How to move almost all Android apps to SD card (no root required)

[Update – May 2013] To see whether this procedure may work on your phone, check out the new post [Follow up] List of phones that work with “How to move almost all apps to SD card” procedure and comments to this post. Please note that this procedure does NOT work on the best selling Samsung Galaxy S3. [/Update]

[Update – March 2013] To help fellow Android users know whether this procedure will work on their phone, please submit this anonymous form (link: Google Forms) indicating whether it worked for you. Thanks! [/Update]

One of the most anticipated additions to Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) was ability to install applications to SD card, because it helps to free internal memory. When internal phone memory gets full, Android users have two problems: 1) users can’t install any more apps and 2) phone starts working slowly. The slow down is caused by the lower speed of disk write operations to the internal memory (see this post for more information on this topic), but the bottom line is that having low available space in the internal memory is not desirable.

So what should a user do when Android phone is running out of internal memory? Uninstalling rarely used apps is an obvious and easiest solution. Moving apps that support Froyo’s apps2sd feature to SD card is another option. However, for this feature to work developers need to enable apps2sd in their apps and unfortunately many large apps still do not support it.

It 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. And the best part: obtaining root is not required for this to work. 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 some restrictions which you should know about:

  • When an app is moved to SD card, portion of that 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 a factor of 2. Note that for some apps the move will save less than 50%, e.g. Google Earth size in the internal memory reduces from 20.5 MB to 15MB, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 – from 12.4 MB to 8 MB.
  • If you use an app widget on your home screen, 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 will need to manually move one app at a time by going through the list of installed apps in Settings->Applications->Manage Applications.
  • System apps such as Maps and Youtube cannot be moved to SD card using stock firmware on unrooted phone. On some phones Adobe Flash Player is pre-installed as a system app and also cannot be moved. Providers may also install bloatware as system apps, which also cannot be moved on unrooted phone. However, on a rooted phone system apps can be deleted or moved – see FAQ for details.
  • 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 and speed 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 have adb executable on your computer. Adb stands for Android Debug Bridge and is used for Android software development, but it is a very useful tool to have for any advanced Android user. You do not need to have a rooted phone to run adb commands.

  1. To download the latest version of Android SDK (which includes adb executable), follow instructions from step 2 in the Installing the SDK article from the official Android development site. Note: you do not need to install any other software such as Eclipse for this procedure.
  2. After downloading the archive of the SDK, unzip it to any folder and remember its location (let’s call this folder <sdk>).
  3. If you are installing Android SDK on Windows machine, you also need to install USB driver as described in USB driver for Windows section.
  4. Connect the phone using USB cable and do not enable USB storage mode. Go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and enable USB debugging.
  5. Start terminal window on your computer (on Windows: click Start, type “cmd” and press Enter).
  6. In the terminal window, navigate to folder containing file named “adb” (<sdk>\platform-tools folder) using this command: cd “full-path-to-sdk-platform-tools” (replace “full-path-to-sdk-platform-tools” with an actual path as shown in the screenshot below).
  7. Type the following lines (case sensitive) in the terminal window and press Enter after each line:
    • adb devices
      • This checks that the phone is connected and is in the correct mode. You should see one entry in the list of the attached devices. If you get “device not found” error, see Troubleshooting section below.
    • adb shell
      • If you get “cannot find file” error and are using Mac or Linux, instead type: ./adb shell
    • pm set-install-location 2 
      • (If this command doesn’t work try using the “old” command: pm setInstallLocation 2. Thanks to polosco for the tip.)
    • exit
    • Command prompt commands on Windows

      Command prompt commands on Windows

  8. Now on your phone go to Settings->Applications->Manage Applications.
    • If you have Android 2.3 or later, click on USB Storage tab (may be called SD card). This tab shows a list of apps that either can be installed to SD card or are already on SD card. The ones that have checkbox on the right side are already moved to SD card (credit to Michael Scully 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

  9. Press hardware Menu button and select Sort by Size.
  10. Tap on each app that is taking significant amount of space and tap Move to SD card button. Press hardware Back button and repeat.
  11. (optional) To change the default installation location for new apps back to the internal phone memory,  go back to your terminal window and type:
    • pm setInstallLocation 0
  12. (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).
  13. Enjoy!
Moving Android Adobe Flash player 10.1 to SD card (apps2sd)

Moving Android Adobe Flash player 10.1 to SD card (apps2sd)

Share your experience (optional, but greatly appreciated)

To help fellow Android users know whether this procedure will work on their phone, please submit this form (link: Google Forms) indicating whether it worked for you or not. Once sufficient number of responses is submitted, I will update this post with the results.


