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Samsung Galaxy S4: How to Move Apps to SD Card or to Device Storage

Google Play Store is the official market for all Android phones, including with the Samsung Galaxy SIV. From here, you can find tons of apps--either a free or paid version--that you can install which one that suit your needs. To do so, first you need to have a Google account to access Google Play Store and other Google services. All apps from Google Play Store will be installed automatically to the internal storage.

See also: How to Install Free Apps from Google Play Store in the Samsung Galaxy S4

Lot of choices and limited space in the internal storage sometimes make a user facing with the low internal storage problem. Luckily, Samsung Galaxy S4 has an option to move movable downloaded apps to the SD card. It will certainly give you some benefits, you can install lot of apps without having worried the internal storage is run out and experiencing some problems are caused by low ROM.


How to move a downloaded app to the SD card?
FYI, all movable downloaded apps will be displayed under SD card tab in the application manager. To move them to the SD card, you can follow the steps listed below:


Method #1: From Settings menu
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap More tab.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Swipe the screen to the right until you see the SD card tab. All movable downloaded apps will be listed here.
  5. Tap the desired app you wish to move to SD card.
  6. Tap Move to SD card button.
  7. The selected app will be moved to SD card.
  8. Tap the Back key.
  9. In the SD card tab, the selected app will be labelled with the checkmark icon as a sign that the app has been moved to the SD card.


Method #2: From App drawer
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Tap the Menu key then select Downloaded apps.
  3. Tap and hold the desired app you wish to move to SD card and then drag it to the App info icon.
  4. Tap Move to SD card button.
  5. The selected app will be moved to SD card.
  6. Tap the Back key.
  7. Swipe the screen to the right until you see the SD card tab. The selected app will be labelled with the checkmark icon as a sign that the app has been moved to the SD card.

How to move back a downloaded app to the device storage?
If previously you have moved certain app to the SD card, and for any reason now you want to move it back to the device storage as it used to be, then you can do so by following the steps below:


Method #1: From Settings menu
  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap More tab.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Swipe the screen to the right until you see the SD card tab. All moved to SD card apps will be displayed here and labelled with the checkmark icon.
  5. Tap the desired app you wish to move back to device storage.
  6. Tap Move to device storage button.
  7. The selected app will be moved back to device storage.
  8. Tap the Back key.
  9. In the SD card tab, the checkmark icon in the selected app should be disappear as a sign that the app has been moved back to the device storage.


Method #2: From App drawer
  1. Go to Apps through Home screen.
  2. Tap the Menu key then select Downloaded apps.
  3. Tap and hold the desired app you wish to move to device storage and then drag it to the App info icon.
  4. Tap Move to device storage button.
  5. The selected app will be moved back to device storage.
  6. Tap the Back key.
  7. Swipe the screen to the right until you see the SD card tab. Now the checkmark icon in the selected app should be disappear as a sign that the app has been moved back to the device storage.

Well, if you're like me, I prefer to move all movable downloaded apps to the SD card to keep my internal storage has enough free spaces to make the phone works properly. And, the best part of this is, until now all moved to SD card apps work well and I have never experienced any error while using them. So, how about you? Has this feature helped you?

Comments

  1. I am moving from Galaxy S5 to S5 and plan to use Smart Switch and/or Kies. Question, should I use Application Manager to move apps from SD card to device before switching? Thx.

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    1. Hi Talltrice,
      Thanks for coming.
      FYI, if you use the smart switch app, all contents/apps in the SD card in your old phone won't be transferred thus you have to move them first from the SD card to the internal storage before transferring them to your new Galaxy phone.
      In the Kies 3, all backup options also only work for contents that have been saved in the internal storage.

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