How to Move All Android Apps to SD Card

How to move all Android apps to SD card Android to the Masses HOME APPS ABOUT How to move all Android apps to SD card By SERGEY POVZNER | Published: SEPTEMBER 2 4, 2010 Follow - Twitter - Facebook RSS - One of the most anticipated additions to Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) was ability to install applications to SD card. When internal phone memory gets full, Android users have two problems: 1) users can’t install a
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  Like 191 47 How to move all Android apps to SD card  By SERGEY POVZNER  | Published: SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 One of the most anticipated additions to Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) was ability to installapplications to SD card. When internal phone memory gets full, Android users have twoproblems: 1) users can’t install any more apps and 2) phone starts working slowly. The slow down is caused by the lower speed of write operations to the internal phone flash memory  when it’s getting full (seethis postfor more information on this topic), but the bottom line isthat having low available space in the internal memory is not desirable. So what should a userdo when the phone is running out of internal memory? Uninstalling unused apps is anobvious and easiest solution. Moving apps that support Froyo’s apps2sd feature to SD card is anotheroption.However, for this feature to work developers need to enable this option in their apps and unfortunately many large apps still do not support apps2sd. Turns out there is a hack that lets you move almost any  Android app to SD card even if the app developer did not enable this option. More about this hack  below, but first let’s take look at the limitations of the Android apps2sd feature. APPS2SD LIMITATIONS  Apps2sd functionality is a step in the right direction. However, the way it is implemented creates somerestrictions which you should know about: When an app is moved to SD card, portion of an app still remains in the internal phone memory.On average, you can expect that application’s footprint in the phone memory will be reduced by afactor of 2. Note that for some apps the move will save less than 50%, e.g. Google Earth size in theinternal memory reduces from 20.5 MB to 15MB, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 reduces from 12.4 MBto 8 MB.If you use a widget on your home screen from an app, this app should not be moved to SD card because the widget will stop working. Android OS doesn’t have any batch tools to move all movable apps to SD card at once. You willneed to manually move one app at a time by going through the list of installed apps inSettings->Applications->Manage Applications. This means 2 taps per app and is a tediousprocess.[Update] System apps such as Maps and Youtube cannot be moved to SD card using stock firmware. On some phones Adobe Flash Player is pre-installed as a system app and also cannot bemoved. However, they can be deleted on a rooted phone – seeFAQbelow. They also can be movedif you root and install custom firmware such asCyanogenMod 7– seeFAQ. [/Update] If you re-flash phone’s firmware, some backup applications may not restore your apps to SD card, but will restore them to the phone memory.Despite these restrictions, moving apps to SD card is a good way to free up internal phone memory andspeed up your Android phone. MOVING (ALMOST) ALL ANDROID APPS TO SD CARD To run commands which will enable  Move to SD card  button for most installed apps, you need to haveadb executable on your computer. Adb stands for Android Debug Bridge and is used for Androidsoftware development, but it is a very useful tool to have for any advanced Android user. You donot need to have a rooted phone to run adb commands.To download the latest version of Android SDK (which includes adb executable), follow instructions from step 2 in theInstalling the SDK article from the official Android developmentsite. Note: you do not need to install any other software such as Eclipse for this procedure.1. After downloading the archive of the SDK, unzip it to any folder and remember its location (let’scall this folder <sdk>).2.  Follow - Twitter- Facebook - RSS  Search Recent Comments John Cult on How to move all Androidapps to SD cardSuyog Nyati on How to move all Android apps to SD cardIf your Optimus V is working properly talk about it. - Page 2 - Android Forumson How to move all Android apps to SDcardandy on How to move all Android appsto SD cardRahul on How to move all Android appsto SD cardJohn on How to move all Android appsto SD cardJolland Castro on How to move all Android apps to SD cardJolland Castro on How to move all Android apps to SD cardIrma on How to move all Android appsto SD cardShaq on How to move all Android appsto SD card  Recent Posts How to manually upgrade Nexus S from Android 2.3.6 to Android 4.0 Ice CreamSandwichOfficial roll out of Android 4.0 IceCream Sandwich to GSM Nexus S beginsGalaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 released by Verizon in the USCyanogenMod 7.1 is releasedNews: 7″ Amazon Fire, Microsoft andSamsung sign a deal, Cyanogenmod andXperia, Google Voice, Google+, Skype,Hipmunk, Google Wallet and moreNews: Google to acquire MotorolaMobility Tip: how to enable or disable hapticfeedback on Android devicesNexus S comes to AT&T on July 24News: Android Market update, liveGoogle Maps traffic coverage in 13European countries, 550000 daily  Android activationsNews: offline maps and transitnavigation in Google Maps, Skype video  Android to the Masses HOMEAPPSABOUT How to move all Android apps to SD card of 1205-Jan-12 1:21 AM  (c) 2011 Sergey Povzner. Powered by WordPress + Buddymatic Theme Framework + WPTouch. If you are installing Android SDK on Windows machine, you also need to install USB driver asdescribed inUSB driver for Windowssection.3.Connect the phone using USB cable and do not enable USB storage mode. Go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and enable USB debugging.4.Start terminal window on your computer.5.Navigate to folder containing file named “adb” (updated to reflect move of adb from sdk\tools tosdk\platform-tools in 2.3):If