How to Force install apps to SD card on Micromax A70

Using this method you can transfer most of the apps to SD card (partially) without rooting your phone.

You might want to  see this thread before continuing-
>> How to get ADB working with Micromax A70

Getting Ready:

  1.   First you have to enable USB debugging on your Android device from Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging.
  2. You need to download and install the latest Android SDK on your computer from http://developer.android.com/sdk/.
  3. Install the latest java SDk if you don’t already have one.

Tutorial:

  1. Extract the package to the folder of your choice [Let’s say- C:/android-sdk-windows/], run SDK Manager.exe
  2. Close the command / windows command prompt window that opens.
  3. In the new window, click on Available Packages to the left. Untick all options you are prompted to download except the USB driver option(if it is there) & android sdk platform-tools revision x(7 as of now)
    (Note-If you get an error message at this point, enable “Force https://… in the Settings.) click on the Install Selected button in the bottom right corner and follow the prompts.
  4. Connect your phone to your computer with a USB-cable. Your OS will prompt you to install new drivers. Choose to install them from the android-sdk-windows/extras/google/usb_driver folder. Do not mount your device; you only need to plug-in the cable.
    (If you don’t see this prompt, OR having trouble with ADB, see this article)
  5. Run command prompt in administrator.
    Type in the following after the “>” at each step (without quotations,and including spaces and capital letters)

    cd C:\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools
    adb devices

    A list of devices attached should come with your phone listed.

    adb shell

    A $ sign should pop up

    pm setInstallLocation 2

    Another $ should pop up

And you’re done!! Close everything, disconnect phone, turn off phone and then turn it back on again

Note: Now the phone will be set to install all apps you install onto the SD card. However, current apps on phone will mostly still be stored on the internal memory. This process doesn’t move these apps for you, it adds the ability. So you must now manually move those already installed on the phone. Install some apps like app2sd etc.

It’s preferable to install certain apps to the main memory, since it will take a while before the SD card becomes available when you start your phone. Applications installed on the memory card will also be unavailable to the system each time you mount your phone as a disk drive.

In general, apps that integrate with the Android OS and that often run in the background is better to install on the internal storage, while games and most other applications will have no problem chilling outside on your SD.

Widgets should essentially be installed on phone memory.

Darktremor’s a2sd scripts deodex the apps and COMPLETELY move the apps and cache to SD card but you will need to root and run the scripts.

Related Articles:
Save 5-10 MB of Internal Memory by Moving Dump Files to SD Card

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