How to Move Windows Phone Apps to MicroSD Memory Card

Starting with Windows Phone 8.1, you can install apps and games on your Memory Card. If you are low on phone storage and have already updated to Windows Phone 8.1, follow this article to learn how to move the existing apps to the memory card and make some space in the phone memory. If you have not updated yet, follow our update guide.

Before you proceed:
Make sure you have a MicroSD Memory Card of Class 6 or higher. Class 4 cards won’t work. If you don’t have a Class 6 Memory Card, you can buy one online from Flipkart or Amazon.

Moving Existing Apps & Games to the Memory Card

Except for the system apps, majority of the apps downloaded from the store can be moved to the memory card. Just follow these steps:

  1. Swipe left to open All Apps.
  2. Scroll down and open settings
  3. Open storage sense
  4. Tap on phone and let it update the data. Be patient as it will take a few minutes depending on the amount of data you have in your phone memory.
  5. Once the data is updated, tap on apps + games
  6. Tap on the app you want to move to the memory card and then select move to SD.
    move apps to sd wp
    Move to SD

    You can also move all the apps at once by tapping the select icon at the bottom and choosing select all.

  7. Selected app(s) will be moved to the SD card in a while depending on their size and the speed of your memory card.

Set Memory Card as Default Storage for New Apps

You can also set your Windows Phone to install new apps on the memory card by default and hence save yourself from moving apps to the memory card after installation. Here’s how.

  1. Open settings and then storage sense
  2. Scroll a bit down and select SD Card for Store new apps on my
    storage sense options
    App Storage (Click to enlarge)
  3. And that’s it. All new apps from the Store will be stored on your Memory Card.

Moving Apps from SD Card Back to the Phone Memory

Initially, all apps could be moved to the Memory Card, but as developers update their apps for full Windows Phone 8.1 compatibility, some of them will no longer be allowed to be installed on the memory card. Same happened with WhatsApp Beta. You need to move such apps to the phone memory before they can be updated. There may also be some performance issues with memory intensive apps and you may wish to keep them in the phone memory itself.

  1. Open settings and then storage sense
  2. Tap on SD card
  3. Wait for the list to update.
  4. Tap on apps + games
  5. Tap on the App/Game you wish to move back to the phone memory and then tap on move to phone. You can also bulk move the apps by selecting them together.

The app data is stored on a separate encrypted portion on the Memory Card and cannot be accessed directly by connecting the phone to the PC or using a Card Reader. So if you were wondering that you can install apps without purchasing, its not possible (yet. Maybe some dev will find out a workaround later?).

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