  • “Device not found” error in step 7. Make sure that the phone is connected and is in the USB debugging mode (step 4). On Windows, this error can also mean the driver is not installed properly. Double check that you followed USB driver for Windows steps. If you still are getting this error, try installing a driver for your manufacturer from this link:  Tether “ADB” Driver Installation for Windows.
  • “Permission denied” error: make sure that you correctly typed commands.


  • 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: Can I move systems apps such as Maps, Youtube, Adobe Flash Player to SD card?
    • A: On unrooted phone using stock firmware, no.
  • Q: I don’t have time for this hack. How can I check which of my installed apps officially support moving to SD card?
    • Install “App 2 SD” application from Android Market and it will list applications for which developers enabled apps2sd support.
  • Q: Can I move all apps to SD card in one operation?
    • A: Using stock firmware, no. If you know a way to do so, please let me know in the comments.
  • 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 system apps, but it gets a bit complicated. Deleting some apps may cause problems with subsequent OS updates, so you should be careful. See this list for 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 is never launched, but it will not free any space in the internal phone storage.
  • Q: Can I move system apps such as Gmail, Google Maps to SD card on a rooted phone?
    • A: Thanks to Dominique Tardif for this tip: “You have first to uninstall any updates to the system apps in question. Second, using a rooted file manager, delete the original apk from /system/app (android keeps the system app apart from the updates, the latter being at /data/apps). Once this is done, reboot and reinstall the app from the market. It will be installed as a user app and as such will be movable to the sd card. As an example, my gmail, facebook, maps etc. are all on my sd card now.”
  • Q: Can I move system apps to SD card if I’m using a custom ROM?
    • A: Yes. The most popular “aftermarket” Android firmware CyanogenMod puts the absolute minimum of the apps in the system folder. CyanogenMod 7 also by default enables the hack described in this post to allow most apps to be movable to SD card. As a result, many Android apps such as Maps, Youtube, Gmail can be moved to SD card on CyanogenMod 7, while they are unmovable to SD in the stock firmware. Note that to install CyanogenMod the phone doesn’t need to be rooted, but bootloader needs to be unlocked.

Source: XDA-developers.

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  1. Jorge Serrano
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    I have the Samsung Galaxy Reverb from Virgin Mobile… it’s running on Ice Cream Sandwich… I’ve done all the steps and it still won’t let me move the apps to my sd card… can it be done with this version of Android (4.0.4). Thanks

  2. Newby Noob
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    Just THANK YOU!

  3. Qasim Raza
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    I do exactly, but for my HTC CHACHA it does not work, i am unable to move, facebook, google map, play store into sd card, helppp plz

  4. Nitin Nanivadekar
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 4:24 am | Permalink

    This was the best blog I read in recent times. I had opted for a budget Gingerbread that had only 157MB storage in the phone. Thanks to this tweak I am able to place almost all (Google Play store, gmail etc are exceptions) apps to SD and able to make 45MB free.

  5. Tiju Thomas
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 2:31 am | Permalink

    I bought LG L5 E612. Its having a sd card and external card. The phone is having an internal memory of 4gb but only 2.6gb is available for users.That 2.6gb is the internal storage of the phone and that is the Sd card for the phone. I put a 32gb sd card but that is the EXTERNAL SD CARD. So i am not able to play some games and apps that needs files on sd. Because my sd card is phone memory and that is only 2.6gb. If any developers know how to swap the memories please help me.

    Phone specifications :
    OS : ICS 4.0.3
    Processor : 800 mhz
    Ram: 512 mb

  6. Annie
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 3:59 am | Permalink

    thank u for the useful information i only have one problem that is that i do not have a phone driver it did not come w the phone and searching the internet didn’t help either. I have a motorola XT615, Android version 2.3.7. Can u help me out? Thank u. Annie

  7. Vivien
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I’ve done it successfully but i couldn’t get the any of the apps i’ve downloaded to the sd card.. apps – facebook, twitter, whatsapp, ppsvideo, qoo10sg, instagram, batterydoctor, and etc.. why is this so? Please help me.. thanks..

  8. Viswa
    Posted December 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Thankz buddy… 😉

  9. Saurabh
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    doing this trick removes my cellphone warranty

  10. Octavian
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 1:04 am | Permalink

    Is there a way to undo this operation? I am using a SGS 2.

  11. Aldo Weil
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot!!! This trick really does work, although you now don’t have to install the USB Driver for Windows and now you do require installing eclipse because now the program has changed and it is much simpler to use now. And now i have freed up lots of space without rooting my phone. Thanks a lot!!!

