Help Unable to view apps after moving to SD Card


I am using redmi 2 phone. I have purchased licensed app2sd pro version. I transferred "Whatsapp", "Facebook", "Youtube" and another application which was consuming a lot of space to my external SD Card in the "ext4" partition.

In my 32GB SD card, I have created:
Primary partition - 8GB (Fat32)
Secondary partition - 16GB (ext4)
Swap partition - 4GB

After doing the above, I linked the above-mentioned apps to the secondary partition (ext4). Some apps I have linked fully and some partially.

Now, I am not able to see the apps at all on my phone. Though the apps exist, I am not able to locate them or run them.

What should I do? Please help.


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I assume the phone is rooted, so the possible explanations are a compatibility problem between the app and you phone's OS or a problem with the ext partition. Unfortunately I've not used this particular apps to SD app at all, nor ever seen that phone model in real life, so can't confirm whether it is compatible.

So, first thing, can you move the apps back and do they work if you do? If so that's something.

Are you sure you have the partitions set up right? The tools I used to use needed both the fat32 and ext4 to be primary partitions (I've never created a swap partition on a card, and wouldn't want to degrade performance by using one).

Otherwise, what did you use to partition the card? I remember back in my Desire days, using different apps 2 sd tools, that we saw a lot of problems when people used Minitool to add ext4 partitions, many were only fixed by repartitioning using Gparted. Not everyone had problems, but it was pretty common (especially since that phone had 147MB of storage so everyone was trying to extend it!).

Of course it may not be anything to do with the card. Did the apps ever work after you moved them, or did they disappear after a reboot? If the latter then it would suggest a software incompatibility (not running init scripts the app uses to set things up on startup for example).


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I'm pretty sure that Facebook cannot be run from an SD card and I would be surprised if Whatsapp worked as well. As a matter of fact, many apps that rely heavily on mobile data will have a problem being moved to an SD card. The better option would be to use the SD card as adoptable storage, if your phone and OS support it.


Thread starter
Hi Guys,
Thanks a lot for your support.

@Hardon: The SD Card is a 32GB card and I have used SuperSU to root the phone. I have installed Apps2SD Pro software in my android.

As said earlier, after linking the apps I wasn't able to find them on my phone. I was really shocked. Later, I restarted my android in soft boot mode. Now, I am able to see all the linked apps.

Though I enabled the soft boot mode as default in the Apps2SD Pro software (check the screenshot attached), whenever I reboot my phone it boots in normal mode only and I am unable to see the linked apps.

I don't know what to do? I request you to help me.


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