account arrowhead-down arrowhead-up mobile-menu search sm-bold-x x-skinny-rounded x-skinny arrowhead-right social-facebook social-googleplus social-instagram social-linkedin social-pinterest social-qzone social-renren social-tencent social-twitter social-vkontakt social-weibo social-youku social-youtube

Please help us improve our website

Take our customer survey to evaluate your visit.

It should only take a few minutes to answer five quick questions. Just click the Launch survey button at the end of your visit to begin.

cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Tips & Tricks

If you want to get the max out of your Xperia phone then check out Xperia tips page.

Download straight to SD card?

Highlighted
One time poster
Message 1 of 21
42,203 Views
Message 1 of 21

Download straight to SD card?

Hello everyone
Does anyone know how to make it so that everything I download from the Play Store goes straight to the SD card?
20 REPLIES 20
Highlighted
Master
Message 2 of 21
42,183 Views
Message 2 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

As far as I know it's not possible to install/download directly to the SD card. You have to move the apps via settings > apps afterwards.

sony_sign_logo.png - Official Sony Xperia Support Staff


If you're new to our forums make sure that you have read our Discussion guidelines.
If you want to get in touch with the local support team for your country please visit our contact page.

Highlighted
Forum Legend
Message 3 of 21
42,182 Views
Message 3 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

Sorry to say but this is not possible and is not limited to Sony - Same happens on Samsung and LG

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.   Richard P. Feynman



Highlighted
Learner
Message 4 of 21
42,053 Views
Message 4 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

hi, there is something else written in user guide on this website 

  • When installing an app, you can choose to install it on either the internal storage or the memory card. If the internal storage is full while the memory card has a lot of available space, it is a good idea to install apps on the memory card.

can someone please double check this as my new xperia is only 800 mb free space ( i have 64 gb sd card in it ) and when im trying to download game i just cant as i have not enough space

 

thanks

 

 

Genius
Message 5 of 21
41,923 Views
Message 5 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

Hi @John1979 @rozix

 

You can also set with the Android adb, to store apps in the SD Card intead of the internal memory.

 

You should have ADB installed, the SDK up to date, and the USB debugging turned on from your device on the Developer Options.
Then plug your Xperia to your computer and from a command prompt (you'll probably have to be in the folder where adb.exe is,

most likely something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe) run this command:

 

adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2 (where 0 represents the internal storage and 2 represents the SD Card storage).

 

To clear warnings about the available memory space on your device you can run:

 

adb shell pm hide com.sonymobile.storagechecker

 

I hope can be useful.

 

Best Regards,

"We can have anything we want on life, if we just help others to found what they need” - Ebelsain Villegas
Highlighted
One time poster
Message 6 of 21
41,867 Views
Message 6 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

how do i transfer to sd card?

Highlighted
Genius
Message 7 of 21
41,856 Views
Message 7 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

Hi @oiwalter

I should use the File Commander app, you could read about it here:

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobisystems.fileman&hl=es_419

You can also set with the Android adb, to store apps in the SD Card intead of the internal memory.

You should have ADB installed, the SDK up to date, and the USB debugging turned on from your device on the Developer Options. Then plug your Xperia to your computer and from a command prompt (you'll probably have to be in the folder where adb.exe is, most likely something like C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools\adb.exe) run this command:

adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2 (where 0 represents the internal storage and 2 represents the SD Card storage).

To clear warnings about the available memory space on your device you can run:

adb shell pm hide com.sonymobile.storagechecker

I hope can be useful.

Best Regards,

"We can have anything we want on life, if we just help others to found what they need” - Ebelsain Villegas
Highlighted
Learner
Message 8 of 21
41,779 Views
Message 8 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

Hi Xavinux. I was trying to do it since last three days. Maybe im an idiot Slightly smiling Face but my adb cant see the phone. Maybe i downloaded wrong adb and sdk. Can u please send link of those two. Many thanks
Highlighted
Genius
Message 9 of 21
41,760 Views
Message 9 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

Hi @rozix

 

You're welcome.

 

Check this link about ADB installer:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=48915118

 

You can also take a look on how to install Google USB Driver in SDK to let ADB see your Xperia device here: 

 

http://visualgdb.com/tutorials/android/usbdebug/manualinstall.php

I hope can be useful.

I'm at disposal for any question.

Best Regards,

"We can have anything we want on life, if we just help others to found what they need” - Ebelsain Villegas
Highlighted
Learner
Message 10 of 21
39,731 Views
Message 10 of 21

Re: Download straight to SD card?

I also have the M4 Aqua and it is crucial for me to get my apps directly installed to SD, cause right now I can't use any app over like 500mb or so. Anyway, I just tried the ADB thing and I'm getting this error: Error: java.lang.SecurityException: Package android does not belong to 2000

And I also read from the Sony website that it is possible to change download location to SD card, so am I doing something wrong or?