Fix: SD card apps not installed; How to install apps on memory card

A common complaint among smartphone users is that of running out of internal storage and getting an error message that says, SD card apps not installed. This means you need to change storage location to memory card.

That is to make sure that you are able to install apps on memory card instead of your phone memory.

Two Ways to Change SD card apps Location

There are two approaches to changing storage location on your device, depending on your current situation. Here they are:

  1. You have a new phone and are yet to start installing any apps. In this case, you want to the apps to install to the memory card from the get go.
  2. You have already installed apps and need to move them from the internal storage to the memory card.

In the sections below, we address both scenarios and how to change storage location in your phone.

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How to change storage location to memory card in a new phone

This applies to you if you have a new smartphone and want to install apps on memory card from the get go. This also sets your memory card as the phone’s default storage for everything. Follow the steps below for Android smartphones running Marshmallow and newer:

  1. Insert a memory card into your smartphone. The phone should prompt you to set it up.
  2. Select Use as Internal Storage and tap Next
  3. The phone will require you to format the card at this point. Note that this will erase all data stored on the card, so a backup is a good idea. Note also that the card will only work with that phone after formatting it.
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Once the formatting is completed, all apps installations, file downloads and savings will be automatically done to the memory card. You should not have to face an SD card apps not installed error again.

Move Already Installed Apps To Memory Card

If you already have your apps installed in the phone’s internal memory, the first thing to do is to make sure that your memory card is inserted into the phone. Once you have done that, dive into your phone Settings and follow these steps:

  1. Tap Applications
  2. Select an app you want to move
  3. Tap Storage
  4. If the app can be moved, a Change button will be present
  5. Tap Change -> SD Card, then follow the prompts.

You have to manually repeat the above process for each app that you want to move from the phone storage to memory card.

Related Resources On Memory Issues

If you are experiencing other out of memory errors on your smartphone, especially if you own a smartphone with a version of Android older than Android 6 Marshmallow, please have a look at these other articles:

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2 thoughts on “Fix: SD card apps not installed; How to install apps on memory card

  • December 21, 2017 at 8:35 am

    pls I have a problem with my tecno w3 , the thing is that I formatted it and its just showing welcome and then searching WiFi networks

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