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Unable to access stored apps on sd card after a hard reset

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Unable to access stored apps on sd card after a hard reset

Had to do a software repair tonight aka hard reset on my xperia L1. I have just put my sd  card back in which I can easily locate my photos and videos, but until yesterday I had over 50 apps stored on the sd card but I now have no idea how to access them. 

 

My picture files on the sd card I can access easy but not the apps. I thought I would be able to access my stored apps and transfer them back onto my phone after the hard reset instead of installing them all separately via the app store. 

 

Transferring apps from my phone to the sd card is a very easy process so surely the reverse would also be easy? 

 

What am I missing? I just can't seem to find the option to do this. Even if I go into my sd card via a file manager I can't locate the folder with the apps in. I have found a folder with similar app names but clicking on these comes up with "unable to open ". 

 

Any help will be very appreciated Guys Slightly smiling Face