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Moving Apps to the SD Card, Samsung Galaxy Precedent

Dec 13, 2011 by Dan Bochichio

Moving Apps to the SD Card, Samsung Galaxy Precedent

And now for something different! It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged over here. Things have been a bit busy between my business’s blog, working on websites for local businesses, housework, and playing Skyrim. I did however find this blog post to be important to include because I spent the better part of the last 3 days looking for information on how to accomplish such a task. In general the subject has been taunting me for several weeks now, probably since sometime in October. Aftering seeing how easy this was to accomplish, I hope to help others in the same situation as me.


Straight Talk: Samsung Galaxy Precedent

Samsung Galaxy Precedent
This phone is Straight Talk’s solution to having a solid, Android-based smartphone on their network. This phone is pretty great and for $150, it’s hard to beat. You are however, required to use Straight Talk’s unlimited data service, which costs $45 USD a month, roughly $49 and change after taxes. That’s alright though, there’s no contract and you can prepay for longer periods at a time to save some money.

Now, onto the phone. The Samsung Galaxy Precedent is an excellent phone running Android Froyo 2.2. This blog post isn’t meant to be a review, maybe I’ll review it one day, but for the purpose of this post, I’m going to show you how to get the most out of your phone’s storage.


Internal Memory is Full, Now What?

Chances are, if you’ve had this phone for more than a few days (or weeks for some people), you’ve come across it’s major flaw. It’s internal memory, for lack of a better word, sucks. It comes with less than 400mbs of space, a lot of which is consumed by the Android OS, and then some Google-bloatware such as Google Books. The phone’s saving grace is the fact that you can use a micro-SD card, upwards of 32gigs… maybe even more when we start to see larger micro SD cards. There is still a challenge, as most Android App developers have not enabled “move to SD card” as an option for App-storage, essentially leaving your massive micro-SD card a ghost town.


Overcoming the Challenge.
Move Almost ANY App to Your SD Card!

In just a few short steps, you too can be part of the cool-kid club. Soon enough that internal memory is running low message will be gone, hopefully for good. This requires very little technical skills but you will want to pay close attention to details. Below is an overview, if you need further help, just leave a comment and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP. Good luck!

  1. First off, visit the Android’s Developer download page and download Android’s SDK for Windows (direct download link)
  2. Next, unzip the package to your Desktop using WinZip, WinRAR, 7Zip, or whatever program you happen to like best, it doesn’t matter, just get that baby unzipped!
  3. Once unzipped, launch SDK Manager.exe and uncheck everything except Documentation for Android SDK and Google USB Driver.
  4. After you’ve done that, click Install Packages and let the download + installation complete.
  5. Next up, grab your Android Froyo device, go to Settings -> Applications -> Development and check the box for “USB Debugging.”
  6. Now, hook your phone up to your PC, using the USB adapter it came with. Your PC will go through a series of driver downloads for your phone, it may require you to click Yes/Search a few times before it’s ready to go.
  7. After your phone is showing up in “My Computer” you should be good to go.
  8. Open up a Command prompt on your PC. To do this, go to Start, Run, type in “cmd” and hit Enter
  9. Next step depends on which Operating System you use:
    • For Windows XP In the window that opens, type in “cd C:\Documents and Settings\Dan\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”
    • If you are using Windows 7: you will want to type in “cd C:\Users\Dan\Desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools”

    Important: You’ll want change “Dan” to whatever your Windows profile name is. Also make sure you do not include the quotation marks.

  10. Now type (without quotes) into the command prompt: “adb devices”
  11. Next type (without quotes) into the command prompt: “adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2″
  12. That’s it! You’re done. Safely disconnect your phone from the computer and then reboot your phone.
  13. To undo these changes, retrace the steps above, but when you reach Step 11, type (without quotes) into the command prompt: “adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0″ instead.


Androids on Skateboard


A few important tid bits of information

This method has been proven to work across many Samsung Galaxy Precedent phones. If it is not working with yours, try asking me for some help but you may also consult Android forums for additional help. From what I’ve read (but I cannot confirm), this method will not void any warranties or service plans but I can’t be certain for sure. After completing this process (should take no more than 10 minutes), you’ll be able to install a lot more Apps and get a lot out of your phone.

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