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[How to] Moving Apps to SD Card

4th May 2013, 03:45 PM   |  #1  
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***UPDATE***

As of update MF5 and higher, this feature is now part of Samsung's software (YAY! )

To move apps to SD, simply Go to:

1] Settings
2] More
3] Application Manager
4] Select your app from the list
5] Select the "Move to SD card" option

For those of you on older firmwares or wanting a slightly more powerful tool, read on!


Hi Everyone,

I'm posting this here hoping to save others some trouble of finding how to move Apps to SD Card. Officially it's not supported, but there's already a few methods of doing so. First, some warnings:

Rooting: Currently there is no recoveries for the Galaxy S4, so if rooting somehow goes wrong, you've got an expensive paperweight.
Apps to SD Card: SD Card memory is more vulnerable than the internal memory, so there's always a risk of data loss on them. Keep anything you can't afford to lose in the internal memory!

Step 1: Prepare your phone for rooting:

First up you need to Root your Galaxy S4. To do this:



[On your Phone]
- Go to Settings --> More Tab --> About Device
- Tap "Build number" multiple times - I think after 9 it enables "Developer Options"
- Go back to the "More" menu, and open the new developer options tab
- Enable "USB Debugging"
- Plug your phone into your computer via USB

[On your Computer (Windows only instructions)]
- Download the Galaxy S Drivers from HERE and save them somewhere handy (IE: Desktop)
- Right click "Computer/My Computer", go to properties, and open your device manager
- You should see your galaxy in there somewhere (Possibly under "other"). Right click this, go to "update driver software", and browse for drivers. Select the S Driver folder mentioned above and hit next, and it should update/install itself.
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Step 2: Root your phone:

For versions before MDN/MDM - thunderserpent's guide should do the trick: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2266336
For versions ending in MDN/MDM - djembey's guide should work great: http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2255190

For older versions (stock without an OTA Update), use the below method:

[On your Computer (Windows only instructions)]
- Once installed, download the Motochopper software HERE to root the phone
- Double click the motochopper "run.bat" in the folder, and follow the instructions onscreen.

Step 3: Install and use FolderMount:

[On your Phone]
- Once rooted, download foldermount HERE
- Once installed, open FolderMount and grant superuser access when asked.
- In FolderMount, you have the options to:
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:: Name your folder (IE: "Generic Game 1")
:: Select the "Source" Folder (the one on your local storage)
:: Select the "Destination" Folder (the one on your SD Card)

When you enter these details, it will then move them to your SD Card!

Personally I paid the 1.40 for the FolderMount Pro, because it also shows you filesizes when browsing - and it's finally made my S4 useful!

I know it's not the easiest process ever, but hopefully I've explained it enough to get people started. I have a 32GB external and the measly 8.8 internal I was left with was useless. Now I can move apps to the external card to save space internally!

Common Locations of Large Files:

Two common locations for games (IE: Gameloft games, EA Games, etc.)
Android/data
Android/obb

Potential Downfalls:
- Loading times may increase from the external memory
- Updates may cause problems, although testing so far shows it doesn't have any problems
- You may need to re-mount after reboot, the mount on boot option may not always work

If you get prompted to redownload a game/update that you already have - check in FolderMount that it has been mounted okay

Disclaimer: These instructions are purely to try and help people - I don't own, maintain, or affiliate with any of the downloads. Use at your own risk!

Update

Some people using Adam Kernel/root having been having issues - please see some steps below from abheshekk who managed to get it working fine:

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Originally Posted by abheshekk

Hi,

Follow following steps to resolve this issue, mine is working now:

I9500 should be on stock rom mine was on mdk indian latest firmware.

1. install Adam kernel 1.1 using odin
2. install cofface cwm recovery
3. install busybox

this will work for you enjoy

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4th May 2013, 04:35 PM   |  #2  
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Good how to, and the app FolderMount is well worth the money!

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4th May 2013, 04:55 PM   |  #3  
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Nice How-to,

when I am back home, I will try it
4th May 2013, 06:48 PM   |  #4  
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Nice How-to,

when I am back home, I will try it

Samsung's response to the lack of built in memory is an SD Card, yet they don't officially support this - so after a bit of looking around I managed to get it working. Figured if it helps even one or two people out, yay
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Please note you will probably have to reinstall the apps when updates for the app are available in the market.

Not too mention Samsung's response was misleading and stupid, since misleads customers thinking it fixes the app storage.
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Samsung's response to the lack of built in memory is an SD Card, yet they don't officially support this - so after a bit of looking around I managed to get it working. Figured if it helps even one or two people out, yay

Can you plz add the information where my installed apps are on android? Dont know the path, its my first android smartphone

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Can you plz add the information where my installed apps are on android? Dont know the path, its my first android smartphone

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So far, I'm not entirely sure. They seem to have different locations:

Android/data
Android/obb

Are a huge chunk (6.6GB on mine - mainly games - Gameloft etc.)
The rest are in 100s of MB at most, so those seem to be the main places. If you get the 'paid' version of the FolderMount app, it shows you the folder sizes in the app which helps a lot

As for updates/reinstalling, this may indeed be true. I haven't had a chance to test/play with this unfortunately! If I get an update anywhere, I'll update this!

Edit: I deleted one of my folders from NFS MW and it redownloaded to the SD Card which was handy - however I don't know how google play will work with updates, whether it does a "smarter" check or not.
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I can't find most of my apps. There's a few in Android/data. . But idk where the rest are at. Nothing in obb
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I can't find most of my apps. There's a few in Android/data. . But idk where the rest are at. Nothing in obb


opz what apps are you using?
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As an update, I just updated an app through Play and it looks to have updated without a problem to the SD Card - I can't really poke around much to tell, but it launched and looks fine to me, and looks to still be mounted on the SD Card

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