Every smartphone user has encountered the Unable to move to SD card error at least once, which indicates that an app cannot be moved from the internal storage to the external SD card on your Android phone.
This error can pop up when you try to move apps such as Facebook, Instagram, or some games (like Candy Crush Saga) to your SD card—even if you have enough free space on it—because these apps are not designed to be moved to the SD card by default.
Know Why You Need to Move an App
With Android, you can only install applications on your device’s internal storage. This can be a problem if you’re running out of space and want to install large apps or even watch video content, which often requires a high amount of free space.
You could opt for an external memory card, but not all devices are equipped with them. Instead, get around your lack of internal storage by moving specific apps or app data files over to your SD card instead—either when installing those apps or after they’ve been installed. Here’s how
Step 1. Open The Settings Menu
The first step is to open up your settings menu. There are many ways you can do that, but one of the easiest methods is to simply use your app drawer search function, or use a pre-installed setting shortcut. Either way, find it. Once you’ve done that, you should be able to head straight into Applications.
Step 2. Locate Application Manager Section
Locate your application manager which is usually located in a dashboard or settings page on your phone. It will look like an icon that resembles a grid of squares. If you can’t find it right away, search for it in your mobile browser until you find it.
The app manager should have an option that says Storage or Application Manager or something similar. Open up that option and look for a menu icon at the top left of your screen with three horizontal lines on it (these are called hamburger icons). Clicking on these three lines will drop down a menu with various options in it.
Step 3. Tap On Application Section
As you tap on that section a list of apps is shown. Just tap on an app which you want to move from internal memory to SD card.
A pop-up message is displayed Move [app name] To SD Card, just tap OK button. Then confirm your action by tapping OK button once again. Finally app data will be moved from your device’s internal memory to external storage (SD card).
Step 4. Choose the Application That Needs Moving
If you find that a particular app is taking up too much space, you can move it from internal storage to an external microSD card. This is beneficial because it frees up more space on your phone while keeping everything intact, and with no loss of data.
To do so, open Settings>Storage & USB>Application Manager. Now choose either All or Downloaded depending on what you want to move; select any apps that are stored in system memory (RAM) and tap Move to SD card.
The only catch here is that Android doesn’t let you move most system apps out of memory, meaning those pre-installed programs like Phone and Contacts are off limits—unless they’re receiving OTA updates.
Step 5. Choose Move To SD Card Option
If you want to move an app or an app’s data on your Android device, you first need to enable it. You can’t move them when Move To SD Card option is disabled.
Head over to Settings > Applications and make sure that apps are allowed to be moved by checking off Enable move-to-SD card option checkbox under Application settings heading.
If your device is running Android 6 Marshmallow, then head over to Settings > Storage and make sure that apps are allowed to be moved by checking off Show system apps checkbox under Device section. Then proceed with steps 4 and 5 mentioned below in conjunction with steps 7 and 8 for Android 6 devices.
Step 6. Confirm By Selecting Move Now Option
After you move all apps, you can click on Move now option. You can see that it will take more than 5 minutes to move all apps to your SD card. Once done, restart your smartphone and that’s it! The above method is applicable for both rooted and non-rooted smartphones.
To make sure everything worked fine, you should check storage space in Settings -> Storage-> See storage usage. It will show that how much space has been moved from internal memory to external memory card!
From here onwards, you will be able to install any new app without worrying about running out of space! Congratulations! Your valuable internal memory has been saved from clutches of hungry games! Isn’t it great?
Step 7. Enjoy The Free Space on Your Device Memory
If you’ve followed all of these steps correctly, congratulations! Your device memory is probably very healthy now. Feel free to enjoy your new Android device with lots of open space. You can move some apps back onto your device and you can always install new apps, too!
Step 8. Restart Your Device And Verify If It Worked!
Now that you’ve moved an app to your microSD card, you will want to restart your device just for good measure. This step is optional, but it will make sure everything got written down and all of your app files are saved properly.
If anything goes wrong during these steps (which are all relatively simple) it is best practice to start over. When you restart, wait until all of your apps have loaded before checking their icons in apps view again.
If you see that your apps were successfully transferred over, then congratulations! You can delete them from internal memory when/if they run out of room on your external storage card.
If you’re an Android user who has ever run out of storage space, you know how irritating it can be when there are apps on your phone that just won’t move to your SD card.
These apps are called system apps, and they have a direct link to core functions of your phone, like messaging, email and GPS navigation. This makes them hard (or impossible) to move from internal memory.