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Question [Q] How to install apps to internal sd instead of external sd?

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1st July 2011, 10:13 PM   |  #1  
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The infuse has 3 storage areas- external sd card, internal sd card, and internal phone storage. Is there a way to install apps to the internal sd card as the default? It always installed to the internal sd card before and now when I added an external sd card it installs to that instead. I only want apps to install to internal sd card and use the external sd card just for my stuff. Does anyone know how to default app installs to the internal sd card(not phone storage) instead of external card without taking out the external first?
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1st July 2011, 10:49 PM   |  #2  
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sorry answered wrong question, brb lol
1st July 2011, 11:01 PM   |  #3  
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i've always been kind of curious about this too.. because there is a 2gb partition, the 13 or so gb "internal sd" and then the external sd.
by default some apps automatically go to the external sd, but if you select to have them moved to phone under manage apps, it relocates them to the 2gb partition... so what the heck is the 13gb internal sd used for?!
i do know the camera puts photos on there, and some other apps write to the internal sd, like cwm, titanium backup, qik, and various others
1st July 2011, 11:06 PM   |  #4  
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I have the same problem...
1st July 2011, 11:09 PM   |  #5  
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Well there is no option in the phone to do this but if you are rooted and go onto the market and download "terminal emulator", its free you can easily change it.

Here are the Steps:

make sure usb debugging is checked

open terminal emulator and type "su" (press enter)

now type "pm getInstallLocation" (press enter)

it should say something like [auto]
this means the system decides which is best

to change it to internal just type the following command:

pm setInstallLocation 1 (press enter)

now its set to internal,

you change it anytime by using the "pm setInstallLocation" followed by a space and choosing any of the numbers

0 - auto (default)
1 - internal
2 - external
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1st July 2011, 11:23 PM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by skillz9669

Well there is no option in the phone to do this but if you are rooted and go onto the market and download "terminal emulator", its free you can easily change it.

Here are the Steps:

make sure usb debugging is checked

open terminal emulator and type "su" (press enter)

now type "pm getInstallLocation" (press enter)

it should say something like [auto]
this means the system decides which is best

to change it to internal just type the following command:

pm setInstallLocation 1 (press enter)

now its set to internal,

you change it anytime by using the "pm setInstallLocation" followed by a space and choosing any of the numbers

0 - auto (default)
1 - internal
2 - external

now when you say internal, do you mean the 13 gb(after formatting), or the 2gb partition of the 16gb?

because when you go to manage apps and select the sd card tab at the top, then "move to phone" it puts them on the internal 2gb partition. NOT the 13gb "internal sd"

this confused me terribly when i first got the phone.
1st July 2011, 11:25 PM   |  #7  
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Here is what I mean..see attached.
When samsung advertised "16 gb" onboard memory, what they didnt tell you is that roughly 2gb(1.85 after formatting) is partitioned as "program" and the remaining 13.03gb(of the 16gb) is labeled as "internal storage". if you tell the device to move apps to phone, it puts them under "program".. my initial concern was that eventually the 1.85gb would become full and i would then be forced to load apps to the external sd.
so how can we utilize the 13gb internal sd storage for apps? maybe i'm just over analyzing, but *throws temper tantrum* its my phone and i want it THIS WAY!! haha
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1st July 2011, 11:29 PM   |  #8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bradbusa

Here is what I mean..see attached.
When samsung advertised "16 gb" onboard memory, what they didnt tell you is that roughly 2gb(1.85 after formatting) is partitioned as "program" and the remaining 13.03gb(of the 16gb) is labeled as "internal storage". if you tell the device to move apps to phone, it puts them under "program".. my initial concern was that eventually the 1.85gb would become full and i would then be forced to load apps to the external sd.
so how can we utilize the 13gb internal sd storage for apps?
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What I did should use the internal 13gb memory, it doesn't hurt to try it, easy enough to change it back
1st July 2011, 11:31 PM   |  #9  
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What I did should use the internal 13gb memory, it doesn't hurt to try it, easy enough to change it back

good point, i'll give it a shot and report back
1st July 2011, 11:39 PM   |  #10  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bradbusa

good point, i'll give it a shot and report back

definitely, kind of interested myself now. :)

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