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  1. Jerome James

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    Have a 40+GB SD card in an Alcatel 5044R phone and write to inquire precisely how to properly move apps there or to install directly. Also, are there options to get google play apps installed directly to the ?SD Card. Hoping for informed guidance.
     

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    First thing: if you go into Settings > Apps, select some apps you have installed (not pre-installed ones) do you have a "move to sd" button? Not all apps can be moved, so it may be greyed-out, but if the button isn't there at all for user-installed apps that would mean that the phone doesn't support moving to SD in the first place. So if you don't have that button you can stop reading now, because it's not possible (or not without rooting, partitioning the card and using some root-only app like Link2SD). By no means all phone do support this: Google deprecated the "move to SD" option in Android 4.0, and while some manufacturers kept it (or added it back) in some of their phones not all did, so it is possible that your phone will not have the option.

    If you do have the option, then if the button is not greyed-out you can move that app. Not all apps can be moved: it only works if the developer chose to support it. If it is supported then it's as simple as pressing the button. You should know that it only moves part of the app, and it doesn't move the app's data - it will help a bit if you are short of storage, but it's not a panacea. If you need to install a lot of apps I'm afraid there is no substitute for buying a phone with sufficient storage in the first place.

    If you want to change the default install location, so that apps that can be installed (partially) to SD are installed there automatically, you will need to enable the developer options menu(*), turn USB Debugging on, install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on a computer, connect the phone to the computer via USB then use the ADB command you've set up on the computer to change the default location (the command is "adb shell pm set-install-location 2").

    (*) Go into Settings, find the software information under "about" or "about phone", and tap repeatedly on the build number until it tells you that you are a developer. You'll then find you have a new "Developer options" menu. Google seem to think this is clever or cute for some reason.
     
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    What are the read/write speeds of your SD card?
     

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