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What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎08-04-2012
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Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

Have been aable to transfer pictures, so card is working.


With Atrix 2 I could transfer apps to SD card.  I understand some apps must stay on the phone. 

Bit Torrent
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

There is no option to save the apps to the SD per the default functionality of Android 4.0.


All applications occupy the storage with everything else, which is why the internal storage is wiped during a factory reset.


 


Hope this helps answer your question.

What's DOS?
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

 Thanks for the info.  It is too bad this feature is no longer available as some apps are rather large.  Reduces the usefulness of the SD card.


Maybe this can be addressed should there be a software upgrade.

Token Ring
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

I use an Atrix 2 and with that anyone can download apps from Google Play or AppBrain using the search term App to SD Card.  Because I don't have an Atrix HD I don't know if that might serve as a workaround for you or not but I would be tempted to try it.  At the same time isn't the internal storage on the HD about twice what it is on the 2?


I follow the same guidelines I've lived by for years with Windows where I try to keep everything possible off of my "C drive" or internal memory in the case of a cell phone and thus install apps wherever possible on alternate drives or storage devices such as an SD Card.

Bit Torrent
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

On the Atrix 2, which is on Android 2.3 and was designed as such, you can save to the SD card when an external card is inserted. More than likely when the Atrix 2 is upgraded to ICS, it will retain this feature.


On the Atrix HD, which is on 4.0.4 and was designed as such, the default function of the internal storage is not to mount the storage as a drive, but as MTP. Doing such opens the entire rom for installation (and larger ROMs if required in future upgrades). Devices with this style of memory allocation do not have the ability to save to external and will not be able to gain the feature in an upgrade, as the ROM can't be partitioned with user data installed.


User available storage on the Atrix HD is 4.7GB (8GB installed).

Bit Torrent
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card


LabRtv said:

 Thanks for the info.  It is too bad this feature is no longer available as some apps are rather large.  Reduces the usefulness of the SD card.


Maybe this can be addressed should there be a software upgrade.



 


This functionality remains in Android 4.1.1

Token Ring
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

Servbotxx,

Thanks for the information. I have a question. If there is 8Gb of total internal storage but only some of it is accessible by the EU that would seem to be pretty much akin to portioning a drive and securing part of the drive. What's different?
Bit Torrent
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

Instead of having a set partition for application storage like on pre-ICS devices, the entire remaining ROM (internal storage) is available for application installations. The OS uses the first portion, which is why only 4.7GB is available.

Token Ring
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card

So that's your reason for your post warning about back up in the other discussion.

What's DOS?
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Registered: ‎12-07-2012
Location: United States
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Re: Atrix HD How do I transfer apps to SD card


I realize this thread is old but still pops up in most viewed.  I'm not so sure it isn't motorolas doing, since my wife LG Nitro( with andoird 4.0.4 and the same kernel number as my atrix hd) can move apps to the sd card.