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[Q] Can't Move Apps To SD Card!

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TimeAndroid

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Hello, I am currently running CyanogenMod10.1 on a Samsung Galaxy S3. I have tried many apps but they all don't work. What do I do? I cannot click "Move to SD card" on "Apps" because there is not button. Please help, I am running out of space. :(
 

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Hello, I am currently running CyanogenMod10.1 on a Samsung Galaxy S3. I have tried many apps but they all don't work. What do I do? I cannot click "Move to SD card" on "Apps" because there is not button. Please help, I am running out of space. :(

You can't with this phone. Move all your files to your sd you might gain a lot of space if there are large files in your internal storage. and/ or get sdmaid. can clean alot of worthless **** on your phone lol. caches, can optimize your databases. ETC.
 

TimeAndroid

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You can't with this phone. Move all your files to your sd you might gain a lot of space if there are large files in your internal storage. and/ or get sdmaid. can clean alot of worthless **** on your phone lol. caches, can optimize your databases. ETC.

I don't have much pictures and I have no media so this SD card is a waste...Is there any "hacks" I can type into terminal emulator to move apps?
 

RPelham

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I don't have much pictures and I have no media so this SD card is a waste...Is there any "hacks" I can type into terminal emulator to move apps?

Unfortunately it is completely impossible. It appears that Google has revoked access permission that use to allow 3rd party apps to write to the external SD card. You can see this link here for more information: http://www.chainfire.eu/articles/113/Is_Google_blocking_apps_writing_to_SD_cards_/

Generally you would want apps installed on the internal memory due to higher read write speeds. This would allow apps to run smoother and faster. Even if it were possible to move apps to the external card, I wouldn't advise it for certain kinds of apps, like games, this would only hinder the performance.
 

TimeAndroid

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Unfortunately it is completely impossible. It appears that Google has revoked access permission that use to allow 3rd party apps to write to the external SD card. You can see this link here for more information: http://www.chainfire.eu/articles/113/Is_Google_blocking_apps_writing_to_SD_cards_/

Generally you would want apps installed on the internal memory due to higher read write speeds. This would allow apps to run smoother and faster. Even if it were possible to move apps to the external card, I wouldn't advise it for certain kinds of apps, like games, this would only hinder the performance.

Any way to increase internal space? I am really close to running out of room. :eek:
 

TimeAndroid

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Unfortunately not, other than buying a device with more internal memory. With no pictures or media (according to your prior post) you must have a ton of high graphics intensive games...

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Nope. My phone says I only have 10 GB in total. For some reason I am using 5 GB. Only 1 of my apps need extra files, other than that my apps are simple.
 

RPelham

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Nope. My phone says I only have 10 GB in total. For some reason I am using 5 GB. Only 1 of my apps need extra files, other than that my apps are simple.

something is definitely eating your storage space then.. I have the 16gb variant and have 47 downloaded apps from the play store and am only using 1gb of data.

Go to Settings > Storage and see what's eating most if your space.

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TimeAndroid

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something is definitely eating your storage space then.. I have the 16gb variant and have 47 downloaded apps from the play store and am only using 1gb of data.

Go to Settings > Storage and see what's eating most if your space.

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Available: 5.90GB
Apps: 1.62GB
Pictures, videos: 96KB
Audio: 648 KB
Downloads: 12 KB
Cached data: 142 MB
Misc: 2.77 GB

Clockworkmod: 2.56 GB <--Wth?
cmupdater: 163 MB

At appears clockworkmod is using the most. Why is that? How do I fix that?
 

xBeerdroiDx

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I've just deleted all of them (one backup). It still uses 2.56 GB. Something is wrong, yes?

Have you researched/seem anything about this in the cm10.x thread? Have you tried reflashing the rom? Did you have this experience in a previous rom?

