Moving Apps to the SD Card, Samsung Galaxy Precedent

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And now for something different! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged over here. Things have been a bit busy between my business’s blog, working on websites for local businesses, housework, and playing Skyrim. I did however find this blog post to be important to include because I spent the better part of the last 3 days looking for information on how to accomplish such a task. In general the subject has been taunting me for several weeks now, probably since sometime in October. Aftering seeing how easy this was to accomplish, I hope to help others in the same situation as me.

Straight Talk: Samsung Galaxy Precedent

Samsung Galaxy Precedent
This phone is Straight Talk’s solution to having a solid, Android-based smartphone on their network. You are however, required to use Straight Talk’s unlimited data service, which costs $45 USD a month, roughly $49 and change after taxes. That’s alright though, there’s no contract and you can prepay for longer periods at a time to save some money. The Samsung Galaxy Precedent runs on Android Froyo 2.2.

Internal Memory is Full.

Chances are, if you’ve had this phone for more than a few days (or weeks for some people), you’ve come across it’s major flaw. It’s internal memory, for lack of a better word, sucks. It comes with less than 400mbs of space, a lot of which is consumed by the Android OS, and then some Google-bloatware such as Google Books.

The phone’s saving grace is the fact that you can use a micro-SD card, upwards of 32gigs. There is still a challenge, as most Android App developers have not enabled “move to SD card” as an option for App-storage, essentially leaving your massive micro-SD card a ghost town.

Move Almost ANY App to Your SD Card!

In just a few short steps, you too can be part of the cool-kid club. Soon enough that internal memory is running low message will be gone, hopefully for good. This requires very little technical skills but you will want to pay close attention to details. Below is an overview, if you need further help, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP. Good luck!
 

  1. First off, visit the Android’s Developer download page and download Android’s SDK for Windows
  2. Next, unzip the package to your Desktop using WinZip, WinRAR, 7Zip, or whatever program you happen to like best, it doesn’t matter, just get that baby unzipped!
  3. Once unzipped, launch SDK Manager.exe and uncheck everything except Documentation for Android SDK and Google USB Driver.
  4. After you’ve done that, click Install Packages and let the download + installation complete.
  5. Next up, grab your Android Froyo device, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and check the box for “USB Debugging.”
  6. Now, hook your phone up to your PC, using the USB adapter it came with. Your PC will go through a series of driver downloads for your phone, it may require you to click Yes/Search a few times before it’s ready to go.
  7. After your phone is showing up in “My Computer” you should be good to go.
  8. Open up a Command prompt on your PC. To do this, go to Start, Run, type in “cmd” and hit Enter
  9. Next step depends on which Operating System you use:
    • For Windows XP In the window that opens, type in “cd C:\Documents and Settings\Dan\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”
    • If you are using Windows 7: you will want to type in “cd C:\Users\Dan\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”

    Important: You’ll want change “Dan” to whatever your Windows profile name is. Also make sure you do not include the quotation marks.

  10. Now type into the command prompt: “adb devices”
  11. Next type into the command prompt: “adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2″
  12. That’s it! You’re done. Safely disconnect your phone from the computer and then reboot your phone.
  13. To undo these changes, retrace the steps above, but when you reach Step 11, type into the command prompt: “adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0″ instead.
Androids on Skateboard

You Should Know…

This method has been proven to work across many Samsung Galaxy Precedent phones. If it is not working with yours, try asking me for some help but you may also consult Android forums for additional help. As far as I can tell, but I can’t confirm it, this method will not void any warranties or service plans, and it is not considered rooting.

That just about wraps it up, thanks for reading! Good luck!


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115 Comments

  1. Dalton Ortega

    After unzipped I try running the .exe file but the command box opens for a split second and closes again, so there are no boxes for me to uncheck.

    • Dan

      What OS are you running? If you can get to the “Run” box, type in “cmd” to load a Command prompt, from there you should be able to work along with it.

