[No Reinstalling]How to Move Apps to External Storage on Windows 11

How to move apps to external storage on Windows 11 when the internal drive almost full for freeing up space? Here is a detailed guidance that move installed program to another drive without reinstalling.


By Dervish / Updated on December 26, 2023

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Help! Can I move apps to external storage on Windows 11?

After Microsoft released Windows 11, many Windows users have upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Due to upgrading takes up a lot of C drive space, you may receive a low disk space warning.

"The internal drive is almost full, but uninstall apps will let you loss data". This problem may bother you all the time. Is there any way to move apps to free up internal hard drive space? Yes, it is. To do this, you will need a trusted data migration software. Usually, move apps to external storage can offer several advantages and serve various purposes. Here are some reasons why you might consider:

Free Up Space on Internal Drive: If your computer's internal storage is running low on space, moving apps to an external storage device can help alleviate this issue and free up space on Windows 11.
Portability and Convenience: Apps stored on an external storage device can be easily carried and used on different computers. This can be particularly useful if you frequently switch between multiple computers, or if you want to use your apps on a friend's or colleague's computer.
✦ Backup and Redundancy: Storing apps on an external drive can act as a form of backup. In the event of a system failure or data corruption, your apps and associated data are safely stored on the external drive.
✦ Privacy and Security: Storing sensitive or private apps on an external drive can enhance security, especially if you disconnect the drive when not in use, preventing unauthorized access.

If you are looking for a way about how to move apps to external storage on Windows 11, please read the following content about more useful information.

External Hard Drive

How to move apps from internal storage to external storage without reinstalling

There is a market-leading data migration software named AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, which can move installed programs or folders from one drive to another without reinstalling. It has these highlights:

Provide friendly interface, you can use it with a few clicks.
Guarantee 100% data security, the moved apps can work well on the new drive.
Compatible with Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP. 
Feature-rich, it also can clone all data from internal to external storage, including Windows OS. Or, there are more advanced features you can try, such as allocate free space, wipe hard drive, delete large files, etc.

Now, please download it to see how to move apps to external storage on Windows 11 step by step.

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 Step 1. Click “Free up” on the top panel, then select “App Mover”.

Click App Mover

Step 2. Here, click “App Mover” to move applications. Or, you can also move folders to a different drive if you need.

Two Options

Step 3. Then, select the drive where the applications you want to move located and click "Next".

Select Partition

Step 4. Choose apps and select the destination drive, then click "Move".

Move Installed Adobe

Step 5. Finally, click "OK" to begin the process.

Click Installed

How to move apps from internal to external storage by Settings

You can also move apps to external storage via Windows Settings, but this method only works for apps installed from the Microsoft Store. Otherwise, the "Move" option will be grayed out

Step 1. Open "Settings" from the Start menu.

Step 2. Go to "Apps" and then "Apps & features."

App and Feature

Step 3. Select the app you want to move and click on "Move."

Click Move

Step 4. Choose the external storage device as the new installation location.

Select USB

Sum up

This is what we do about how to move apps to external storage on Windows 11, 10, 8, and 7. Although this article provides two ways to move apps to external hard drive, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a better choice for most users. Last but not least, you should turn to Server Edition if you need to move apps on Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, and 2003.

FAQs about move apps to external storage

Here are some frequently asked questions about how to move apps to external storage on Windows 11 you can refer to:

Q: Can I move all apps to external storage?

A: Not all apps can be moved to external storage. Apps that are closely integrated with the Windows system or require specific registry entries might not be movable. Simple apps and ones designed with portability in mind are more likely to be moved successfully.

Q: Will moving apps affect their performance?

A: Moving apps to an external storage device, especially an SSD, can improve performance for resource-intensive apps. However, accessing apps from a slower external HDD might lead to slightly slower performance compared to running them from an internal SSD.

Q: Can I revert the move and bring apps back to the internal drive?

A: Yes, you can typically restore moved apps to the internal drive by following similar steps as the initial move. However, it's recommended to check the app's documentation or support resources to ensure a smooth transition.

Q: What happens if I disconnect the external storage device?

A: If you disconnect the external storage device, you won't be able to use the moved apps until you reconnect the device. Windows will show the apps as unavailable.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.