Is very useful have a dedicated partition to have your Apps, and other for you data. The swap partition is very useful to spped-up your system, but NEVER can cosiderated how additional Ram memory. All depends of you SD speed.
If you know something of Android, the process is very simple, however, I made this guide as easy as I could, with screenshots and stuffs.
- A Smartphone (this guide is based in 2011 MDPI)
- Android (Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean, I tested in 4.0.4 & I use in 4.1.2)
- Unlocked Bootloader (need EXT4 support, not allowed in stock kernel)
- EXT4 Kernel Support (most of kernels for Xperia 2011 have EXT4 support)
- A FORMATED 8GB MicroSD Card or Higher
- The MiniTool Partition Wizard (Free)
After to Partition your MicroSD Card (to step 2 & 3):
- Swapper 2 (for Root Users)
NOTE: I’m no responsible if you brick your phone, be very careful.
Ready? Here We GO
Note: To make this post, I will use an 16 GB card how as example, but if you have lower on higer, can use it choosing your favorite sizes. Sizes witch I used are for reference, and you can use the sizes what you prefer. Repeat, I am NOT responsable for damages in your MicroSD Card, Phone on another damage in your hardware.
First To All, Connect your MicroSD with the adapter and open MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
You can see the principal partition of you memory. Right Click and Choose Delete
Now right click in your memory and click "Create". Set the dialog how the image.
Next, click in the Unallocated space, click in yes and set it a new partition how this image:
To continue, click again in the Unallocated space, click again in yes and set it again a new partition how this image:
Now click in apply.
And Wait for the action finish.
When has finished, disconnect your MicroSD (secure) and follow the step 2.
Now, we procced to configure the Swap, and the EXT4 for apps partition in your phone.
First Install Link2SD.
Shut down your Phone and put the partitioned MicroSD card in your phone. Now Start your Phone and open "Link2SD", and give Root Permisions. Select ext4, wait while script is creating and reboor your phone.
Open again the Link2SD and go to Settings, and choose this parameters.
Now, when your install an app, this will be automatical moved to the EXT4 partition. Remember, when you will going to install an app and wanna have in your phone memory, discheck "Auto Link", and install, after recheck "Auto Link". With Link2SD you can install, uninstall, Link and remove links of your apps.
Step 3: Setting Up Your Phone: Swapper 2 .
Now we configure the SWAP partition in our Android. Is very simple. Install Swapper 2 , open and set Root permission, and click in "Ads Off"
Now go to Settings and set "Swap Size" and "Swappiness" how show the images.
Now go to Advanced Preferences and set this:
Now go to principal screen of Swapper 2 and ON the swap partition.
Finish! Now, you have you SWAP partition working
Enjoy you Phone with EXT4 + SWAP!
Remember press Thanks!