      • Shannen

        How do you mean? This happened to me, and so I tried running from step 8, though it tells me “the filename, directory name or volume label syntax is incorrect” in step 9. though I know the address of my desktop, and checked and double checked for errors and the exact location of where I’m pointing to in step 9. I am tuning windows 7. Any advice about that or maybe what to do about what Dalton said would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

        • Dan

          Shannen,

          Hopefully you find this a little more helpful for Windows 7. Try going to C:\Users\YOUR WINDOWS ACCOUNT NAME\Desktop

          Make sure to swap “YOUR WINDOWS ACCOUNT NAME” with your actual account name. If you don’t know it, click the start menu in the bottom left corner and you should see it near the top right of the Start Menu’s interface (directly below your Windows Profile avatar/icon.)

    • Brook

      SDK Manager.exe seems to require the latest version of java from java.com

  2. Kristy

    I’ve completed steps 1-6 but my phone is not showing up im “my computer”…what should I do?

    • Dan

      Check your phone’s screen. When I get to step 6, my phone has a prompt asking me to “approve” using the phone as a USB Storage device. I guess I should have included that in my post, oops =/ Let me know if you have any luck with that.

  3. Kristy

    Ok! That did help.
    BUT…now when I’m under the Command promt, it says, “the system cannot find the path specified.”
    I am not good with computers, and have no clue!!!
    I’ve tried entering just #9 and it says the above.
    I’ve also tried entering 9-11 all at the same time and it says the same.
    Plz hlp!

  4. Completed the process but still not able to move apps to sd card…

    • Dan

      If you completed the process properly, you should be able to go to Settings, Applications, Manage, and then select+move them. You can also try going to the Market and getting a free copy of “Apps2SD” – this will semi-automatically help move your Apps. There are only a few Apps I can’t seem to move to the SD card (Google Books is one of them), but anything I’ve downloaded since getting the phone was movable after doing the steps above.

      Unfortunately, I can’t offer total support for this, you might want to check out Android Forums for more detailed help too.

      • There are two apps by that name, I’m guessing you mean Sam Lu’s?

        • Dan

          This Apps 2 SD app is the one I’ve been using

        • Charles

          Are there spaces at the end of step 9 and 10, and step 10 and 11? I did with and without a space at the end of each of the steps I mentioned. Still not working but with App2SD, I was able to move 2 apps to SD card. Downloading Skype is still telling me I have insufficient space notwithstanding that 8GB SD card was inserted in the phone.

          • Dan

            Not sure how Skype operates with Apps2SD, should be movable though if you have successfully completed the steps above. Are you able to move any other Apps that were originally unmovable?

  5. Ted

    Your directions worked like a charm!!!

    I was able to transfer my files from the phone to the SD Card and free the phone’s limited storage capacity.

    Thank you!

  6. Kristy

    I have Vista

    • Dan

      Thanks, I’ll see if I can find any Vista-specific differences in the method above.

    • Megan

      I don’t know if you’ve resolved this issue already but I think I can help.

      What you type into the Command Prompt also depends on where your unzipped filesare saved.

      Make sure you installed the package Dan told you to (the Documentation for Android SDK and Google USB Driver, although to be honest I never found the “Google USB Driver” one and my problem seems to be resolved so far)

      Remember how you unzipped everything?

      Check out where the unzipped files went. Are they in the same place where you saved the original download? Start at Your Computer and click on the C:\ drive and try to physically find the folder that the downloaded files have been unzipped to.

      I use Windows 7, and the files I download are saved to a different folder, which is called “Downloads” and that’s where I unzipped the files. So when I went from my computer to the “android-sdk-windows” folder, I had to go through this path:

      C > Users > Megan > Downlaods > android-sdk-windows

      When I followed that path, I could actually see a folder called “platform-tools” and if you find the unzipped folders, you should be able to see the “platform-tools” folder, too.

      So when I typed it into Command Prompt it looked like this:

      cd C:\Users\Megan\Downloads\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools
      (The difference is that I had to type “Downloads” instead of “Desktop”)

      Since you’re using Vista and since your settings are probably different than mine, you’ll probably have a different path.

      Hope that helped a little.

