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Feature Request for Android App: Store Data on external memory (SD Card)


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Dan Africk · · Brooklyn, New York · Joined May 2014 · Points: 275

That pretty much sums it up. Downloaded areas can take up a lot of memory, especially if we download photos. Currently this is all stored on internal memory. For some of us especially with older phones, we have very limited internal memory, and being able to store all the data or at least photos on external memory means the difference from being able to download photos or not, or even being able to install the app or not. 

Most Android phones have an SD card slot, and the ones that don't tend to be newer and have more internal memory anyway. Since not all dirtbag climbers can afford the latest shiny phones, please please help out those of us with limited memory and add a toggle switch under settings to let us store data on external memory! Many other apps have this feature, or even automatically use external memory by default.

Also a related but separate feature: Allow moving the app itself to external memory. Android makes it simple to move the entire app to external memory, but only if the app developer chooses to allow this by marking the app as movable. It may not run quite as fast and efficient, but in my experience most apps run fine on external memory, and again for those of us that are running out of memory and need to delete apps every week just to keep up with increasingly bloated app updates, it may mean we will be forced to delete the app otherwise. (especially as other climbing apps become more useful and newer versions of MP become increasingly tedious to use.. )

R Craig · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

Thanks to Dan for suggesting this.  Hikers, climbers, etc shouldn't have to limit their challenges for fear of smashing or dunking an expensive phone.  Sometimes I'll store data for a lot of hikes on a long trip and being able to store them on an big sd card would be a big advantage.  Please ask your programmers to work their magic.

Mike · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2013 · Points: 30

Well my app is already on my SD card.... Sure there's no setting in the app that just says put it on a card but going through your phones storage options there's probably a way ( that's what I did)

R Craig · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 0

Mike13, thanks for helping with this.  Maybe it depends on the phone.  Mine doesn't allow moving the app to the sd card, even though it does allow moving some other apps.  And it doesn't offer an option for saving data on the sd card.

Dan Africk · · Brooklyn, New York · Joined May 2014 · Points: 275
Mike13 wrote:

Well my app is already on my SD card.... Sure there's no setting in the app that just says put it on a card but going through your phones storage options there's probably a way ( that's what I did)

No there isn't a setting unless the developers enable it. See the two screenshots below from the 'storage' section of the application settings for two different apps, Mountain Project and Facebook Messenger lite (Settings\Applications\Application manager\[app name]\Storage). On the FB Messanger app, and many if not most other apps, I can just click 'change' and choose to move the app to external storage. Note the missing 'Stored in' section on the MP app:

PS- I had to re-write this entire post because when I was writing it within the app and then switched tasks to look at the screenshots, it deleted everything I wrote.. yet another annoyance with the app..

Cory Brooks · · Fresno, CA · Joined Feb 2015 · Points: 1,397

++1 for bing able to move the app/data to SD card. I have a cheapo phone, and I cant use the app anymore because of the amount of starorage it takes up

Jeff Carter · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2013 · Points: 0

Same issue with the maps taking up space in my internal memory.  I too wish they could be stored on the SD Card.

R. Moran · · Moab , UT · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 140

Add me to the List. I want to move it move it!

cdurf · · Mpls, MN & Sao Paulo, Brazil · Joined Jun 2006 · Points: 50

I would also like this.

A few years ago I tried transferring it to the SD card and when I looked at my files and pictures the did not move them they got copied and I had to remove the program.

Jeff N · · Broomfield, CO · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 40

Same issue here.  It is very annoying that this app won't save to my SD card!

Greg DiSario · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2017 · Points: 0

Please change this! I like this app but Mountain Project takes up all the room on my internal memory!

Yannick Gingras · · On the road, mostly Southwest · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 22

Saving to the SD card would be awesome!  I have an older phone without much internal storage, but for most apps that's not a problem since I can save to the SD card.  Hopefully Mountain Project will enable this and I won't have to delete area guides as I move from state to state during road trips anymore.

Thomas Gilmore · · Golden, CO · Joined Feb 2014 · Points: 95

+1 great suggestion 

Tim Stich · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Jan 2001 · Points: 1,476

We like to move it, move it.
You let us move it, move it.
We want to move it, move it.

R. Moran · · Moab , UT · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 140

Wow what an incredible idea! Man wouldn't that be the cat's pajamas! 

Nate Doyle · · Sierra Foothills · Joined Feb 2016 · Points: 39

Great idea! MP is the #1 app when filtering by size.

Dan Africk · · Brooklyn, New York · Joined May 2014 · Points: 275

Seriously developers, it's been a year and no response about this? I don't know much about app development, but if I'm not mistaken this doesn't involve much more than changing a permission setting..

I'm at the point where my phone is thoroughly crippled due to lack of memory, and very soon I will have to either delete the MP app or buy a new phone. And I'm probably going to hold off on the new phone for a while... I actually paid for this app in the brief period after it was free and before REI took it over and made it free again, so it kind of sucks to be disregarded by the developers, and to have to delete if for (apparently) no good reason..

mountainhick · · Black Hawk, CO · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 120

Indeed, WTF! This is ludicrous. The old version of the app allowed SD card storage. What's the problem?

R. Moran · · Moab , UT · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 140

O Man I hope they do this and release it on Dec 24th @ midnight. Gonna be like Christmas! 

R. Moran · · Moab , UT · Joined Mar 2009 · Points: 140

Dear Santa,

Could you also do it for the other "project APPS"? I have a dirty secret and actually mountain bike project takes up the most space on my phone! Or perhaps you could allow me to download areas and not entire states? I promise I'll be good next year!

Thanks
Ryan

Dan Africk · · Brooklyn, New York · Joined May 2014 · Points: 275

So I recently deleted all downloaded areas in Mountain Project, but kept the app. I wouldn't exactly call this a workaround, since I no longer have access to the data offline, or without using data from my plan, but it did free up a couple hundred megabytes while still allowing functionality as long as I have service. I was surprised how much data was being taken up, considering I had already deleted all areas except New York. I freed up more room on my phone than I've had in years.. It goes to show how much impact this has. Perhaps developers will eventually read this thread..

In the meantime, for others in my position, I suggest doing the same if you need the space. Of course now I will use the app even less than before..

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