Saturday, October 15, 2011

How to move/install apps to sd card on an unrooted LG P500

Connect your phone to the pc and dont activate "USB Storage" mode

1.Download the SDK from here->
2.Extract using something like WinRar
3.Copy the folder in the sdk and name it to "android-sdk-windows" and paste it onto the desktop.
4.Open the folder on the desktop and open the file, SDK Manager.exe
5.Close the windows command prompt window that opens
6.Untick all options you are prompted to download and cancel the first download window
,now in side menu open "available packages" and select "SDK Platform Android 2.2 & 2.3" and in Third party add-ons select "LG Electronics" and click on "Install Selected" button and let download complete,
ensure the LG USB drivers are installed
if not
download from here ->

Just check this video and you'll understand what to select and download in SDK MANAGER.EXE(watch at 480p else its blurred)

7.Ensure on your phone, USB Debugging is on 
 Go to Settings->Applications->Development->USB Debugging and ensure its ticked / on.
8.Dont activate "USB Storage" mode

9.Open windows command promt. Start -> Run
10.Type in (without quotations) "cmd"
The following should appear. (with your user account instead of William - note its "users" in windows 7, not documents and settings)
11. Type in the following after the ">" at each step (without quotations,and including spaces and capital letters)

"cd desktop\android-sdk-windows\tools" (might be "cd desktop\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools" in windows 7)
"adb devices" (it will show your device id)
"adb shell"
A $ sign should pop up

now type 
"pm setInstallLocation 2"
Another $ should pop up
And your done. Close everything, disconnect phone, turn off phone and then turn it back on again.

16. 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
So you must now manually move those already installed on the phone.

To do this, go to settings / applications / manage applications
Then you just click on an app, and the move to SD card box should no longer be Grey
So you must now move all the apps you want onto the SD Card.

1 comment:

  1. works like a charm, however i recommend getting the SDK from here:
    it's more heavy but is almost complete, thanks for the tutorial.