Picture of How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)
        Have you ever ran low on memory space on your android and had to delete some apps? With a computer and a micro SD card you don't have to worry about running out of space on your phone any more! You don't even need to root your phone! After this, your phone will automatically install apps to your external memory.

note - this works on both Windows and Mac OS

Items needed
  1. Android Phone (duh)
  2. a micro usb cable
  3. a computer
Warning for galaxy users!
    This method of moving your apps to sd card is known for not working with the Galaxy series, you if own a galaxy/ are getting a galaxy and is thinking of moving your apps to an external storage, i recommend rooting your device, enabling further access to files and such. Here's a link to guide you to rooting your galaxy, http://www.androidcentral.com/root. Good Luck!

Step 1: Getting Ready to Change Installation Location

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1. Get the Google Android SDK
     - Unzip the file and place the folder onto your desktop or anywhere that can be easily accessed.
     - find the platform tools folder (default, it should be : adt-bundle/sdk)

2. Find cmd/terminal (for mac)
     - (for mac users) go to [System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services]
        and then check the box [New Terminal At Folder]

3. Go onto your Android phone and select USB debugging
     - Go to [System settings > Developer Options] and select USB Debugging (if the option is grayed out, unplug your phone first)

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JamalR14 days ago


Heyy Guys..

i'm doing it from the last year.

i help many people by this process...!!!

1: download your cell phones driver or sync manager...

2: enable usb debugging (settings application Developer option and enable USB Debugging)..

3: now connect your phone to PC via cable

4: type abd devices for connected devices..

5: type adb shell pm set-install-location 2

6: disconnect your Phone after 1 minute

7: disable USB Debugging

8: Power Off your Phone (NOT RESTART)

9: open apllication and open any app the movet to SD Card option will show

10: Enjoy Yourself !! :) :D


MattH197 days ago

Pardon my french but this method is BULLSHIT. Forgive me for my frustration but I just want to install a simple 17mb app called WhatsApp for communication with the other mods of this subreddit I am admin of. I have 580mb free on my internal storage and 30GB FREE ON MY EXTERNAL STORAGE. I'm sorry but how is it I can't install something SO SMALL and still get Insufficient Storage available. This puts a very bad taste for Android in my mouth if I can't even get debugging and developer methods to work in order to install apps on my phone. Can I please get help?

JyoR MattH193 days ago


HackingT13 days ago

Hey, you may check this Android SD card manager, which can help u manage apps, music, photos, videos and many others.


HackingT13 days ago

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suchna18 days ago
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suchna18 days ago
do i need to do get-install-location 0 after having moved apps to sd card, because ispite of space available it says insufficient space for auto updates
sas526 days ago

i have done all this but its not working. I have 9 GB of space free in sd card but it is saying that space is not available. also i cant transfer apps to sd card. I am using HTC 310 with jelly bin

sas526 days ago
FilipK44 months ago

When i type in "adb shell pm set-install-location 2" to the .cmd it says error: device not found

any help?

First enable USB debugging from Developer settings on your device and proceed.

Mrs.E1 month ago

Followed instructions to the letter, got the 2 [external] prompt as stated, no luck. Restarted my phone as someone in comments suggested, but it did nothing. My apps still try to download to my internal storage (in which there is no room, so I don't even have the option to move them later). I have an LG D500. Any other suggestions? I ended up having to force stops and remove a couple of installed apps to get the 3.5mb app downloaded, though I have over 7.5gigs left on my sd card...

ChristoV22 months ago

How can I set the default download location for my apps, because I think my apps try to download to my internal storage, but it stores on my sd card. The problem is I only have 180mb free space on my internal space, which isn't enough to say download hearthstone for example, which is 500 mb

I have also tried a lot of things to install hearthstone on my SD card. The issue is that on android 4.4.2 and up you need permission to access your SD card. In conclusion unless you root your device you will not be able to make use of this method. However if you do decide to do that you still need to make one more change to one of your files. There is an easy-to-use app that does that file edit in an instant (NextApp SDFix) or you could do it yourself as described here.

