How To Move Apps To Another Drive, SD Card or USB In Windows 10


In this guide, we will see move an app installed from Store to another drive, SD card or USB drive on a PC.

As you likely know, with default settings, when you install an app from the Store, the app is installed in the system drive (drive where 10 is installed). By default, Store apps are stored under Users\YourUserName \AppData\Local\Packages directory.

Move apps installed from Store to another drive, SD card or USB drive in Windows 10

If the drive where your Windows 10 is installed is running out of space or is low on disk space you can then consider apps installed from Windows Store to another drive, USB drive or SD card to free up some space. Windows 10 officially allows this so you can move around apps without any issues.

Given that Windows 10 allows changing the default install location of Store apps as well, this feature makes it possible to have all apps on a drive other than the system drive.

However this method is only eligible for the apps downloaded and installed from the Windows Store but can’t be used to move default apps like Photos, Music, and Edge that are part of the operating system. Also, this method doesn’t support moving traditional desktop programs like Microsoft Office and .

Steps to move Store apps in Windows 10

Step 1: If you want to move apps to a USB or a SD, connect it to your PC and make sure that it is appearing in This PC.

Step 2: Open Settings app by opening it from the Start menu or pressing Windows logo + I.


Step 3: Now click on System.


Step 4: Click on Apps and features to view all of the installed apps on the PC.

Step 5: Click on the app you want to move and it will display the Move and Uninstall buttons.


NOTE: You can’t move traditional desktop programs using this method. Also this method doesn’t support moving apps that are part of Windows 10. For instance, you can’t move default apps like 3D Builder, Alarms & Clock, App connector, Calculator, Camera, Films & TV, Groove Music, Maps, Mail, Money, News, OneNote, People, Phone Companion, Photos, and Store apps.

Step 6: Click Move button and then select the drive where you want to move the app to. Now click Move, you will see moving text when the app is being moved.


If you ever want to move back the app to its original drive, click on the app again, click Move, select the system drive and then click Move button.



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