  7. Zana

    Thanx a lot ^_^ it worked great. but after doing all this, I did find the moveto sd card option for the apps i downloaded and installed already.

  8. Allen

    hi Dan,
    i m using galaxy w and also have this problem, i would like to try ur way , but 1 thing to ask is, a game maybe just 20mb, but the game data is 500MB, use your way to do, will the system also move the game data together to our memory card?
    thanks

    • Dan

      To my knowledge the game’s data will get stored on your memory card. When you move (any) App to the SD card, it leaves behind a small amount of data on the actual phone. This data (to my knowledge) is basically configuration data to tell the phone to look in a specific spot on the SD card for the rest of your App’s data. I’m not an expert at this but I do have a general understanding of how computers and mobile devices work in this sense.

  9. Fahd

    okay m doing diz now…but after diz wt if i update my version to gingerbread?? will this setting go away?”??

  10. Robyn

    Thanks, Dan for the directions. I would classify myself as fairly techo-savvy and have completed the steps above without much trouble. However, I still can’t seem to move a single thing to my SD card – even when Apps2SD says they’re movable! Can someone tell me one of the apps they were able to move? I want to see if it’s the specific apps I’m downloading or if I have a bad SD card (which is highly unlikely!). This is sooooo frustrating!!

    • Dan

      Hi Robyn, not really sure I can help you besides reminding you to “double check” a few things

      - Make sure SD card is not in read-only mode
      - Consider formatting the SD card and trying again (if that’s an option)

      The only Apps I really couldn’t seem to move were a few core Apps that have no purpose (for me) like Google Books, Navigator, etc. It’s really a shame that Android doesn’t by-default allow you to move/delete any old Apps. We really shouldn’t have to go through a complicated process to get more power from the phone in it’s current state.

      • Robyn

        Thanks Dan! I did eventually get it to work. The 1st time I did it, I didn’t turn on Mass Storage. After doing that, it worked like a charm!

  11. Steve

    I haven’t tried this yet, but intend to as soon as I get home. I have one question though. Your instructions say to turn on USB debugging on the phone. After completing this process, are you required to leave USB debugging turned on?

    • Dan

      Hi Steve. I was able to turn off USB debugging after I finished this whole process. Haven’t seen any issue come from it, I’m still able to move Apps without any issues. If you hit any snags in the process, let me know and I’ll be happy to give you some input.

  12. Steve

    Hi Dan, Thanks for the info. Windows 7. The problem I`m having is with the C prompt. It is coming up as “C:\users\steve>” How do I get a regular c prompt to appear so I can put “cd” in front of it as you mention in step 8. Also after I enter the command line you mention in line 8 do I push “enter” ? what will happen at that point ? Thanks for any info you can pass along

  13. Steve

    Thanks Dan, Works great ! I was able to move all my apps to the sd card and I no longer get the low memory icon showing up. Well done !

  14. Bill

    I am running into the same problem with running out of space. I will be trying to root my phone soon. Thanks for the info.

  15. Vee

    This looks like exactly what I need to do… problem being.. I’m on a macbook air. *sigh* Any idea how to work this magic on a Mac? :)

    • Dan

      Hey Vee, no clue on how to do this on a Mac. I can ask around but I don’t have any access to any Mac OS. Is installing Windows in a virtual machine an option or do you not have access to a Windows XP/Vista/7 CD?

      • Vee

        I do actually have virtual box installed on my new imac.. perhaps I can do it there. It has Windows 7 I *think*. Thanks.

  16. diyana

    hye Dan. i just wonder. did this step is working for galaxy wonder? thanks Dan. :)

    • Dan

      I can’t confirm if it’s working on the Galaxy. Does the Galaxy have a small internal hard drive? That’s the main reason the Galaxy Precedent needs this workaround.

  17. Jon

    I am having trouble with step 9, it is not recognizing the command…I am running Vista and saved the unzipped files in a specific location. Does this change the command?

    • Dan

      Make sure you adjust the location to match the specific location you placed it. IE: In my example I put the folder on my desktop, so “C:\Users\Dan\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools” is the exact location of my folder. Beyond that, the steps and commands should be the same.

