Galaxy Ace not using SD Card for memory...

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I have the Samsung Galaxy Ace and it's tech specs page from the manuf. says "Internal memory: ~100mb + 4Gb on SD Card" but the phone refuses to use sd card for anything. Why am I stuck with only 180mb?
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What do you mean "the phone refuses to use SD card"? Can you put the micro SD card in your phone? I believe you can use up to 32GB on a micro SD.
If the card is in and phone doesn't read it, there is something wrong with the card. Try to use a different card. (I had a defective SD card before...)
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what I mean is that if I want to use google maps, facebook, youtube or twitter I have to uninstall something because they won't all fit in the 180mb the phone comes with. Samsung's specifications page claims it will use up to a 4Gb sd card for non-external storage, but mine won't do it. It never has done it.

Even if there's some lag while the apps move from sd card to phone before launching, I don't want to have to uninstall / reinstall every time I want to use an app.
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The Ace can handle up to a 32 GB microSD card and internal storage is restricted to between 100 and 150 MB. To eliminate lag, you may want to purchase a class 6 or higher microSD card. I was using a class 6, 16 GB Lexar microSD card.
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By default, the SD card really only acts as storage media for the Ace's camera. You can download an app that will attempt to move apps over to the SD card, but with the experiences I've had with the Ace, the best option was to root the device.

I don't have my Ace at the moment, so I'm going strictly by memory here, but you can go to Settings > Applications manager - go to the All applications tab and tap on any of the applications to see if it shows an option to Move to SD card.

System apps will be grayed out and cannot be moved. The other option is to download an app called App2SD. It works ok, but not what I had expected, it will scan your device and let you know what apps can or cannot be moved, so it might be worth taking a look at. The app is called Android Assistant and App2SD is found under the Tools tab. (Link to app below).

https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
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App2SD won't really fix the problem. Most applications that aren't games will need to be downloaded onto the Internal Storage. The Ace's internal storage is really low so that is a major problem with the device. I recommend getting an upgrade.

The SD card can get games downloaded, songs, etc. but that's it.
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Rooting the device solved that problem.
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Unfortunately most won't download directly to the SD card - you need to download to the device then move it (if the App supports it) to the SD card.

Therefore, sadly there's no better solution that the one you're doing currently, Richard.

Next time you're up for an upgrade, I recommend you post in the Community & we'll gladly advise a devices based on your needs.
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Given the age, the many technical problems and limitations, this being one of them, and the fact that the Ace is no longer offered through Koodo, I agree that a phone upgrade is the better solution.

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