How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)
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
  • Android Phone (duh)
  • a micro usb cable
  • 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!

    Step 1: Getting Ready to Change Installation Location

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



    Step 2: Using adb

    How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)
    How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)
    How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)
    1. Windows
    - Open the folder called " platform-tools"
    - shift+right-click anywhere inside the folder and choose [Open Command Window Here]

    Mac
    - right-click the folder called "platform-tools" and choose [New Terminal At Folder]

    2. Enter in the following

    For Windows :
    adb devices
    adb shell pm set-install-location 2
    adb shell pm get-install-location

    For Mac : (note - there is a period before the slashes)
    ./adb devices
    ./adb shell pm set-install-location 2
    ./adb shell pm get-install-location

    3. Check if you did it right
    - if you did it right, the last output should say: 2 [external]

    If you did it right, CONGRATS! Your phone will now install your apps to your SD Card by default! Have fun now!

    Step 3: More Info

    How To Install Apps Onto Your SD Card (No Root)
    CAUTION
    Some apps will not continue to function properly if located on your SD Card.

    Moving Apps
    [System Settings > Applications > Manage Applications] and select the app your want to move and press move.

    Update*
    The "Move to Usb Storage" option was only available on older android firmwares, sorry for the confusion.


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