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    Default Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    Am I missing something? When I go to my apps to move to sd card, the option isnt there.
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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    If I recall correctly it isn't and option, hence the larger internal storage
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    They changed things around a bit. On the GS2 for example, they gave you 2 GB for apps. You then could manage your applications and move them to the SD card. They did away with this by giving us just one big partition on the phone itself. If you go to the applications manager and select any of your downloaded apps, you will see how it breaks down used storage of the app on your phone, the option to move to sd card is now gone though since it really isn't all that necessary anymore. I just keep all my pictures and music on my sd card and leave all the space on the phone for apps. Having them on the phone storage has two advantages. 1. They load faster. 2. Some cheaper micro sd cards can become corrupted and because of that your apps that are partially installed on the sd card (with the core part of the app being on the phone itself) will no longer work. Since this isn't permitted anymore, we no longer have to worry about #2.

    Will you run out of space if you install enough games? Certainly, just depends on how much memory your version of the phone came with. For now, keep the phone memory clean of pictures, music and videos. Thankfully the camera app is nice enough to ask where to store your pictures and gives you the sd card as an option.
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    ICS does not allow apps to be on the SD card.

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    My 32GB S3 will arrive on the 26th. Can't wait to be able to install whatever I want. Currently I only have the basic must-have apps (Whatsapp, FB, Tapatalk, Dolphin etc) and I only have 19MB left on phone memory. Installing anything at this point would prompt low memory warnings.

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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    Quote Originally Posted by firetruck41 View Post
    ICS does not allow apps to be on the SD card.

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    my epic touch (sgs2) with a leaked ICS build allows me to move them to the sd card. So it cant just be ICS. Like MannyZ28 said I only have 2gb of app space where as my wifes sgs3 has one big partition(12gb) to use.
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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    This is a bigger issue than I thought initially. I remember on my Skyrocket and previous phones, there was a folder linked to the memory card named "external sd" on the internal memory. That's not the case with this phone. I'm looking for a way to make the external memory accessible from the internal memory in apps. Without using the built in file manager, I cannot find the external memory card. My pics and videos that are on the memory card show up in the gallery but I can't get my apps to see the memory card.
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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    Quote Originally Posted by MannyZ28 View Post
    They changed things around a bit. On the GS2 for example, they gave you 2 GB for apps. You then could manage your applications and move them to the SD card. They did away with this by giving us just one big partition on the phone itself. If you go to the applications manager and select any of your downloaded apps, you will see how it breaks down used storage of the app on your phone, the option to move to sd card is now gone though since it really isn't all that necessary anymore. I just keep all my pictures and music on my sd card and leave all the space on the phone for apps. Having them on the phone storage has two advantages. 1. They load faster. 2. Some cheaper micro sd cards can become corrupted and because of that your apps that are partially installed on the sd card (with the core part of the app being on the phone itself) will no longer work. Since this isn't permitted anymore, we no longer have to worry about #2.

    Will you run out of space if you install enough games? Certainly, just depends on how much memory your version of the phone came with. For now, keep the phone memory clean of pictures, music and videos. Thankfully the camera app is nice enough to ask where to store your pictures and gives you the sd card as an option.
    Yeah, I googled last night and learned this. I have the 16gb version with a 32gb sdcard. I'll be fine. I don't play too many games. On the other hand, if Best Buy gets a 32gb model in within my 30 days, I'm going to do an exchange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firetruck41 View Post
    ICS does not allow apps to be on the SD card.

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    yes it does. i have an htc evo lte and i can move apps to sd. my wifes s3 does not.
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    I hope Sammy addresses this issue SOON
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeinatexas View Post
    yes it does. i have an htc evo lte and i can move apps to sd. my wifes s3 does not.
    I stand corrected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20blks View Post
    I hope Sammy addresses this issue SOON
    This isn't Sammy, it's an ICS issue.
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    what about for apps that download things, and like tubemate? Will I just have to keep moving the files to the external sd card? And flixter, that downloads whole movies with no option to move to external sd card
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    there is an app out there called easy manager you can download it from your Google store. It provides an easy way to move the applications back and forth to your phone to your sd card.. be warned some the applications that came with your phone cannot be moved over to an SD card. Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by bojackson View Post
    what about for apps that download things, and like tubemate? Will I just have to keep moving the files to the external sd card? And flixter, that downloads whole movies with no option to move to external sd card
    Nope, you can set download location to the external sd card but the apps live on the internal memory

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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    Quote Originally Posted by DianeR View Post
    This isn't Sammy, it's an ICS issue.
    its not ICS, its the way Google want Android devices to work in the future, its more secure

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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    Quote Originally Posted by bojackson View Post
    what about for apps that download things, and like tubemate? Will I just have to keep moving the files to the external sd card? And flixter, that downloads whole movies with no option to move to external sd card
    until the apps update to have extSDCard as a location, youre just gona have to keep a couple GB internal to download to n then move them to Ext manualy.
    wonder if theres an app that automates the whole thing... say, uses 100mb internal memory as like a buffer and moves the download to Ext Sd while its downloading??
    wow if that doesnt exist then ive just had yet another app lightbulb moment lol.
    im gona teach myself coding in jail

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    I'm noticing a bit of confusion here.

