Samsung Galaxy Grand | JellyBeans | Unable to move apps to SD CARD


Samsung Galaxy Grand has 8GB internal memory but out of which only 4 GB is user memory. That means this is the space that is allotted for your apps.  Anyways, this is not a specific phone vendor issue but Android. I can't say this is an issue actually. Many users are screaming in forums that there is not enough space. But is 4GB not enough for apps, provided you have most of your no-app data in external SD CARD?

The other day I got asked by a friend that he was not able to move apps to SD CARD. We both are Samsung Galaxy Grand users. I used to be able to move apps to SD CARD in my previous phone on Ginger-bread. So I was surprised as I haven't tried that yet. He is no longer able to install apps due to lack of space! When I checked his phone, he had lots of music, pictures from camera and some videos in his phone. Those were not on his external SD card.

samsung galaxy grand there is no app to sdWe'll I think 4Gb internal space is a lot of space for apps, and exactly the same reason I haven't encountered this problem yet. But there are people out there looking or asking how to move apps to SD CARD. Well, this feature that we used to see in GingerBread is not available on SOME Ice Cream Sandwich (For example, HTC EVO Lite can), and JellyBeans.

  • If you are in a situation like that, move those music and other non-app files such as videos, to external SD CARD instead. There will be lots of space for apps.

  • If an SD CARD is added, the camera automatically starts using the SD CARD to save your pictures and videos. 
  • But if you added an SD CARD only later, then you must have a folder called "Camera" containing pics and videos taken before that. So they are still saved in your phone's internal memory.  You may want to move those to your SD CARD to make more space if you need. 
  • If you plan to install apps which are in gigs each then yup!, that is gonna be a tight situation.

There are explanations in Android Forums about the advantage of not moving to SD CARD. For example, you installed apps and moved to SD CARD and your SD CARD gets lost or corrupted. Then you have broken / missing apps. Also slow apps etc. And it is true. The thing I observed when I was moving apps to SD CARD using Gingerbread earlier was that when the phone is rebooted, it took some time for the app icons of those apps moved to SD CARD to come up. You will see those apps not moved to SD come faster then the others. So apps does start slower than those in internal memory.

Since this is the way Google's Android is intended to be, phone's are coming out with larger internal memory nowadays.

Update:
There is an app that is used to move apps to sd- App2SD . I tried that app but unfortunately, it does not work on Samsung Galaxy Grand. It displays the message "The device does not have a real primary external storage, or the primary external storage is emulated. Moving app to SD function may not be supported by this device".

Here is the list of other devices that does not support app2sd (users reported devices list).

Workaround to move apps to SD Card: Rooting the phone.
Install custom ROM. Note: Rooting voids Warranty. 

You may check out this blog post on how to root and install a custom ROM on your phone.

YAAAAHOOOO!!
Samsung Galaxy Grand can now move apps to SD CARD. No Rooting. Discovered this after updating to Android 4.2.2 (JellyBeans)!!!

Check out this link:
http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html



Check out other links:

Is this true? ICS does not support Move Apps to SD Card?
Samsung Forums: Can't figure out how to save apps to sdcard

39 comments:

  1. I am talking about moving photos and videos to SD card. The thing does not work.

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    1. Oh Why not??? You Can.
      In your gallery, long press on the picture(s) or videos(s) > press phone menu > move to > here you will see folders from both phone and sdcard. Move to a folder in SD CARD. //Here you don't see specifically mentioned - phone or SD CARD - I think that is what your confusion is.

      IF you'd like to test > create a folder in SD CARD > then try moving as described above.

      Or you can use file managers like ASTRO File Manager.

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    2. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  2. it means this phone can't save apps to SD card?
    can u have a try to make sure about it? seems u hv this phone.

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    1. Dear Apple,
      It is not "THIS PHONE"! It is Android. Starting from ICS* and now JellyBeans the app to sd feature is not there. That is why we see these phones in the market with bigger internal memories. Use SD CARD for media storage! :)

      *Not all

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    2. ohh, okay~
      so, you mean apps can't move to SD Card is because of the Jellybeans version right? and is NOt because of the phone problem~ am i right?
      btw, what mean for ICS? i'm not good in all this stuff~
      and this is my 1st time use android phone~ needed help pls =(

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    3. And two more thing i want to about this phone~
      when playing games or apps, is there any lag or hang happen?
      the 2nd thing i want to know is,photos take by front camera of this phone is it clear?
      can you show one the photo you take from SAmsung Grand front camera?
      you can send to my email pls? ^^
      cute_lengleng93@hotmail.com

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    4. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  3. My songs which I downloaded and transfered to extdsdcard are not displaying in music player plz help

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    1. If you switch off and reboot your Phone, it may solve the problem.

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  4. Is there any other way for storing apps in SD ?

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    1. You may check out this app ( app2sd) on Google Play -https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.a0soft.gphone.app2sd&hl=en

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    2. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  5. No even I m using grand...bt I m nt able to transfer apps to ext sd card...its so irritating

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    1. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  6. A big mistake I did by buying this super bhangar fone grand:(

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  7. If this is the problem with Android system, then how come this feature is supported in Micromax Canvas phone which also has same android version ??

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    1. I am not aware that it works on Micromax. If it does, may be it is because it was customized to do so.
      An example: As I mentioned in the post, when this feature was also not available in most ICS devices, HTC EVO Lite could.

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  8. I just bought the galaxy grand and been having issue with transferring apps to sd card.. till I found this blog.. it is somwhat disappointing at first but if google have good reason for it and if it will improve our android exp. I think im cool with it.. thanks for the info!

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  9. I am unable to move songs from "My files" to "Dropbox" of my Samsung Galaxy Grand. How to do it ?

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  10. i have a problem with my galaxy grand .. Google play store stopped working...i cant download any apps.when i open Google play store showing a dialogue box " unfortunately Google play store has been stopped working" then my phone is getting stuck..can u please help me..

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  11. Dear Idea Bucket...try to use unistaller and use it to unistall google play...n then u can download google play ob aptoide...
    Hope works :)

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  12. Bro try gl2sd it works on samsung galaxy grand....

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    1. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  13. How to delete contacts either one by one or in group.

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    1. Contacts > Press menu > delete > select all /some by selecting the ones you want to delete > delete

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    2. To store photo in Ex.SDCard select option in camera settings.

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  14. No even I m using grand...bt I m nt able to transfer apps to ext sd card...its so irritating

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    1. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  15. Wat should i doo i cant mov apps to sd card ... in grand ... any1 pls hlp mee....

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    1. You can not by default.
      Some have suggested apps such as gl2sd that seemed to work.
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.slf.ListglApp&hl=en

      Try and see.

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  16. Help me guyz .....

    Setting - Storage - pictures.videos ( 500 mb )

    Wtf is that .....

    Even I have stored everything in sd .....

    But still its showing too much mb in that ....

    Helpppppp plzzzzzzzzz @sahil

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    1. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
      See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  17. Hi How do i download GL2SD through google play or through samsung apps?? pls help

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  18. You can now move apps to SD CARD after the software upgrade.
    See here: http://day2dayexps.blogspot.in/2013/09/samsung-galaxy-grand-can-move-apps-to-sd-card.html

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  19. I have v 4.2.2 and no option what so ever help anyway around it please.

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  20. Am using Samsung Grand Quattro and my issue is photo taken gets corrupt. Out of 10 photos clicked 2 gets corrupt. Photos clicked by default it is saved to SD card. I have check even for virus or corrupt SD card but there is no such issue. It happens from very beginning when bought this handset.

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