Why Can’t I Move Games to My SD Card?

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By Eric Wilson

If you’re an avid gamer and have a limited amount of internal storage on your device, you may have attempted to move games to your SD card to free up space. However, you may have noticed that sometimes it’s not possible to do so. In this article, we’ll explore the reasons why you can’t move games to your SD card and what you can do about it.

Why Can’t I Move Games to My SD Card?

There are several reasons why you may not be able to move games to your SD card. Let’s take a look at some of the most common causes:

1. App Design

Some apps are simply not designed to be moved to external storage. This is because they may contain vital data that needs to be stored only on internal memory or because the app developer has chosen not to allow it due to potential performance issues.

2. Android Version

Depending on the version of Android that your device is running, you may not be able to move certain apps or games to external storage. For example, in older versions of Android (before 6.0 Marshmallow), apps could only be partially moved, which meant that some parts would still remain on internal storage.

3. File System Format

Your SD card may be formatted in a way that is not compatible with your device or with the app in question. Some apps require a specific file system format (such as FAT32 or exFAT) in order for them to be moved successfully.

What Can You Do About It?

If you’re unable to move games or apps to your SD card, here are some possible solutions:

1. Check App Settings

Firstly, check if the app developer has given permission for their app/game storage location settings editable by the user. If yes, you can easily move your app or game to the SD card by going into the app’s settings and selecting “Move to SD Card” option. Use a Third-Party App

There are several third-party apps available on the Google Play Store that can help you move apps or games to your SD card. These apps work by creating a virtual link between the app and the external storage, tricking your device into thinking that the app is still on internal storage. Free Up Internal Storage

If you’re unable to move apps or games to your SD card due to limited space, try freeing up some internal storage instead. You can do this by deleting unused apps, clearing cache files, and transferring large files (such as photos and videos) to external storage.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, there are several reasons why you may not be able to move games or apps to your SD card. However, with a bit of troubleshooting and by following some simple steps, you can free up internal storage space on your device and continue gaming without any interruptions.