My phone has 3 storage spaces available:

  • Internal storage - Internal storage for the OS and non-movable apps (1GB)
  • Phone storage - Integrated SD card (~1GB)
  • SD card - Removable SD card

When I got to Settings > Apps > [any movable app], I only see the "Move to SD Card" button (even if I change the default write disk) but I'd like to be able to move apps to the "Phone storage" so that I can save space on my external SD card and be able to remove it without crashing everything.

Is there a way to do this, possibly without changing the default write disk?

(My phone is rooted so I have no problem using root hacks)

4 Answers 4


From what I understand, you have three storage devices. You don't want to change your default storage disk, but you want to take the applications off of your SD Card and onto your phone to conserve SD Card storage -- is this right? If so, you can use something like All-In-One Toolbox which will allow you to move apps to different storage devices. I use this on my Android device as well.

  • "SD card" space isn't a problem (I have a 16GB SD card). I'd like to move the apps to "Phone storage" so I can unmount my "SD Card" and still have all my apps and because "Phone storage" isn't being used at all. Even if I change the default write disk, it still allows me to move apps only to "SD card". I tried All-In-One Toolbox but it also doesn't allow me to move apps to "Phone storage", just "SD card". This seems to be the case with all similar apps (and android settings).
    – franga2000
    Commented Nov 7, 2014 at 12:36
  • Can I ask for the model of the phone? It also varies on the phone. I've double-checked on my phone and All-In-One-Toolbox does offer "Move to Phone Storage." But then again so does my default Android Settings without root. So it depends on stock ROM and Android model. I'll definitely try and help once I know the model. Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 7:26
  • Its GSmart (Gigabyte) Aku A1 with stock android 4.2.1. You probably won't find much about it online since it's a kinda lame phone (it's cheap tho :D)
    – franga2000
    Commented Nov 9, 2014 at 20:11

Settings -> Application Manager -> App you want to move -> Change storage

But this depends on the model of the phone, try finding the storage related settings of your app in Application Manager


I believe Apps2SD is what you are after. I have tested it on Moto E 1st Gen, which also has limited internal memory.

Bear in mind, the apps you shift to SD card will load slow on your device. It will be very frustrating to use any app. A class 10 memory card is highly suggested, although I myself used a Strontium's class 10 SD card, but it still gives performance issues when accessing apps stored in the SD card. You should have TWRP recovery so you could partition your memory card, have 2-3GB as EXT and the rest of it as FAT partitioned.

The EXT partition is the partition where your app's private data( /data/data, libs, obb, etc.) will be stored. The app basically moves the data and makes a link in /data/data directory.

The app can also move all the dalvik/ART cache to your SD card, hence freeing your internal memory but making it much slower.(Accessing data from external storage for every instance/process is rather a slow process).

My experience: After shifting all the user installed apps and cache to SD, the Moto E started lagging and it started working very slowly. I then, kept the cache in Internal Memory and kept only the apps I needed, and shifted offline dictionary app(+100MB of obb file), and 2 more apps which I only use 2-3 times a day. Don't link WhatsApp or Facebook, it will be very slow on your device. After uninstalling a linked app, you would need to use the Broken App Cleaner option to completely delete the app, else the app will show itself in app drawer after a reboot.

PS: I am not a developer of this app, or anyway related to developing this app. I bear no responsibility if you end up with software issues. I have used it and still using it out of compulsion.


The best app I've found to move apps between storage mediums is here. I had some issues with the app finding the internal and phone storage, but it's worth a shot. It's what I always use to transfer apps to my MicroSD cards. The only issue I ever had with it (besides not showing all three storage locations) is that you have to move one app at a time, which can be time consuming. Hope this works for you!

  • afaik this app won't let to choose between internal/external sd cards
    – janot
    Commented Apr 15, 2016 at 21:03
  • Yeah, I noticed that recently as well. It use to work great but for some reason it isn't any more. I haven't yet found a way to move apps between my internal memory and external MicroSD card yet. I just decided to keep my apps on my phone and store my movies, music, and offline maps on my external card. This leaves me with more free space on my internal storage to add more apps. If you only have 16GB I know that can fill up very quickly though. I wish I had a better solution for you. Hope you have better luck than I have! Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 0:17

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