The internal storage space on many Android phones is not much to begin with. This internal storage space is used as RAM for running active applications, reserved space for running the operating system as well as cache memory.
The remaining space can be used to install applications and it is simply not enough.
If you are anything like us and like to try out a lot of new apps, you are bound to run out of internal storage space sooner than later.
Android 2.2 Froyo Edition allows the user to manage their applications and move the installed apps to external storage(SD card). However, this feature is application dependent and many apps still do not offer this option.
The limitation in the Android 2.2 version is that you have to check each and every app individually to see if it can be moved to SD card. With a lot of apps installed on your phone, this can get quite hectic. Lets look at an app that would make this process simple and quick.
Move Apps To External Storage By Using App 2 SD :
App 2 SD makes your task of moving the applications to SD card a lot easier. The app displays three tabs – first one lists all the apps that can be moved to SD card, second one lists all the apps on the SD card that can be moved back to the phone storage and the third tab shows all the apps that can be installed on the phone only.
From the movable applications, select the one that you wish to move to SD card and it will show you the all the info for the specific application.
You can check the space occupied by the application, data, cache and the total space. You can clear the data or cache, uninstall the application, force stop (if it is running) or move it to SD card.
The apps that using features such as Widgets, Services, Input Method Engines, Live Wallpapers and Folders, Sync Adapters, Account managers and Device Administrators cannot be installed on the external storage.
Possible drawbacks of moving app to SD Card:
If you mount your SD card for computer access, any active applications that are installed on the SD card are likely to close and you may not be able to run it as long as the card is mounted. In case the card gets corrupted, you will not be able to access the app and will need to download it again.
One good thing is that all the payment information is backed up to Google and you need not worry about losing your paid apps.
Features of App 2 SD :
- List movable and non-movable apps
- Move one or all apps to SD card
- Clear app cached files with 1 tap
- Add movable apps to the ignore list
- Show app cache/data/code/total size
- Show storage total/available size
- Move app back to the internal storage
- View app on Market and Open app/Uninstall app
- Show app details page
- Supports “Move2SD Enabler”
- Notify if movable app installed
- Supports tablet, e.g. Galaxy, Xoom, ViewPad
App 2 SD also has a paid version that removes ads.
Download Quick Settings from Android Market:
Start a barcode (QR code) scanner on your phone and scan the QR code below. This will take you directly to the Android market to download the app. If you do not have a QR Code scanner app, get one here.