MoveIt, The Simple Media File Manager
MoveIt is a simple file manager application designed to help users move pictures, video and sound to and from a microSD card. The application includes easy to use buttons, a built-in media scanner and junk cleaner so as to help keep our devices running smoothly and free up more space. The developers have designed an automatic file moving process, whereby the app can detect if new media is copied into a folder in internal memory and automatically move it to a folder on the microSD card, or vice-versa.
The development team of MoveIt are proactive and respond to messages about the application, as well as incorporate bug fixes and similar. The application is designed as a simple means of moving media from one part to another without the complexity of a full blown file manager.
Why would you want to use MoveIt? Why not a full blown file manager? For the same reason why you wouldn’t drive to another room in your house! Some Android users do not care so much as to how the device works, only that it does work. For these customers, installing a microSD card can be confusing. This is because installing that inexpensive 32 GB microSD card does not automatically add 32 GB of storage to the device, but instead individual applications must be told to use the memory card. Even then, some applications do not always cooperate with a memory card, such as the social media app Pinterest here. Pinterest will only download applications to internal storage and not to a microSD card. Over time, an avid Pinterest user can easily use a lot of precious internal space through downloading images from the application. It’s here where MoveIt can be useful as it offers an easy to understand interface and way to move pictures from internal storage onto the microSD card. Let’s take a look.
The first time you launch MoveIt, the app showcases what it can do before moving to the home page. You also need to set permissions to use the microSD card before first use, too. The home page view shows a simple device status with five main options, these including the option to move media to the microSD card and to internal storage. There’s the option to clean the phone to remove junk files, to set up an Auto Transfer rule and finally to rescan the media present on the device.
Moving into the Internal Storage wizard, here the app displays a list of discovered media located in your device’s internal storage ready to be moved to the SD card. Here, you can select one or more media files, pick a destination and have MoveIt relocate the files quickly and easily. The SD card wizard works in the opposite way but locates media on your microSD card to transfer into internal storage.
Unfortunately, during my testing the application was updated a couple of times and the latest update stopped the ability to move media to and from the microSD card on my Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, although it worked fine on the Wileyfox Swift 2. I’ve reached out to MoveIt’s developers to see if there’s a fix.
MoveIt’s inclusion of a junk cleaner is an interesting move. In 2017, there are many junk cleaner applications available on the market with varying abilities at removing surplus files from your Android device. The MoveIt junk cleaner can clean the device cache, remove old APK and temporary files, remove thumbnail files, and delete empty folders. By removing the number of files and directories on the device, this can keep system performance up. In my testing, I found MoveIt’s junk cleaning option to be as effective as full blown junk cleaning applications.
The Auto Transfer option comes with the warning that this is a new feature and it may not work. The idea is superb: the app will monitor a folder in internal storage (or external storage) and can relocate media copied into this folder, to another. In the example of our Pinterest user, this facility could be perfect as a means of constantly moving downloaded image files from the device to the microSD card. Unfortunately, in execution the facility isn’t working on either test device using version 0207r of the application. The application currently only supports one rule to move media and once a rule has been established, you cannot change it without removing it. This handy feature is worth waiting for, or contacting the developers to provide your encouragement.
There were another couple of issues with MoveIt during testing. One is that the application does not support rotation. It will only operate in portrait mode, which means on a tablet it’s not always the easiest of applications to use. It also only supports portrait mode the “right way up” as determined by the device, whereas sometimes on a tablet you might want to use it upside down – for example, when writing an article and wanting to put the tablet on charge. Also, MoveIt also doesn’t support Android Nougat’s split screen functionality.
Overall, MoveIt could provide an easier way to keep your internal storage relatively clean without using a full blown file manager, which will have many more unnecessary options. The Auto Transfer option is a great idea but it isn’t working yet, but hopefully in time these issues will be resolved. We reached out to MoveIt’s development team and we’ll be bringing you the interview soon! Meanwhile, you can check out the app by clicking on the link below: