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. :)
You can install the OneDrive app on an SD card including using for offline files and folder. This is now fully rolled out on the latest version of the Android app.
Patrick Mann commented
I am an Android user and I gave up on onedrive after a year. I tried a few others and they had similar problems. Finally tried G00GLE and got the results I want. With G00LE drive I got 100GB for £1.60 pm and then I downloaded an app called (£4 one off) G00GLE sync written by an independent developer on Play Store.
The sysc software allowed me to backup a mirror image 17 Gb 3800 pics from my SD card to the cloud inc folder structure. It also allowed me to download the mirror image of my pics to a SD card on my Samsung Tablet for better viewing. Both now stay in sync.
I also did the same for my wife's phone and tablet using the same account. Double bubble :-)
It has sync options such as: mirror, upload only, upload and delete download only, download and delete etc.
And finally, using G00GLE drive (their own software) I backup my laptop using its auto backup facility.
So 77Gb used out of 100 Gb and a happy user.
So now I also have the ability to share files with my Samsung phone, tablet and Windows 10 PC and of course my wife's tablet and phone as well.
The only thing worth improving here would be that the G00GLE drive on my PC could appear in a more native manner as a drive and folders to allow drag and drop etc. But after chasing to have Onedrive address the SD card issue I am now in such a better place.
I have just now cancelled my wife and my subscriptions to Onedrive .
Now let's see what a bit of competition does for the Onedrive developers.
Vic Valencheck commented
I have a Moto Z with Android 8.0.0 with Onedrive V5.45.1. I can not download Onedrive to the SD card. I also have a Samsung Tablet SM-T900 with Android 5.1.1 and Onedrive V5.35.2. I am able to download Onedrive on my tablet but not on my phone. Why can't I do it on my phone having the newer versions? I take a lot of pictures and I'm maxed out on the internal drive.
Robert Fullick commented
Hoping someone can help. Thought I'd switch from iPhone to Sony experia... Driving me crazy! Used Dropbox for work/personal and because had office 365, thought I'd use onedrive to save the £100 cost of Dropbox. My phones 64gb memory is full and so is my SD cards 64gb memory. How do I mive all the sd content to the onedrive so I can delete the sd content? I've gone into onedrive setti gs and this is all I get (pic attached). Thanks
On a S8+ with Android 9, OneDrive version 5.44 - no option under storage to move the application to SD card.
Would really like this feature as my music library is too large to be synced to my internal storage. I don't want to have to buy a 250gb+ internal storage phone just to use OneDrive xD!
I have OneDrive version 5.42, and my S7 phone is set to auto update apps. Apparently this feature is only on version 5.9 and above is that right? How do I get this version? It's now 18 months since your comment and the 'boom!' upgrade.
When is this rolled out as not available as yet? Nov 2019
Jakob Olsen commented
Does not work. The newest version in Google Play Store is 5.38, at it cannot be moved to SD card nor moving the files to the SD card.
This is a really big problem since it takes up a lot of space on the primary storage.
Not working with Galaxy S7 and Tab 5. No option to move OneDrive app. OneDrive Version 5.37 is the latest from Google Play.
Eliot Cole commented
Hi, @ryanhoge, it really isn't done, though, is it? ;-)
I tried to put my Audiobooks from my Galaxy S4 which I use for my audio purposes only and I have to manually transfer the files because the app still saves on the local drive. Really sucks
sounded great , however how can you say this when the expected results is not achievable on a brand new Samsung S4.
Please let me know exactly how I can install it. I tied more than 10 Android file management apps including 'move to SD App'
Appreciate a lot when you or your company would take this seriously
Not possible on my SGS7E
Javi Tzso commented
FYI: I am completely on Samsung Dex now, so Android is my daily driver.
Javi Tzso commented
Installed OneDrive v5.9 from APKMirror on Samsung S9+. Moves the app to SD Card, but offline files are still stored internally. I hope the files will be accessible through "My Files" and that Samsung Music will be able to see them. If not, I am done with MSFT and cancelling my 365 sub.
Zoltan B commented
This feature is broken on my samsung galaxy 8 with android Pie
Frederick Reinders commented
Curren version in Google Play Store is OneDrive 5.30
Microsoft added the option to use SD Card in OneDrive Android 5.90
The Microsoft download link for OneDrive Android is Google Playstore where the current version is 5.30 Apr 17, 2019 which does not support changing storage folder.
Ash Wolford commented
Internal storage: 64GB
OneDrive: Still can't install to SD
Jeremy Goff commented
Android V5.25 App cannot be moved to an SD card as external storage, only to a second partition, i.e. requires root access to configure and this is not permitted by Samsung.
Just installed on Android 7.1.1, no love ****** OneDrive app still using system storage, no way to move it to SD card.
I can't use it, or the storage, if I can't get it to my SD card
Rob Wickham commented
I just ran into this on my Kindle HD8. Attempt to move app to SDCard, it ignores that for content and fills the internal storage of the device. And my 128gb of SDCard sits there with the App. How about the whole scenario get enabled before the victory lap?