Android apps external storage


Not enough internal USB storage disk space on Samsung Galaxy Series smartphone like Galaxy S II, Galaxy Note and Galaxy S III? There is around 11 GB internal USB storage disk (sdcard) on Samsung Galaxy S3 (16 GB version). And some of you might face running out of sdcard disk space issue sooner. Even with external micro SD card, you can’t install applications and games directly on it. Luckily, you can move applications and games data to external micro SD card with Directory Bind. Note – root access is needed.

Directory Bind Features
Aimed at specific functionality and features.
You can create any number of Data to Target directory pairs, mount them manually or choose to mount them on system boot (checkbox does that).
On / off switch controls whole mount-on-boot function.
Diskette icon indicates if mount operation was successful, by taping it you can mount / unmount entry.
Icon changes if application is using mounted entry.
Directory Bind can tell what application is using this entry (tap at entry in use).
Long tap on entry (disabled) brings edit/delete window.
App auto unmount all entries on USB connected and remount after USB disconnected.
App shows notification and vibrates if auto unmount on USB fails.
If mounting all checked entries (ex. on boot) app is waiting specified time (def. 60 sec) if data directory is not available.
How to move applications & games data to external SD card on Samsung Galaxy S3?
I take my Samsung Galaxy S3 as example. It should work on rooted Android phone with external micro SD card. Old Gameloft games data are stored at /mnt/sdcard/. However, latest Gameloft games data are stored at /mnt/sdcard/Android/data/ just like other Android applications and games. With Directory Bind, you can move one folder by one folder to external storage at /mnt/extSdCard/. I won’t move all applications and games data in Android/data folder to external micro SD card because it is much slower compare to internal memory. Therefore, I only move those unimportant or less frequent used applications and games to external storage with Directory Bind.
I have a many apps on my phone and 20MB space is still remaining in internal storage & 1.5GB in external. How can I install apps on external memory? Thanks!

Above are some of the applications and games folders that I moved to external SD card from internal storage. Thanks to Directory Bind, I can use internal storage disk space for more important stuffs. By the way, do study more about Directory Bind at XDA website.

Because I’m on the fence about The Note or S3 I search in both forums. While searching in the S3 forum, someone was saying that apps cannot be moved to external memory card. External memory card is only for music, movies, pics. They said the same thing holds true for the Note. Is this true? I mean, I guess it would make sense cause there’s so much more internal memory in both the Note and G3.With 16GB internal, the partitions are set up where that storage is seen by the OS as the SD Card. The External SD is linked from there so Apps will see that as another “folder” and scan it when scanning the SD Card folders for media, files and other things.

In short, no, you can’t move them to the external card.
Now, if you are ROOTED, I know on some other devices, they swapped the “internal SD Card” with the external one, but honestly, what’s the point? The Internal SD is faster and your apps will see whatever you put on the external so no harm is stuffing all your music and movies there. Many apps can be moved or installed to the external SD but none of the base apps already on the phone. Most banking or apps that require a secure session also wont install to the external card for security reasons. Consider however just having an external card will use more battery, increase boot time and slow the device even if only a small bit it begins to add up when you have a good number of apps and especially if you run app scanners.

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