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How can I move apps to SD on non-adopted Marshmallow storage?

Marshmallow internal storage can be better used with a mixed-format SD card as I also explain in my blog here: http://blog.sam.liddicott.com/2016/02/android-6-semi-adopted-storage.html First, you ...
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App can't be moved to SD Card , Option not available

Check the app manifest using an app like Manifest Viewer and search for android:installLocation android:installLocation attribute Can app be moved to External SD ? Internal Only NO Not declared NO ...
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How to move apps from internal to external storage?

Native app2sd method - which placed encrypted .asec files in .android_secure folder on external SD card - was available only up to Android 5. For details see Why root cannot access “.android_secure” ...
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When an app is moved to an external microSD card, to where is it moved?

Apps installed on the SD-Card are stored in the ".android_secure" directory. You cant see the APK files directly in that folder because the it is encrypted to prevent direct access to the APK file ...
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Using SD card as internal storage and migrate date

OK, I think I found out the best setup. Format your SD card as internal memory. Go to Settings > Storage > Internal and open each app. Some apps have a "change" button. Press it to move the app into ...
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Can I change the dalvik cache location e.g. with a symbolic link?

Of course you can. Although it seems like there's no problem to migrate dalvik-cache to a normal SD card filesystem (the most common, vfat), it still is highly recommended that you format your SD card ...
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Move multiple apps to SD card

A late post but I think AppMgr III can help. In order to move apps directly you must have a pro version of it . Although the free version is not that bad. It shows you the apps that can be moved, ...
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Better to keep frequently used apps on the Android device or move them to an external microSD card?

It depends on how you use your phone, but under normal circumstances (no task killer apps, small to medium sized memory consumer, etc.) category 1 apps are typically held in RAM. So I guess reading ...
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Using SD card as internal storage and migrate date

You will need to format the SD as removable storage for it to work as you describe. The option as described by Dan is not available with your SD formatted for internal use. I did read a post ...
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How can I move apps to SD on non-adopted Marshmallow storage?

You are correct. Android Marshmallow has done away with apps being on the SD card when it's setup as portable storage. The only way to use it in that way is with root and apps like LINK2SD.
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Adoptable storage questions

Fix for link2sd: Download Apps2SD: All in One Tool Use Apps2SD: All in One Tool to create Mount scripts on the second partition. You can now use link2sd normally. You may need to keep Apps2SD if you ...
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com.whatsapp_preferences.xml periodically gets overwritten how to prevent that from happening

Changing the permissions of the file can solve the problem. Get the WhatsApp system group, you can use: ls -la /data/data/com.whatsapp Let's ...
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Why root cannot access ".android_secure" directory on external SD card?

A quick search reveals that there exist similar unanswered questions (this, this and this). Let me try to demystify it, starting with brief history. WHAT IS .android_secure DIRECTORY? In order to ...
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I deleted my .asec files, what happened to the apps on my SD-card?

It took a bit of testing but I found what I was looking for. I reinstalled some of the apps from apk files I had on my sd card and both surprisingly and unsurprisingly my data is actually still there! ...
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App2sd link2sd how to show mount view 2nd micro sd card ext2 partition

TWRP is not compatible with Link2SD, therefore one must manually mount MicroSD Card 2nd partition each time before TWRP backup/restore is started. One can do this from - TWRP menu - Advanced - ...
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How to unlock view get app info "Move app to SD card" option locked missing in android 5.1.1

Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_INVALID_INSTALL_LOCATION] indicates something is wrong with signature. If app is moved to MicroSD Card primary partition, Android native app2sd - settings - app - storage - ...
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How which custom android OS stock rom version (7-12) virtually pre load/check/test have adoptable storage format sd card as internal storage option

Generally it's hard to answer because it depends on encryption type and vendor. For example adoptable-storage is not compatible with Android 7.0 - 8.1 with (FBE) file-based encryption. Some devices ...
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How are apps installed on Android ? context - symbolic links of only some apps disappear after reboot

This is example mount script /data/adb/service.d/40sdext2 #!/system/bin/sh [ -d /data/sdext2 ] && \ until grep -qw /data/sdext2 /proc/mounts do mount -t ext4 -o rw,nosuid,nodev,...
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"force allow apps on external" on EMUI 5.x not toggling on

Huawei has disabled this function. It won't work unless you root the device. Source: Huawei support website.
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Error: java.lang.IllegalStateException: java.util.concurrent.TimeoutException: Thread Binder_C gave up waiting for partitionMixed after 180000ms

It is because the SD card is mounted to have an ext4 partition (alongside with another normal partition), in order to use Link2SD to force moving unmovable apps to SD card. The error shows up after ...
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Does moving apps to internal sd storage move the app save data as well?

Game saves are usually in the /data partition and will not be affected by app storage movement. Downloaded content are usually in Android/data or Android/obb in your storage and is likely to be moved ...
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Mass transfer apps to adopted storage

Okay, after some semi-random googling I found the app that will do the job. Apps2SD. It's free, requires root but does batch move apps to adopted storage. It's a bit slow too but beats having to do ...
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Android 6.0 Marshmallow adoptable storage - Why is it still using internal storage?

As mentioned in the comments of the question, this is by design. According to the docs: Apps can be placed on adopted storage media only when the developer has indicated support through the ...
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Android Marshmallow keeps moving apps to internal storage after update

From Google: Apps can be placed on adopted storage media only when the developer has indicated support through the android:installLocation attribute. The problem is that some apps that deny this ...
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Move non-movable apps to SD Card on rooted phone

If your phone has a setting like Settings>Storage>Default Storage Location then set it to SD Card instead of Internal Storage. Alternatively there are Apps that can offer a solution. The App Link2SD ...
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Use sd card as internal storage and stop writing to internal memory for good

I have been successfully able to boot from SD card on QMobile Z8 by: Replicating eMMC partition table by partitioning SD card on a Ubuntu machine using parted and fdisk Flashing factory firmware ...
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Use sd card as internal storage and stop writing to internal memory for good

@Claudio you have raised a very good concern. Having some embedded knowledge, I can give some idea about this: When you switch ON a device, it is programmed to boot from specific memory location. ...
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How can i change app data location?

ok you can do it efficient, if you have root permission.. now i assume you know what is rooting.. if not, please don't follow this answer.. there are two ways available, easy but hard way and hard ...
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How can i change app data location?

On your device: Go to your phone settings → Developer Tools. If you don't see the developer tools options, go to Settings → About phone and tap on the build number seven times and then you ...
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Unable to move few Apps to SD Card

It is definitely possible to move apps to the SD card and still have them working perfectly (widgets and services included) via Link2SD. EDIT: Using this method requires root access on your phone and ...
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