Why won't apps download on my microSD?

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So, I have this android phone and it doesn't have enough storage for my apps. I decided to buy a 16GB microSD to replace my old 4GB microSD. I copied everything from the 4GB microSD to the 16GB microSD card. I went to the application manager in settings and it still said the same thing for the storage available for my apps. How do I get the apps to download my microSD? I just spent a lot of money for this on eBay and it did absolutely NOTHING.
 

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there are 2 ways to mount apps to sd, both require root permission
option 1
mount the data and obb folder of certain big games to sd card using this software (advantage less setup required, but only links app data and obb file)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devasque.fmount

option 2
create a second partition on sd card and use this software to move all the apps to this partition (links the whole app and data to second partition, but requires more steps to configure and second partition will be invisible in windows based pc)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spazedog.mounts2sd
or
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buak.Link2SD

i recommend to use option 1 as it is more stable, easy, does not need reformatting of memory card, full memory card remains visible to windows pc and do the job it designed to do

if your phone isn't rooted then you can try this method to root your phone
http://www.legitinformation.com/root-or-unroot-your-android-on-the-go/
Note:- rooting can brick your phone thus do it at your own risk, no one else will be blamed for any mishappening
 

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To download or move apps to SD card, you have to root your phone. Then you'll need the Link2SD app. When you open it you have to choose the app you want to move and click on "Create link" then link everything for that app.
 

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it's not possible on new android devices .. all this move to sd crap is not right .. it used to happen before when i had samsung galaxy mini way long time ago and it didn't even copy the whole app it just copied 6 MB of the 30 MB app ... it sounds weird i know :)
 

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Yes, because you have to click on "Create Link"to move the whole app. Move to SD is another thing and as you said it moves only few MBs. It's possible on all androids.
 

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there are 2 ways to mount apps to sd, both require root permission
option 1
mount the data and obb folder of certain big games to sd card using this software (advantage less setup required, but only links app data and obb file)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devasque.fmount

option 2
create a second partition on sd card and use this software to move all the apps to this partition (links the whole app and data to second partition, but requires more steps to configure and second partition will be invisible in windows based pc)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spazedog.mounts2sd
or
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buak.Link2SD

i recommend to use option 1 as it is more stable, easy, does not need reformatting of memory card, full memory card remains visible to windows pc and do the job it designed to do

if your phone isn't rooted then you can try this method to root your phone
http://www.legitinformation.com/root-or-unroot-your-android-on-the-go/
Note:- rooting can brick your phone thus do it at your own risk, no one else will be blamed for any mishappening
 

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Could you please clear the name of your device? Want to know what chipset it uses.
 
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It's a Pantech Marauder.
 

shahbaz200

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If your phone is rooted. Use root explorer or ES file explorer and navigate to "/system/etc". From there you will get a file named "vold.fstab", Copy it to your SD card and upload some where and give me the link, I will try to mod it that will SWAP your internal mem. with your external SD card.

 
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Well it's not rooted. I tried before but it failed. I don't remember exactly what happened since it was a long time ago but I do remember it gave me a message saying it failed.
 

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So it has Android ICS 4.0... It is easy to root ICS... You have to use Bin4ry method to root your device. Simply Download these files http://uploaded.net/file/d2w6dl7r .... It should root it with few button press.
Here's the method to use it if you want and cant understand how to use it. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1886460

 

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hello, i have the same problem with my internal storage and sd card. not all new apps are being installed on my sd card. and it is constantly telling me (no enough storage space available) where i have a 32 gb sd card and i rooted my phone through the preferences list to download future apps on the sd card. please help!!!! thank you in advance
 

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Whats your device?
 

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it's a sony xperia c
 

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I don't mean to hijack someone's post, but I'm doing pretty much the same thing. That said, if I may ask, how do I make a copy of the "etc/vold.fstab" file? It's been a few years since I've mounted anything, so I thought I should ask first - break tablet seco.....not! (BTW, I've been following you since my XP days when I was fiddling around with partitioning empty drives and installing Puppy and Ubuntu and learning a bit of EVERYthing. I'm a big fan.......)

I'm working on a Visual Land Prestige Pro 7D tablet, I have ES and I am rooted, but I just need to be reminded. Is this a simple text file you are requesting or do you need something else? My file is in the "system" folder, ie, "/system/etc/vold.fstab" under 'device', as well as in "/etc/vold.fstab" under 'device'. Which would you prefer I copy? Thanks.............

Bern

No disrespect, shahbaz200, but my "...I'm a big fan" remark was meant for this whole forum. Maybe I can be a fan of yours soon as well.....;)
 

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My above method was for devices with Mediatek chips. You can check what your device is using by installing this app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.Bfield.CpuIdentifier&hl=en
If you don't have Mediatek device you can still try it. But I recommend have a full backup (If system fails, you can restore it). If your default recovery don't have any backup option, install CWM recovery first:
http://www.androidtablets.net/threads/tut-how-to-install-cwm-or-twrp-recovery-on-the-visual-land-prestige-pro-7d.66015/

It is highly recommended because if it fails, you can restore older files.

Give me the vold file from system folder.
 
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