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Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

On my other android phones I have owned in the past, I was able to move apps to an sd card to open up space in my internal memory, but the LG Optimus L9 doesn't appear to be able to do this.  Is there a fix for this?

  • 1. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    I second this. I am running out of space fast because it appears NO apps can be moved to SD on the L9. There isnt even a "move to sd" button visable when looking at app settings. Support needs to comment on this ASAP because it is a deal breaker as far as I'm concerned.

  • 2. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?
    tidbits

    It's a change that happened since 4.0 based code.

  • 3. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    So is this something that will get changed or will it be like this on all phones with 4.0?

  • 4. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?
    tidbits

    All phones from this point forward. Any device with 4.0 or later uses MTP instead of UMS for a good reason.

  • 5. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    This makes no sense at all... I cant download more than one game since it doesnt store the extra data on the micro sd.

     

    I cant download my offline gps maps either. Im limited to about 1.5gb of internal memory for everything. Why would they change the file name directories and make it so apps cant access the sd card anymore?

     

    Im going to return this phone if theres no fix for this

  • 6. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    After speaking with someone at a T-Mobile store, they have received many complaints about this and google people are apparently working on a fix.

  • 7. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?
    tidbits

    babigz666 wrote:

     

    After speaking with someone at a T-Mobile store, they have received many complaints about this and google people are apparently working on a fix.

    I find that hard to believe Google is working on a fix.  There have been so many complaints since 4.0.  There was a specific reason going MTP which fixed 90% of the related bugs and complaints related to UMS. 

     

    Since switching to MTP there has been 2 complaints. Linux users have trouble with it since it's not native to it, and people can't move to SD(which ends up being power users).

  • 8. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    With only 1.5gb of available memory on the L9, not just power users are going to be the ones complaining. With the size of apps nowadays and the extra data they download, you can run out of space completely after installing two apps...

     

    I find it very insulting the only way to have somewhat of a workaround is to root the phone.

  • 9. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?
    tidbits

    You haven't been around Android very long or seen Google bug pages pertaining to UMS.  MTP so far while has some complaints have been leaps and bounds better.  As soon as Google moves back to UMS all those complaints come back and it will be like 2009 all over again.

  • 10. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    Im not understanding what the switch to MTP from UMS has to do with storing apps and data on the micro sd though? Isnt MTP just a new method for interfacing with a PC for file transfers?

     

    Ive been used to having small apps downloaded, then they automatically download additional files needed to the microsd. It doesnt do that anymore with this phone and I dont see why not.

  • 11. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?
    tidbits

    It's more than just PC file transfer when switching to MTP.  Paritioning is no longer needed, and permissions has to be set differently. Naming schemes are also different because of the difference in protocols.  Google wants to get away from the SDcard(See Nexus devices) due to file pickers, licensing, updating problems, restrictions in storage, developers refusing to use apps2sd due to piracy concerns, and slew of other bugs, and problems using UMS.  Google realized why Apple doesn't have external storage, and went MTP like Apple has been doing with the iDevice line.

    Developers, and manufacturers could help a bit if they want to include external storage.  That's up to the manufacturer to write their own file pickers and come up with a standard.  The code is open source and it's up to them to write the code.  If manufacturers picked a standard name for the external storage then developers could point to it instead of sdcard0.

    channelx99 wrote:

     

    Im not understanding what the switch to MTP from UMS has to do with storing apps and data on the micro sd though? Isnt MTP just a new method for interfacing with a PC for file transfers?

     

    Ive been used to having small apps downloaded, then they automatically download additional files needed to the microsd. It doesnt do that anymore with this phone and I dont see why not.

  • 12. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    Maybe Im cynical, but I dont see how restricting people from using micro sd's really benefits customers much... it just gives manufacturers an excuse to charge way too much for memory when buying a new phone with it built in, and resorting to cloud to compensate for lack of memory running up your data cap which carriers will love...

     

    I never had any problems in the past with having apps run off the sd. And people are going to pirate stuff regardless of lack of a micro sd port.

  • 13. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?
    tidbits

    Just because you don't have problems doesn't mean everyone else doesn't.  You should read Google bug report pages as it's so well documented(hundreds of pages per problem multiple times thousands of different users).  Some are not documented because people blame the developer even though it's a restriction of UMS standards and unmounting of system needed files(widgets, and icons for example)  Also are lot of people are peeved why they can't get X update.  eMMC's can't be repartitioned.  People would lose up to 70% of their storage due to partitioning, and people cry that they don't have X,Y, Z internal storage space(which is due to partitioning).  As Android grows that leaves less and less internal storage.  Android is nearly 4 times the size as it used to be from the old G1 days.

     

    It's up to the manufacturer to make external SD cards to work.  Google has done away with it since 4.0.  I do not see them putting it back anytime soon.  There are more complaints having it due to the amount of bugs it causes than people complaining why they can't move apps to it.  Majority will ALWAYS win out.

  • 14. Re: Is there any way to move apps to the sd card?

    That still doesnt fix the problem we are encountering on the L9.  On an S3 with 32gb of built in memory sure it wouldnt be as big a problem,  but when you lock out use of the micro sd on the L9 when it only has 1.5gb of internal memory available, then its going to cause problems when people are used to moving apps to the sd card and downloading and storing data there.

     

    This move effectvelly prevents owners from being able to use a lot of apps on the market now. Not just games but needed apps like offline navigation which needs to store the map files on sd card since theyre so large.

     

    If google cant properly address the issue of external memory, then its a sad day indeed for the company. I really feel this issue is less about conflicts that users experience and more about bringing in extra money.

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