  18. Dewayne

    I bought 32gb from radioshack today. The mintue i inserted the sd into my phone it did not recognize it.

    • Dan

      Might want to try formatting the brand new card. Sounds silly but the SD’s current format may not be the preferred for the phone.

  19. Matt

    Dan,

    I followed the instructions listed above but after installing the ADB Interface network driver and the 2 USB devices (Samsung Android USB composite device/Sierra Wireless HSPA Device), my phone does not show up in “My Computer”. What could be wrong here that I may have missed or a setting crossed?

    Thank for your help and the site as well.

    • Dan

      Did you enable USB Debugging on your phone’s settings (as specified in step 5)

      • Matt

        Dan yes I did. Also, I had to load this onto another PC, and after getting the latest version of the SDK tools, when clicking the SDK Manager.exe it opens the cmd prompt box and does not go past that point. Even if I use DOS to run the exe file it does the same thing…

  20. Eddie

    Dan, I’ve read through most, if not all of your comments. Great stuff! But I’ve been working on this for about 2 hours now and can’t seem to get through #9. I even changed my profile name. It was Administrator (had to look up how to find it :-). Didn’t know it was in Start menu) and then I changed it to EDDIE/Administrator. But every way I try to put it in does not work. Does #9 have to be done to make this work?? :-) I’m using XP. Have a Samusung Precedent. Any help is great (can’t believe they didn’t make the info-to-SD card a default! :-) Thanks Dan!

    • Eddie

      Got through #9 (had to change location of where file was going :-) and have put in the adb and the shell info in cmd prompt. It saved to 2. But how do I use this, please? (Thought I was better on the computer than this. :-) Is the transfer done IN the cmd prompt?

      • Dan

        The transfer is done afterwards. Once you finish all of the steps, safely disconnect your phone from your computer and you can turn off USB debugging. You should now be able to go to Settings, Applications, click an App, click move to SD.

        • Eddie

          Thanks for answering. Finally got it. Phone works SO much better now. Thanks. :-)

          • Dan

            Happy to help! The phone is great other than the lack of internal space. This procedure makes it much more bare-able.

  21. Cate Barrett

    Hi Dan, what if the only owned computer is a IMac? Will the instructions be the same for getting rid of the messages “low on space” and “text message memory full”, I have only 25 contacts in the phone, no images, a 16g sd card installed and have cleared out all the 31 text messages a few minutes ago. I also have had the phone less than a month.

    Can I delete some of the pre-installed apps on the phone I will never use?

    Thanks
    Cate

    • Dan

      I can’t speak for Mac users. I’d suggest trying to look up information on some Mac forums but ultimately be prepared to hunt down a copy of Windows and run it in a VM if necessary.

      Sadly, some Apps are unremovable/unmoveable even after this update (very few of them are) – things like Google Books for example. I’ve never used the damn App, my suggestion for any “stock app” that can’t be moved/deleted is to uninstall all the updates on them. This will reduce their file size drastically (depends on the app) and doesn’t put you at real risk since you don’t use the app anyway.

  22. Ron

    Dan I was wondering about step 9 , i am using windows 7 with my precedent and when i pull up my command prompt it says “C:\Users\Jacobe116>” so next to it i entered “cd C:\Users\Jacobe116\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”. So in all i had “C:\Users\Jacobe116>cd C:\Users\Jacobe116\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools” is correct because it is saying “the sys path not found” please help if you can..

    • Ron

      Also I see this folder right here on my desktop so this is wierd, also i seen where you said to type “cd\” to get “C:\” but i get “C:\>” for some reason

      • Dan

        C:\> is fine on Windows 7, that’s how it’s formatted. Try the path of: “C:\Users\Jacobe116\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools” (no quotes)

  23. Josue

    i am using windows xp… i typed in cd C:\Documents and Settings\Ruuku\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools…and it keeps saying “the system cannot find the path specified” all the steps prior to that went smoothly…and is it “google usb package”? please help

    • Dan

      And you’re absolutely positive that the folder on your desktop is called android-sdk-windows and has a sub folder in it called platform-tools?

