Why are some apps i download and install saving to sd card instead of internal memory? I have more space on internal than sd card and it won't let me move some apps to internal memory.

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In the Manifest of the .apk file, developers can specify where they prefer there app to go. When that request can be met (technically), it will. The different possibilities include e.g.

  • no preference set: Goes to "internal storage"
  • preferExternal: Goes to SDCard (if available), else internal storage
  • set to "auto": if the app has widgets or declares services, it goes to internal storage. Otherwise it depends on device settings.

See also my answers here and here – the latter answer also details how you can (partially) override this.

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