One of the most common gripes we hear from HTC Explorer owners is that it doesn’t take too long before you fill up the phone’s internal memory.As this mobile has a 512MB ROM, only around 110MB can be used for apps or games. Obviously manually moving your apps to the SD card is one answer to this problem, but this can be a pain to manage and sometimes part of the app will remain in internal memory.
To get round this problem, I’ve written the following guide. In layman terms, Link2SD uses a secondary partition on your SD card and uses it as another segment of internal memory. Link2SD moves and links apk files, dalvik-cache (.dex) files and lib files onto this partition, which the OS mounts on boot. The great thing is that these linked apps remain available when your phone is connected in mass storage mode as Android only unmounts the first partition. Also, you don’t need to worry about linking something you weren’t meant to as Link2SD doesn’t allow you to link system applications as an alternate you can freeze or remove the system apps to free up some memory using root uninstaller software.
Link2SD allows you to pick which apps to move to the SD card, you can auto-link new installs and the whole thing is wrapped in a user-friendly UI. I’ve been using Link2SD for a while now and it’s a godsend, especially for the Explorer where we tend to download a lot of games. If you’re constantly managing your internal memory I highly recommend you give Link2SD a try, see the full guide below.
Guide to using Link2SD on your Explorer
This guide may seem lengthy, but trust us when I say it is straightforward. All steps have been documented which makes it look daunting. Read each section carefully and follow the steps outlined to install Link2SD.
Please make sure you have completed all of the following before starting the tutorial.
On your PC:
Download and install MiniTool Partition Wizard onto your PC or laptop.
On your Explorer:
This app needs root privilege.To root your mobile follow this guide.
Install Link2SD from Android Market onto Explorer. It is a free download.
CREATING SECONDARY PARTITION ON YOUR SD CARD:
You now need to create a secondary partition on your microSD memory card that will enable you to use Link2SD.
Note: We will use MiniTool Partition Wizard to create a secondary partition on your microSD card. This partition can be ext2, ext3, ext4 or FAT32. We will use FAT32 as it is supported on all phones and should lead to less troubleshooting later (and the stock kernel of explorer only supports the fat32 partition,if you have any custom kernel with ext2,3,4 support i suggest using ext4 ). You can use any partition manager of your choosing, but the steps below guide you through MiniTool Partition Wizard.
There is no need to wipe your memory card when going through this process, just ensure you have at least 0.5GB to 1.0GB of free space to make it worthwhile. You also do not need to use a microSD card adapter as the process below creates the partition whilst the phone is connected to your PC.
a) Connect your handset to the PC via USB and then launch MiniTool. You should see the details pop up under ‘Disk 2′.
b) Click on the memory card under Disk 2 in Mini Tool and then in the left pane, press ‘Move/Re-size Partition’. On the blue bar under ‘Size and Location’, move the right arrow towards the left to create the size of the secondary partition desired. In the example below I created a secondary partition with 1018.63MB of space. This value can also be typed in manually in ‘Unallocate Space After’.
c) Once this is done you should see that your memory card is now split into two partitions under Disk 2 of Mini Tool. Right click this new partition and then press ‘Create’.
You'll see a pop-up ,just press ‘Yes’ to continue.
d) You should then see this ‘Create New Partition’ window. Under ‘Create As’ click Primary and then under ‘File System’ click FAT32. Leave the cluster size as default and you can assign whichever drive letter you want. Once finished press OK.
e) This should bring you back to the main Mini Tool screen. Now hit the ‘Apply’ button on the top-left of the screen, denoted by a tick symbol.
This will bring up another pop-up window and will take several minutes to both re-size and create the secondary partition.
This application makes it easy for users with root privileges on their phone to move applications to the SD card.
a) Open the Link2SD app on your phone. You should be greeted with the following menu, check the FAT32 option and click OK.
You will then see the Superuser Request, click ‘Allow’.
Once you see the following message, restart your phone. The app should now be ready to use.
b) To make sure everything is installed correctly. Click the Menu button and go to ‘Storage Info’. This will show you the internal memory and your two partitions on the memory card. In my case, you can see that the second partition is 1GB(as i've used it for some apps its filled but u must see 1GB free i.e 100% free in your case).
c) Now you need to move the apps of your choice to the memory card. Click the Menu button and press ‘Multi-select’.
Choose which apps you want to move by clicking the tick box next to the app. System apps are greyed out and cannot be selected. Link2SD can only move apps that are already on the internal memory. If you have apps already on your SD card, you will need to move them back to the internal memory before you can link them with Link2SD.
If you want to move all of your apps, pressing the multiselect will bring up another menu allowing you to do this by selecting select all.
d) Once you have chosen which apps you want to move, you then need to hit the menu button and press ‘Actions’, which will bring up the following menu. Press ‘Create Link’.
Leave all three check boxes ticked and press OK. Link2SD will now do its work and move/link the selected apps to your memory card.
Once finished, you should see that the apps you have moved have ‘Linked -> SD Card’ in orange font in the Link2SD app list. Reboot your phone.
e) Congratulations your phone is now using Link2SD! You should now go to Settings by pressing the menu button and configure how you would like Link2SD to work. The main decision here is whether you want to Auto Link newly installed apps to the memory card. Given that you’ve gone through the hassle of installing Link2SD we suggest you enable Auto Link and make worrying about your internal memory a thing of the past.