Use ADB Method to Install apps or Move installed applications to SD Card on your Android phone
December 1, 2012 165 Comments
There are many android applications present on Google Play Store that are capable to move or install apps on SD Card. The good example is App2SD which I have used but it is failed for some Android applications like Adobe Flash Player, Screenshot and so on.
There is better alternate solution which is ADB method (ADB stands for Android Debug Bridge). Below are the screenshots BEFORE and AFTER applying this ADB method:
These are the steps of ADB method:
(1) Download and install Java. Skip this step if JDK (Java Development Kit) is already installed on your Windows OS.
(2) Download and install Android SDK . It is very important that the installation path must be “C:\android” to avoid any confusion.
(3) Run Android SDK Manager by going to “Start Menu > Programs > Android SDK Tools > SDK Manager”.
Select the packages like Android SDK Tools, Android SDK Platform-tools and Google USB Driver Package and click “Install Packages” button.
(4) On your Android device (Qmobile Noir A2), go to Menu > Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging (check: ON). Select Allow USB debugging : OK.
Before proceeding, make sure that you have installed the USB drivers from Qmobile driver CD. Now connect your mobile to PC via USB cable which will automatically start the Qmobile PC Suite application. Just close it (don’t connect it).
For Windows XP users:
(a) Run Command prompt by going to Start Menu > Run
This will show the list of all devices attached.
Command # 1:
adb shell pm getInstallLocation
or adb shell pm get-install-location (for ICS versions)
The output will be 0[auto] by default. Below are the options you have:
0[auto] : Installation to auto location decided by Android OS
1[internal] : Installation to internal storage of mobile
2[external] : Installation to external media like SD Card
To set SD Card as default install location, run this command:
Command # 2:
adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2
or adb shell pm set-install-location 2 (for ICS versions)
To verify that above command worked correctly, you can run Command # 1 again.
To change the install location to 0[auto] again, run this command:
Command # 3:
adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0
or adb shell pm set-install-location 0 (for ICS versions)
Run Command # 1 again to verify the install location:
You can simply unplug your mobile from PC after setting install location to SD Card.
I have made this tutorial simple for inexperienced Android users. If you have any question related to this article, post it here.