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How to move apps to Huawei SD

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How to move apps to Huawei SD: Enthusiastic about its really attractive retail price, you bought a smartphone Huawei. You feel great there, but every day you are forced to deal with the little memory of the device, which makes you “suffer” every time you have to install a new app from the Play Store (due to the warnings relating to the lack of space that appear on the screen with each download).

To remedy the situation, you had thought of transferring some applications from the phone memory to the microSD, but by accessing the Android settings and selecting the name of an app, you will not find any button that allows you to do this. Does this mean that you have to give up your resolutions and resign yourself to the idea of ​​having a phone with a full memory? Absolutely not.

Even if some Huawei devices block by default the possibility of transferring apps from internal memory to SD, it is possible to set them so as to make them save the app data on the external memory (often it is this data that takes up more space), or, if you are willing to tinker a little, it is possible to install applications that, using root permissions, allow you to force the passage of apps on the SD. Would you like to know what these settings and apps are? So don’t waste any more time: read on and find out how to move apps to huawei sd thanks to the information you find below.

Standard procedure for moving apps to Huawei SD

As mentioned above, many Huawei terminals do not allow you to move applications to SD using the standard Android procedure (the one which consists of going to the menu Settings> Apps phone, select an application and press the button Move to SD), however they allow you to set the microSD as the main memory unit: this means that the photos, videos and data of some applications, instead of being saved on the internal memory of the device, are saved on the external card, thus leading to a decent saving of space.

To set the microSD as your smartphone’s main storage unit, open the menu Settings of Android and go up Advanced Settings> Memory and Storage, then tap on the item Default position, put the check mark next to the item related to SD card and presses the button OK twice in succession to save the changes. The phone will restart.

How to move apps to Huawei SD

If you want to avoid problems, before setting the microSD as the main storage unit of your smartphone, please format the card. If you don’t know how to do it, go to the menu Settings of Android, select the items Advanced settings And Memory and storage from the latter and choose the name of the SD card. Then tap the buttons Format And Erase and format And that’s it.

Huawei SD Formatting

As can be easily understood, formatting the card involves deleting all the data on it. Before proceeding remember to save any files you still need.

Note: to illustrate the above procedure I used a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0 and EMUI 4.1.1, in any case the steps to be taken are also similar on other Huawei smartphone models and other versions of Android / EMUI.

Move apps to Huawei SD completely

How to move apps to Huawei SD

By setting the microSD as the main drive of your Huawei smartphone, you can save some space occupied by photos, videos and other data, but the apps will always remain on the internal memory of the device. To bypass this limit e move apps to Huawei SD, you have to unlock the device and use apps that can force this process.

Going into more detail, what you need to do is get the root permissions on Android and install App2SD: an application that allows you to transfer apps to SD using the symbolic links. If you have never heard of it, with the symbolic link technique, the SD card is divided into two partitions (one formatted with the FAT file system and one with the EXT2 / EXT3 / EXT4 file system, which is automatically mounted at every boot of Android), after which the apk files, dex files, lib files and all other application data are moved to the second partition of the microSD leaving only symbolic links in the source folders (therefore on the smartphone’s internal memory). In this way, the system finds the file and folder structure it would expect, but in reality much of the app data is moved to the microSD.

So far all clear? Well, then I would say to put aside the chatter and see in more detail how to act: let’s start with the preliminary operations that must be performed before installing App2SD and transferring the apps to microSD.

Create a backup

Android Backup

Moving apps to the SD card does not lead to the deletion of any files, but rooting on Android (or rather, unlocking the bootloader, which is necessary for rooting) yes, so before you get to work, proceed to perform an Android backup both locally and on the cloud by following the instructions you find in my tutorial about it.


Root Huawei

In order to use App2SD and move apps to SD, you must unlock your smartphone using the procedure of root. If you have never heard of it, the root procedure allows you to obtain administrative permissions on Android and therefore bypass the basic restrictions of the operating system. This means that it is possible to use apps that have a profound effect on system settings, such as the positioning of the app files.

