Once the domain of a registry hack in Windows 8, the Windows 10 November update finally adds the native ability to save Windows Store apps to external storage as a built-in feature. Anyone who doesn’t want to take up precious internal storage space with Windows Store apps can now keep them on a thumb drive or a larger external hard drive left at home.
External app saves were supposed to roll out during the big launch of Windows 10 in July, but Microsoft decided to hold back the feature at almost the last minute.
That is the past, however, and now the new feature is available once you download and install the November update. If you haven’t received the update yet, you can install it manually by doing an in-place install with the Windows 10 media creation tool.
If you’re already rocking the November update, here’s how to save your apps to external storage.
Before you do anything, connect your external storage to your PC. Then go to Start > Settings > System > Storage. There you’ll see your connected storage drives listed. Under Save locations click the drop down menu under “New apps will save to” and select the external storage drive you want to use.
Next, click Apply and you’re done.
Note: If you are on a PC and this feature doesn’t work with an SD card, try using a USB SD card reader.
When your preferred external storage isn’t connected to your PC, Windows 10 will automatically default back to internal storage. Once you reconnect your external storage, however, the operating system reverts back to it for app saves.
Ian is an independent writer based in Israel who has never met a tech subject he didn't like. He primarily covers Windows, PC and gaming hardware, video and music streaming services, social networks, and browsers. When he's not covering the news he's working on how-to tips for PC users, or tuning his eGPU setup.