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Android phone won't move apps to SD card

Started by: london1981
On: 21/10/2012 | 22:15
Replies: 15

by: london1981
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:15

I have a HTC Desire phone and it won't install any more apps due to insufficient storage.

However when I try to move apps on to the SD card through settings,it doesn't do it because the option is greyed out. The odd thing is that I already have three apps saved on the SD card, so I can't understand why it won't allow me to move more onto it. The SD card has plenty of space on it.

Any ideas why this might be happening?

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by: leemg3
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:15

only certain apps can be moved to SD card

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by: morvin
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:16
Best would be to ask google or xdadevelopers
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by: argos1
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:18
iv got the same problem. most apps need to stay on the phone
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by: highlander1v
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:19

Get ROM manager or ROM toolbox lite for moving them.

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by: gaby_p
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:21
Hello london1981,

I've moved your thread to Off Topic.
: )
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by: knateufel
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:32

Hi, as far as I know, there're 2 possible reasons. 1: Your android system need to be updated to newer version, some old versions (quite old, like 2.1) don't accept app moving. 2: Many apps can't be moved to SD card, especially pre-installed apps. Try to clean your storage, removing temporary files and unnecessary apps. Hope it helps.

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by: itsdaaaave
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:36
Best way to regain some internal memory is to delete some app caches. Facebook, google maps, gmail and your browser can be particularly expansive. You can often claw back dozens of MBs by clearing their caches.

Alternatively if you fancied rooting your phone to gain more space, I walked another member through the process a while ago:
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by: hc_1540
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:38

There's another way to do it without rooting:


It won't move everything but will allow you to move some where the option was greyed out. I've used this for both of my daughters phones and it works fine.

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by: baconbutty
on: 21/10/2012 | 22:48

Phone needs rooting and install links2sd

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