Spotlight: Link2SD for Android lets you move apps and app data to your external microSD card

Spotlight: Link2SD for Android lets you move apps and app data to your external microSD card
Where Google doesn't let you store apps and app data on your microSD card, apps like Link2SD come to intervene. Link2SD is an application manager that enables one to easily manage apps between internal and external storage, provided they have a rooted Android device.

The app has an extensive list of supported features. However, four of them aren't making it into the free version, and these are "Link internal data of apps to SD card", "Link external data and obb folders of apps and games to SD card", "Link dex files of the system apps to SD card", and "Auto clear cache service." They are found in Link2SD Plus, which costs a reasonable $1.99.
That aside, to say that the free version delivers the goods would be a criminal understatement! Here are some feature highlights to consider - "force move" to move any user apps to SD even if the app won't support it natively; set default install location of apps (internal or external); bloatware removal; convert apps between system apps and user apps; reboot manager; make app shortcuts; and there's tons more where that came from.

To those curious about how the whole thing works, Link2SD basically treats a secondary partition on your SD card as another segment of internal storage. apk files, dalvik-cache (.dex) files, lib files and internal data files are moved onto this partition, which the OS mounts on boot, creating a "symbolic link" in the original location. This preserves the file structure that the system expects, but the bulk of the data is moved to the SD card.

That said, Link2SD does not create the second partition - you have to take care of that yourself. You can use any partition manager, but you need to use a non-FAT file system (ext2, ext3, ext4 or f2fs) on the second partition in order for things to work. This is only needed for linking apps, however. If linking obb and external data is what you're after, the second SD card partition is optional.

Link2SD is available in some 40 languages, and you get most of the app in ad-supported free. If you want to enjoy SD card freedom on Android, you need look no further.

Developer: Bülent AkpınarDownload: Android
Category: ToolsPrice: Free / $1.99

FEATURED VIDEO

10 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

PA you should say in title that it needs root also

3. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

Said in the first paragraph

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Thats why I said also at the end of my sentence.

5. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

my bad

10. waddup121 unregistered

Hurrah

2. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

just read the article m,an,its in the fourth line. quit being lazy. p.s. any feature like this that isn't baked into stock android will most likely require root

6. atrain2324

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

It's a bit of a battery drainer these days. I had it on my Moto E (2015) and it burned the battery life. Without it, the battery life was restored.

7. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Apps on SD card is a bad idea. Should be fine for media files... pics, music, videos.

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That's not true. I have a windows phone, where all apps can be put on the SD card, and nothing ever happens. Works just as normally.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1907; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Isn't Apps2SD free? I've used that in the past on numerous occasions. I'm all for devs getting paid, but when something else is out there that does the same thing, which has been working without issue for years, it makes me wonder what Link2SD has over Apps2SD?

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.