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How to Install and Move Android Apps on SD Card By Default Without Rooting

How to Install and Move Android Apps on SD Card By Default Without Rooting

Android devices, like all other mobile devices come with a limited internal storage. One cannot have hundreds of gigabytes of space in a small device. All the data, apps your surf, install and downloaded directly go to the internal storage of your phone, which is now up to 32Gb or 64GB, or even more in many devices. But with the passage of time, the space gets consumed. The only solution is to install Android apps on SD card by default without rooting. This feature will make you free from the worries of internal space consumption. When you enable install Android apps on SD card by default, every app you install from the Google Play Store will go to the SD card. Here’s how you can enable install Android apps on SD card feature on your phone. The procedure works perfectly for both Windows and Mac.

 Install Android app on SD Card By Default Without Rooting

First, download the Google’s official Android SDK.

Now unzip the downloaded folder and place it anywhere you want.

 Now head over to adt-bundle/sdk for the ‘Platform Tools’ folder. If you cannot find here, search the folder or directory, it is always in the downloaded SDK.

Find cmd/terminal [this is for Mac users]

Now go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts > Services

Now  check the option box named New Terminal at Folder.

Now you have to select the USB debugging mode from your Android device. Follow the steps to do so.

Go to Developer Options and select USB Debugging. If the option is not active, unplug your phone and replug it.


Now Open the folder called ” platform-tools”

Now press shift+right click anywhere in the folder and select Open Command Window Here

 For  Mac Users

Right Click the folder called “platform-tools” and choose [New Terminal At Folder]

Now enter the following commands.


For Windows :

       adb devices

       adb shell pm set-install-location 2

       adb shell pm get-install-location

For Mac Users

       ./adb devices

       ./adb shell pm set-install-location 2

       ./adb shell pm get-install-location

You should see the last output as: 2 [external]. If it is, then you have performed the task correctly and able to proceed with install Android apps on SD card by default without rooting.

That’s it. You can now install Android apps on SD card by default without rooting.

 Move Android Apps to SD Card Without Rooting

If you want to move Android apps to SD card without rooting that are on the internal storage already and eating up space. Following the procedure given below.

Launch Settings from your Android device.

Tap ‘More’ Tab.

Inside the Application Manager, swipe to the left and you will see a list of apps.

App the apps having green check mark in front of them are already on the SD card. So leave them.

From the other apps, tap any Android app you want to move to SD card without rooting. You will see an option ‘Move to SD card’. Tap it and that’s it.

 This is the easiest way to install and move Android apps to SD Card without rooting. Let us know in the comments in case you have any query and face any problem while following the procedure.

Fahad Saleem

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