  24. Mizan

    Thanks a lot Dan.. you are the man…it worked a magic… Great stuff!

  25. Kevin

    Anyone have any ideas? Sorry if my post came out as angry or rude.

  26. Kevin

    I’m going to try this again. When I try to unzip the files, there are duplicate file names. A popup tells me to choose which one to keep and which one to get rid of, but I am not sure which to keep. I can screenshot the opened zip file to show you all of the duplicate files if you like. I tried just answering “yes to all” on which files to delete, and also saying no to all of them, but it just doesn’t work. I would greatly appreciate help on this.

    • dustin

      Yea wtf I have the same problem. seems like every question got answered except this one?????????

      • Dan

        I can only answer questions I actually know the answer to, I’ve done a bit of looking around to see if I can figure out why some people are getting stuck at a certain step but I haven’t found any solid solutions.

        I can probably host the files that I used but I would be wary because if they ever did a critical update to the package, the package I’d be offering would be dated (and possibility a risk factor if the update is security related.)

  27. Bill

    Hi Dan,

    I have this phone and I am running into low memory when I install new apps. Even with having my SD card. So I am going to follow your article, will do it later today. That seems to be the only problem that I have ran into with my phone. Thanks for posting this info. Will let you know how it goes. Also if you still have this phone and have questions feel free to ask. Thanks Bill

    • Dan

      Hey Bill,

      I still use this phone as my primary personal/business line (got Google Voice linked up to it also.) I’ll check back later today or early next week to see if you’ve gotten through it already.

      Let me know how it goes, good luck!

  28. Lucas

    Hey there, awesome page and help! I’m all the way to the step where you enter the cmd to switch it to saving to the sd, it says the device is offline. Not 100% sure what that means, it successfully changed to the right directory where the tools are found, it found the phone, but it is saying the phone is offline. Have you had an experience with this issue?

    edit: Could it have something to do with the drivers? i didn’t mention this but when i initially dl+installed the packages from the sdk manager, there was no option for google drivers, it only had the documentation, which was in android 4.0.3 folder(mine, and all of these devices run 2.2 i do believe) and the 2.2 folder is empty.

    edit: I decided to go ahead and unstill the device drivers, restarted windows and let it reinstall the drivers. i also didn’t turn on mass storage this time, and it let the command go through. I restared the phone, and am still unable to move the apps over to the sdcard that i wasn’t able too before.

    edit: Tried it again, this time i turned on mass storage, it let the command go through this time with that turned on(it wasn’t before). still no go. sorry for all the post, i enjoy troubleshooting computer os issues, and know that even little details can matter when trying to figure out the problem.

    edit: Alright, i’ve found that it will allow me to move certain apps(words with friends, avast) but other such as facebook or google search are still unmovable.

    • Dan

      Sounds about right. There’s a small set of Apps which still are unmovable, mostly the ones that came stock with the phone.

      PS: I merged your comments together so others could follow your troubleshooting a bit easier.

  29. Kim Bin Hussein

    Awesome!
    Thanks Dan, It worked well on my phone. Just one problem and I don’t know if it might be a coincidence or not but my 3g connection timed out for the first time ever and is functioning slower than usual. I will try to figure out what might be going on.

  30. Donna

    Hi Dan,

    Did all the steps successfully until I got to the last command prompt. I get a “permission denied” at this point.

    Help!

  31. Bill

    Hey Dan,

    Just like the post b4 mine, I am unable to find Google USB driver in step 3. Did not go any further. Has this been removed?

  32. Chuck

    Wow 2 hours to download maybe worth it really tired of low memory issue on my Presedence

  33. hikki

    It worked on my samsung galaxy precedent (straight talk). took me a few tries, here is what I was doing wrong the first times I tried it.
    1. make sure the phone shows up in my computer. google usb driver installed, plug in phone, turn phone off and on, use the menu at top of phone to mount sd card (enable usb storage, thats when it should show up in my computer.
    2. check your typing carefully. be sure you extracted the sdk to your desktop, don’t rename any of the files. I believe when you type setInstallLocation 2 , the command is case sensitive. it didn’t work for me when i typed it all lower case letters.
    3. after you are finished, power on and off your phone. I was now able to move all the stupid apps that were not movable before. the ones that I couldn’t move, i uninstalled and then reinstalled them.

