When Microsoft released Windows 10 back on July 29th, an omitted feature was the ability to install apps to a MicroSD card, like you can on Windows Phone. Not having this ability out of the box was disappointing for owners of a Surface or other devices with low capacity SSD drives. One of the incentives of these devices is the ability to install an SD card to increase storage space.
Now with the recent release of the November update, version 1151 or Build 10586, that feature is available. Here’s how to find it and set it up.
Change Default App Install Location to an SD Card
To set this up, head to Settings > System > Storage. There you’ll see a list of your connected drives, including an installed SD card.
You can see what’s taking up space on each one by double clicking a drive.
While that’s a handy feature unto itself, here we want to set apps to save to the SD card. Under the Save locations section, change the New apps will save to menu to your SD card and then click Apply.
Depending on your local storage situation, you might also want to change the save locations for new docs, music, videos and photos, too.
This feature isn’t just for Microsoft Surface owners either, anyone running Windows 10 with the November update can set this up and choose options like a flash drive or external drive of any kind. For example, I installed a 256 GB SSD on my main production desktop and use this to install apps to a Western Digital external 2 TB USB 3.0 drive that’s always connected.
How about you? Are you excited that this feature is finally ready to roll? Leave a comment below and let us know. Also, if you’re having a problem with this or any other Windows 10 feature, head over to our free Windows 10 Forums.