  12. ojay
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 1:18 am | Permalink

    Worked, however it only moves part of the application to memory card and does not install new application on external by default. Is this the normal behavior?

  13. Posted December 18, 2012 at 2:48 am | Permalink

    please help me …samsung galaxy s duos not working above command.
    i am run above command but not any effect in phone.

  14. R. Schreurs
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    This worked well for my HTC Wildfire S. Managed to move WhatsApp, Google Play Services, Spotify and some smaller others from Phone memory to SD card. Free Phone memory increased from about 15 MB to 40 MB, which is a lot better. Thank you very much for your concise manual!

    Two remarks:
    1. Carefully choose the right USB Driver for Windows. Normally, this is not the Google USB driver, but some OEM USB driver. I my case, I needed the application_HTC_USB_Tethering_Driver.exe, found at
    2. The adb devices command had repeated faillures of two kind before finally succeeding:
    C:\>adb devices
    adb server is out of date. killing…
    * daemon started successfully *
    ** daemon still not runningerror: cannot connect to daemon

    C:\>adb devices
    adb server is out of date. killing…
    ADB server didn’t ACK
    * failed to start daemon *

    C:\>adb devices
    * daemon not running. starting it now on port 5037 *
    * daemon started successfully *
    List of devices attached
    HT14TTR##### device

  15. Brenda Munsterman
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 2:27 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    After doing a lot of searching to solve this problem this one actually worked (Macbook Air combined with Samsung Galaxy). All big apps like Facebook are now on my SD card.

  16. Sourabh
    Posted December 22, 2012 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    I followed all the methods.
    But I still find apps installing to internal memory rather than the SD card, though I see a tick mark under the Internal Storage Tab in Manage Applications. I think my LG Optimus L3 thinks that the internal memory itself is the SD card as before I couldn’t see the tick mark against the installed apps.
    Please help me solve my problem.
    Awaiting eagerly for your reply.

  17. Posted December 23, 2012 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    cant we change play store download location to sd card?

  18. Posted December 23, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    please help me and my friends we are running out of memory.

  19. sush
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 4:02 am | Permalink

    can anyone explane me in simple words how to do this please..:(
    i am not getting..

  20. sush
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 4:04 am | Permalink

    M using Sony Xperis J please guys..:(

  21. justinphotom
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 4:49 am | Permalink

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    Весь процесс застройки: от проектирования до расселения, запечатлел американский фотограф Стэн Вейман (Stan Wayman).
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    удивились бы еще больше, если бы знали цену этим домикам сегодня.
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  22. Virtualguy
    Posted December 25, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Tried this on a Moto Defy XT. “Permission denied”. :-(

    This is a decent phone, but not much memory and it won’t allow any apps to be moved to SD.

  23. elvina grace aquisap
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 12:11 am | Permalink

    can i use this instructions to my lenovo a60+? pls give me an answer asap! thank you…

  24. m.a.
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    i completed everything with no errors but it didnt work at all. help please!

    • sami
      Posted June 15, 2013 at 10:28 am | Permalink

      i have also same problem

  25. Greg P
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Just have to post a big big thank you. I am not an expert but was able to follow the steps outlined fairly easily. Attention to detail being critical and one only occassion realised my mistake of seeing a full stop which was not to be typed, it was simply an end of sentance indicator. Thanks once again.

  26. josh
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    it dose not work on motorola electrify m i went thou the hack yet it still dont work

  27. Derek
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Permalink


    When I get up to step 6 and try to type in adb shell into the command window the file cannot be found, can you help?

    • Sharona
      Posted December 30, 2012 at 4:39 am | Permalink

      I have axactly the same problem, however I think it might have to do with the fact that I cannot get the Android developer software to install?

  28. Derek
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Ignore my last post I figured that out, I typed in ADB Shell instead of adb shell. But what I can’t figure out is the pm set-install-location 2. I’ve tried that and the older pm setInstallLocation 2 and nothing works.

  29. Daniel
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:28 am | Permalink


    I followed all the steps and it worked once… I could only move 1 app (Whatsapp).. but i couln’t move any others…

    I’ve try again but it doesn’t seem to work


  30. sssy
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    thanks a lot! it works! but it won’t effect other systems right?

  31. umesh
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    is this working for my lg L3 android 2.6 mobile? please help me anyone. in my cell asking only move to internal memory and its not showing extranal memory option. how can i move app to sd card?

