When I upgrade an Android application from Google Play, it gets downloaded, then the upgrade stops with the message

Error: Insufficient storage available.

I have a 32 GB SD card so I want to download to the SD card but it only puts apps on the internal memory. How can I get apps to install to the SD card?

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    One of our eternal questions :) I've just re-tagged yours. Please see our insufficient-memory tag-wiki for first aid – and don't forget to check back and let us know if you've solved your issue.
    – Izzy
    Dec 29 '13 at 0:20
  • Dang so the Sd card does not help? Well i eraese the apps and clear cache then it only takes like. 10 mb from it . There r some apps that i dont use wich take up alot of internal memory but i cant erease :( can u please help me out more And thanks for the first part that helped me understand scouple problems
    – user49515
    Dec 29 '13 at 20:21
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    Let's agree on "just plugging it in" does not help. Having it in, and doing something with it explicitly is a different thing: you can move some apps there, thus freeing up some internal memory. Advanced options, however, require root. Some hints are pointed out from the tag-wiki, e.g. What can I do to manage my phone's internal storage? Also make sure to always check the linked/related questions, which e.g. brings you to How can I free up more space on my Android phone? and others ;)
    – Izzy
    Dec 29 '13 at 21:21
  • @user49515 Please give the OS ,Device details. Without these details I cannot help you with a perfect answer which shall solve your problem
    – user285oo6
    Aug 14 '14 at 7:21
  • @AlE. Not really. Unlucky phrasing, but OP asks: "How can I get apps to install to the SD card?" – so it's rather a dupe of How to Install Android Apps to the SD Card by Default ;)
    – Izzy
    Dec 8 '14 at 17:18

I am not sure what device you have or whether you have rooted it so I'll show you a few options.

This should work for Samsung devices that still have the sock file manager. http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1772970/set-default-download-location-card.html

This app will work if you have rooted your phone. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=frank.tools.defaultinstalllocationchanger&hl=en

If neither of those you should be able to do it this way but it may be a tad tricky if your not very tech savvy http://getandroidstuff.com/install-android-application-sd-card-mod-install-location/

  • It is an Acatel 4010
    – user49515
    Dec 29 '13 at 20:14

you can go to settings-applications-preffered install location and change it from internal phone memory to SD card and yo apps will download just fine though if u remove the card,they will disappear....

the second option is quite long but its something to do with a software that allows you to allocate some of your memory card space to internal memory for example you allocate 5gb of your memory card to internal memory and then u will have plenty of space to download your apps...Google about it

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