You won't be able to install apps on microSD cards on Windows Phone 8

You won't be able to install apps on microSD cards on Windows Phone 8
If you’re following the Windows Phone 8 news stream, you already know that the new version of Microsoft’s platform will finally introduce microSD card support for expandable storage. Last week, on the slides it showed, Microsoft clearly said that you can use the cards to store your photos, videos and music, and for “installing apps.”

Turns out, the latter is not what you think it is. Quite the opposite, you can’t actually install applications from the Marketplace directly on your microSD card. What Microsoft means here is something completely different - you can use the microSD card to install application ON the phone’s internal memory FROM the card, not the other way around.

The benefit that comes with this is that if you’re a developer you can physically distribute your application without going to the Marketplace, and bypassing that might be an interesting solution for some corporations. This will also eliminate the sometimes lengthy app review process.

So if you want to have a couple of those graphically intensive games that often weight in the vicinity of a couple of hundred megabytes to a gigabyte or so, you’d have to rely only on your internal storage. That means that 8 gigs should really be the minimum for you, and if you’re a gamer that would hardly be enough, and we’d recommend getting a phone with even more.

source: CNET



1. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

wait, I'm confused. Sideloading?

2. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Thats what I got out of the article.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It's not side-loading, it's backwards-loading: a backwards process for a backwards OS.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012



Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

R E S T R I C T I O N S !

32. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

Can I do this? No. Can't do that. How about this? No. We can't allow it. This? Nope. How about this? Uh-huh, no. Screw that, I'm gone for good to the other side of the fence.

33. CharlieAtInfinity

Posts: 253; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

That's Why the latest Symbian is still way ahead of current Windows Phones!! At least i get my USB storage and i can install whatever i want and where i want... also i can send files through Bluetooth also there is a file-manager :)

35. steelicon

Posts: 318; Member since: Apr 02, 2011

And they killed Symbian, MeeGo and Meltemi for THIS? For THIS? This piece of s**t with Live Tile sprinkles that are glorified sub widgets that don't really function quite well? No thanks. Not buying. Moving along.

3. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

I took my arrive apart found the sd card and changed it to 32g last wk. I dont need apps like that but they seem to be going on the sd card with no prob

4. 09wbd03516

Posts: 140; Member since: May 30, 2012


19. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

rofl. Is that the biggest word you've ever used? Too bad it has nothing to do with the article.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I've course it does. No WP8 upgrade... like Phone arena said 101 reasons; of disadvantages!

27. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

lol. no. have you even read about wp8 upgrade? no? thought so! you should leave. you're not very knowledgeable about the os.

5. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Come on.. really is it that hard to figure out... It's for business and enterprise applications that are sensitive or expensive. That they don't want in the Marketplace at all.. and will have a small captured device use. They are FINALLY replacing WindowsCE applications and enterprise hardware.

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012


7. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I didn't know people had more than 8 gigs of games on their phones. That should be more than enough for most customers. The majority of memory needed is generally for photos, videos, and music. Will 64GB cards work?

26. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yes it is for now but u would have heard wp8 will support DirectX features now wht u think are the games gona be still in stoneage for moblies

9. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Still criticize the Symbian! Almost since that Symbian exists we can install applications on expandable memory. Today still there are operate systems that don't allow this option, like Windows Phone and Ios. Only could be the systems of the mobsters!

18. rnk.khch

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 30, 2012

That's very true!! every time I install an app on my Symbian phones, I get the option of phone memory, mass memory, or memory card. That's why Symbian has always been the best, is the best, and will be the best!! android and ios are mere children's toys. But, I really hope that Windows Phone 8 will eventually improve to become as capable as Symbian!

10. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Hello, if i cant install apps in my sd card then for what heck i should buy this phone??

15. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

t(-__- t )

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

and you think smartphones dont have typical 8/16/32/64gb of built in memory? well said.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

True agree.... Android u can.

28. Jillsandwich

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

can android be fast? nope!

30. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

The name says it all!!!!

11. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

So, if you have 16 GB of storage on your phone, and put in a 32 GB memory card, you can store 32 GB worth of movies, music, videos, and pictures, and 16GB of apps. Which is ...... Bad? Somehow? It is strange, I will spot you that. But 16GB even for heavy gamers is plenty, isn't it? I am not offended by this. It isn't something that will detract from the experience. If you change devices, you can redownload your apps anyways. And your personal photos and such come with you on your memory card.

31. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Nope...I have a 64 gb 4th gen ipod touch with only 5 gb of space left. I need more!!!

12. Life_Engineer

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Seriously guys you are pathetic! Who needs to install apps on SDcards?!?! I never did that and never will! It's completely against logic and stability of the phone experience! Suppose that your SD got dead in the middle of the day what would you do?! Always use SD for data/photos/storage/media etc... (BTW i'm an android fan!)

13. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

I think that is fine. apps installed on SD card can run slow, storage is for data only.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Well there is SD speed which should be class 10, which is very fast...

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