    If you're running ICS or JB and you use a file manager such as Astro, to find your files, look under the Mount directory/folder, you will see an "SD Card" listed. SD Card is internal--it's what you're paying for when you buy a 16 GB or a 32 GB S3. And, yes, you can put apps on it. That's what it's for.

    If you have inserted an SD Card into the expansion slot inside the battery compartment, you'll also see "External SD Card" listed. You can't put apps on the external card. You just can't. So, yes on "SD Card," but no on "External SD Card."

    But you can store music, pics, videos, backups...that sort of stuff...on the external card.

    This is by design. Google doesn't want you to use external cards for apps or storage anymore. That's why some manufacturers ship their devices WITHOUT expansion slots. We old frts. who remember all the way back to the S2 remember being able to put your apps on the SD Card (which was external). We also remember when app2SD was essential to life as we knew it.

    That was then. This isn't.

    Got that, now? You can't put working apps onto your shiny, brand-new 64 GB Micro SD Card. You just can't.

    (Unless some coder figures out some genius workaround.)


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    Default Re: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

    Quote Originally Posted by sfrrr View Post
    I'm noticing a bit of confusion here.

    If you're running ICS or JB and you use a file manager such as Astro, to find your files, look under the Mount directory/folder, you will see an "SD Card" listed. SD Card is internal--it's what you're paying for when you buy a 16 GB or a 32 GB S3. And, yes, you can put apps on it. That's what it's for.

    If you have inserted an SD Card into the expansion slot inside the battery compartment, you'll also see "External SD Card" listed. You can't put apps on the external card. You just can't. So, yes on "SD Card," but no on "External SD Card."

    But you can store music, pics, videos, backups...that sort of stuff...on the external card.

    This is by design. Google doesn't want you to use external cards for apps or storage anymore. That's why some manufacturers ship their devices WITHOUT expansion slots. We old frts. who remember all the way back to the S2 remember being able to put your apps on the SD Card (which was external). We also remember when app2SD was essential to life as we knew it.

    That was then. This isn't.

    Got that, now? You can't put working apps onto your shiny, brand-new 64 GB Micro SD Card. You just can't.

    (Unless some coder figures out some genius workaround.)


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    exactly mate. app2sd came with 2.2 (froyo) and was essential when phones had such puny internal memory. now the s3, nexus7 etc have one huge partition of internal memory named SDCard.
    google would love us to store all our media on the cloud and stream it but unless they buy or become a carrier all over the world offering non-profit unlimited data to all android devices then thats not really gona happen so thankfully Sammy gave us an expandable sd EXT SDCard slot for all our media

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    I don't know for sure but I am told there is an app to do it but only for rooted phones. I wish they had mentioned this in the advertising as I would have gone for the 32gb. Google are aholes for doing this. I hate to say it but they are getting a bit like apple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbswales View Post
    I don't know for sure but I am told there is an app to do it but only for rooted phones. I wish they had mentioned this in the advertising as I would have gone for the 32gb. Google are aholes for doing this. I hate to say it but they are getting a bit like apple.

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    in what way?
    tbh i dont see a way for an app to make it possible to run apps from ext sd mate.
    should have done some reading before buying the phone.. its the future. be thankful you dont have an HTC One X with no sd slot for media

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    ......plus it takes seconds/minutes to download an app whenever you need it, no need to have 16gb of apps on your phone. even if its games, cant backup apps save your progress in the game as app data?

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    Quote Originally Posted by funkylogik View Post
    its not ICS, its the way Google want Android devices to work in the future, its more secure

    global s3, UK. Ask me anything and ill reply even if its just an intelligent (or crazy) guess
    Funk, if I may call you that, how is it not ICS (and JB) when it's built-in to ICS (and JB)? Ohhh, I suppose it could be something built into the firmware or hardware, but I'm a software person and don't know anything about that equipment stuff.

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    ive been called everything under the sun lol funk is fine
    id say its a hardware thing as the flash storage named sd card is built into the phone.
    and its not an ICS thing because ive had other ICS phones that used the old storage system

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    I've had the opposite experience. Was running the PREVIOUS version of android OS on this phone, then upgraded to ICS and lost the use of app2SD And, effectively, the use of my.SDCard.

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