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.
Dane Jurkovic commented
So, is there ever going to be the ability to set the SD card to be the location for onedrive offline files?
Gordon Murison commented
That's total BS
WT*F I want my money back. Useless. Due to limitations. No OneDrive on SD CARD?!???? Are you spitting me
Latest Samsung tablet S7+: onedrive cannot be moved!! As it is f.... preinstalled. Thanks to 'cooperation' with Microsoft! Cannot use SD Drive
same problem here. working with Samsung tablet and have plenty of space on my SD card... but no way to tell OneNote to use it... so here i am stuck with errors that i've run out of storage capacity on my tablet! disappointed about this...
Jenny Wilding commented
September 2020 and STILL not available as an option. Using Onedrive version 6.12 and samsung galaxy note 10. I paid a lot of money for a phone with capacity for huge SD storage, pay for microsoft 365 and I can't store what I'd like to on my phone just because the default location for saved files can't be moved to the SD card. Seriously? How can you say "this is now fully rolled out on the latest version of the Android app" when it clearly doesn't work with Samsung, which has to be one of the most common phones. Some kind of response or update from Microsoft to all the people who have posted here would surely be appropriate and I'm sure would be appreciated.
James B commented
Running the app itself from the SD card has always been a bad idea, which is why support for it was discontinued. The OneDrive app needs an option to *store data* on the SD card. Look at how Netflix or Amazon Video handle this if you need help understanding.
Nope. Doesn't work
I think its sad that Samsung and Android won't let someone use their SD Card for storage.
Sadly Samsung has preinstalled OneDrive and this app is not movable !
What it is necessary is to set the sync location to the SD-Card.
Hi there. I cannot move any apps to sd card on my Sony Xperia XZ1. Please can you make it possible to store offline files /sync files to the sd card without needing to move the app?
Not if it is pre installed by the phone manufacturer, it can't be moved. Very inconvenient
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