Moving apps on Windows Phone 8.1 couldn’t get easier

One of the most important features of devices these days is the ability to move apps between internal and external memory. Doing this on Android is now a well known technique, while Apple devices don’t support external memory, so moving apps doesn’t count there. That leaves us with Windows Phone.

Moving apps on Windows Phone 8.1 couldn't get easier

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Windows Phone OS is relatively new to the market, and its obvious that there will be a vast majority of new and existing users who will want to know how to move apps to their SD card, in order to ease up some of that internal memory. For those who want to know, let me tell you, its a piece of cake. Just follow my lead.

First of all, make sure you are running Windows Phone 8.1 OS. Phone manufacturer does not matter.

  • In Windows 8.1 , head to the applications list. To do this, just swipe right from your home screen, and you will be greeted by your applications list.basics-concept-app-list
  • Scroll to an open the Settings app. In the settings app, tap on Storage Sense.
  • Once inside Storage Sense, tap on the ‘Phone’ tab. This will take you into a separate window which displays the memory allocation of different categories of the
  • Select any one of the categories ( apps+games, music, videos, podcasts, photos ). You will see the list of items under the category you have selected. Since we are dealing with apps, select apps+games.
  • Select the app you wish to move.
  • Select ‘ Move to SD ‘ option. Your App will now be moved from your device to your SD card.Move-to-SD-Card-in-Windows-Phone-8.1

Now a piece of warning – There are some apps which are stored on the device memory by default, and you might not get the option to move them to the SD card. This is completely normal, and there’s no reason to worry.

Another tip is – If you want to move multiple apps to your SD card, just use the multi select button and select the apps you wish to move and select the ‘Move’ option.

This is what I love about the Windows Phone OS, its so ridiculously easy, that anyone can use it. What it could use are a few interface tweaks and a refreshed app store. But , I am sure Windows 10 will cover it all. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks and updates on Windows Phone right here.

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