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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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      • Afisher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not on Samsung TAB S2 SM-T819. Perhaps because came pre-installed and can only be updated by Samsung OS update? Play store offers no updated and the installled version is 5.21.1

      • Tom Nauw commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All I want is to put all my OneDrive files (not the app) on the SD card on my Chromebook. Please add this very simple feature. It would make all the difference

      • Mustafa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I can move the apps data to sd card but offline files still saved to internal storage in my tablet. it is Tab S, and android version is marsmalow

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        BOOM! I got it, but still disappointing.

        Android 8.0
        latest onedrive app

        You have to format your SD card as internal storage.
        Then you can move onedrive to the SD card.
        Then, since your SD card is formatted as internal storage it does not show when you plug your phone into the computer by USB. Only the internal memory shows.

        So if you thought you have built your self synchronizing portable storage device, forget it. You can only access the files from your phone, but not from your computer.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        BOOM! IT SUCKS
        Sorry but that basic feature does not work on Android 8.0 and latest onedrive app.
        Why did I just buy a pricey SD card?

      • Wim_vB commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Not done! On Samsung phones Onedrive is pre-installed as systemware, updates oke but no way to move to sd card. Think it is because of pre-install...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There are contributions to an Android update for Onedrive to version 5.9 (currently 5.16 for me) with the ability to place the storage location for Onedrive on the SD card. My tablet is a Samsung Tab S3 with the latest operating system.
        Which version of OneDrive is meant here?
        This feature should be the basic requirement for Android, especially in the business environment.

      • Scott Brown commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Does the Clean U[p Space on Your Device feature work when using OneDrive in the SIM card mode?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Samsung Galaxy S9
        Andriod Version Oreo
        OneDrive Version 5.16

        I use to have Windows Mobile. So glad I switched. I enjoy OneDrive for integration into Windows Explorer.

        This error is evident of how MS fail to maintain continuity with their design and fundamental engineering flaws leave myself and everyone in this thread gasping.

        It is totally unacceptable to allow consumers to pay for a service at premium when there are ample ambitious software designers out there who deserve a share of a loyal market.

        Do us all a favour MS - stop trying and failing new consumers at the detriment of legacy fans.

      • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Samsung Galaxy S9
        Andriod Version Oreo
        OneDrive Version 1.15

        I use to have Windows Mobile. So glad I switched. I enjoy OneDrive for integration into Windows Explorer.

        This error is evident of how MS fail to maintain continuity with their design and fundamental engineering flaws leave myself and everyone in this thread gasping.

        It is totally unacceptable to allow consumers to pay for a service at premium when there are ample ambitious software designers out there who deserve a share of a loyal market.

        Do us all a favour MS - stop trying and failing new consumers at the detriment of legacy fans.

      • Niles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        BOOM! IT'S NOT DONE. On my Note 9 I cannot either store or move files to my external storage Micro SD card. In fact there is no option in OneDrive to do so. What version is this option available in? I am running 5.15

      • Edward commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am on an Android Blackberry Motion and definitely will not move the data to the SD card. All my documents are offline and over 10GB of data which is killing my phone.
        So when is this feature going to actually work.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please find this topic and vote again. Still not fixed :
        OneDrive move to external on any Samsung still fails 6-2018!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        IT LOOKS LIKE it works and will use external storage, but when online folders are synched to the device it uses internal "app" storage space.

      • Omid Shojaee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In App Settings, OneDrive is not enabled to be moved to the SD card, so what Ryan is saying here is not correct.

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