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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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      • 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.

      • Gerd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please, could you give us some feedback when we can expect the announced feature on Samsung devices? You see, so many users are waiting!

      • Jeff Weiss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I just created a new Topic called: 'OneDrive move to external on any Samsung still fails 6-2018!' to try to get some response from you. I am copying the body of it here:

        Ryan, there is a separate topic where you said this was working, it's NOT for any Samsung users and probably others!

        You seem to be ignoring that thread, titled,'Allow OneDrive app on Android to be moved to SD card including storing offline files'.

        Could you please comment here, or at least back in the other topic, so all of us still actively using it get some feedback as to your progress on solving the problem on the most widely used mobile platform in the world (yes there are more Samsungs than iPhones)?
        I am attaching the threads from just the 1st page of threads from that other topic. Jeff

      • D. M. commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No, it isnt ... Onedrive still stores all of its data on the primary storage and there is no option to select the secondary.

      • Stefan Resner commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Still no option to move file locations in OneDrive APP.
        Version 5.11.
        Samsung Note 8
        No option to move in Note 8 > settings > APPs
        Cannot use OneDrive to full potential. When will this be fixed?

      • Jeff Weiss commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ryan Hoge, any updates on progress for the Samsung owners????

        I'm back again, S8+ 64GB internal 128GB MicroSD. I just had to uninstall OneDrive because it WILL NOT move anything to the external SD Card, even though it says it does. I was literally out of space on my internal storage because my OneDrive files are greater in size than my internal storage free space.

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