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  1. xandros9's Avatar
    It's not as simple as taking the apps, and putting them over there! (a la patrick star)

    The thing is that SD cards are all so different, ranging from the generic to the high speed class 10's. The result is that performance could then become a nightmare of inconsistency across cards.

    Another thing is that SD cards are removable and swappable. Upgrade to a new card? POOF! Removed it to transfer media from you PC? Poof! Goodbye Modern Combat!

    Security. This is a big one. WP is currently a tightly secured system and installing to an SD card can pose a security risk. Although they could be partitioned and encrypted, what if the end user wants their full storage back to use in something else?

    I admit its possible and feasible but I'm worried it could introduce a degree of complexity and take from potentially other pressing things that need to be done with WP. Honestly, if MS does do it, I'll eat my words and applaud the addition of a very useful option.

    Having used an HTC Aria with ~512 MB of memory on-board, I feel your pain. (that translates to only a handful of apps before running out of space, and I've used sd card solutions too)
    01-07-2014 02:36 PM
  2. RT USER 1962's Avatar
    The irony is that we all start with Zero posts....
    01-07-2014 02:53 PM
  3. hopmedic's Avatar
    Look at his avatar and the number of posts. He doesn't even deserve a reply.
    Ya, and look at his posts. They are rubbish. His other posts are digging up a year old thread just for the hell of it. I'd say his motive is questionable.
    These posts and others like them don't demonstrate the welcoming, friendly atmosphere that WPCentral prides itself on. I don't think three posts are enough (at least in most cases) to make a judgment on someone like this.

    msoler, welcome to WPCentral. No, WP does not currently support installing apps on the SD card. I have seen at least one rumor that this was coming. I'm not sure how reliable that source is, though. Myself, I am not in favor of installing apps on the card, as cards vary in speed and quality, and Microsoft has done a lot to ensure a continually smooth and responsive experience. Unless they come up with a way to continue to ensure this, I am personally not in favor of installing apps on SD, because when a phone acts up people won't necessarily look at the source of the problem, but at the phone itself, and complain either to/about the carrier or the manufacturer of the phone, wrongly blaming them.

    Unfortunately, you've bumped up against one of the down sides of buying a lower-end phone. I'm sorry the experience hasn't been what you'd hoped for.
    xandros9, tgp, Paul May and 2 others like this.
    01-07-2014 03:28 PM
  4. jefbeard911's Avatar
    Are they ever going to come out with an update, this 8 gigs on the main memory just isn't enough. I can't download as many apps as I want, because the micro sd card only saves songs, pictures, videos, and other items anything but apps..... Microsoft should know better, and is there any way to customize the SMS messages?

    Thanks.
    By the way, there is a way to maximize your 8gb (or whats usable). Disclaimer: I'm not an expert and haven't tried this yet myself but since I'm considering buying a phone that has even less storage (4gb HTC 8S) ive done some looking around and it appears that if you first download the app to an sd card first, then transfer it to phone storage it will leave you with more free memory than if you just downloaded it directly to your phone.

    I'm kinda banking on this working cuz i like the 8S..Anyway, good luck. Hang n there. WP is great.
    Last edited by jefbeard911; 01-07-2014 at 10:07 PM.
    01-07-2014 09:44 PM
  5. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    By the way, there is a way to maximize your 8gb (or whats usable). Disclaimer: I'm not an expert and haven't tried this yet myself but since I'm considering buying a phone that has even less storage (4gb HTC 8S) ive done some looking around and it appears that if you first download the app to an sd card first, then transfer it to phone storage it will leave you with more free memory than if you just downloaded it directly to your phone.

    I'm kinda banking on this working cuz i like the 8S..Anyway, good luck. Hang n there. WP is great.
    You can't download apps from the store to an SD card -
    even side loaded it still ends up taking up the same storage as if directly to the phone.
    01-08-2014 06:11 PM
  6. eddieDOTexe's Avatar
    Wow you poor people in such denial. God forbid anyone points out Windows Phone's shortcomings otherwise they're a troll right? Grow up.

    As for the OP, don't worry, both of those features are coming in 8.1. Now its just a matter of waiting.. And hoping Ms. Magenta doesn't block the update like she did for the HTC Radar and 7.8...
    01-09-2014 05:45 PM
  7. hopmedic's Avatar
    as for the op, don't worry, both of those features are rumored to be coming in 8.1....
    ftfy
    01-09-2014 07:22 PM
  8. jefbeard911's Avatar
    You can't download apps from the store to an SD card -
    even side loaded it still ends up taking up the same storage as if directly to the phone.
    Sorry, i had the method slightly incorrect. You download them to your computer, transfer to an sd card, then add them to your phone.

    From what i have read in the WP forums, it does use less memory. Significantly less. Not an expert and dont want to be.. Give it a try, or not.
    01-09-2014 11:35 PM
  9. Aren Clegg's Avatar
    The op needs to remember that he purchased a low-end WP8. It works great for what it does. And if you want more games just delete the apps and games you don't use to make room. I haven't ran into much problems with the 512 meg of ram. Even with the samsung being unlocked in some resepcts, running apps off the sd card isn't possible. If you think about it though, having the apps on a sd card would probably promote warez. And if Microsoft wants more software developers and big companies to support their phones they have to look at that aspect of it too.
    01-12-2014 10:33 PM
  10. Aren Clegg's Avatar
    Sorry, i had the method slightly incorrect. You download them to your computer, transfer to an sd card, then add them to your phone.

    From what i have read in the WP forums, it does use less memory. Significantly less. Not an expert and dont want to be.. Give it a try, or not.
    no it'd take the same amount of space. the xap is copied to the phone and then installed.
    01-12-2014 10:34 PM
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