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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by erry, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. erry

    erry Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    hi there

    obviously it is known that the desire only has a small internal capacity- and i have just managed to fill mine up

    BUT i have almost 7gb's free on my 8GB SD card-

    What is the best way to get the phone to use the memory card for storage instead of trying to cram everything onto the internal memory?



    p.s. and what can i just go ahead and erase from the list of folders containing files when i open it uip on my pc?

    do i need the HTC sync start up programme at 35 mb's? etc.

  2. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Well you can move parts of some apps using Manage applications "Move to sd" if you have froyo. But it doesnt save you much space.

    There is a dirty hack to force "all" apps to SD, see the tips & Tricks sub forum for details (although not really recommended).

    Then there is rooting and getting a rom with apps2sd+. Bit more comlicated, but best for space all round, but not without its risks. People shoudl really be familiar with their device (and teh associated risks) before going into this.
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  3. erry

    erry Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    i have gone down the list of installed apps and moved all the ones that i could move to the SD card

    am i right in thinking it will only let you move them if its not going to affect them working- but it stops you moving them if it will cause problems?

    and yeh- it only freed up 36mb's - but was still worth doing!
  4. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Well, it has to be coded into the app by the developer to allow it to move.

    You can circumvent this on an unrooted phone by changing the default install location, but some apps and all widgets will not work properly, so you will have to individually move these back.

    See these threads for details:

    As I say, it is a dirty hack, so not ideal but may help a little.
  5. erry

    erry Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    ahh, ok- well that makes more sense now!- cheers mate

    so basically if it allows me to move it within the move to sd card option, it is going to work fine?!

    its not going to give me the option to move it and then not work properly?!
  6. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Well the developer of the app has added the functionality to move, so you would assunme it moves and still works, but you can never be 100% sure.

    Of course if you mount your SD card in a PC, the app wont work t all.
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  7. erry

    erry Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    is there any need to have both the facebook applications?


    and facebook for htc sense?
  8. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Facebook is better I think, but havent had sense for a long time. I think its on the /system partition though, so it wont be taking up the "Internal Storage" you are running low on.
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  9. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    As SuRoot said, I recommend using my guide. Link is in my signature below (2nd one about moving to sd).

    I don't see why its a "dirty hack" though, as it's completely safe and a quick, easy way to get more storage.
  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Its subverting how the standard operating system is working, but it does cause issues for people. After time it can go wrong and prevent people being able to install applications.

    Its the equivelant of a registry hack, where you change the registry to force the operating system to do something else. Its basically exploiting a loophole.

    Its not as elegant as a script for example.
  11. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    True, but if you haven't rooted, it is one of the few solutions out there, and its simple.
  12. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I'm not denying that its one of the few solutions out there. I'm just voicing my opinion that i dont like it. I'm also fed up of helping the people in your thread who can't get it working ;)
  13. williamj1

    williamj1 Android Enthusiast

    Haha :) I originally said in the OP that I would check back regularly to help out. I did this for the first month or so, but now i've just given up :p
  14. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I help out now and then if I'm bored.
  15. cammyhorne

    cammyhorne Newbie

    i had the same problem, i then removed adobe flash player as it was 11mb, since then i have 26mb free and there is no change on mky phone or internet (dolphin)
  16. leeh1986

    leeh1986 Lurker

    rooty rooty :)
  17. 1500cc

    1500cc Member

    How much space for apps do we have? I added all my apps up today and it came to about 110MB, plus I had 15MB free. I thought we had closer to 140. Or does the "manage applications" function not show everything?
  18. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    About 147 but there is app cache, app data, your system settings all in there
  19. kaihoow88

    kaihoow88 Lurker

    hi, i just rooted my HTC Desire using unrevoked3. I didn't want to flash in any other ROMS. So can i still install apps to SD Card without using up the internal memory? Previously, i used the unroot method of installing apps into SD card but part of the apps still eats up my internal memory. I read that there is such thing call ROM Manager where you can partition your SD Card to trick the phone or something like that, but im not too sure on how to use it...

    Oh ya, is a Rooted phone without flashing any other ROMS still better than the original ones? What are the advantages?
  20. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Read the FAQ in my sig. Sigs only show one per page though sometimes though so you may have to scroll up to post #2 in this thread
  21. kaihoow88

    kaihoow88 Lurker

    Thanks for the reply =) However, i dun know what sigs is. is there a link to your FAQ?? Thanks!
  22. GrenW

    GrenW Android Expert

    Sigs is his signature - look below his first post on this thread.
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  23. 1500cc

    1500cc Member

    I currently have a de-branded HTC Froyo ROM. I looked up your FAQs on rooting (great guide, BTW) and it seems pretty easy. If I rooted, would I be able to clear out any additional apps to get more space? There's a lot of stock HTC apps that I never use (e.g. Facebook, Footprints, etc.). Or can I somehow re-partition the space they allocate for apps?
  24. spile

    spile Android Enthusiast

    It is also worth checking to see if you have the contacts memory bug. Check to see if your People app is much bigger than it should be.

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