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    Unhappy Emulated SD Card.

    Hello. Im new to the forum and also new to the android and smartphone world. A couple of days ago I bought my first smartphone,yes shocking. I bought an LG Optimus F6 from metro pcs. Everything seemed to work fine until I notice every app I downloaded took space from internal memory so, I downloaded a app 2 SD application and it said that SD I had an emulated SD Card which I'm not really sure what it means.

    My point is I would like to use my 32 Gb external SD or not use but just move my apps to that SD card instead of the emulated SD. I have tried reading and watching videos and the only solution I seem to find is rooting and Im not really comfortable with that since I'm not sure how to do it since also I've only seen it done on videos where people are using pc and not macs which I think completely cancels out the possibilities of rooting for me, I think.

    Is there a way I can download apps straight to my external SD card without rooting?
    How can I make my phone read the external SD card and not the emulated partition?
    Is it possible to do it without rooting?

    HELP
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    Sorry to anyone who thinks this questions are stupid I'm just frustrated reading here and there and not getting a solution.
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    Default Re: Emulated SD Card.

    Welcome to Android Central! Sorry to hear about your frustration. You are unfortunately going to be limited by the Internal Storage of your phone (the specs say 4 GB, so you probably only have around 1 GB available to you after accounting for the OS and bloatware). Installing or moving apps to the external SD card is not supported by Android 4.0+; even if you can do it with rooting, you generally can only move a portion of the app over to the SD, since key parts need to remain in Internal Storage to function properly.

    The external SD card is primarily useful for storing media files like music and photos. For more information and tips, review this guide: [GUIDE] Android Memory and How to Deal with Low Memory Warnings
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    No not even for pictures music or anything anytime I put something on my phone and i move it to microSD it still using internal memory instead of the 32 GB.
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    How are you moving the media files? Are you using a file manager like ES File Explorer or Total Commander? And are you moving the file or copying it?
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    I send them via bluetooth from my computer to my phone. Also when I take a picture it says save to sd card but is still saving them in the internal memory.
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    Well then I have another question. Can I just download apps into a google drive and just take them out when I need them?
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    Default Re: Emulated SD Card.

    When youu move a file it will give you a choice of "Simulated internal SD card" [which is about as sensible as simulated artificial water] or "External SD card". The "Simulated etc." is internal storage. Move things to External storage.

    You can't usually transfer or download directly to external storage, you have to put the stuff on internal storage, then move it. (Why didn't they build Android on Solaris?)

    As far as running apps from external storage, very few actually will.
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    man when they said I had 4Gb of memory I actually thought ok that's not bad but if I would've known I would've bought another cellphone
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    When they say you have a 250GB hard drive on a desktop, then find that you have 190GB free, it's the same thing. Formatting takes space, the operating system takes space, data needed by the computer takes space - it doesn't make any difference if it's the computer in your microwave oven, the computer in your phone or the desktop computer.

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