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Moving apps to external storage with Moto G5

Asked: Jul 10 2019 | 10:13 am EDT 6676 Views 4 Answers View Best Answer

I have a Moto G5 phone with 16 gb internal storage, and a 64 gb micro SD card. The 16 gb internal storage on its own isn't enough for me to install the apps I want, and formatting the SD card as internal storage raises a whole load of issues that prevent it from being an option. Is there any way I can install/move apps to an external SD card?


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Jul 10 2019 | 10:30 am EDT Scott337

I think only if the app developers provide the "move to..." functionality within the app itself.

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Jul 10 2019 | 12:13 pm EDT acejavelin

Later versions of Android (like the Moto G5 series) do not support moving apps to the SD card. The only options are to use adopted storage or root and an app like App2SD.

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Jul 10 2019 | 12:29 pm EDT Mooncatt

Several of the adoptable storage problems still exist when moving apps to the SD card the old fashion way. You'll still risk early data corruption, slower performance, and you'll also still have some of the app remaining on internal storage.

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Jul 10 2019 | 1:12 pm EDT acejavelin

Several of the adoptable storage problems still exist when moving apps to the SD card the old fashion way. You'll still risk early data corruption, slower performance, and you'll also still have some of the app remaining on internal storage.
This is absolutely true... I didn't mean to imply that was a preferred solution.

It is best to keep apps on internal storage, and move any "data" like music, videos, photos, documents, etc to the external storage. If that doesn't provide enough space, then you may have chosen a less than optimal device for your needs.