If you can't locate a fix in the thread, I would make a nandroid, do a full wipe and flash the rom again (or try a different rom)
 

TimeAndroid

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Have you researched/seem anything about this in the cm10.x thread? Have you tried reflashing the rom? Did you have this experience in a previous rom?

If you can't locate a fix in the thread, I would make a nandroid, do a full wipe and flash the rom again (or try a different rom)

I have never really noticed my space was being taken up a lot by clockwork recovery. And isn't this just a problem with clockwork recovery?
 

xBeerdroiDx

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I have never really noticed my space was being taken up a lot by clockwork recovery. And isn't this just a problem with clockwork recovery?

I suggested a full wipe and re flash because it seems that your internal memory is either not reading correctly or something is taking up space in the background. Have you tried anything I asked in the previous post?
 

RPelham

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Would TWRP be a good alternative?

Personally, I prefer TWRP and use it over CWM. I have one backup and it is taking up 991.00 MB I generally only keep one backup at a time.

Keep in mind your experience may vary as we have different apps and data.

How many backups do you have in CWM?

P.S. If you do decide to try TWRP, please note that TWRP cannot restore CWM nandroids.

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TimeAndroid

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Personally, I prefer TWRP and use it over CWM. I have one backup and it is taking up 991.00 MB I generally only keep one backup at a time.

Keep in mind your experience may vary as we have different apps and data.

How many backups do you have in CWM?

P.S. If you do decide to try TWRP, please note that TWRP cannot restore CWM nandroids.

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I have 0 backups. To install TWRP, I just install the zip via CWM, right?
 

RPelham

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I have 0 backups. To install TWRP, I just install the zip via CWM, right?

The easiest and fastest way is to install GooManager from the play store. Once done, grant it SU, press menu and select "install open recovery script" and your done. takes maybe 30 seconds depending on DL speed. Wait for the toast message stating its been installed. Once you reboot to recovery you will have TWRP. Delete your CWM folders to clear up the space afterwards.

I've never flashed a recovery via another recovery so I don't know how or if that's possible. I either dd in terminal, Odin or use GooManager.

On a side note I found this, which may be useful to you. The trade up is you would need to be on Touchwiz with a kernel that has init.d support. Take a look: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1849861

There would also be a decrease in performance since SD cards can't read/write as fast as internal memory can. also, unless you have a 32gb or 64gb card then the mod is useless.

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TimeAndroid

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The easiest and fastest way is to install GooManager from the play store. Once done, grant it SU, press menu and select "install open recovery script" and your done. takes maybe 30 seconds depending on DL speed. Wait for the toast message stating its been installed. Once you reboot to recovery you will have TWRP. Delete your CWM folders to clear up the space afterwards.

I've never flashed a recovery via another recovery so I don't know how or if that's possible. I either dd in terminal, Odin or use GooManager.

On a side note I found this, which may be useful to you. The trade up is you would need to be on Touchwiz with a kernel that has init.d support. Take a look: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1849861

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How do you update TWRP?
 

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    I have 0 backups. To install TWRP, I just install the zip via CWM, right?

    The easiest and fastest way is to install GooManager from the play store. Once done, grant it SU, press menu and select "install open recovery script" and your done. takes maybe 30 seconds depending on DL speed. Wait for the toast message stating its been installed. Once you reboot to recovery you will have TWRP. Delete your CWM folders to clear up the space afterwards.

    I've never flashed a recovery via another recovery so I don't know how or if that's possible. I either dd in terminal, Odin or use GooManager.

    On a side note I found this, which may be useful to you. The trade up is you would need to be on Touchwiz with a kernel that has init.d support. Take a look: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1849861

    There would also be a decrease in performance since SD cards can't read/write as fast as internal memory can. also, unless you have a 32gb or 64gb card then the mod is useless.

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    How do you update TWRP?

    Same way. When an update is released, go to GooManager and follow the same steps. It will update the recovery with the latest build.

    (I made some edits to the post above u may wish to see)

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