1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    Really chuffed with my new Android 8.0 phone (Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact), however can't move apps to the SD card to save on internal storage although this was possible in earlier versions by clicking
    Settings > Storage > Internal Storage > Free up space for automatic transfer
    or clicking Move to SD card in the apps separately
    Neither of those are possible anymore. Furthermore, I see a message that files larger than 4 MB cannot be transferred because of storage capacity limitations of the external card.

    1) So, isn't it possible anymore? Or is there a workaround?
    2) Can the transfer capacity limit be solved by using a high capacity SD card?
    3) When I connect the phone to the PC, I cannot move/copy files from the internal memory. Did I miss some access rights check box?

    Thanks for any pointer!
    ann
    Catzilla242 likes this.
    10-22-2017 08:34 AM
  2. Golfdriver97's Avatar
    Welcome to the forums. You should be able to use the card as adoptable storage, effectively making the card part of your internal storage. This will encrypt the card, making it unreadable by any other device.
    10-22-2017 09:36 AM
  3. wheresmybeaver's Avatar
    Can you try this:

    Enable Developer options: https://www.theandroidsoul.com/enabl...android-o-8-0/

    Then go to Settings => Developer Options and check if there is an option near the bottom of this list for "Force allow apps on external". This may enable the ability to move certain apps to SD Card. Try a reboot and see if you can move some apps or games to SD card.

    Let us know if it works!
    10-23-2017 12:05 PM
  4. Sunshine11q's Avatar
    This did not work. Help please - phone is worthless without SD storage capability for apps.
    Catzilla242 likes this.
    10-30-2017 03:47 PM
  5. Catzilla242's Avatar
    Hi, just joined your forum. I have exactly the same Problem with my brandnew XZ1 Compact! Close to freak out, actually, l tried already everything like recommended here. Doesn't change anything at all! I don't want to root it this time, like I did with almost all my xperias before, because more and more apps check this during installing, for example my bank app and my health insurance app, really important apps to me.
    So how do we get this solved? So far not much to find on the net, because Oreo is so new.
    The last I do expect help from is from Sony support, grump.
    11-07-2017 09:46 PM
  6. Catzilla242's Avatar
    Are they serious? (Sony or Google, whoever is responsible for the SD card issues)
    I am doing research since yesterday like crazy, just took again a look on the Sony page,the following quote is about the XZ1, concerning "Storage and memory":
    "Your device has several different storage and memory options:

    The internal storage stores downloaded or transferred content along with personal settings and data.
    You can use a removable memory card to get more storage space. Media files can be moved to this type of memory to free up internal storage....
    You can purchase a memory card separately.

    Improving memory performance
    If the device starts to slow down, or applications suddenly shut down, you should consider the following:
    Always try to keep at least 500 MB of free internal storage available. ....
    ... Uninstall downloaded applications that you don't use.
    Transfer photos, videos and music from the internal memory to the memory card.
    If your device can't read content on the memory card, you may need to format the card. Note that when you format the card, all content is erased.

    So it says clearly NOTHING about moving APPs to the SD card! Hilarious, isn't it?
    This is conflicting to the fact, after I enabled the developer options, then go down to "Apps", the "option": "Force allow apps on external". So what, on one hand Sony says, only media files can be transferred to SD, on the other we have the "Force allow apps on external", what is ANYWAY NOT working. Congrats, Sony or Google or both, to this great step further in Android / phone development! *Ironic mode: OFF* To be continued.... I think.
    11-08-2017 03:14 PM
  7. Catzilla242's Avatar
    Sorry, got to add the link to the Sony page I mentioned and quoted text from above with my last comments:
    https://support.sonymobile.com/globa...ge-and-memory/
    11-08-2017 03:18 PM
  8. stodge's Avatar
    I didn’t think android supported installing apps to an SD card, only media?
    01-21-2018 11:18 AM
  9. Catzilla242's Avatar
    I didn’t think android supported installing apps to an SD card, only media?
    I did it with all my former Xperias, with the great app Link2sd, BUT this works only with a rooted phone. This time I didn't want to root it, because now a lot of important apps, for ex. my bank and my health insurance app check it up if the phone is rooted and then it's impossible to install them! This is really annoying.
    01-21-2018 12:09 PM
  10. humanerror's Avatar
    I try already, but when I click force to SD card, it doesn't work 😅
    Catzilla242 likes this.
    04-12-2018 10:30 PM
  11. itsyaboy1's Avatar
    I'm not sure if the first step is nessasary
    1) Turn on "Force allow apps on external" in developer options.
    2) Go to "Storage" in settings.
    3) Go to "internal storage" and tap "games" then tap "change"
    08-13-2018 09:47 PM
  12. EYom's Avatar
    I just did it on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with version 8 (not a rooted phone-still default from Verizon)...

    So you need to go into the developer options (if you don't know, go to the build version, and hit that option 10 times and teh developer options will appear), enable the "force allow apps on external" at the bottom, then reboot the phone.

    then when you go into the apps, in the storage section, you will see a button called "change" under storage used and you can choose to go external...

    Keep in mind that not all apps have this option enabled, but most should


    Really chuffed with my new Android 8.0 phone (Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact), however can't move apps to the SD card to save on internal storage although this was possible in earlier versions by clicking
    Settings > Storage > Internal Storage > Free up space for automatic transfer
    or clicking Move to SD card in the apps separately
    Neither of those are possible anymore. Furthermore, I see a message that files larger than 4 MB cannot be transferred because of storage capacity limitations of the external card.

    1) So, isn't it possible anymore? Or is there a workaround?
    2) Can the transfer capacity limit be solved by using a high capacity SD card?
    3) When I connect the phone to the PC, I cannot move/copy files from the internal memory. Did I miss some access rights check box?

    Thanks for any pointer!
    ann
    12-07-2018 02:54 PM

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