AnonD-300255, 31 Aug 2014I have the 4.4.2 update on Xperia Z2. No move to SD card option though. Really annoying I hav... moreI Just bought a Sony Z2 can't transfer my apps that I downloaded cause there's no option like "move to sd card" not like the previous Sony z series that I had,need your help
hi iam using Sony xeperia M. There is only 2gb internal memory so i bought 8GB memory card and i am trying to install apps,games it was not installing in memory card showing like insufficient memory. please help me to fix this problem...
note : Memory card is working fine
XperiaBoss, 26 Aug 2014Hey, I read your post. The Xperia M was not a good phone. It isn't meant to be. It's a low/mid... moreNot all people are rich! If you've got a problem with that I recommend seeing a Doctor
Follow this Youtube video.
depends that which version of Android you are using.
if you are confused after video follow these steps.
But if you’re an Android user who has moved apps before, you’re likely aware that there are limitations. Some software is considered to be integral and thus cannot be moved, and then there is other software like Google Maps that you may not even use but can’t move even with the trick we’re going to talk about.
Complicating things further, when developers publish their apps, they can design them in such a way that theycan’t be moved over to an SD card. This is what some would call a dumb move, but the reason for it is because phone storage is faster than external flash; even so, having a choice would be nice.
There are a couple of things to bear in mind before diving into this though, and those are important. While using this technique will allow you to move over widgets and OS tools, I recommend that you don’t do it. After a phone boots, the SD card is not immediately mounted, and as such, if your widgets or other important software is stored there, you’re not going to have access to it right away. Further, even after the storage is mounted, you might run into an issue where widgets are bugged because of the configuration.
Apps that Shouldn’t be Moved to the SD Card
• Widgets – no matter how menial in usefulness or design.
• System tools – many might not operate as intended without being on the phone’s storage.
• Important apps – you don’t want to risk an important app becoming inaccessible when you need it.
I can’t stress the above enough, so be wise!
NOTE: Even after applying the below tweak, some apps may still refuse to be moved over. In all likeliness, Facebook will be one of these. In this case, rooting your mobile device will be the only way to truly move or remove such an app.
Step 1: Downloading and Using Android’s ‘adb’
Given the fact that a simple tweak like this should be doable with nothing other than the mobile device itself, it’s unfortunate that software must be downloaded to get the job done. On the upside, nothing has to be installed; on the downside, the download weighs in at ~450MB. That’s a big “ouch” for those with tight bandwidth constraints, but don’t fret: We have a solution.
The Android SDK package is a series of folders littered with various tools, and as it turns out, the folder with the tool we need (adb) can be pulled out and used independently. As that folder weighs ~4MB, we took the liberty of archiving it and uploading it to our server here (776KB, VirusTotal scan). If you run into an issue with that download, or prefer to get the tool straight from the source, head here. Once the SDK is downloaded and extracted, the “platform-tools” folder can be found inside of the “sdk” folder.
Note: If Java is installed (*cringe*), the entire Android SDK (targeted for developers) can be installed to your computer, including the platform-tools that we need. You can get that done by clicking the “SDK Manager” executable in the extracted folder (or ‘android.bat’ in the tools folder if that doesn’t work), and then checking off what you want and finally hitting the install button. If you take this route, you’ll need to monitor where everything (including adb) is being installed to.
Step 2: Setting Up Your Phone or Tablet
The options that need to be configured to prepare your phone or tablet could vary from device to device, so bear that in mind. Almost always, the ‘USB debugging’ option in the Developer options menu will need to be checked off; if no Developer menu is present, go to the “About device” option in the main system menu and tap on the device’s “Build number” option 7 times.
Sometimes, enabling USB debugging is all that’s needed, but if not, you’ll want to fish around for connection options and make sure the device is set to to “MTP”. This option is usually kept inside of a special menu for your device; on the Sony Xperia Ray, it’s in a menu simply called “Xperia™”.
After the tweak has been applied, feel free to undo all of the options you set. I’d actually recommend disabling the USB debugging option since it shouldn’t ever be needed except for this purpose (or rooting).