    I went from 20 mb of space to 54 mb of space… before I did this I was having to run the cache cleaner every day just to keep my phone from running out of memory. THANKS DAN!! woooo hooooo

    • hikki

      I also should mention that if the phone isn’t showing up on my computer, that means that your pc doesn’t have access to your SD card. so when you go through all the steps, everything will appear to have worked fine, but after you check your phone, you will see that no changes were made because the pc did not have access to the SD card. (set installLocation 2 means change the default install location to the SD card, instead of using internal storage as default install location).

  34. Nikki

    Dan,
    Thanks for the information. I made it through steps 1-4 fine. However, when I click ” USB debugging” in step 5, my computer does not recognize my phone as a mass storage device, even when I have selected mass storage on my phone’s settings. I am running Windows 7. Additionally, I’ve not been prompted to go through a series of driver downloads.

    Finally, when I unzipped the package, it was automatically stored as a folder under my program files. You recommend the desktop. Will this be a problem?

    Thanks!

    • Dan

      Nikki. The location of the files won’t matter, as long as you adjust your file path when doing the steps I had listed. IE If the file is located in Program Files, you’d change the following:

      Change this: “cd C:\Users\Dan\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”

      To this: “cd C:\Program Files\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”

      Or whatever the exact path happens to be on your PC. As for your USB debugging problem, you may want to try searching “Windows 7 doesn’t recognize mass storage device phone” – the first result I came across was to a help forum on Microsoft’s site which may or may not be of any use to you, but here it is anyways!

  35. What do you do if you have a Linux driver???? I tried installing it that way but its hard to do when following these directions. Thanks

    • Dan

      If you aren’t a Linux “pro” you may want to find someone with more experience to look at the guide. It’ll probably work for any OS, but the steps will be different (overall process would be very similar I’d imagine.)

  36. victor

    is this method working with samsung galaxy s3 ?

    • Dan

      I can’t confirm that. This guide is specifically tailored for the Samsung Galaxy Precedent, a phone available through Walmart/Straight Talk’s phone service. Who knows, it may work for all Android phones, it may just work on Android phones running 2.x.x. If you find out any details though, I’d love to hear about it.

  37. Kaylene

    hi dan, thank you for this, i was wondering if the steps are applicable to the galaxy note?

    • Dan

      I couldn’t tell you. I would assume it’ll be different because your version of Android is probably different. The patch I’ve mentioned in this post is aimed at the Precedent which runs 2.2.2

  38. Jen

    Hey,
    Thank you so much for your help! I used the link that you provided and installed the SDK manager, but even after expanding everything in there, I don’t have Documentation for Android SDK or Google USB Driver options. Do you think you can help?

    • Dan

      Sure. What operating system is your computer using? I’m not sure if the package files have changed or something, but I can always host the package I had downloaded/used when creating this guide. I actually did this procedure to another person’s phone yesterday for them, worked like a charm.

      I think I saw you added me on Google+, I added you back, maybe we can chat briefly over there or via Skype so I can help you out with this.

  39. Chuck Lawhorn

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned, but when you try and change to a folder that includes spaces (Like “Documents and Settings”) You _have_ to include the quotes. The fact that you specifically said not to use the quotes in that step may be the reason people are having the problems they report.

    Thanks,

    –Chuck

  40. Steve

    Does this work on the Samsung Admire also, if not where do i find the solution for that phone

    • Dan

      I can’t be certain that it would work on that phone. This guide was made purely based on my experience working with the Samsung Galaxy Precedent. If you try it and it works, definitely let me know! I’d assume the process would be the same, or very similar among many Android devices.

      • steve

        Thanks for the Reply
        Hmm… If I try it and it does not work will it mess up my phone?

