Most of the economic Android phones come with an internal storage of about 250-400 MB which results in low memory error if you install handful of applications. Fortunately, there is a possible way to increase the internal storage of your Android phone if you are ready to root your phone.
Before you begin
How it Works?
You can’t obviously increase your internal memory literally. But you can allow your Android to use some of your SD card’s storage to use as internal memory to install applications and games directly. This helps you keep your phone running at an excellent condition as well as let you install as many games and apps as you wish.
To take advantage of this trick, we’re gonna need two things:
- A rooted Android phone;
- Link2SD application
- First of all, download download MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition and connect your memory card using a card reader or through data storage mode.
- Dont forgot to take a complete backup of your SD card since the process will erase it completely.
- Run Minitool and note the drive letter of your SD card. Select your SD card from the listing and delete it.
- Now select “Create as” on that drive letter.
- Select “Primary”.
- If the size is less than 2GB, select file system FAT. If it’s more than 2GB, select FAT32.
- Do not select the whole card as partition size. Turn the slider to the left and leave some space on “unallocated space”. This will be the second “EXT” partition of your SD card.
- Now, choose the unallocated space again and select Create as -> Primary.
- Now, choose EXT2 file system. You can let the whole space take over in this step.
Now, click OK and then click the Apply button from the top left of the window. It might take some time for the operation to finish.
Once done, restore the data to your SD card. On Windows, you will always get connected to the first partition of your SD card because Windows does not recognize ext2 file system which is the second partition of your SD card for installing apps and games.
On Linux, though, make sure to restore your data to the drive that is significantly larger. Because your second partition is always the smaller one and you don’t want to fill up your second partition with media files!
At this point, you have just finished partitioning your SD card. Congratulations! Now you just need to configure Link2SD to connect to this second partition and link apps and games.
Now is the time to download and install Link2SD application from Google Play on your Android phone. Once installed, run the application. You may see a screen asking for Superuser Permission (root permission) the first time you run it. Make sure to select “Remember” and press Allow/Grant.
Note that if you don’t see this prompt, your phone is probably not rooted. In that case, you have to Google on how to root your phone! Without root permission, this will not work.
On successful launch after gaining root permission. Link2SD will ask you to select the file system of your second permission. We remember we set it as ext2. So, ext2 it is.
Upon OK-ing, your device will need to be restarted.
Upon restarting your phone, open Link2SD again and a dialogue will show up. Press OK and click the icon you see on the screenshot below. Choose On Internal. This will show up a list of apps and games installed on the internal storage of your phone.
Now select options and choose multi-select. Then press the select all button. All of these apps will be selected.
Now, click Actions and then choose Create link.
Check all three boxes and touch OK.
Link2SD will now take a little time to move all these apps and games (except system files) and create a link with them from the second partition of your SD card. Touch OK when done.
Almost done! Now, to make sure that every time you download something, it gets auto-linked to the second partition, do the following:
Go to settings from Menu.
Check all three checkboxe and you’re done. You’ll no longer have to worry about the ridiculously low internal storage on your Android device.
To see the storage status of your second partition, you can always go to storage info within Link2SD application.
Things to be checked
- Buy a good, fast (Class 4 or faster) microSD card– preferably a fairly big one since you’ll use about 512MB to 1GB of it as internal memory, thereby decreasing the amount of memory on your SD card for things like music, photos, videos, documents, etc. It is very likely that the stock card that came with your phone is too slow to use as “internal memory” (and perhaps too small anyway). . If you don’t see a speed grade “Class X” logo on your microSD card, then it’s a slower speed card.
- Now that your SD card has been linked as internal storage, remember never to take out your SD card because that way, a lot — if not all — apps will stop working immediately.
- You can also choose ext3, ext4 or even FAT as file system on your second partition. However, ext2 works faster on Link2SD than any other file system.