What i just mentioned before will make it so that you will be able to install any app directly to your SD card but not heathstone or other games with large OBB files.I found a relatively easy to follow guide here that worked for everybody but me.

The method presented there will also help you with other games using that Folder Mount app. You will be able to keep the OBBs on your SD card and free up lots of space as those files represent the bulk of the game in most cases.

If you decide you want to root your device and you are new to all this I recommend using King Root. It is an easy one touch root solution.

DISCLAIMER: Just in case you don't know you should understand that rooting your device voids your warranty and you do everything at your own risk.

I hope you find this useful, and as a word of advice you should know that the android version of hearthstone is buggy as hell, for me it was more of a project to see if i could find a method to do it.

vashishvip1 month ago

And don't forget to restart your phone.

ShubhamG61 month ago

Nice Guide :) I have a quick and easy way to increase internal space by 200% !!

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Just follow this link :-

ShubhamG61 month ago
AlexisC55 months ago

i couldnt even find the platform tools folder.. this is probably the most vague set of directions ever.

JonoM1 AlexisC52 months ago

in the newest version of andoid studio platform tools can be found in


hope this helps some people

SA9 JonoM11 month ago

not found !!!

in my newest version of andoid studio that is C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Local\Android\Android-sdk/platforms


nacard AlexisC52 months ago
If you installed your sdk properly then it should appear on your path user/appdata/local/android/androidsdkplatform... dont forget to change your folder option to see hidden files. :)
hbsaul AlexisC52 months ago

This is so true. As to where to find the find the platform tools folder, you have to make sure you have the right sdk. To launch the platform:

In Android Studio, click SDK Manager
in the toolbar.

SA91 month ago

I have same problem :( ..... "the platform tools folder doesnt exist! just platforms folder and tools folder... the command window didnt found the adb devices"

and this:"In Android Studio, click SDK Manager

in the toolbar" doesnt work -_-

PiercingB3 months ago

Guyz If any one knows what to do please help me out here. Here's the thing:

Like every one I tried every thing as it was meant to be. Every thing works fine but in the end of the day I still get the error "insufficient space". Though I tried to re- my location process as some one mentioned earlier and also I rebooted my phone after getting the 2[External] result. My phone is not some very known phone but I know that it can work well and I have a 8Gb ext. card which still kinda is empty. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

nacard PiercingB2 months ago
I having the same problem but i found out that, installing torrent or any downloaded apps from torrent sites won't work easily. It only works on direct download from google play. Im still trying to solve it on my own. :)
DhruvMC2 months ago

There is quite less chance for this to work if your phone has a Sunxi(C) chip..

ThomasO32 months ago

the plataform tools folder doesnt exist... just plataform folder and tools folder... the comand window didnt found the adb devices... this tutorial sucks

I'm using xperia m dual, i get the error

[FXN.ASD]Error: App2Sd is not supported in this device. Drop change request.

help please :) thanks!

I think it doesnt work for xperia m dual... because it doesnt have the basice option of move to sd card...so you have to go for other options.....but not this one

SrikrishnaA3 months ago

how to get google android sdk?

In Android Studio, click SDK Manager
in the toolbar.

hbsaul2 months ago

I have not been able to finish the tutorial but I think the person that wrote it is very lazy or care less for newbies. That being said, I thank him/her for the tuts and appreciate the effort. I will drop few words when I find the time to try things out..

rastifariang3 months ago

Forgot to say thanks for the help!!

rastifariang3 months ago

O.K here is what I did , I followed the directions , then did what Daviidazo suggested, restarted my phone, then uninstalled all my apps, There weren't many, I buy cheap because I destroy phones, HTC desire 510 . Then started installing apps. I already have twice as many apps downloaded. I wish I took a before and after screen shot.

Davidr563 months ago

what file u want me to unzip and how did u unzip Google Android SDK

Davidr563 months ago
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