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    Default Can you still move apps to SD card in KitKat?

    Just wondering if you could still move apps to the SD card in android kit Kat

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    It is recommended that you move all apps moved to your SD card back to the internal storage. Then once you get your upgrade to kitkat completed, you can move those back to the SD card that support it. I think there is a lot of misinformation about the SD card now under kitkat. Yes there was some changes. However, I was able to move most of the same apps back to the SD card, all my photos, videos and music that was on the SD card all music programs are able to access with no issues. So, I am not sure what all the fuss is about. Thus far it certainly hasn't impacted me.

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    I think that's a big negative ghost rider. Some with more knowledge will chime in I'm sure.

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    Default Re: can you still move apps to SD card in kit Kat?

    I thought that ability was removed in JellyBean or ICS?
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    Default Re: can you still move apps to SD card in kit Kat?

    After you install foldermount from google market you will have normal SD card.

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    My 4.2.2 was updated to 4.4.2 and I can still move some apps to the SD card, yes. Many in fact. However, you can disable apps as well. Most of the bloatware is disabled and is where the 'hidden' apps would be.
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    It is recommended that you move all apps moved to your SD card back to the internal storage. Then once you get your upgrade to kitkat completed, you can move those back to the SD card that support it. I think there is a lot of misinformation about the SD card now under kitkat. Yes there was some changes. However, I was able to move most of the same apps back to the SD card, all my photos, videos and music that was on the SD card all music programs are able to access with no issues. So, I am not sure what all the fuss is about. Thus far it certainly hasn't impacted me.
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    I think it's mainly Samsung that still gives you the ability of moving apps partially to the SD card. It's not possible on Nexus devices (and most other phones sporting KitKat).
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    I have 40 GB worth of photos and videos on my SD card. Downloaded them from my PC to the card - into several folders. Using QuickPic to view them at the moment. My question - will they still be there after the 4.4 update and will I still be able to the cached photos?

    Also have UK and European maps from Navfree on the SD card. What would happen to these?
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    Default Re: can you still move apps to SD card in kit Kat?

    Welcome to Android Central! Although the SD card technically shouldn't be affected during a system update, I have read about experiences here where it was in fact wiped. So if and when you update your system, unmount and remove the SD card first.

    You should still be able to view those photos and videos on your SD card on your phone after the update.
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    thank you very much for the info.

    Read that some folks do a factory reset before and after the update. Is this necessary and what are the benefits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    Welcome to Android Central! Although the SD card technically shouldn't be affected during a system update, I have read about experiences here where it was in fact wiped. So if and when you update your system, unmount and remove the SD card first.

    You should still be able to view those photos and videos on your SD card on your phone after the update.
    This is EXACTLY what I do when installing an update, I've been removing the SD card before I update since the Blackberry 8330 days and never had a problem.
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    if I rooted my phone, would everything work again or have the apps themselves been updated to reflect this change too? Trying to get bittorrent sync working fo my sd card photos. Can't unless my camera roll is in a certain folder.

    Is there a way to set my camera roll to dump in to my bittorrent sync special folder? I have a bad feeling that will mess up my other folder apps though and wouldn't want that to happen.
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    Default Re: can you still move apps to SD card in kit Kat?

    You need a root.....now there are dozens of applications that can do the same work my friend.... to easy.... what I need is an application for no rooted phone...Thats the problem....bloody Google!! Why I cannot send my files from my internal memory to my sd card...this is againts the law ...stupid Google android 's team.. they are killed android forever, I hope Firefox and Amazon phones will start to get bigger and crash Google once and for all.
    Anyway I don't want to root my phone... first I wiil loose SkyGo on my device, then other applications really important for me will become useless if I root the phone....No thanks.....root is not for me.
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    Default Re: can you still move apps to SD card in kit Kat?

    Do tell, under what law is it illegal to do what Google has done?

    francomur99, What exactly are you trying to accomplish? You don't say for what purpose this is "broken". Or are you just another person coming in here and spouting off how the SD card access is "broken" without realizing that for MOST purposes it actually remains UNCHANGED? Removing the ability to move apps to the SD card is not something that's new. How many apps actually NEED to be able to write to anyplace they please on the SD card rather than a folder specifically for that app?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hallux View Post
    Do tell, under what law is it illegal to do what Google has done?

    francomur99, What exactly are you trying to accomplish? You don't say for what purpose this is "broken". Or are you just another person coming in here and spouting off how the SD card access is "broken" without realizing that for MOST purposes it actually remains UNCHANGED? Removing the ability to move apps to the SD card is not something that's new. How many apps actually NEED to be able to write to anyplace they please on the SD card rather than a folder specifically for that app?
    Doesn't seem that you fully grasp the scope of this issue that Google have introduced. It's a HUGE problem for alot of users out there, including myself.

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    Default Re: can you still move apps to SD card in kit Kat?

    well i would try to help u..