Step 3: Running the Tweak
With the software and phone prepped, it’s time to open up a Windows command prompt and travel to the folder where ‘adb’ can be found; this location is wherever you A) extracted our special download to; B) extracted the official Android SDK download to or C) installed the platform-tools to using the official Android SDK manager.
NOTE: If after plugging in your phone, it’s not picked up by Windows, you might need to install some drivers. For any Android phone you have, starting here would be a good idea.
Using the download (776KB, VirusTotal scan) we provided above, I extracted the archive to my desktop, resulting in this filepath:
If you simply extracted the archive inside of Windows’ download folder, your path should be:
Or, if you extracted the full SDK from the official website, the path could be:
Once you’ve established where the ‘adb’ executable is, you can navigate to its location using the ‘cd’ tool. Using the first location mentioned above, moving to the folder would require this command:
Quotes are not needed around the filepath unless one of the folder names has a space in it.
NOTE: An alternative way to open a command-line in the same folder as adb.exe is to go to that folder in your file manager, hold Shift, and then right-click with your mouse in an open area (eg: not on top of a file) and choose to “Open command window here”. You’ll see something like this as a result.
Discovering the plugged-in device, and then changing its default install location
Here are the commands that need to be run:
Probes Android devices connected to the PC. Do this first to assure that the phone is being detected.
adb shell pm getInstallLocation (Android
I have the 4.4.2 update on Xperia Z2. No move to SD card option though.
Really annoying I have easily almost filled the 16gb internal memory. A high end device with awesome games but 16gb is massively limiting.
dose it work on xperia C ? i have problem about internal storge is low and move to sd card was disable
help me plz
When is kitkat update for xperia m2 in the philippines be released? Will it resolve the transfer apps to sd card problem? Pls answer.tnx
mr.J, 13 Aug 2014hi...can u tell that hoe to move apps mobile to sd card i m using xperia mHow to move videos from internal device memory to sd card
can't we move our internal storage apps to sd card for sony xperia ZR
Anonymous, 22 Aug 2014I have sony xperia mdual.. Android 4.3. But I can't move apps to sd card. I bought it last mon... moreHey, I read your post. The Xperia M was not a good phone. It isn't meant to be. It's a low/mid-range smartphone. You shouldn't have gotten it, especially in 2014. I noticed that you commented on the 22nd of August. You can't blame Sony and say that Sony sucks. You should have gotten something like the Xperia M2, or T3, if you wanted a mid-range phone from Sony. Good luck and the choice is yours.
heyy, i want to ask you something about transferring apps to sd card on xperia E1.Why i can't to transfer apps to sd card ? Is the same as the picture but doesn't shows it Move to sd card.. Please answer me back because i can't take other apps .. Thank you
The "Move to SD Card" stuff was just a big BLUFF.
Its function is to transfer some libs from System Memory (where the installed apps go) to SD Card (where the data and ibb files go). And guess what, the SD Card mention is the the internal not.the external. And System Memory and SD Card share the same drive which is technically a transfer from Drive:0 to Drive:0 which is a nonesense.
They should just put an option to change Write Disk Default to EXTERNAL SD CARD on storage setting.
Careful people, a couple of days ago, I bought a Z2 (in Norway). 4.4.2 OS but no 'move to SD' available
I have sony xperia mdual.. Android 4.3. But I can't move apps to sd card. I bought it last month with lot of hope. It's my first smartphone. I chose sony over micrmax. But i feel cheated by the renowned brand. I hate my phone. 2gb inbuilt memory is nothing in today's standards. I thought I could move apps and memory would not be an issue. But very disappointed.. Please help me. It's my suggestion that don't befool the customer. I want to sale my phone. Tell me how??? ?
Vasavi, 22 Jul 2014this option is for sony xperia c also???I have sony Xperia p but I cannot move apps on phobe memory to sd card. xperia phone memory is too small. 2 GB is not even closer to enough when it comes to modern smartphones. My phone is damn slow. Could you help?
Upgrade your phone and you will be able to move app from internal memory to SD card. I updated my phone yesterday when Sony release 4.4.2. After upgrading, apps are being easily moved to SD card. TRY IT.