Similar to the issue described in this post, yesterday I hastily clicked the “migrate” option after formatting a new micro SD card as internal - I didn’t see the “portable” option at all and although I found the post above, I didn’t read it and understand the implications
I lost all of the photos and videos on the device, from what I’ve gathered I should write those off - it has been a while since they were last backed up, but I guess that is just bad luck
My question is more concerning the apps that have been moved - I don’t see an option to move them back to the internal phone storage. One app no longer starts due to the storage location and the camera app also appears not to save new photos.
Looking under the Storage options and also in the apps themselves I don’t see any “migrate” option, only that the location is still “internal storage”… how can I get the apps away from the sd card so I can reformat it as portable?
The app that won’t start is Podkicker Pro - I don’t see it as a big problem as I can always install it again.
My biggest concern however is that loosing the app data moved does not mean loosing access to two factor apps that I need for account access - Google authenticator and Duo Mobile
Edit: I guess I can just use the backup codes for 2fa apps, so that’s not a problem
Android controls where newly installed apps are stored. After installation, many (but not all) apps can be moved from the internal storage to the SD card and vice versa by the user.
Meaning that apps can only be moved after installation, i.e. at the users discretion hence no problem moving them back. Though not stated the OS may present an option at installation, again, meaning the user has full knowledge of where the app is.
Basically my argument is that the user shouldn’t worry about whether an app may or may not be transferred back the the internal memory as the use would have selected which apps are on the SD card.
The caveat is that what I read in the SD Guide is correct. Do you think it may be wrong and could do with editing?
However reading the concern again
It is worded in such a way that the move to the SD card was known and therefore my comment about what is and is not stored on the SD card may be spurious.
Yes maybe, or not complete.
If I’m not mistaken, when inserting an SD card and formatting as internal, the OS suggests migrating data to the card (including some apps).
Will have a look at it sometime.
I dont think there is anything wrong in the guide.
It clearly says that the system decides where (initial internal storage or extended internal storage (=SD card)) apps are installed and that afterwards the user might decide to move. For sure this statement is only applicable after the SD card was formatted as internal.
Edit: overall this is again an off topic discussion not really helping the OP with their problem.
Despite all the perks of SD cards, they have one particular drawback- some mobile applications aren’t authorized to install on them. In simpler words, when you install an app on an Android device, the OS is programmed to install the app on your phone and transfer the app data to the SD card. This means you’ll be unable to install an application on your phone if there isn’t enough storage space on it, and it wouldn’t even matter if your external storage had 1 Terabyte of free space.How To Use SD Card As Internal Storage On Android?
The implication is that Android chooses to store apps on the internal memory.
god how I am beginning to hate this involvement, sure back to the topic of how to help the user with migrating an app back is the focus, but my comment “Usually apps are not installed on the SD card just data it has created.” it has diverged to this.
Android does install apps on the SD-card:
My argument is still that android doesn’t but the user has the option.
This is a fundamental argument that impacts a user in their decision whether to use an SD as internal or not and the primary action taken by the OP that provokes this problem.
So yes back to the problem on how to migrate the data back, but I couldn’t help with that and all subsequent posts have been related to my comment, so I am at a loss as what to suggest.
Thanks for the suggestions - I don’t have any options in the Android file app, if I open Settings > Storage, there is also no possibility to migrate the data back from the SD card. The options I have are: “rename”, “eject” and “format as portable”.
I also can’t save screenshots (“Couldn’t save screenshot due to limited storage space”), even though there is plenty of space on both the internal storage and the SD card.
I can’t see any way to manage what app data is saved to what internal storage, to me it looks like the only option is to do a fresh install.
Blockquote The option to migrate only comes after selecting ‘format as portable’
Hm, ok thanks for your help but are you sure about the migrate option? The article you linked doesn’t talk about a migrate option becoming available, and if I choose “format as portable” I get a warning that all data will be erased, so I wouldn’t click on format until I’m sure of the migrate option appearing first
Ok, thank you for your clarification - I can’t do much more than try to reformat as portable in any case, as everything is encrypted on the SD card. I was wondering if I had corrupted it by not ejecting the card, but I don’t see there is a way of diagnosing that