  32. Nor Stewart
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Ok until i type adb shell, then get the $ symbol appearing. Will not then accept pm set-install-location 2 in any format. Anyone know how to over ride $ symbol as i am unable to back space and delete it? Mobile is Sony Xperia Arc

    • Giulio
      Posted December 28, 2012 at 1:59 am | Permalink

      Hi Nor Stewart,
      do not worry…the $ symbol is correct, but the command is changed…just type setInstallLocation 2


  33. Nor Stewart
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:45 am | Permalink

    Thank you Giulio! Problem solved after countless hours and attempts, i had it in my mind that the $ symbol was an error.

  34. Azhar Iq maiq
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    hey buddy you are a rocks buddy thankyou so much for the great and easy tutorial or solution if you are a girl i must say i love you :p 😉

  35. Aidan
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Permalink

    My terminal is saying that there is a list, but I am not seeing any devices.

  36. Andres Falcone
    Posted December 28, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Great post! I had some problems extracting the .rar, but I could solve it.
    Would it be OK to move AVG Mobilation Anti Virus and Google Play Services to the SD card? I didn’t dare do that.

  37. Posted December 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I am having t major trouble getting my games to my sd card I got some there with app s 2 but it would only put a few there can you please help me mate!!! Many Thanks

  38. Sahil
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    Apps are moving but when i download another apps i download in internal phone storage

    • humz
      Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

      what android version are you running, im not too sure if im doing it wrong or my android is not compatible

      running cm9 on a allwinner

  39. BlueFan
    Posted December 29, 2012 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    It worked for SAMSUNG GALAXY ACE
    It doesn’t work for ALCATEL OT 985, it is not recognizing the device when “adb devices” command is given.
    The windows USB DRIVER from the SDK manager is not working for ALCATEL OT 985.

    Any suggestions?

  40. sakul0333
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    It works.I do it from android phone terminal

  41. Paul San
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    Using Windows 7 and trying to do this with a Wildfire S. I get as far as “pm setinstalllocation 2” and I’m given a whole load of command options once I press enter. “press f to xxx” “press s to xxx” and the options to set install location as external is there too but anytime I press 2, or type setinstalllocation as 2, I just get permission denied. any ideas anyone?

  42. ARUN
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    i m using sony experia neo l. will i able to sort out this internal storage issue.. will this process work out in my phone. someone who did this b4 plz suggest….

  43. kaustubh
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I m using samsung galaxy s duos 7562..I followed all the steps..n completed it too..!! But still m not getting the option to move apps to sd card..plss help..!!!

  44. Maria Caddle
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    I have a galaxy ace with a 8gb sd card but when it tries to update anything i’m getting insufficient storage available Because I couldnt download music with the phone’s built in app I downloaded a mp3 app With the result i’ve now got two sets of the same songs except when I go into my files Then when I go into media all my songs are there but it says at the top /sdcard/media although they’re on the phone built in app and some songs are missing When I go in my downloaded app I think these are the ones that have went on to my phone storage When I go into task manager and summary in my phone storage i’ve got 170mb/190mb and 1.27gb/7.28gb I’ve got an app2sd and i’ve tried everything to clear the phone memory Please can you help? Kind Regards M Caddlr

  45. mike
    Posted December 30, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Works perfect for the Oxygen ROM, Thanks!!=)

  46. jhaaanz
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    sir does this hack has a chance that will make the phone bricked? or will cause malfunction?
    i havent tried it but i will once i bought a ext. card
    and if you have time please make a video of it? it will be a great help
    btw tia 😀

  47. Malika Ashby
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    I have been using Froyo 2.3 on a net pad and apps2sd works perfectly. Since changing to a net pad running ICS the app does not work.
    It can show a list of the movable apps BUT trying to move any does not work as the “Move to SD” is blanked out. Why does that happen?
    I have tried installing most of the available App2sd.apk but none works.
    Any help please?

    • Destiny
      Posted February 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

      I have the Mot Razor M and I have came to this same problem.

  48. anup
    Posted December 31, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I am having colors tellytalk x factor how to move app to sd card

  49. Kaphc
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I tried this on a Samsung Galaxy Ace and it worked fine. Thanks for a really useful and clear guide.

    One point to note is that the command pm setInstallLocation 0 does not default apps to install onto the phone storage rather than the SD card. It sets the default install location to “auto – Let the system decide the best location”.

    Unfortunately Facebook and Twitter are massive apps for the Ace which has only 200Mb phone storage. Both seem to insist on being downloaded to the phone storage only. They won’t move to the SD card, and an uninstall and reinstall with the default location set as the SD card doesn’t work either.

  50. mazen
    Posted January 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Will this hack works on my “SAMSUNG GALAXY Y DUOS”? I’m having the same problem.

  51. Posted January 3, 2013 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    I am using QMobile A2, Gingerbread, Android version 2.3.6.
    I have a problem, when I get up to step 6 and try to type in adb shell into the command window the file cannot be found.
    Can anyone help me?

