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Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-05-11, 8:43 AM

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So I have a micro SD card but most apps when I download them save to my internal storage rather than SD and it won't let transfer them to SD .does anyone else get this problem?

 

So annoying as internal storage always gets full.

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-05-11, 14:57 PM

Yes everyone using non rooted / standard Android OS gets that function.

 

Saving to internal storage hasn't been available by Android for several + OS versions.. Apps restricted to installation on internal storage only is modern, normal, Android OS behavior & is by design by ANDROID for security purposes. You can do searches in this forum for previous threads & links on SD card usage & why saving apps to internal storage doesn't really help anyway if it were still possible & also search the web for why Android / Google has gone that route.

 

If you want to expand storage for apps, to do it properly, find the links in these forums on Android Adoptable Storage or use those keywords to do a Google & or YouTube search for other articles. Adoptable Storage "Adopts" the SD card to expand  internal storage by including the SD card as if it were part of the internal storage. LOTS of info here in past discusssions for you to read. But Adoptable Storage has pros & cons. If you do format your SD card as Adoptable Storage, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, remove the SD card afterwards or you will lose your info on the SD card & the card is encrypted & will not be readable by ANY other device anyway, zero, so NEVER remove the SD card as Adoptable Storage. Also, probably set up your Google Account for performing regular backups & do manual backups of Data & Media & all files anyway. Not doing so could be regrettable as you will read from other discussions by people who have removed the Adoptable Storage SD card & have lost their data access. DO NOT PERFORM BACKUPS BY REMOVING THE SD CARD to copy the info to another memory device, but do it via back up apps or file managers using WiFi or connected to your PC via USB cable, if your SD card is set up as Adoptable Storage.

 

Your only other option is to use the SD card as Portable Storage as you likely presently are & getting a device with more internal storage. 

 

Also, in the future, search the web or YouTube first for any questions about your device or it's usage, as many questions such as this one, are primarily about ANDROID OS & How to Use Android, than being about the specific Lenovo device. There are many websites out there with How To Learn Android information & that will help you faster than looking here, which is not an Android user help forum.  As well, every app has Help & there is likely a Help App on your device that you can search through when connected to the internet. I use those first all the time.

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-05-11, 17:39 PM

There are apps to move data to the external sd card.  This one works well. 

 

 

 

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2018-05-11, 20:38 PM

Moving Data or media files or photos to the SD card IS NOT the same as moving APPS to run from the SD Card. Apps are not allowed to run from the SD card, at least not without root.

 

Any file manager & or even many apps have that ability to move or store data to the SD card. An App MUST also be able to read data moved there, so it depends on the app & moving data outside of the app, say a mapping app, would render it useless.

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-05-11, 20:58 PM

@mtneer.. obviously you have never used the app I have posted. It will allow the OPer to move his app's data to the sd card AND run properly, freeing up space on his sd card, which is his stated concern. AND it doesn't require root, which makes the app a plus, as many don't want root.  It doesn't just move it, it creates the proper link to run. 

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-05-12, 9:35 AM

The app doesn't work! The apps still won't move. I read that some app designers add a code so that you can't move them to an sd card which is kind of sneaky .my tablet is near full coz system takes up most of it and everything something updates it gets fuller 

 

It says I can move Netflix but when I try to move it says my storage is full even though it's near empty which is weird 

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-05-12, 15:02 PM

@hob86, sorry,  ntneer is correct, for nougat you will need root. 

 

 

@ntneer, you are correct. He will need root. 

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-07-20, 9:18 AM

Sorry for taking forever to reply 

 

What does root mean? 

I have it as an internal storage I think that's what you call it, the one where I formatted it to only work in the tablet not the external one. 

 

It will only save big games to it and I try to move apps to the SD card just tells me storage full even tho it's hardly been used. 

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Re: Apps saving to internal storage tab 4 8 plus

2018-07-20, 13:34 PM

Google Search

 

The rest of your questions have been answered or can be answered if you read the links, search this discussion forum for past links or read Google searches & or watch YouTube videos.

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