using SDK 2.2 or older: in the terminal window navigate to <sdk>\tools folder (using “cdfull-path-to-sdk-tools” command).If using SDK 2.3 or later: in the terminal window navigate to <sdk>\platform-tools folder(using “cd full-path-to-sdk-platform-tools” command).6.Type the following two lines in the terminal window and press Enter after each line: adb shell[update] If you get “cannot find file” error and are using Mac or Linux, type“./adb shell” instead. [/update]pm setInstallLocation 2 7.Now on your phone go to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications.8.If you have Android 2.3 or later, click on USB Storage tab (may be called  SD card  ). This tabshows a list of apps that either can be installed to SD card or are already on SD card. Theones that have checkbox on the right side are already moved to SD card (credit toMichaelScully for the tip).On Android 2.2 and earlier if you don’s see USB Storage or  SD Card  tab, click on  All  tab.  Android USB storage tab Press hardware  Menu button and select  Sort by Size .9.Tap on each app that is taking significant amount of space and tap  Move to SD card   button. Presshardware  Back button and repeat.10.(optional) To change the default installation location for new apps back to the internal phonememory, go back to your terminal window and type: pm setInstallLocation 0 11. (important) Go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and disable USB debugging.Leaving USB debugging enabled makes your phone vulnerable (e.g. lock pattern can be reset).12.Enjoy!13. calling,   Google+ launch  Popular Posts How to move all Android apps to SDcardSpeed up your Android: free up internalphone storageHow to manually update Nexus One with Android 2.2 FroYo (ERE27 toFRF50)24 most useful Android apps Android 2.2 Preview: Cloud to DeviceMessaging demoList of Android 2.2 (FroYo) appssupporting apps2sdNews: CyanogenMod 6.0 arrives, GmailPriority Inbox, Sprint Epic 4G released, Android LVL tipsBest Android World Cup app: Goal.comFring free video calling between HTCEVO 4G and Nexus One recorded on youtube videos Categories Dev Funny How ToMobile Android AppsCyanogenModFroYoGingerbreadHoneycombIce Cream SandwichiPhoneNewsReviewsTips  Meta Log in How to move all Android apps to SD card of 1205-Jan-12 1:21 AM  Moving Android Adobe Flash player 10.1 to SD card(apps2sd) FAQ Q: Does my phone need to be rooted for this hack to work? A: No.Q: Do I need to setup a full development environment (Java, Eclipse) for this to work? A: No.Q: I don’t have time for this hack. How can I check which of my installed apps officially supportmoving to SD card?Install “App 2 SD” app from Android Market (or use this downloadlink ) and it will listapplications for which developers enabled apps2sd support.Q: Can I move all apps to SD card in one operation? A: As far as I know, no (using stock firmware). If you do know a way to do so, please let meknow in the comments.Q: Can I move systems apps such as Maps, Youtube, and Adobe Flash Player to SD card? A: No. Moving system apps to SD card is not possible on both unrooted and rooted phonesusing stock firmware .Q: Can I delete bloatware apps installed as “system apps” by the carriers? Yes, but only if you root your device. With a rooted phone you could delete unused systemapps, but it gets a bit complicated. Deleting some apps may cause problems with subsequentOS updates, so you should be careful. Seethis listfor Android system apps can be safely removed. Instead of deleting, you can “freeze” unused system apps using Titanium Backup.Freezing an app will remove it from the app drawer and memory and will make sure it isnever launched, but it will not free any space in the internal phone storage.Q: Can I move system apps to SD card on a rooted phone if I’m using a custom firmware? A: Yes. The most popular “aftermarket” Android firmwareCyanogenMod 7putsthe absolute minimum of the apps in the system folder. CyanogenMod 7 also includes a hack described above to allow most apps to be movable to SD card. As a result, many Androidapps such as Maps, Youtube, Gmail can be moved to SD card on CyanogenMod 7, while they are unmovable to SD in the stock firmware.  Source:  XDA-developers. Related posts How to move all Android apps to SD card of 1205-Jan-12 1:21 AM  Like 191 47 0 saves Save 0 submit reddit « News: Android walking navigation, Verizoncripples Samsung Fascinate, Google Instant launched, Apple relaxes dev tools restrictions Speed up your Android: free up internal phonestorage » Speed up your Android: free up internal phone storageList of Android 2.2 (FroYo) apps supporting apps2sd (apps on SD card)If you enjoyed this post, youcan subscribe to theRSSfeedor follow viaTwitterandFacebook . This entry was posted in  Android  ,  Apps , CyanogenMod  ,  FroYo , Gingerbread  ,  How To . Bookmark the ermalink .  Post a comment  or leave a trackback: Trackback URL . 136 Comments David Posted October 6, 2011 at 10:18 pm |  Permalink This worked very well on my LG Optimus V (Android 2.2.1). Thank you for sharing this and formaking your instructions so clear!  Reply  Aayush Posted October 9, 2011 at 9:46 am |  Permalink Hi,I tried “./adb devices” , it displays ./adb: not found. If I use C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb devices, it list the device. The button is still inacive and I am nt able to movemy apps to DS card. PLz help.  Reply Robyn Posted October 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm |  Permalink So far I’ve gotten to step 6 and I can’t find an ‘adb’ file. I tried updating my phone using the SDK butit didn’t install anything. I have an Android Vortex. Help please?  Reply  Ashish Posted October 11, 2011 at 2:16 am |  Permalink @Sergey Povzner Thanks for clearing out my doubt. Appreciate it. Have a great Day!  Reply merlin Posted October 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm |  Permalink hmmm…. keep running into a wall at step 6. No such thing as a terminal window…?  Reply Sergey Povzner Posted October 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm |  Permalink @David: you’re welcome How to move all Android apps to SD card of 1205-Jan-12 1:21 AM
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