Forcing Apps to install to the SD Card without rootTips


  1. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

  2. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    Hy Presedente, hope u r doing well here, I have wildfire s a510b v.2.3.3, i have tried yr procedure to force install application to sd card but in the C:\android\tools no adb file inside and i look a text file adb_has_moved and stating The adb tool has moved to platform-tools/ If you don't see this directory in your SDK, launch the SDK and AVD Manager (execute the android tool) and install "Android SDK Platform-tools"
    Please also update your PATH environment variable to include the platform-tools/ directory, so you can execute adb from any location. but wehen i go from C:\android\platform-tools i found adb file and from cmd i have done all the procedure and set location 2, but when I install any application my phone memory still killing its need to move to sd card manaully. pls help mr :(
  3. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    What apps are you trying to install? Some can't go on the SD and some apps need to have a part of them on the SD Card.
  4. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    i am installing skype, presendte i am very junior in android world so pls do feel bore with my question pls
  5. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    pls advise either I have done al the thing is correct? (from C:\android\platform-tools)
  6. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    I'm guessing you can't install Skype to the SD as it runs in the background constantly (just as a widget does). Try with another app, see if that works.

    Also, it sounds as though you've the full SDK installed? That will work, but you only needed the mini SDK I linked to in the initial post. If you typed the commands as I put them and your screen shots looked like mine, I'm guessing everything worked correctly.
  7. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    yes i have istall full sdk from sdk manager, should i uninstall it and stall as you said?
    for you info i am download and install from my device Market using wifi, i just notife when i installed talking cat its install directly to sd card but when i install make me bald its install in phone and need manully to move to sd card
  8. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    one thing more, i just installed 2 game 1 is snoker adn 2nd is drag racing, but drag racing still install in phone but pool master install in sd card? would highly apprecicate if your teach for thsi difference
  9. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    I am installing more game and its install in sd card, i am very happy. but pls advise in order to claer mind what appliation will install to phone or what on sd card,
  10. StyledFamous

    StyledFamous Member

    Thank you so much for these instructions!

    I have a question... does this only work for downloaded apps and not the ones that came with the phone?
  11. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    Presedente, sorry dor disturbing you again with same question but now I have complied my question,
    I have wildfire s a510b v.2.3.3, i have tried yr procedure to force install application to sd card, I have install full SDK from SDK manager but not sure either it is full or mini.

    - In the C:\android\tools no ADB file inside and I look a text file ADB_has_moved and stating (The adb tool has moved to platform-tools/ If you don't see this directory in your SDK, launch the SDK and AVD Manager (execute the android tool) and install "Android SDK Platform-tools please also update your PATH environment variable to include the platform-tools/ directory, so you can execute adb from any location)
    - But when I go from C:\android\platform-tools (platform-tools is the folder inside the Android folder) I found ADB file and from CMD prompt I have done all the procedure below procedure:

    1. Connect my Phone to the PC in Charge Only mode
    2. Open a command prompt (Start -> Run -> CMD)
    3. Type cd\ and press enter until I have reached the root directory of your PC. This is denoted by a C:\>.
    4. Navigate to the folder where I have extracted ADB. In my case, the command would be "cd\
    C:\android\platform-tools".
    5. Type ADB Devices and press enter. Found serial number of my phone.
    6. Type ADB Shell, press enter.
    7. Type pm setInstallLocation 2 press enter
    8. Type Exit, then disconnect your phone.


    - When I download applications from my wirldfire S and install it, I notice some applications install directly in SD card and some is install in phone memory and need manually to move to SD card and my phone memory still killing.

    I just installed 2 games 1 is Snooker and 2nd is Drag Racing, but drag racing still install in phone but Snooker install in SD card. Would highly appreciate if your teach us for this.
  12. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    El Presidente! pls pls pls reply on below I am wory
  13. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    It only works for apps that are downloaded I believe, there's no harm in trying to move pre installed apps to SD though, the option will be greyed out if it doesn't work.

    aghaalihaider, it's nothing to worry about. As I said before, there are some apps which it won't work for and some apps still need to keep a certain part themselves on the phone.

    The process doesn't break anything and is reversible with the command pm setInstallLocation 0.
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  14. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    Thanks for your reply and apprecaite it. Its mean the important file is ADB either its locate in C:\android\platform-tools //or// C:\android\tools //or// cd:\SDK-Tools. Am I right?
    Is there any tips to recheck either the locatoin already set to 2?
  15. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    It doesn't matter where the ADB exe is, so wherever you have it, is fine.

    If stuff some apps are installing to the SD Card by default (then it's worked).
  16. careloads

    careloads Member

    I just did the procedure and it works for me!

    Double thanks!

    Wildfire S
    Marvelc
    unlocked
    s-on
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  17. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    Hy Presedente, I have one more important question. HTC Wildfire S have 512MB ROM and 512MB RAM, pls let me know how many memory (in MB) we can use for applications/games? As I notice when i go setting/applications/manage applications I saw in bottom of the screen total memeory 150MB (bottom left used memory and bottom right free memory total 150MB).
  18. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Of the 512MB ROM, 150MB is made available to the data partition, the remainder of the 512 is taken up by the OS itself.

    Re RAM, there is 512MB, but only 418MB is made available. I'm not sure why you don't get access to the full 512MB, but there you go.
  19. aghaalihaider

    aghaalihaider Member

    do u suggest to use link2sd to install application by default in sd card?
  20. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    As far as I'm aware, you need root for links2sd to work? I can't comment though, it's not something I've ever used. To my knowledge it partitions part of your phones sd card and uses that space to simulate internal memory. I think it's quite a complex procedure by all accounts.
  21. mrafeeq

    mrafeeq New Member


    I had the same problem, i installed the htc sync on my pc and restarted my pc before restart it did not list my serial number
  22. muwu

    muwu New Member

    But it doesn't seem to help whether the app is installed on my SD card or on my phone, it still takes up the same amount of internal memory either way. I have apps installed on my SD card, but they still take eat up my internal memory and uninstalling is seemingly the only thing that will help me. Is there some way to fix this?

    I haven't been to up 20 MB of free space for ages. I can't install anything at all on my phone except one or two apps. My memory is used up by 31 MB of contacts and then the next biggest is 7.68 MB of dialer storage. I have no idea where all my internal memory is going
  23. dorko79

    dorko79 New Member

    just had this done to my phone and it works! so freakin awsome!:D:D:D
  24. deborabr

    deborabr Member

    Hi El Presidente I need your help!!!!

    Thanks for the posts. Apparently I could do the whole process normally but when I access Manage and try to move applications to the SD Card it appears on grey.
    I saw in one of your posts "Yeah, a lot of the pre installed stuff you can't move as it's installed on the system partition, anything you've downloaded yourself should be ok to move though."

    So here is whats happening I dont know how much space comes in the internal memory but I only have 9.50MB available right now with makes impossible even to install system or applications updates. My SD Card is 2GB and right now there's 1.86GB available that i cant use because everything is being installed in the internal memory by default. Even after all this process I cannot move all or some of the applications that came with the phone to the SD card. I dont think they would sell a phone full of applications that i dont use and cant uninstall and that at the same time I cant move to the sd card. I have 6 applications that I downloaded myself and all of them are already in the sd card and still I cannot install even a system update on my phone right now. Is there anything else I can do!?!?!?

    Also in the bottom of applications> manage says 139MB used 11MB free....does that means that 128MB of my internal memory is all pre-installed stuff that I never used!?
  25. El Presidente

    El Presidente Beware The Milky Pirate! Moderator

    Hi deborabr, is your handset carrier branded at all?
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