        • Dan

          I can’t promise it wouldn’t but I personally wouldn’t think it would. Basically this guide is a “toggle switch” – you can turn the setting on and off. With that being said, I would imagine if your phone wasn’t working correctly after doing this trick, you could just undo it by changing the setting back to the default.

  41. Steve

    Hi Dan
    I found the zip on the Samsung site for my phone
    USB Driver for MetroPCS SCH-R720 (Admire)Samsung_USB_Driver_MetroPCS_R720(Admire)_v1_3_2300_1.zip

    if i use this driver is the rest of the walk-thru the same?

  42. Steven

    Hi Dan,

    I could use a little help here. First of all i have a rooted Samsung gt-i5500m. Installed the latest Java JDK and Android SDK on my PC, followed most of the procedures here with no issues at all but my real problem here is that the command “pm setInstallLocation 2″ is not being recognized. I tried using the alternative command which is “pm set-install-location 2″, same result. I’m currently using Windows 7 32-bit and I’m kinda lost here. I’m looking forward to whatever advise you’ll give about this, thanks.

    • Dan

      Steven,

      I can’t really help you there. I’m not sure if this method would work for your specific phone, especially after rooting it. I feel after you rooted the phone, there should be an easier way to accomplish what this guide is intended on doing. What version of Android does your phone currently run on?

  43. d

    Thanks so much! It worked great. At first I was frustrated because I couldn’t get my computer to recognize the path but then I found this guys post: http://techgage.com/article/moving_your_non-movable_android_apps_to_an_sd_card/ and using your info and his I was able to do it!

    PS My phone is a Samsung Galaxy Q

  44. Jessica Warren

    Okay so I made it to step 9 but then when I went back to look and see if my phone was in “My Computer” I didn’t see anything. Will it actually show up as “Samsung Precedent” or what?

  45. jenny

    hi dan . i have windows 7 64bit and a samsung galaxy precident with the same annoying memory problem .i followed your steps made sure i have the right path in the cmd prompt and every time i get the “cdb is not a recognized command or the syntext is incorect …Help?

  46. So, the directions seem easy enough, but the driver doesn’t seem to be doing anything with my phone. I got an error once saying that my phone did not install, and then when I disconnect and reconnect, nothing.
    I’m running Windows 7, if that helps.

  47. Teresa

    Is there a tutorial for a Mac?

  48. Willy

    Hey it works perfectly for me, thanks so much!!

    - Galaxy Q User

  49. Heather J.

    I have the same problem as Melissa C. The first time I plugged in the phone in debugging mode, it started to download device driver, then it said there was an error. After that, the computer did nothing when it was in debugging mode. It is was not in debugging mode it would recognize my phone and my phone gave me the option to connect. With debugging on the phone did not give the option to connect. Any fix?

  50. J

    is this considered rooting my phone? because I don’t want to do that…

  51. Noosheen

    Hey! I’m so happy you’ve got this post, because I’ve been trying to figure out how to fix the low memory problem on my phone. The only issue I’m running into right now while following your steps is that my phone won’t show up in My Computer at all at any point. Any suggestions on what to do? I’m attempting this on a computer that is running Windows 7. I hope you can help!

    Thanks again!!

  52. Owen

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, I got all the way to step 11, when typing in the adb shell into the command prompt, it says error: device not found. I do have usb debugging checked on my phone, and I have followed the instructions through.

    • Dan

      OWen, assuming you still have this problem, is the device showing up in My Computer? If it shows up there, it should work.

  53. Tony

    I can get to the download page to download the link but it will not download to my pc. I am using windows 7. I click on the download tab and it goes to a page with my desktop icons on it and no mater what other page I try to put it in it won’t go. I think this is the fix for my phone, but I can’t get it to work. Can you help?

  54. art

    I think step 11 is indeed case sensitive.

  55. blakajee

    yo naman!!! I did evrything as u said… everything went ok… i install app2sd.. But its said it cannot move my application to sd… But the way am using Samsung galaxy s7652 duos… Help plzzz..