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Perhaps naively, I switched the sd card between my phone and my tablet.

Trouble was some of my phone apps has been installed on the sd card and they no longer work, I felt at the time that I could live with that.

The thing is that as the internal memory starts to fill up again, I can no longer bring up the list of apps from the settings screen. When I click on it, it shows the circle like it's working on it but never finishes the job! I'm guesnig this may be because it's looking for apps that were on the sd card which I removed. This is a pain as I can't move or delete any of the apps that are left (in the internal storage).

However, recently my memory went critical and at that point the phone was able to show me a list of apps which allowed me to chose some for deletion, but this only comes up when the phone memory gets critical. So it must be possible for the OS to find the list of apps.

Is there a way to move the apps to the SD card using an app or a PC?

I have an HTC One_M8, Android 6.0 and HTC sense version 7.0.

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You can use for that (please see the corresponding tag-wiki for details on what ADB is and how to get it working on your computer):

# list all user-installed packages
adb shell "pm list packages -3"
# now pick one app of that list you want to get rid of
adb uninstall com.package.name

That way you could clean up the apps you don't have access to any longer anyway. As for moving apps to the SD card, at least you can define it as "default storage" for new installations (as long as the apps do support that):

# 0=let the OS decide; 1=internal, 2=external storage:
adb shell "pm set-install-location 2"

However, I'm not aware of any command to move already installed apps. The only thing I know of is you can specify the install location explicitly when you install an app, see How to move spcific apps to/from sd card using ADB? on our sister site.

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on my Android phone, also 6.0, I get to "critical" memory usage frequently since it only has 8 GB. and from Settings | Apps, I can move individual apps to the SD card fairly easily. here's an example.

Settings | Apps

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Fold app

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Fold clicked

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Storage clicked

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Select SD card

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Moving

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Moved

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