (only one to be exact) but I'll start the list anyways

    • SMS Backup and Restore (v. 3.4)

  2. DjOutlaw32

    DjOutlaw32 Member

    titanium backup can be transferred over.
  3. I found four

    AK Notepad
    ConvertPad - Unit Converter
    Pandora (I believe apps with widgets can't do move to sdcard right now and Pandora actually took out their widget so they could do it. Love them for it)
    Voice Recorder
  4. brnr17

    brnr17 Android Enthusiast

    be nice if the OP updated original post to keep a running list
  5. nader2013

    nader2013 Android Enthusiast

    And root explorer and setCpu
  6. Bigdaddy2009

    Bigdaddy2009 Newbie

    What if you guys Use terminal emulator and do

    pm setInstallLocation 2

    that will set everything you install to go to SD card correct?

    pm setInstallLocation 0 - Auto
    pm setInstallLocation 1 - Internal Memory
    pm setInstallLocation 2 - External Memory/SD Card
  7. JM33

    JM33 Well-Known Member

    Some apps should never be transferred to the sdcard. Make sure you have a nandroid backup if you try this. I'm sure you'll run into problems, as I have already.

    Please add Shorty's crossword to the list.
  8. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert


    I only remember this as it said this in the recent update of the app. I have seen others note it also in the last month, this is the only one I can recall though.
  9. Bigdaddy2009

    Bigdaddy2009 Newbie

    I have moved all apps to my SD card except Ones that have widgets, because they tend to disappear after reboots. all others are working fine so far
  10. JM33

    JM33 Well-Known Member

    Ya, I had problems with widget-apps, also GDE or themes, not sure which had the problem. The post I commented on had no disclaimer, just wanted people to be careful installing everything to the sdcard.
  11. Lock-N-Load

    Lock-N-Load Android Expert

    BTW, do you move an app from within the app, or from some Setting that shows all apps and you can move from there?
  12. GuardianAli

    GuardianAli Newbie

    The reason your having problems is that any app that needs to have a process in background or a widget wont work right.
    Only stand alone apps likes games, soundboards, etc.. will work right on SD
  13. A recent update adds another one:

    Movies (the Flixster movie app)
  14. nader2013

    nader2013 Android Enthusiast

    Here are a few more.
    • "3" Music Player
    • "Draw!"
    • "Jewels"
  15. Psychokitty

    Psychokitty Android Enthusiast

    Yeah, how do you move apps to the card?
  16. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    To manually move an app to SDCard (from phone):

    Settings --> Applications --> Manage applications --> find your app that you want to move and press it --> press the Move to SDCard button. Note: if the button is not press-able, then the app does not support moving Apps2SD at this time natively.

    To move the app from the SDCard to the Phone: Settings --> Applications --> Manage applications --> SDCard tab --> find your app --> Press the Move to Phone button.

    NOTE: For apps that do not natively support Apps2SD:

    Titanium has the ability to move any app to the SDCard (not sure if this is available in both free and Premium versions, as I have the premium version...) - to do so, run Titanium Backup, then press the Backup/Restore tab, then long press the app you want to move, and then press the Move to SD Card button.

    You can also use TiBu to move apps back to the Phone in a similar manner, except this time the button is named Move to Internal.

    Finally, regarding Apps2SD: If the app you are considering moving to the SDCard uses a widget, and you use said widget on your home screen, then do not move it to the SDCard. This is because Apps2SD breaks widgets (for now):

    from App Install Location | Android Developers

  17. jungajuice

    jungajuice Newbie

    Calculus Tools does... cuz its mine

    Accord to google these kind of apps should not be moved to the sd card.

    Your running Service will be killed and will not be restarted when external storage is remounted. You can, however, register for the ACTION_EXTERNAL_APPLICATIONS_AVAILABLE broadcast Intent, which will notify your application when applications installed on external storage have become available to the system again. At which time, you can restart your Service.

    Alarm Services
    Your alarms registered with AlarmManager will be cancelled. You must manually re-register any alarms when external storage is remounted.

    Input Method Engines
    Your IME will be replaced by the default IME. When external storage is remounted, the user can open system settings to enable your IME again.

    Live Wallpapers
    Your running Live Wallpaper will be replaced by the default Live Wallpaper. When external storage is remounted, the user can select your Live Wallpaper again.

    Live Folders
    Your Live Folder will be removed from the home screen. When external storage is remounted, the user can add your Live Folder to the home screen again.

    App Widgets
    Your App Widget will be removed from the home screen. When external storage is remounted, your App Widget will not be available for the user to select until the system resets the home application (usually not until a system reboot).

    Account Managers
    Your accounts created with AccountManager will disappear until external storage is remounted.

    Sync Adapters
    Your AbstractThreadedSyncAdapter and all its sync functionality will not work until external storage is remounted.

    Device Administrators
    Your DeviceAdminReceiver and all its admin capabilities will be disabled, which can have unforeseeable consequences for the device functionality, which may persist after external storage is remounted.
  18. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian

    lol, uh, yeah, that is the text from the link I just posted right before you....
  19. androiddoes

    androiddoes Lurker

    Great thread, thanks! ...anyone know of anymore 'move to sd' able apps?
  20. Ronnyp74

    Ronnyp74 Lurker

    When I first got the Droid I was like a kid in a candy store. I downloaded a ton of apps and now my phone is saying I am almost out of memory which has me extremely frustrated. Why Motorola would make this phone with such limited storage is beyond me. So, then I find out that in the Froyo 2.2 update we can now begin saving apps to the sd card which made me happy. Now I come to read this and it appears that it is not such happy news after all. Please forgive me for being ignorant, but what does this all mean below?

    According to google these kind of apps should not be moved to the sd card.

    What are running services? I am guessing things that I want to always be running in the background? Examples: Missed Call Reminder, Advanced Task Manager etc?

    Alarm Services? Do you mean if you have a daily/weekly alarm app downloaded that it won't go off?

    Input Method Engines? Do you mean Swype vs regular standard keyboard?

    Live Wallpapers I understand this one LOL! ;)

    Live Folders? What is a live folder?

    Widgets. I understand this one but it won't come back until you do a system reboot?

    Account Managers? What are Account Managers?

    Sync Adapters? What are Sync Adapters?

    Device Administrators? What is this?

    My last question is will I lose Launcher Pro Home Screen which gives you the 3D app tray?

    I really appreciate any help that anyone can offer.
  21. 2fasst

    2fasst Newbie

    It means an iPhone is better for you :)
  22. Found a few more

    Act1 video player
    Twidroyd pro (another app that took out the widgets to have the move to sdcard)
    Google sky map
    Wifi analyzer
  23. Alan King

    Alan King Lurker

  24. Alan King

    Alan King Lurker

    "Tide Prediction" 7M before moving to SD and 6M left in phone memory after, something wrong there.

    "BBC BrowseCast" needs "Google Listen" to work and that appears to have Froyo problems, not recognising Google mail account which it needs in turn to work.
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