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Moving Your ‘Non-Movable’ Android Apps to an SD Card

Posted on September 20, 2013 12:00 AM by Techgage Staff
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Have an Android device that’s quickly running out of space due to limited internal memory? Have a large collection of apps that refuse to move over to your SD card? If either of these is true, then you need to know about a simple tweak that can be done to forcibly move over many apps to your SD card – all without rooting.

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A nice feature that most Android devices offer is an SD slot, and nicer still is the fact that the Android OS allows you to move most apps over to external storage to help free up space on the main device. For those with phones or tablets that offer plentiful storage, this perk might not matter much, but for those with older or budget devices, it could be the only way that additional apps can be installed.

Take, for example, the HTC Legend I used to use, which offered a mere 160MB to take advantage of, or more recently, Sony’s Xperia Ray, which improved things a bit with a boost to 300MB. Sure – these devices weren’t expensive when new, but storage this limited is ridiculous. It’s no wonder some users end up needing to move some of their apps off of the device and onto external storage.

But if you’re an Android user who has moved apps before, you’re likely aware that there are limitations. Some software is considered to be integral and thus cannot be moved, and then there is other software like Google Maps that you may not even use but can’t move even with the trick we’re going to talk about.

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