  52. ankit
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 5:30 am | Permalink

    i am using galaxy y i run cmd then at the pm command its showing error
    When i get to
    pm setInstallLocation 2
    i get permission denied
    any ideas?

  53. Nadeem
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Is it applicable to rooted Samsung Galaxy y S5360???

  54. Keith
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    I tried this on Sprint’s HTC Evo 4G (The first generation HTC Evo, I believe) and got through all the steps until step 8. Apps such as Adobe Flash Player (shown in the picture above) still cannot be moved to the SD card. Do you have any idea about what I’m doing wrong?

    • Keith
      Posted January 3, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

      Actually, I was able to move a few apps that I couldn’t before, such as Google Voice, among others. Still, Adobe Flash Player (one of the bigger apps on my device) couldn’t be moved. Thoughts?

  55. shikhar
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    Will this void the warranty. I have htc explorer ………….

  56. Raghav
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    have anyone tried it on the galaxy s duos….does it work on it

  57. Balaji Jayakumar
    Posted January 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Hi Sergey,

    Really an useful post. Perfectly worked, I already sdk for projecting my android mobile screen to monitor. Btw i used gt-s5830…
    Thanks for this idea.

    As u said, not all apps move. The so called system apps still continue to remain in internal memory.
    I can understand from the posts that, i should delete all foot prints of the system app from the internal memory, and then reinstall from the market, so i ll have the option to move.

    I would want to try the method, But how to delete all the footprints of the existing system app without rooting.
    I already have a system app “My Files” in my phone, which is like a file manager. Can i use that to delete it ??

    And once the installation location has been set to 2, and i disabled the usb debuggin mode, will it change back to 0, or remain in 2.

    Balaji Jayakumar
    Oracle DBA

  58. barbra
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks, that worked fine with my HTC Wildfire S. So glad I did not need to try rooting my phone!

  59. Posted January 5, 2013 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    I barely leave comments on such posts – just feed from them and neglect to thank. This time, I wanted to stop by and leave my thoughts: this is a wonderful piece and, bottom line, it works like a charm!
    I had an Android-knowledgeable pal check my Ace S5830L to see how he could hack it in order to have apps installed in the SD rather than in the meagre internal memory. He could do nothing about it, just upgrade my OS version from 2.3.4 to 2.3.6. Now that I’ve read (and worked through) this, I’m more than satisfied — excited to see it working and to get rid of this pseudo-bug hassle!

  60. kimolo
    Posted January 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    is sd memory same as internal flash storage? what if i wanted all my apps to install in ‘internal flash storage’ instead of internal memory? what is the debugging procedure, please help!

  61. Nikitha
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    i had the same problem till yesterday………… i downloaded this app called “gemini app manager” from the android market…………it moves apps from the internal memory to ur SD card………its a little slow in moving…………..but this is a solution

  62. AZ
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    hi, i found your website. really lucky as i need someone to help me explain my problem on sd card.
    i bought BenQ R71 androit tablet (support up to 32gb); i have downloaded through my mobile android many game applications and saved them all into my 2gb memory cards. after i removed out the card and insert it into my tablet, then i couldn’t see the game applications that i have saved in the memory card. i tried hard to find where it kept but the information says EMPTY. however, i found all my pictures and video in there.
    why can’t i see the applications from my memory card in my android tablet??
    thanks for your help support

  63. AZ
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 3:38 am | Permalink

    oh one more thing;
    when i used another memory card i inserted to my mobile android, i saw from the application setting that all those games have footprints only that have been saved to memory card (i mean my other memory card that i saved lots of games for my tablet android).
    can i deleted those footprints even i used different memory card?
    thanks in advance again

  64. mshoab
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    well I followed all the instruction given here and the cmd screen seems to be fine as there was no error and the command was seemingly obeyed but ALAS there is no option in my Galaxy S Duos, even now, to move Apps to SD. What to do now ????

  65. trevor
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    can i use this procedure in my xperia J (in android ICS)?

  66. Moses
    Posted January 6, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Why cant i move Facebook to sd card?

  67. Posted January 7, 2013 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    please someone here could help me. the situation is:
    1. i got this tablet and started to download application on internal/usb storage. the space decrease ofcourse.
    2. i bought SD card enable for me to download & install more, i default it to SD card so the next time i install app it will easily move to SD card, but the problem is, i cannot used all the application i install in my internal/usb storage.
    3. my question is, if i remove my SD card and set the default on usb storage, would i able to used again all my application on my SD card once i inserted it back again? pls someone could answer me if u encounter this situation.. thanks..

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