How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)

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        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, Good Luck!

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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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PiercingB7 hours 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.

Davidr565 days ago

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

Davidr565 days ago
rajbabur1 month ago

I'm unable to proceed with step 2, stuck with the command adb devices and adb shell pm set-install-location 2 with no output

maxb1 rajbabur20 days ago

it is not supposed to do anything just proceed with step 2

Had success but gave INSUFFICIENT ERROR installing or UPGRADING certain apps.

Hi, I got this message after setting the new install location in my XPeria M

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

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance.

same problem here

PriyaA23 months ago

this method doesn't work in sony xperia m dual c2005

showing app2sd is not supported to your device

KateH1 PriyaA21 month ago

i have the exact same problem. does anyone know what it means?

Type adb help. Some of the command items may have changed with the 5.xx update. If the install- commands are not listed, the command is not recognized. This previously worked with my LG G3 mini but now since the update, all commands for the terminal have changed. This command is no longer valid.

FilipK41 month ago

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

any help?

If every steps were followed and still unsuccessful, remove connection between phone and pc then restart both. Attach again both pc and phone then repeat the command prompt. It work with my lg g3, hope it will work with you also. Goodluck.

MarcT19661 month ago

So, I used the adb thingy on my own phone and worked just fine. Same on my son's phone. Well, except: apps are moved to SD with a storage of 2GB, which I am pretty sure is internal memory, even though it is called SD. The external SD of 16GB remains empty.
Actually I reset the default install-location back to 0 and then to 2 again. It confirmed it was 2, with adb shell pm get-install-location. But not really, it seems.

gluckes1 month ago

for all who failed trying this with adb, try it through a shell emulator on the device:

su (for superuser access), then pm set-install-location 2

PaulI1 gluckes1 month ago

what exactly I must write and where? to the phone or in cmd on my pc?

gluckes PaulI11 month ago

if you're doing this through adb, you type "adb shell pm set-install-location 2" on a terminal on your computer.

if you're doing this on a local terminal, you don't need adb, so on your phone, you type su & pm set-install-location 2

raxas921 month ago

adb shell pm set-install-location 2

Error:java.lang.SecurityException: Package android does not belong to 2000. plzzzzzz help ,karbonn sparkle V (android One,5.1)

PaulI1 raxas921 month ago

I have the same problem

PaulI11 month ago

I have the same problem

hoplite.rus1 month ago

did the instructions on sony xperia arc s. success!

i didn't get it. what did you do after choosing developers option? Please help. I'm really looking for this method.

DeepS21 month ago
DeepS21 month ago
Daviidazo1 month ago

(fix)FOR EVERYONE WHO STILL GET "insuficient space". Follow the instructions to the letter (after your phones driver is installed (automatically after a few minutes)) and after you get your result External : 2 you RESTART your phone, to make the changes start running, otherwise the phone stays as it is. hope this helps

ok, so i did everything right and i restarted my phone but it still says "insufficient space" even though i have a 32 gig sd card.

dillonf it says insufficient space because it only make your new apps install to SD card,not moving them :)

Well then how do i fix it?
KevinF92 months ago

So, to everybody saying that there were no devices found, it is because you have to find the driver for your phone and install it. Make sure your phone isn't plugged into your computer when you do this. Afterwards, it should be listed as a device when you type that first command.

Now, I have a question. I have an LG Tribute. I went through that whole process and checked it with the command adb shell pm get-install-location and it said 2. However, I'm reasonably sure that it didn't work, because my phone still says there isn't enough space left and I have 14.59 gigs free on my sd card. I even restarted my phone, tried it again, defaulted the process and tried it again. What am I doing wrong?

dillonf KevinF91 month ago

i have the same problem

Me too.

I have HTC wildfire s. I downloaded andoid sdk 861MB. it is a .exe file
but when i install it says internal integrity has failed.
also after turning on usb debugging what should i do?

plz help me out

Whenever I type "adb shell pm set-install-location 2", I always get "Could not access the Package Manager. Is the system running?"

Any ideas?

dperry19112 months ago

how to change back?

you just do adb shell pm set-install-location 1 and you should be as it was before.

AlexisC52 months ago

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

parast2 months ago

it says : Error: java.lang.SecurityException: Package android does not belong to 2000

what do I do?

BHUPESHN2 months ago

What I have to do after selecting Developer Option??

Windows 8.1


adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2

adb shell pm getInstallLocation 2

HarryL52 months ago

will the data also be installed in the sd card

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