Free Up Disk Space by Moving Windows Apps to External Media

Akshata Shanbhag 26-11-2015

The Windows 10 Fall Update has brought several improvements, such as the ability to add more tiles to the Start screen How to Add Even More Tiles to the Windows 10 Start Menu The default Start Menu in Windows 10 is a bit cramped, but this new tweak let's you add more tiles per column. Read More . It turns out that you can now also install Windows 10 apps to removable storage media, like SD cards.


Head to Settings > System > Storage. There, in the Save Locations section, choose your SD Card from the New apps will save to: dropdown. This change ensures that apps will get stored on your SD Card going forward.

You can also move existing apps to removable storage, but it has to be manually. Under the Storage section (right above Save Locations), click on your system drive, which will most likely be shown as This PC.


On the next screen, click on Apps and games. In the app list that shows up, click on any app that you want to move to the external storage drive. Next, click on Move, if that option is available. It might not be for certain apps. Repeat this for every app you want to move. That’s it!


Do note that this method only works on certain apps (namely, universal apps and Modern apps). You can’t change the installation location for desktop apps with this method.

What do you think of this new feature? Do you already store other content to removable storage media How To Increase Storage Space On Windows 8.1 Devices With SD Cards Windows 8.1 devices, even the tablets, are full PCs and often support SD cards. They are great for storing libraries, downloads, and SkyDrive files externally. We'll show you how to best use the extra storage. Read More ? Tell us in the comments.

Image Credit: Inserting SD card by RomboStudio via Shutterstock

Related topics: Storage, Windows 10.

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  1. jim.vandamme
    November 28, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Well, Android can work this way too, and I've put apps on my cheap tablet's SD card. But on a PC, this doesn't seem like a good idea. Apps don't take up much room, data does. So put your data on your SD card. I'm only using 11 GB on the partition I'm using right now (well, that's Linux Mint, but Windows is only twice as bloated). All my data is on a /home partition which I share among OSes. Putting more data on a card makes it easier to back up somewhere. If I put apps on it, I couldn't use them anywhere else.

  2. Jan H
    November 27, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    The choice to save to SD for Apps is grayed out for me but I am able to change pictures, music, and video to save to the SD. Any ideas why?

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      November 27, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Jan, the SD Card option will appear grayed out if you haven’t upgraded to Version 1511 that was released this month. The upgrade is being rolled out slowly, so it might not be available for you yet. Or have you already upgraded?