Move apps between Phone Memory and SD Card in Windows Phone 8.1

The latest Windows Phone 8.1 update came up with lots of interesting features, out them, one is the ability to move apps between the phone memory and SD Card. This feature can be very useful for you if you own a budget Windows Phone like Lumia 520 or Lumia 620 that comes with an 8 GB internal memory, as now you will be able to install larger apps or games to the SD card. This post covers the SD card part of the Windows Phone 8.1 update and also tells you how to move apps between SD card and Phone memory.

Transfer apps from Phone Memory to SD Card in Windows Phone

Transfer apps from Phone Memory to SD Card in Windows Phone

Tweaking the settings:

If you want that every app installed on your device must go to the SD card, then you must change some settings on your device. The instructions are as follows:

1. Open Storage Sense from the app list.

2. Tap on “Store new apps on”


3. Change the option to SD Card.

If you also want to store new downloads on SD card, then you can do so by following a similar procedure in Storage Sense.

Now every app installed or any file downloaded on your device will be automatically stored in SD Card.

Move apps between SD Card and Phone Memory

1. Open Storage Sense from the app list.

2. Tap the bar showing memory status of the phone.


3. Click on “apps+games”.

4. Tap the application you want to Move.wp_ss_20140727_0006

5. Click on “move to SD”.

A similar procedure can be followed for moving apps from SD card to phone. Instead in Step 2, you must tap the bar showing memory status of the SD card. This new feature lets you install more apps, and now you can even install larger apps/games like Asphalt 8 without getting out of space.

Another related feature I found interesting in this update is the official file manager. Yes, you can download the official Windows Phone file manager “Files” from the store. Files lets you easily manage data, you can copy, move and delete files using this file manager. You can even move files from phone to SD card or vice-versa.


The new Storage Sense app is really very helpful, and you can move or uninstall apps and delete temporary files and do a lot more. The new update came up with many other features, so stay tuned on The Windows Club to know about more features.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.


  1. Flex Paul

    Yay! I was wondering about that. My Lumia only has 8GB internal. Moved!

  2. Andrey de Oliveira

    Great feature! The Android had this function in the past and was very useful, but unfortunately removed in version 4.0.

  3. Jeffrey

    If you transfer the apps to an SD, will it be possible to put the SD in another phone and still use the apps there with all its data?

  4. Ajay Bhasi

    Can all the apps (except the system) be moved to sd card??

  5. Pradeep

    Hi All,

    I am thinking to purchase lumia 730, want to know whether can we run asphalt 8 game in 730 from the SD card ??

  6. Pradeep

    Can anyone reply to me….

  7. Lavish Thakkar

    Hey Pardeep, Since 730 comes preloaded with Windows phone 8.1, you can transfer the apps to sd card!

  8. Lavish Thakkar

    Yes almost all the apps can be moved except a few available on store!

  9. Lavish Thakkar

    No Jeffery, I think that feature isn’t available yet!

  10. yogi

    Any windows app to lock applications like “applock” in android?

  11. Jill Lewis

    As someone who just got a Windows phone, this article was incredibly helpful. When I first started reading the instructions they were so clear I thought I was on the MS official site and scrolled down to do the usual “this article is helpful” vote. Then I saw the comments and realized this wasn’t an official site. Thanks for providing detailed yet concise instructions.

  12. Monica

    i’ll have to reset my phone but i dnt wanna loose my apps data and stuffs like whtsapp chat history…. what should i do?

    plz help me out with this if anyone knws abt it

  13. Sachit

    Hi, I am planning to buy a Lumia 730. Please let me know if there is any kind of lagging or speed issues if we are playing games stored in SD card?

  14. Joie Raquil

    I’m using lumia 620 but I don’t know to manage my Applications. on how to move it to my SD Card. please let me know

  15. I have a 635 and no matter what I do here maps will not go to sd card, I rest i factory reset, I soft reset. and still the map goes to phone and not sd. all setteing are sd card, , the map takes 1.5 gig of my phone,, help!!

  16. Joaquim

    I tried to tranfer facebbok to my SD card but it appear moving for 1 week alread and does not transfer, also my app does not work anymore. How can I stop the process. I tried to uninstall or reinstall but does not work

  17. chris

    Ok well I moved my apps to SD card and reset my phone after I took the card out and I can’t put my apps back on the phone cause they are in the other folder of the SD card plz help

  18. Alexander Romanoski

    i want to take out my 8gb sd card and replace it with a a 16gb butnall my apps r on it
    how do i change cards without affecting the apps on it? anyone……?

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