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Tutorial Making your SD card as Default for downloading Android Apps

Discussion in 'Android Phones' started by Khim Briones, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Normally Android apps install to the internal storage by default whenever we download from Google playstore or Market, but we can change that setting and have it saved directly to your SD card as your default install location. No root access required.Requirement:
    1. Android tablet
    2. Android SDK ( Please or Register to view links)
    3. PC

    STEPS:
    1. Download Android SDK application, save it to your pc and install (you may opt to save the installation to your desired drive of your PC instead of the normal C:\Program Files (X86)Android\android-sdk

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    2. After you installed the application, it will automatically ask you to run the program (check the box) before you click the Finish button. Or simply go to Start up menu>Programs>Android SDK tools>SDK Manager

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    3. Now click the box for Android SDK Platform-tools, scroll down to Extras (folder) and also check Google usb drivers then click install packages. After packages are installed simply go to the folder or location where you installed your Android SDK For the purpose of this tutorial mine is drive E:\ANDROID SDK but for the default its C:\Program Files (X86)Android\android-sdk.

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    4. After locating your Android SDK open platform tools. For the purpose of this tutorial mine is drive E:\ANDROID SDK but for the default its C:\Program Files (X86)Android\android-sdk.

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    5. After opening platform-tools folder you should be able to see the adb file, now simply press the Shift and point anywhere then right click your mouse button to open a tab and select Open command window here.

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    6. A command window will appear, now connect your android tablet to your pc using USB cables just connect or mount it, no need to turn on USB storage. Make sure you have enabled USB debugging from your tablet. Also click on Stay Awake feature if none, just the USB debugging feature would be fine.

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    7. COMMAND #1: type in "adb devices" then hit the Enter key

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    8. COMMAND #2: type in "adb shell pm get-install-location" then hit the Enter key (for ICS Version)
    type in "adb shell pm getinstalllocation" then hit the Enter key (for non ICS Version)

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    9. COMMAND #3: type in "adb shell pm set-install-location 2" then hit the Enter key (for ICS Version)
    type in "adb shell pm setinstalllocation 2" then hit the Enter key (for non ICS Version)

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    10. AND YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY MADE YOUR EXTERNAL SD CARD AS YOUR DEFAULT INSTALLATION FOR ANDROID APPS.


    ***just a recap below***
    command #1: adb devices
    command #2: adb shell pm get-install-location
    adb shell pm getinstalllocationcommand #3: adb shell pm set-install-location 2
    adb shell pm setinstalllocation 2


    note:
    0[auto] : Installation to auto location decided by Android OS
    1[internal] : Installation to internal storage of mobile
    2[external] : Installation to external media like SD Card

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    ALSO YOU CAN NOW SIMPLY MOVE SOME APPS FROM YOUR INTERNAL STORAGE TO YOUR SD CARD.

    Simply go to your tablet settings
    tap apps
    select desired apps
    then you are prompted to choose the following for your selected apps: force stop/uninstall/ clear data/ or move to SD card

    other option is:
    settings
    storage
    tap apps (under Internal storage below total space)
    select now desired apps to move to your SD card

    A Warning!!!

     
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2013
  2. Partitioned internal storage of your device.

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    With the help of ES File Explorer app for rooted Tablets you can now access the folder where your downloaded apps are stored. Simply cut and paste apps to your extsd card then reinstall the app.
    default location of apps:
    /data/app

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    or a root explorer app
    location:
    /data/app

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    other possible locations:
    /mnt/asec

    you may also use android commander to access your root files. (PC application)

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    ***GET ANDROID COMMANDER HERE ( Please or Register to view links)***

     
    r3nce, dhanmark09 and Draft like this.
  3. Draft

    Draft Administrator Staff Member Administrator

  4. u welcome sir
     
  5. Lawliet_1

    Lawliet_1 Support Team Staff Member Support Team

  6. Kng gagawin q po to mavoid po ba yong warranty ng phone??
     
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