to everyone saying there running out of storage when sd card set as internal the problem is if you use your brain you need to click the 3 dots again when you have set external to internal is to MIGRATE DATA so all the data will be transfered to newly set internal sd card for apss that are set to sd card apps that need internal will always use the normal internal no matter what
Never ever again!!!!!
Do not buy this piece of crap.
Constantly out of memory even with an external card as extra internal memory.
Lermz, 20 Mar 2017How to format the sd card as internal memory...need help plsInsert micro SD card
Go to Settings / storage and USB
Choose sd card
3 dots top right choose settings
3rd option is format sd as internal
Got an Alcatel POP4 as a gift (incl 2 yr contract paid up) several months ago.
My first '2nd generation' smartphone. I don't like any mobiles because their intrusiveness outweighs their convenience for me. So I didn't rush to replace my stack of tiny phones.
But I'm a 20yr experienced tech with PCs/Laptops and Android tablets so I knew a lot already about how to tweak this device.
When I got it I immediately put a 32GB SD card in and uninstalled or disabled all the apps (most of the baked-in Google, games and Alcatel apps) I didn't want = frees up lots of space/memory. Plus restricted background data (stops a lot of apps secretly calling home and costing lots of money). That all saves battery.
Battery is good, despite all-day use, every day. Needs a boost once a day or a full charge every 2.5 days.
Installed all my tried and tested email/browser/search/security/games/utilities apps, photos, videos, music.
I use the POP4 mainly as a tablet and for vid calls overseas. I don't need any of the 'social media' and bloatware trash.
Everything works well/as I want and need it to. Photos are very good quality, Skype vid calls are great. Music and vid replay is great, sound is surprisingly good. Style is fine, build quality is great.
Have to emphasise how impressed I am with its solid all-round performance.
The two big bugbears with the POP4 are:
IMHO Alcatel made a BIG mistake in providing only a tiny 8GB internal memory. They would have sold many more and had fewer returns and complaints with a decent 16GB mem. This phone really does deserve more!
I've run into the 'insufficient space, can't install app' message like many others. Easy fix for this is to delete each app's data cache (but check that you're not deleting anything you need to save).
>SETTINGS>STORAGE>APPS> [choose and open apps individually]> CLICK CLEAR DATA [if you're sure you want to wipe it - most apps don't hold crucial info like photos or documents in cache, backup to SD card or other device via USB before wiping if so]
Don't forget, all this %^&*!ware is eating up your battery if you don't disable it at least. This is why people here are complaining about the battery drain. It's not the battery, it's all this rubbish calling home in the background.
Not going to convert the SD into internal memory. It becomes less flexible and less accessible/tweakable.
2. UNABLE TO WIPE BAKED-IN APPS (GOOGLE, ALCATEL AND OTHER BLOATWARE)
I can't root this phone because it invalidates the contract and warranty. Otherwise all this !*&%^ ware would be long gone!
If I owned this POP4 outright, I wouldn't hesitate to root it and get it kitted out exactly as I want it.
Alcatel should be ashamed of themselves for putting in a small internal memory and loading it with their own stuff on top of all the endless Google bloat (how many Google apps do people really use?!)
Apart from those 2 things, I reckon this is a great phone for the cost.
But you have to know how to workaround these unnecessary limitations.
Is there any video or guide about changing the outer glass of the screen?
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2017As far as I know, apps are downloaded to your phone first. (Of course, this means that your ph... moreThis version of android appears different to my earlier and doesn't permit lift and shift of apps to the SD card. Only files, mpegs, mp3 files etc can be moved or saved to sd. Even files saved from email attachments go to internal memory and have to be moved using file manager. If there isn't enough memory for apps it can be increased by formatting the SD card as internal. I haven't tried this yet, preferring to keep the SD as a standalone ext memory as I don't need more internal memory yet.
Anonymous, 14 Jan 2017Battery consumption depends on the applications you have installed on the phone and working in... moreAgreed, especially about using the browser for the apps. I'm using Opera mini to access Facebook, Google and messenger. This alone saves the 200Mb that the standalone messenger app occupies and is easy to switch off completely when not in use. Depends if you want apps running permanently in the background.
Bob, 18 Feb 2017Limited Memory and filled with bloat ware its a budget handset for a reason.I've disabled bloatware I don't want and only added apps I really need. I have 1.3Gb spare from the 8Gb installed. I could integrate the SD card to increase the apparent internal memory, potentially 40Gb total but not sure what effect this will have on the performance/speed. At the moment I think this is a great phone for the money!
Alspartan, 05 Mar 2017How do you merge the internal and external storage When you insert an SD card there is an option to format it as internal memory. It warns that you will not be able to use as a normal sd card after this action. I haven't tried it, preferring an sd separate from the internal but may go this route in the future. I'm concerned it may slow some of the core apps as it accesses the SD memory.
I just bought the phone ..till now I think that the phone is great good battery life and good for low budget
Pop 4 as a phone is pretty good.
What people overlook is the fact the Pop 4 is on Android v6.0
Android v6.0 allows you to merge your SD Card storage with the internal storage.
Doing so, will increase the overrall storage.
That combined with the low price point makes this phone great for a budget.
If storage is going to be a major issue, just invest in a 16gb (or over) SD Card, and you're golden.
(Tech Support Technician)
Limited Memory and filled with bloat ware its a budget handset for a reason.
Eddie Brons, 13 Feb 2017i have a very big issue with with the pop 4 cos after just a week the phone's screen is off. I'm not sure excactly what your problem is, you aren't being very specific. If yo could say what you have tried I could probably see what the problem is.
i have a very big issue with with the pop 4 cos after just a week the phone's screen is off.
its not a good device cos just a week and now the screen is gone.
This will probably only be relevant for some but my hands started getting itchy and cover in small bridgers. It was only in places I held the blue metallic phone cover.
I am allergic to my phone case!
Never had this problem before and have bought a cover now. I have read online of other phones before but not this model.