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[Q] Installing apps to SD card in Moto E. Help needed

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18th May 2014, 09:29 PM   |  #1  
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Hi,
I am new to Android and Moto E is my first device. I cannot install apps directly to SD card from PlayStore. Some of the apps can be moved to SD card by accessing the app settings through : Settings>Apps.

I would like to know how can i install apps to SD card directly. Also i have another query, how can i install apps from SD card using apk. (There's no apk installer in MOTO E).

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18th May 2014, 11:38 PM   |  #2  
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Originally Posted by compiro1

Hi,
I am new to Android and Moto E is my first device. I cannot install apps directly to SD card from PlayStore. Some of the apps can be moved to SD card by accessing the app settings through : Settings>Apps.

I would like to know how can i install apps to SD card directly. Also i have another query, how can i install apps from SD card using apk. (There's no apk installer in MOTO E).

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compiro

The apps downloaded through play store cant be automatically installed in sd card...
U hav to move it manually..
Some apps cant be moved to sd card..
And i think you can install .apk files downloaded to sd card by tapping on it and select package installer and then click on install button...
18th May 2014, 11:50 PM   |  #3  
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The apps downloaded through play store cant be automatically installed in sd card...
U hav to move it manually..
Some apps cant be moved to sd card..
And i think you can install .apk files downloaded to sd card by tapping on it and select package installer and then click on install button...

Yes i agree some apps can't be moved to SD card.
Regarding my second query, there is no file manager in MOTO E. So how can i access the apk file and tap on it to install it?
Help is appreciated.

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19th May 2014, 03:56 AM   |  #4  
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Originally Posted by compiro1

Yes i agree some apps can't be moved to SD card.
Regarding my second query, there is no file manager in MOTO E. So how can i access the apk file and tap on it to install it?
Help is appreciated.

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Answer to your 1st question :
Its not upon Play store that where your app gets installed.
Its upon the App Developer.
In Android Manigest File of the app there's a line that tells Android where the app should get installed.
There 3 three different options namely :

Auto - This means that it can be installed on both internal and external sd card but at the time of installation it gets installed on internal memory and can be manually moved to external as in your case.

Prefer External - Same as auto but directly gets installed to external sd card if present.

Internal Only - Can only be installed on Internal Sd card and can't be moved to external.

For your 2nd question I have answered that in another thread.
Read it there.

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20th May 2014, 05:55 AM   |  #5  
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check link2sd app.. but you need a rooted phone for this app to work...

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Originally Posted by compiro1

Hi,
I am new to Android and Moto E is my first device. I cannot install apps directly to SD card from PlayStore. Some of the apps can be moved to SD card by accessing the app settings through : Settings>Apps.

I would like to know how can i install apps to SD card directly. Also i have another query, how can i install apps from SD card using apk. (There's no apk installer in MOTO E).

Thanks
compiro

As per your query, When you download some bigger applications/games such as Asphalt 8 - they get installed on the SD card automatically (if there's SD card inserted in your device).

and for your Second query, try this method :

Step 1 : Download Android SDK (Click HERE)
Step 2 : Install adb drivers on your System (your device should automatically install them when connected through USB)
Step 3 : Install Motorola Device Manager (Download from HERE)
Step 4 : When Downloading Android SDK is completed, Go to Platform-tools (Path : adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030\sdk\platform-tools)
Step 5 : Open Command Prompt in Platform-tools folder (Right Click>Open Command Windows here)
Step 6 : Now Enter the following command to see if the device is set to default for Internal Memory or External Memory :
Type : adb devices (to see if your devices is connected)
adb shell pm get-install-location (to see if default apps/games installation is set ot Internal memory or External memory)
adb shell pm set-install-location 2 (No. 2 indicates that you are going to set default installation to External Memory)


Congratulations !! You have successfully set your Moto E default installation to SD card. Have fun !
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I don't think SD card really is useful for apps, because even though there is an option to "Move to SD", only small portion is moved which maybe not at all useful (Remember, Kitkat imposed some changes in SD card write, access etc) The data files are not moved like in Jellybean. As for Asphalt 8, 98% of the app lies in internal storage even though its moved to SD card. So moving, I don't think its very useful for apps.
Anyways I don't own this device, and the above points are said with respect to review videos seen in Youtube.
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I don't think SD card really is useful for apps, because even though there is an option to "Move to SD", only small portion is moved which maybe not at all useful (Remember, Kitkat imposed some changes in SD card write, access etc) The data files are not moved like in Jellybean. As for Asphalt 8, 98% of the app lies in internal storage even though its moved to SD card. So moving, I don't think its very useful for apps.
Anyways I don't own this device, and the above points are said with respect to review videos seen in Youtube.

can i copy obb files in external sd card for asphalt 8?
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can i copy obb files in external sd card for asphalt 8?

Unlock your Moto E's bootloader and then Root it and then download FolderMount app from Playstore and use it move Obb files of Asphalt 8 to External storage.
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Originally Posted by Mrtoxicgamer10

As per your query, When you download some bigger applications/games such as Asphalt 8 - they get installed on the SD card automatically (if there's SD card inserted in your device).

and for your Second query, try this method :

Step 1 : Download Android SDK (Click HERE)
Step 2 : Install adb drivers on your System (your device should automatically install them when connected through USB)
Step 3 : Install Motorola Device Manager (Download from HERE)
Step 4 : When Downloading Android SDK is completed, Go to Platform-tools (Path : adt-bundle-windows-x86_64-20131030\sdk\platform-tools)
Step 5 : Open Command Prompt in Platform-tools folder (Right Click>Open Command Windows here)
Step 6 : Now Enter the following command to see if the device is set to default for Internal Memory or External Memory :
Type : adb devices (to see if your devices is connected)
adb shell pm get-install-location (to see if default apps/games installation is set ot Internal memory or External memory)
adb shell pm set-install-location 2 (No. 2 indicates that you are going to set default installation to External Memory)


Congratulations !! You have successfully set your Moto E default installation to SD card. Have fun !



Does the phone need to be rooted for this process??

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