On my Samsung Galaxy S5 (running Lollipop 5.0), I noticed the following behavior:

  • I moved some apps to my external SD-Card storage.
  • Every time, Google Play Store tells me to update one of these apps, they're getting moved back to the device's storage - and I have to push them back again to the SD-Card.

Did anyone encounter the same issue (or is this maybe just my phone)? This behavior does not show up on my old Galaxy (Android 4.1.2 - apps keep their place there, even after being updated).

Since I think, that it's very annoying to check whether apps should be moved to the SD-Card again, can somebody please tell me, how to stop this behavior or automate app2sd for specific apps?

Edit: I did not root my phone

  • I'm experiencing the same issue, have you found a solution? Apr 17, 2015 at 19:43
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    @mariosangiorgio Unfortunately, not. I got used to use some apps, that notify me about updated apps and then I have to move them manually :( Apr 18, 2015 at 9:06

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The problem is you don't have you SD card selected as the default installation location. Which makes the app install back onto the internal storage.

To fix this got to Settings > Storage > Preferred install location then select SD card. After you update it will install app on the SD card by default.

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    where can I find these settings? PlayStore or Android settings? I could not find it. Thanks in advance! Dec 28, 2015 at 12:19
  • They where an android settings try searching the app
    – maks112v
    Dec 28, 2015 at 14:28
  • Screen shot please! of your android settings. There must be a Storage option, inside which you have Storage Settings. There you can change the default storage to External Storage or SD card.
    – Rahul Bali
    Apr 15, 2016 at 14:20
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    I can't find this setting anywhere...
    – matthieu
    Apr 6, 2020 at 9:51
  • This setting simply does not exist on my (stock) LG G5 running Android 7.0. Naturally, Google has no problem defaulting to shoving all my apps back on internal storage despite lack of a setting for that (or space to do so).
    – Doktor J
    Jul 21, 2020 at 16:41

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