[Follow up] List of phones that work with “How to move almost all apps to SD card” procedure

How to move almost all Android apps to SD card (no root required) remains the most popular post on this blog despite being 2.5 years old. One of the most common questions about that procedure is which phone does it work on.

To help answer this question, I added a Google Form to record success/failure reports and now it has enough answers to publish the results.

Some of the popular phones for which this hack works:

  • Alcatel one touch (2.3)
  • HTC Desire (2.2, 2.3)
  • HTC explorer (2.3)
  • HTC Wildfire S (2.3)
  • LG Optimus L7 (4.0)
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace (2.3)
  • Samsung Galaxy mini (2.3)
  • Samsung Galaxy Y (2.3)
  • Samsung Galaxy Y Duos (2.3)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc (4.0)
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia mini (4.0)

You can see all submitted responses in 2 separate documents below:

  1. List of phones for which this procedure works
  2. List of phones for which this procedure does not work

Note that some phones are listed in both lists, which can be caused by few reasons. First, not all users follow the procedure correctly, and as a result pay more attention to the first list. Second, carriers may tweak the phone’s operating system and disable this hack as a result of these tweaks. As a result, the hack may work on one carrier, but not on another for the same phone.

Notably, most people report that on the best selling Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4 this hack does not work.

Hopefully, this will remove some confusion about moving apps to SD card. I will update these lists as more responses are submitted via Google Form.

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  1. David
    Posted May 18, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I wish I would have found this first, (although I probably would have tried it anyway). Seems like my phone is not on the “good list”. :( Thanks for taking the time to compile these spreadsheets. Might make shopping for my next phone easier! I really hope that the Android SDK development team will take some time to find out why this doesn’t work with the “bad list” phones, and make some changes in their coding for their platform tools. My particular error was: “At the command sign ($) I entered “”pm setInstallLocation 2″” and the output line showed “”[1] Killed pm setInstallLocation 2″”
    command getInstallLocation returned “0 [auto]” after this, so essentially no changes were made. Wrestled with it for quite some time, to no avail. If anyone knows a solution to this, I’d love to see it!

  2. Mark Durand
    Posted July 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink


    First thanks! I have an HTC wildfire S. I did as your instructions showed and I even got a confirmation success showing that the location was now 2, external.

    but new apps are still downloading to internal and i can’t move any of the old ones. Any thoughts?

  3. H.K.Maheshwari
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 5:53 am | Permalink


  4. Posted August 27, 2013 at 3:24 am | Permalink

    your give processor not working properly at my S4 mobile phone.

  5. Posted September 6, 2013 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    please help I really need to make my phone applications to moved to my sd card

  6. Gopinath P S
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 4:20 am | Permalink

    I have Samsung Galaxy S Duos. I cant able to move Android apps to SD Card. If it is possible? Please advice me.


    Gopinath P S

  7. Dinny
    Posted November 1, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Followed the steps as given, and did not face any problem. Really appreciate the detailed step-by-step process that is on the site, along with the error conditions, and FAQs.

    Thanks a lot, Sergey!

    However, during the process the SD card kept showing as full, thus could not move the apps. In unconnected mode, under normal circumstances, it shows 13 GB free. It is a Sony Xperia Mini Pro.

    Can anyone please inform what I could have done wrong / any other advice.

  8. Ranjith
    Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    wow Gr8 thaks and hats off to you!!
    u jus solved my great problem! mine is HTC Wildfire S a510e, it worked really well! when i search abt it in net many other site was saying different and so many useless procedures but hre i found simple and exact solution! Hats off to you :) and ya have moved my apps :) Thank you very much! u helped so many ppl!
    miles to go! god bless :) keep going!

  9. Posted November 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks a lot, I never thought there’s a hacked about it, I just don’t care about my Galaxy Y, but because I wanted my child to play puzzle games which he really loves, im having trouble downloading all the games because of memory issues. Thanks I got here and your totally helpful admin. Great Job.

  10. Posted December 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Most cant speak The english language anyway, so cursing at these people wont
    help. Later, Sony also sued American sellers of PS Jailbreak.

    As you relax, relax, relax, it can be rewarding and enjoyable.

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