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Old September 26th, 2010, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I am low on my internal memory on my Desire down to 14 mb. is there a way to get back my memory after deleting apps ? I am always deleting apps because because of low storage that comes with the phone? Any tricks that I can use? I really dont want to factory reset because I use Launcher Pro + and I dont really want to set up all my contacts again. can some one help ??

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Old September 26th, 2010, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would personally root and flash a ROM with apps2sd+, that way all the apps on your phone will be moved to your SD.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Or have a look at this:

http://androidforums.com/htc-desire/174345-how-move-apps-sd-card-unrooted-device-noobs-guide.html
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What ianb11 said ^^^

I did this, and my free RAM increased from 14MB to 33MB after moving the apps to SD that I was previously unable to move. You need to be on Froyo, though.
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This is actually a good question.. I just unbranded my brother's Orange Desire and he had 138 mb of internal memory, after installing almost the same apps as myself. he had atleast 100 mb left, whilst I have 25.. I deleted loads of my apps to see if I could save space but it only took me to 40 mb. All my apps are already on SD card. Can anyone explain why there is such a huge difference??
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:28 AM   #6 (permalink)
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This is definitely the way to go to sort out space issues.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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This is definitely the way to go to sort out space issues.
Just interested to know - does rooting do more to relieve space issues than the method at http://androidforums.com/htc-desire/174345-how-move-apps-sd-card-unrooted-device-noobs-guide.html which works well and does not involve rooting?

P.S. I realise that rooting may be the only option for devices that don't yet have Froyo, but I'm interested to know why rooting is "definitely" the way to go regarding space issues.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This is actually a good question.. I just unbranded my brother's Orange Desire and he had 138 mb of internal memory, after installing almost the same apps as myself. he had atleast 100 mb left, whilst I have 25.. I deleted loads of my apps to see if I could save space but it only took me to 40 mb. All my apps are already on SD card. Can anyone explain why there is such a huge difference??
It's not just the apps that take the space but the data they hold - think emails, contacts, texts, Twitter messages etc.

Over time the space will shrink even just by using the phone due to all your 'databases' expanding. Definitely worth clearnig stuff out every once in a while. A factory reset may be the best option if it gets really bad, loading everything back up is pretty easy assuming you use the same gamil account.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 04:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just interested to know - does rooting do more to relieve space issues than the method at http://androidforums.com/htc-desire/174345-how-move-apps-sd-card-unrooted-device-noobs-guide.html which works well and does not involve rooting?

P.S. I realise that rooting may be the only option for devices that don't yet have Froyo, but I'm interested to know why rooting is "definitely" the way to go regarding space issues.
The method of forcing apps to install to sd you linked to above does work really well, but you still need to be running Froyo. It doesn't work with 2.1.

If you do root and install a custom rom, you can run A2SD+ (with a partitioned sd card). I first ran Froyo with the Android version of copying apps to sd (as you mentioned above) and now have a custom rom (LeeDroid 2.1a) with A2SD+, so I have been able to do an unscientific comparison. The custom way is far more efficient at freeing up space on the internal memory than the standard Froyo method. I have restored most of my apps and games from a backup and still have around 70Mb more free than I did before.

You can apparently install custom roms without rooting, but I've never tried it to be honest.

The steps I took to get where I am now:
  • Run unrEVOked 3.21 - installs custom recovery and roots.
  • Boot to the new recovery menu and perform a "nandroid" backup. This creates a complete snapshot of your current phone's state on the sd card. If you install a custom rom you don't like, you simply restore from the nandroid backup and you have it all back as it is now.
  • Backup the sd contents to my PC, just in case. Boot into Ubuntu and use GParted to create an ext3 partition on the SD card. There are other methods of doing this, but I already have Linux on my laptop and it takes 5 minutes.
  • Place the LeeDroid zip (or whichever rom you choose to use) file on the sd card. Approx 150Mb file in this case.
  • In the recovery menu of the phone again, select to install a zip file from sd. Choose LeeDroid and execute.
  • Wait for around 10 minutes for it to install, configure and boot.

Play with the new custom rom install!
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Old September 27th, 2010, 04:16 AM   #10 (permalink)
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If you don't want to go down the rooting route then a good clean out of your cache should free up a bit of space especially if you have not done it before.

Go into Settings > Applications > Manage Applications and click in each one inturn and delete the cache. It will take a while but once you have done it a few times then you get to know which onces store the highest cache.

If you do decide to root one of the best things is you can download an app to delete all cache with one click.
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Great thanks for all the info I will look into it
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