To be able to root a Huawei smartphone, you must first unlock the bootloader (the software that starts when the phone is turned on and contains all the instructions on how to start the operating system) and install a customized version of the Recovery (a software that acts outside of Android and allows you to perform various operations, including the installation of files related to the root). This is not anything particularly complex, but the first procedure void the warranty smartphone and takes you to the deletion of all data present on the latter. In short, think carefully before moving on!

If you are really convinced to root and unlock your device, find out how to do it by reading my tutorial on how to unlock Huawei.

Partition the microSD

Huawei SD partitions

Once you have obtained root permissions, you need to install the free version of App2SD (There is also a Pro version of the app, for a fee, which includes extra functions such as mounting folders, but you don’t need them for transferring apps to SD). Then open the Play Store, proceed with the download of the app and, when the operation is complete, divide the microSD installed in the smartphone into two partitions.

To partition the microSD with App2SD, start the app, grant it i root permissions and access to SD card and select the item Partition utility. If the application appears to be in English instead of Italian, tap on the item Settings (at the bottom of the main menu of App2SD), presses on the option Language and select theItalian from the screen that opens.

At this point, tap the button OK and use the adjustment bar placed at the top to set the size of the 1st partition and of 2nd partition to create on the board (I recommend you create a very large secondary partition, that’s where the apps will go). Then choose fat32 as the file system of the first partition, ext4 as the file system of the second partition and first presses the button Yup (located at the bottom right) to start creating partitions. Reply Yup to all other warnings they make on the screen. At the end of the procedure, the smartphone will restart.

Move apps to microSD

Once the microSD is partitioned, you are truly ready to take action. Then start App2SD, select the item Connect apps to the SD card from the main menu of the app and put the check mark next to the items ext4 And The device supports su.d / Use Magisk interface.

So press on the button OK, reply Yup And OK alerts on the screen and identifies the apps to be moved to microSD. Apps can be marked with two words: User for user-installed apps (the safest ones to move) e System for system apps (which should not be moved to avoid Android malfunctions).


Once you have identified the app to move, tap on it and you will be shown a graphic with the amount of space it occupies on the internal memory of the device (red portion) and on the SD (green portion). To start moving the app files on the microSD, scroll the screen up and down, press the button Colleague and answer OK notice that appears on the screen. Next, put the check mark next to the item Select all, press the button OK and wait for the data transfer to complete.

At the end of the transfer, you will be shown again the graph with the space occupied by the app on the internal memory and on the SD (and at this point there should be more files on the external card than those on the internal memory). Later, you will be able to view all the data of the apps installed on the microSD (or rather, on the secondary partition of the microSD) using a file manager such as Total Commander and accessing the path / data / sdext2 /.


Mission accomplished! Now you can normally use the apps you have transferred to the microSD by calling them from the home screen of your smartphone. You shouldn’t notice any differences from running from internal memory, as long as you have purchased a good quality, or rather, good performance microSD. If you don’t know how to evaluate the performance of a microSD, check out my buying guide dedicated to microSD.

If you want, you can also transfer multiple apps to SD at the same time. All you have to do is go to the menu Connect apps to the SD card App2SD, press the button ⋮ located at the top right and choose the item Multiple selection from the menu that appears. The rest of the steps are the same as described above for moving a single app.

Note: some apps don’t work if their data or lib files are linked on a 64-bit device. If after moving the apps you notice malfunctions by the latter, try uninstalling and reinstalling them on the internal memory of the device: it means that they cannot work properly if they are moved to the microSD.

Another thing: if after moving the apps to SD they disappear or persistent requests appear regarding restarting the phone, try to perform the initial procedure again for connecting the apps to the SD card and select the Advanced method instead of the option The device supports su.d / Use Magisk interface.