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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, http://www.androidcentral.com/root. Good Luck!

 
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Step 1: Getting Ready to Change Installation Location

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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AndrewS44 months ago

I hacked away at this for a bit and I have a Metro PCS phone that does almost nothing. Could not load apps that I wanted without having to remove others.....not anymore. I can help....just reply to this comment.

I would LOVE to know what you did! I was successful in running the command and it shows that 2[external] is selected but that does not seem to matter to my Verizon Ellipsis 7.

AlfredoC AndrewS43 months ago

i have a Metro PCS phone too, cant seem to get this to work, can you help? pleas

nathana1yesterday

how do i download :)

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.

cuddleb11 days ago

i need help i keep get a mesig frum my pc after i put in adb shell pm setinstalllocation 2 it say that error culd not access the package manger. is the system running? how do i fix this

nikt112 days ago

HELP!

it doesn't work for me... I opened a console window in the folder. Typed ADB DEVICES and there were NONE found. My phone IS connected to the PC and Debugging is ON.

BorisY15 days ago

Спасибо. Работает.

ypatni17 days ago

i am using a samsung galaxy young duos s6312 phone.

i did everything as given in procedures.

but can not getting it done...

so what to do????????

I did everything that you said and it did show me "2 [external]" as the last output but it still is not downloading and installing the apps on my sd card it is still moving them onto my internal storage. I'm using a LG L38C

I have a phone with a reallllyyy small internal storage, but a card with plenty of space that I think maybe came with the phone? (It's a hand me down so I'm not sure). I want to install a certain app onto it, but the internal storage isn't big enough for the whole thing. I can download the app, but it once I start the app and it starts to download updates it gets to big for the phone. My problem: I can move the app itself to the sd card, but this makes no difference where the app downloads the updates to: the internal storage. I tried the above fix and changed my install location to 2, and the app itself downloaded to the sd card, but it STILL INSTALLS updates onto the INTERNAL STORAGE, which is way to small for all that data! Now what? Help!

What happens if my android doesn't show an option to move to usb storage prior to doing this? Will this make the option to move to usb appear?

please tell that will the game data will also move to sd card

please tell that will the game data will also move to sd card

please tell that will the game data will also move to sd card

please help me i do not understand these instructions and i clicked on the link to download the Google android sdk but i cant find it anywhere. please help me

ignore my last comment i now have a new problem i enabled USB debugging and plugged in my hip street titan 2 tablet into my laptop and this happens when is follow the first step please help

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ignore my last comment i now have a new problem i enabled USB debugging and plugged in my hip street titan 2 tablet into my laptop and this happens when is follow the first step please help

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ChristiaanB1 month ago

running a galaxy tab and it worked.

it might be because if completely disabled the default samsung apps and samsung store which might have blocked it.

AndreiH2 months ago

i have lg optimus l5 2 with jelly bean 4.1.2 and the apps are still installing in internal storage...why?

AndreiH AndreiH2 months ago

it says i have not much memory on external..but i have..why??

Mine is the same situation, and before, when opening the dos, it appears "device not found". I tried to install the driver for LG, but it still didn´t solve. What to do?

DouglasB21 month ago

What am I doing wrong? Tried this on a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 SM-T2105 with 4.1.2. Using Terminal Emulator, with root, The command executes just fine, pm set-install-location 2. When I check it, it verifies pm-get-install-location 2[external]. But no matter what I download from the Play store for an app, goes right to internal staoage. Any help? Do I need to do something to the SD Card? I have formatted it. A little help here.

does this work with windows 8? because I cant open command window :(

please help

press the Wondows button and S then search for cmd.exe and run as administrator.

vishalns171 month ago

I did everything correctly but now i get insufficient storage available.

{a tip to noobs who have messed up like me.re-enter the command with 0 in place of 2}

scratur1 month ago

it worked fine and now it says location 2 external! but i encountered a problem when trying to download the apps on the store. i already tryed to clear the cache but nothing... it keeps saying "insufficient storage available" after the download of the app ends (right before the installing process) help me pls!

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scratur scratur1 month ago

translation: error/ insufficient storage available obviosly :P

ElizabethH21 month ago

thank you so much!!! my phone was running out of room and wouldn't let me install apps. this worked perfectly for me (: (:

CosminC1 made it!1 month ago

thank you ! It WON'T WORK UNTIL THE PROPER DRIVER APPEARING IN THIS IMAGE WILL BE INSTALLED.

At first I've got the message "device not found", so I've started to search the answer through the comments, and combining a few of them gave result for me.

The order of doing things is very important: After I checked the USB debugging, I read that the phone drivers must be installed, so I launched the xperia pc companion from my phone...the drivers were installed successfully, but it still didn't worked. With the cable connected, I unchecked and checked again the 'USB debugging" and a new window bubble appear with a another/different driver installing (the one from this image), and after this it finally worked...

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sruiz73161 month ago

It says "2[external]" but when I try and download an app it'll say give me the insufficient storage message. I have an android HTC SV One and Windows 7, any ideas?

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young87611 month ago
For those who have encountered "insufficient memory" prob try downloading app cache cleaner and clean your app cache maybe that will work
young87611 month ago
For those who have encountered "insufficient memory" prob try downloading app cache cleaner and clean your app cache maybe that will work

Using Sony Xperia M using this steps showing a error when setting location 2 ..

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

now how can i change my default installation location... suggest any other way

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KathyH21 month ago

Did a factory reset on my HTC One V, then followed the instructions, and everything seemed successful. Redownloaded my apps. Then the phone shut down twice the next day, yesterday, but did eventually power back on. Today is another story. Won't power on, doesn't look like it's charging. Any ideas?

SreevaniP1 month ago

Hie..

I have done all steps perfectly and even install location is showing as 2 but there is change in my phone applications. i cant move them to memory card..please help me!!

bashley1 month ago

1. I assume this won't work if you use linux. Too bad.

2. I have only 4 GB total storage. I get the "no room" message from the play store when I have less than 110 or so MB in my "internal storage" area (the other internal area is called "phone" and has a bit over 1 GB available).

3. I can still install new apps using 1MobileMarket even though the play store burps.

4. Good luck with the procedure.

ŠárkaZ2 months ago

Hi, I did all of the above and it worked just for moving the apps to my SD card. However when trying to install a new app I still get "Insufficient storage available." even though there´s enough available storage space on both, SD card (6.8 GB) and phone (88MB).

Please help !!!

Did you fix it because i am having dhe same problem.

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