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.
Not on a Galaxy 5ab s3 you can't.
Jeff Weiss commented
I agree with Chris, it's supposed to work, but doesn't. I have a Galaxy S8+ with 128 GB MicroSD...
In the App settings for OneDrive, it SAYS it's using External storage, but it actually isn't. I'm moved it back and forth a couple times between external and phone storage, but nothing actually moves...
You rock! Thanks!
Jeff Weiss commented
Well, it was supposed to be rolled out with the latest version. I have tried numerous times to move the DATA for offline access in OneDrive tot he external SD card. It shows as being on there, but several programs that show space usage show it's still NOT on SD but STILL using internal phone storage instead. Must I uninstall Android version OneDrive altogether first. Then reinstall it and choose Ext SD Card as the location?
Friends this feature is now available with latest update.....you can move onedrive to sd card
Chris Bryant commented
They have now added this function in their update notes, but it doesnt actually work. !!!!!
John W Taylor commented
Please provide option to store OneDrive files on SD card on Android phones. I have a moto X4 which has little memory. I would like to be able to download files onto my phone to be able to look at offline.
Hassan Janjua commented
Found out an alternative approach; on google play store search for cloud to SD card sync applications; there are a lot of solutions sync from cloud accounts like onedrive to SD card folders.
Hassan Janjua commented
unbelievable they don't have this feature, as a developer I will think about this first.
Nikola Tucaković commented
This can probably be merged with another feature request which is quite similar.
So close to 1500 votes for now (if there are no more duplicate requests).
ziaul houq commented
i do u do
Ray Casey commented
Haha Microsoft storage is horrible ans sucks a bag of lemons really it's incredible if you want to think of a way to ruin a computer company just ***** up the most basic aspects of computing file save and file open Microsoft strategy for file save and open and OneDrive is a joke it's confusing it's complex the sync doesn't work you have libraries you have albums you have folders you have devices you have favorites you have OneDrive you have your local device you have SharePoint libraries it is so other Lee complex that there's only one explanation whoever's in charge of this is secretly working agenda to destroy Microsoft cuz it sucks it's the most confusing stupid stuff I've ever seen in my entire life
Add to OneDrive Android app a possibility to store offline files on SD card instead of internal memory of Android device.
Get foldersync for Android and sync where you want when you want. I have been using it for years with Dropbox. You're wasting your time waiting for Microsoft to do it.
Chris King commented
It seems that this does work unless I am misunderstanding the issue request. I can sync files from SD card (add file locations) and photos.
Kay Gonschior commented
How is this not a thing yet??? The lack of this feature makes OneDrive for Android pratically useless.
Man, I saw a post in other site with the same request and it was from 2014,don't think they are worrying about putting this feature
Pete Asprey commented
I live in OneDrive and badly need more space on my phone. The SD card is ready and waiting...
Im not sure, but, maybe the paid for version of onedrive may allow this.
Other than that it is bad programming not to allow redirection of storage to alternative places. The andriod camera ap allows it, as does several other system apps.
I think that it is a hang over from the 'make users use up their phone memory so we can sell newer phones' thing that has hindered mobile phone memory for years.
It is a pity that andriod does not support file system links.
Follow this, PasswdSafe Sync supports OneDrive - Even if it is not mentioned in the article. It is in the menu in the app: