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.
You made it available for Windows 10 a while ago, please consider Android as well!
Errrrr any progress. This is a fundamental feature that is missing. Having subscribed to Microsoft it's a big gap that needs to be fixed.
Alex K commented
Syncing folders to make them available offline is very important for me. I don't even care if it's not on SD. My current solution involves bit torrent sync.
How do I transfer my images to drop box?
I completely agree - missing Ext.SD card option is detrimental to user's productivity and to the app's popularity and usability. ...I thought Microsoft's claim was: "Microsoft delivers products that enhance productivity"... hmmmm...
The internal storage space is very precious as it is used for installing apps.
Why would I want to keep my static files in the limited internal storage whereas I have GB of free space for that on the sd card. It's like keeping all of your personal and work files in c:/windows/system32 folder. This is not good!!
Microsoft please fix this asap!!
This is getting ridiculous. How much time do you need to enable this feature? All other clouds have this since ages!
Joep Lauret commented
Well Microsoft? Can you cure the non SD flaw?
Please add folder SD cards on android phones. The internal memory is not enough. Also, supporting folders should be required for this app.
Not having folder support makes me believe the people making the app don't actually use it.
David Zier commented
PLEASE do this, i would use onedrive considerably more often if it could save to, and import from, an sd card.
Lúcio Iglezias Pacheco commented
Same problem with me. Neither SDcard nor ExtSD (external storage connected via usb) can be accessed by Onedrive. Microsoft, please fix it as soon as possible, otherwise many people will leave your cloud solution.
It is really difficult to move files from onedrive to the sd card on android and ios I would suggest simplifing it a bit.
So this thread started in May....it is now September.....they months later and Onedrive is still unable to sync to an SD card?! Unfortunately I just spent my money with Microsoft instead of Dropbox, which was apparently a huge mistake as I now have my life stored on a 128g SD card that I cannot transfer to my OneDrive from my Samsung. Has anyone else been able to figure this out? I have been trying to transfer photos for 3 days now and unless I create all new files and transfer over each album which takes so long to do, and then create albums in Onedrive and transfer the files to albums, that is the only way for me to get the albums off my SD card. Honestly, not worth my time. Considering just paying dropbox.
I was just looking for the same thing. Also I can't save an email attachment from my note 7 to one drive. That would be awesome!!
Remi Borgen commented
How have this not been implemented yet? This is a big flaw.
Dave Remmel commented
I'm quite disappointed. I bought an O365 account (business premium) so I can synchronize between my devices - especially Android.
But from the 1TB I actually can use only 4GB - this is the free disk space on my tablet, since OneDrive can't use the 128GB SD card...
With this limitation I don't need OneDrive at all and will go back to Dropbox.
The fact that this even needs to be said is ridiclous. This should have been by default. One Drive stores files and data! Microsoft is losing it... Well, if they don't listen and respond fast enough, they will continue to lose business.
1 have a 128G sd card on my Samsung phone. Not being able to use it with Onedrive is a huge limitation
How was this not done originally? Is the first or second most critical feature. Not having this is like having a plane that can't actually fly.
Has a decision been made yet after 3months of looking into it? I need to make a decision on whether to keep using onedrive or move to dropbox?
This is critically important to owners of smaller Android tablets, which often don't have much storage - and therefore rely on SD cards for volume storage