    Only devices of Samsung Gives you app2sd Option. that started to be return in 4.3 os of samsung why?
    1.cuz they dont give a f** about google =)
    2. cuz they know they the only one!! that means (they get more ppls to buy there phones cuz of that, cuz outer phone companys dosnt want to add it) that's why i did upgraded from Sony Xperia x10a to Galaxy S5 3G. and refused to take phone is not of samsung
    4. samsung wouldnt remove this option even on Kitkat that is Problematic with SD , they still keept it.
    and they wouldnt remove it.. the only way you can remove files from Internal to sd. (photos, videos, apks,etc,,)
    IT'S ONLY WITH THE BULLTIN FILE MANGER IF NOT U WOULD NEED ROOT OR FIND A GOOD FILE MANAGER
    5.if they add it and keept it , they wouldnt remove it. if they do. alot of there costumers would sue them. cuz they had it. and now not?? so be happy if your'e a samsung users and say to your'e friends
    'HAHA.HA.HA. YOU DONT GOT APP2SD"
    and they will be "why i need that?!?" u say "i got more phone memory then u cuz of that"

    i highly recommend buy only samsung cuz of that
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    Default Re: Can you still move apps to SD card in KitKat?

    If you download B1 filemanager you can copy your files to sd, no root needed.
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    Default Re: Can you still move apps to SD card in KitKat?

    Can't post the link but if you typ in Google something like copy files to sd Android 4.4 and B1 filemanager you can find the instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Diddy View Post
    I think it's mainly Samsung that still gives you the ability of moving apps partially to the SD card. It's not possible on Nexus devices (and most other phones sporting KitKat).
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    Quote Originally Posted by hallux View Post
    Removing the ability to move apps to the SD card is not something that's new. How many apps actually NEED to be able to write to anyplace they please on the SD card rather than a folder specifically for that app?
    I have Tomtom apps (Western Europe and USA & Canada) on my phone. I need them for my business travels. They offer offline maps that save me a lot of roaming costs. These apps (with the maps) take up over 5GB. On my old phone I installed the apps from the SD card. Now they will only work is installed on the device memory. That's 5GB from the 16GB of the device memory down the drain and a useless almost empty 64GB SD card installed. Why do you guys keep on fixing thing that aren't broken! Security? Security is an excuse to take away the user's control over the device he bought!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CptBerns View Post
    I have Tomtom apps (Western Europe and USA & Canada) on my phone. I need them for my business travels. They offer offline maps that save me a lot of roaming costs. These apps (with the maps) take up over 5GB. On my old phone I installed the apps from the SD card. Now they will only work is installed on the device memory. That's 5GB from the 16GB of the device memory down the drain and a useless almost empty 64GB SD card installed. Why do you guys keep on fixing thing that aren't broken! Security? Security is an excuse to take away the user's control over the device he bought!
    I didn't say there was ZERO reason to be able to write to SD. In this case, the changes to KitKat that prevented apps from writing to any folder the app did not create do not break the app as the TomTom app can just create a folder as needed to create the local cache. What has likely happened is the developer has seen the increasing number of devices WITHOUT SD card slots and has decided to remove the complexity from their app (and also reduced support needs when people complained about problems with that capability).

    Do you want TomTom having the ability to write to your music folder on your SD card and having the potential to corrupt the music stored there because it started writing its maps cache there? THAT is what the write changes were put in place to prevent. Did it break some apps? Sure, file browsers don't work as well as they used to since they can't modify ANY folder on the card, but this change didn't do anything to the ability to move an app to SD, that was a decision made by the app developer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hallux View Post
    What has likely happened is the developer has seen the increasing number of devices WITHOUT SD card slots and has decided to remove the complexity from their app (and also reduced support needs when people complained about problems with that capability).
    The developer didn't change anything. I took the same app, that I downloaded years ago and put on a HDD on my Windows PC. I copied it to an SD card in my old phone and installed it on the phone from there. Worked fine. Did the same thing on my new phone and it doesn't work. The app cannot find the maps. Pasted it to the internal storage and installed it from there and it does work. So now I've lost 5GB of my internal storage.

    Quote Originally Posted by hallux View Post
    Do you want TomTom having the ability to write to your music folder on your SD card and having the potential to corrupt the music stored there because it started writing its maps cache there? THAT is what the write changes were put in place to prevent.
    I have no problem with that. With a decent file browser that works as it should work I can delete those files. Security isn't my primary concern. In fact, on my Windows PCs I'm always logged in as an administrator because I want full control of the PC at all times. On top of that my account has no password. To me computer security is limited to switching the devices off when I leave the house so they won't set the building on fire.
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    I have a coolpad arise which is kitkat 4.4.2 yet its impossible to move apps to my micro SD card. It just takes me to "app info" and tells me to press some "move app xxx" button that doesnt exist!!!

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