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Allow OneDrive app on Android to be moved to SD card including storing offline files

Unfortunately, I cannot keep this Android app because the app cannot be moved to secondary storage. I'm like every Android user and have limited available space on primary storage. Because of the OS and other required data that must be stored on primary storage, I have to move apps to my SD card after I install them in order to make room. I understand that users must first install apps to primary storage on Android. That's fine. Users should then be able to move apps like this to Secondary Storage in App Storage Settings. This app does not allow that. Sadly, I have to uninstall this app now since I don't have enough space on my primary storage to keep it.

To be clear, developers can enable apps to be moved to SD Cards. I understand that there are legitimate reasons why some apps can't be moved to secondary storage. For instance, App Widgets or Alarm Services will no longer work from apps run on Secondary Storage. I'm not sure if those examples apply to this app, but again, my opinion is to let the user make the trade off. Some users like myself will give up features just to be able to move the app to SD Storage. For me, it's better to be able to keep an app with limited functionality than have to uninstall it altogether.

I've heard that some developers prevent their apps from running on SD Cards simply because the app may run slower. I surely hope that is not the reason with this app. My opinion is: Let the user decide. As it stands, I can't use this app at all because I don't have enough space to keep it installed on my primary storage.

SUGGESTIONS FOR THE DEVELOPER: If there is not an unsurpassable reason to allow users to move your app to SD Cards, then please change the "android:InstallLocation" attribute in your app to allow it to be moved to an SD Card after installation. If you are worried about a second-rate user experience, then simply display a warning to the user of the functionality that will be lost by running the app from an SD Card. If you haven’t heard this suggestion from other users, then please keep in mind that many are probably just uninstalling your app when they run out of primary storage space on their phone. Users with an SD card in their phone usually have tons of available storage there, so there is never a reason to go through those apps and uninstall them. In other words, another good reason to allow your app to be moved to SD Storage is the users are much less likely to uninstall it to make room for other things on their limited primary storage.

If there are legitimate reasons that your app can't be moved to a device's SD card, then please at least create a setting in the app that allows users to store the App Data on the SD card.

Thank you so much for considering my suggestions and feedback. I'm passionate about this because I would otherwise like to be able to keep and use your app. :)

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      • Gerd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, could you give us some feedback when we can expect the announced feature on Samsung devices? You see, so many users are waiting!

      • Jeff Weiss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just created a new Topic called: 'OneDrive move to external on any Samsung still fails 6-2018!' to try to get some response from you. I am copying the body of it here:

        Ryan, there is a separate topic where you said this was working, it's NOT for any Samsung users and probably others!

        You seem to be ignoring that thread, titled,'Allow OneDrive app on Android to be moved to SD card including storing offline files'.

        Could you please comment here, or at least back in the other topic, so all of us still actively using it get some feedback as to your progress on solving the problem on the most widely used mobile platform in the world (yes there are more Samsungs than iPhones)?
        I am attaching the threads from just the 1st page of threads from that other topic. Jeff

      • D. M. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No, it isnt ... Onedrive still stores all of its data on the primary storage and there is no option to select the secondary.

      • Stefan Resner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Still no option to move file locations in OneDrive APP.
        Version 5.11.
        Samsung Note 8
        No option to move in Note 8 > settings > APPs
        Cannot use OneDrive to full potential. When will this be fixed?

      • Jeff Weiss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ryan Hoge, any updates on progress for the Samsung owners????

        I'm back again, S8+ 64GB internal 128GB MicroSD. I just had to uninstall OneDrive because it WILL NOT move anything to the external SD Card, even though it says it does. I was literally out of space on my internal storage because my OneDrive files are greater in size than my internal storage free space.

      • Gerd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Sorry but it does'nt work. Samsung Galaxy A3 2016, Android 7, Onedrive 5.11.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This feature apparently does not work on any Samsung products. Is there an option which needs to be set somehow? I have both a tablet and a phone and neither works. Am running OneDrive 11

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Where can you access detailed help on Ondrive for Android. You say it can do something but there is no sign of where or how. Give a link to a decent help manual! Onedrive is backing up some photos not others. Was backing up sd card now not. No help, nowhere. Not professional.

      • Brad Wilson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So, my moment of elation as I read that I can now do this turned into dissappointment (a common emotional rollercoaster with MS products, it seems). I too do not have the option to move Onedrive Android to the ext SD card, despite having the latest v5.10.1. I have a Samsung Galaxy S8 and a Galaxy Tab S3, both with Android 8, and neither allows me to move Onedrive to the ext SD card no matter how many ways I tried. I note that on both of these devices, Onedrive was pre-installed by Samsung and cannot be uninstalled (they can only be "disabled").

        I would have thought a better way to implement this feature is via an option in the Onedrive app settings rather than relying on the many slightly different Android implementations providing the ability to move the whole app to the SD card. The app itself should live on the internal storage, but only the offline files cache should be on the SD card. This is how many other apps manage access to the external SD card.

        @Ryan Hoge - please give us an update! Clearly your team has listened to the overwhelming demand for this and attempted to release the feature, but it's just not working for many people - quite possibly most people if everyone using Samsung devices is experiencing what I'm experiencing. I have little room left on my internal storage, and oodles of space on my ext SD card. I've gone "all-in" in the O365 ecosystem with all my files so it's immensely frustrating that I cannot use my Android devices to access them offline without going to a 3rd party app!

      • Ngals commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello,
        thanks for the improvement but it is not working for me. I can move it to SD but when I try to synchrone offline files, they are downloaded on primary storage

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No option to move to external microSD card on Android 6.0.1 on my ASUS Z580CA ZenPad S8.0.
        Why is MS putting out **** updates?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Maybe fully rolled out but still not able to do on my phone, option still greyed out. This is after second update stating it allows onedrive to be moved to SD card

      • Jeff Weiss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        An update. I Force Stopped OneDrive, cleared the Cache, completely removed it from my Galaxy S8+ (w/128 GB SD card). Installed fresh from the Play Store, it actually was a slightly lesser version than before. I setup the app to put storage on external, which is showed it was going to do (listed my 119 GB drive), but as I started choosing folders to keep offline, my SD Card free space stayed the same and my internal is now almost full. Went from 27 GB used to 53 GB used. It is DEFINITELY NOT WORKING.

      • Randy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not working for me on a Samsung Galaxy S8+ with latest OS and latest version of App. Same experience as Jeff

      • MRoyer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I see the setting but the change button is grayed out. What's the best practice to enable running android 8.0? Tried enabling the storage permission along with modify system settings. Rebooting, clearing data and cache. No go.

      • Tim Merkt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Since Samsung installed Microsoft apps on many of their tablets, it seems like they are still not allowing OneDrive to be moved to the SD card. Any ideas on how to get around this on Samsung Tablets?

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