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Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

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Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

You can NOT move apps to the SD card or install them there. You could do this on Galaxy S1 & S2, but not  on S3. No app will override this and help you do it. It is NOT possible for this phone.

Just so everyone is clear, because apparently I haven't stated this enough in my previous posts.....

YOU CANNOT MOVE APPS TO THE SD CARD ON GALAXY S3. YOU CANNOT INSTALL APPS ON THE SD CARD ON GALAXY S3. YOU CANNOT GET AN APP IN THE PLAY STORE TO CHANGE THIS. IT IS *NOT* POSSIBLE.

More info verifying this from the App 2 SD page on the Google Play store:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.a0soft.gphone.app2sd&hl=en

"Galaxy S3 is not supported:

* Galaxy S3 configures the SD card as a secondary external storage. This is configured by Samsung. Nothing developers can do about this. Please contact Samsung for details."

DEVELOPERS HAVE NO CONTROL OVER THIS ISSUE.

Maybe the bright obnoxious text will get people's attention this time.

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Master

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

Hello.  I've not seen how much internal storage this device was built with, but I would assume it's at least 2GB maybe 3.  It's listed in the storage setting.  Since the GSIII has an internal hard drive 2-3GBs will be partitioned for application storage.  Moving apps to a separate storage area is not what's actually happening when you tapped "move to SD" on previous phones.  Only the app's data is being moved but not the actual application itself.  So for a game for example, your high scores, levels you've unlocked, certain settings, etc could be moved.  To move an apps data, it has to be enabled by the developers of the app for this to be a feature.  I'd recommend contacting the developer of a particular app and asking if this should be an option on the ICS OS. 

Tom

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

usually it would say under the app ...move to sd but that's not there anymore on here...so how do you do it?

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

i 've had the whole app included program on my phone before...so is it that ics doesn't allow that movement anymore or does the app maker have to update the app for ics to be able to move to the sd card?

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

Anyone can move files to an SD card. We're talking about having an app installed on the SD card like on previous Galaxy phones. If you go in and start just moving files around that apps need, some won't work anymore. You're not actually moving the installation. Just like on a Windows PC, you can't just "move" an installed program by moving the files.

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

After playing around with the phone for 2weeks I finally figured it out.  You have to go to the app screen, look for my files.. You should see sd and ext sd card. On the sd card find  the file that you want to move. select move then go to ext sd and make a new folder the select done and the app will be moved from sd to ext sd on phone

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

I am having the same problem, I thought this was one of the features of this phone that made it better than the HTC ONE X, was the ability to have an external SD card, what good is it , if you can't store apps on it? Most Pictures can be saved in a "Cloud" database for online use. It is only useful to me if I can store some of my apps on the micro SD card. I hope they resolve this issue, if not, my great experience with this phone so far will be taken down several notches. I like many others, am so glad I purchased the 32 GB version!!

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

ZERO apps are movable to the SD card at this time, even if you try to use a 3rd party app from the play store to do it.

The option is completely missing and it's been confirmed on several sites that it's not possible at this time. The only thing in question is WHY we aren't allowed to do it and if they're going to change it to allow us to.

GrandMaster

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

NONE of the apps are movable to the sd card? when you go in to manage applications chose the one for your sd card (not sure if theyre still calling it sd card or something else). does it show a list of apps in there with a check box next to them?

if SOME apps are able to be moved over yet others arent then im guessing the ones that cant havent been updated to allow it with ICS yet.

Journeyman

Re: Why can't i move apps to the sd card on my Galaxy s3???

It's not possible to move apps to be installed on the SD Card on the Galaxy SIII. Hopefully they'll change this, because I'm one of the people that got the 16g version instead of 32g, thinking I can always just get a bigger SD card if I need to.

There are a lot of things floating around about whether it's a Samsung thing on this phone specifically, Google Play Store thing, or an ICS thing. I haven't found any confirmed official info yet on which it actually is.

Third party apps designed to let you do this do not seem to work. The option simply isn't available. It shows me a list of my apps that are set to be movable by the authors (which do not use widgets, etc.), but when I try to actually do it, the option is missing, even with the 3rd party "move to SD card" apps.