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  1. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    I really hope someone can help I want to change the Default Write Disk to my external SD card like I did on 6.0 so photos and various other things are automatically saved to the SD card but on Oreo Settings/Storage this option is not there.

    So I'm moving them manually

    Please help!
    07-25-2021 11:32 AM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Which phone? On most phones, you have to look at the settings of individual apps for an option to save things to the SD card by default. Start with the Camera app -- bring up its settings and look for the option to change default storage from Phone to SD card.
    07-25-2021 11:46 AM
  3. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    Thanks for the replys.

    A Generic Argos rebranded phone the last one was a rebranded LG not sure what this one is.

    For as long as I can remember the Generic Android phones, Boxes and Tablets always it was Setting/Storage/Default Write disk

    A little google and other people are suggesting the same as you but also going to Settings/Apps/Name of app/Storage there is no option to change anything.

    I can access the SD card just fine with File explorers etc so I know it's working

    If anyone knows a third party app to do this please let me know.
    07-25-2021 12:08 PM
  4. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I mean opening the individual apps and going to the app's settings, not the system settings. Some apps aren't coded any more to save data to the SD card (probably because SD cards are known to be much less reliable than onboard memory, and they can also impact performance since read/write will almost always be slower).
    07-25-2021 12:27 PM
  5. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    Ok yes the default camera app etc don't appear to be changeable this is why this option Settings/Stotage/Default write disk is so important.
    07-25-2021 01:09 PM
  6. B. Diddy's Avatar
    That would be unusual -- show us a screenshot of the Camera app's settings: http://forums.androidcentral.com/gen...d-central.html
    07-25-2021 01:19 PM
  7. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    Thanks for your help

    Here is a shot of Camera options

    A very bad photo of Storage options on the old phone

    And a shot of storage options on new phone

    I've actually just done a factory reset and it made no difference.
    Attached Thumbnails Default Write Disk option for external SD not there in Oreo 8.0.1-screenshot_20210725-192557.jpg   Default Write Disk option for external SD not there in Oreo 8.0.1-screenshot_20210725-193354.jpg   Default Write Disk option for external SD not there in Oreo 8.0.1-screenshot_20210725-192655.jpg  
    07-25-2021 01:37 PM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Do you see any appropriate option if you tap the camera icon in that settings menu? Otherwise, you may have to try a 3rd party camera app.
    07-25-2021 02:38 PM
  9. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    Sadly no

    This is a big blow

    Thanks for your help

    I'd really like to know when this option disappeared, around Android 7?

    I probably will try setting up a SD card for that SD link thing but this is a bugger
    07-25-2021 02:52 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    It's not really related to the Android version, but rather the manufacturer. It's up to the manufacturer to implement these kinds of features, and some decide not to.

    Since you have a phone with Oreo, there's a possibility the card can be formatted as Internal Storage (which is called Adoptable Storage). This makes the phone regard the card as part of its own internal storage, which can therefore increase not only the storage capacity but also the space to install apps. However, we generally recommend against this, since SD cards are generally less reliable, and if/when they crash or become corrupt, that can cause some significant system instability.

    You can tell if your phone supports Adoptable Storage by seeing if it asks you if you want to format a card as Internal Storage or Portable Storage.
    07-25-2021 03:00 PM
  11. mustang7757's Avatar
    It's portable the SD card which is good as you don't want it internal, permission has changed for SD card from 6.0 on up and stricter so that could be the issue , whatever you want moved to SD card just use the file manager .
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    07-25-2021 03:51 PM
  12. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    I know but I like to use the card as portable storage for exchanging files

    I just thought it was default part of the Android OS
    07-25-2021 03:52 PM
  13. mustang7757's Avatar
    How exactly you want to use your SD card ?
    07-25-2021 03:59 PM
  14. CoolDroid72's Avatar
    Hi, sorry didn't see your reply, I want to use it to store and transfer files to the PC but want it to take some of the burden of the internal storage by storing photos etc
    07-25-2021 06:17 PM
  15. mustang7757's Avatar
    Hi, sorry didn't see your reply, I want to use it to store and transfer files to the PC but want it to take some of the burden of the internal storage by storing photos etc
    Ok perfect then stock file manager can handle this .
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    07-25-2021 06:36 PM

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