The size of the Android application is getting bigger day by day so it will quickly consume memory capacity. This is certainly very detrimental, especially for those of us who have Android with small memory. Fortunately, this can be overcome by using Link2SD.
How to increase internal memory with Link2SD itself is not too difficult as long as our Android device is rooted. With this Link2SD application, we can move applications from internal memory to the SD card. That way, the space in the internal memory will increase and we install other applications.
But before using the Link2SD application, we have to divide the SD card partition first. In addition, try to use a micro SD card that has class 10 or faster. This is so that the performance of the transferred application does not decrease.
SD Card Partition
To share this SD card partition, you can use a PC or directly from Android. In this discussion, I will review how to partition with a PC because the steps are easier. The software used to divide this partition is Minitool Partition Wizard.
- Download Minitool
If you don’t have the Minitool program on your PC or laptop, please download the program first. This Minitool program can be downloaded and used for free. After the download is complete, please install it directly on your computer.
- Insert SD Card
After the Minitool program has been successfully installed, now connect the micro SD card to the computer. Please connect using a card reader, adapter, or directly from Android. Make sure you have backed up all the data in it so that it is not deleted during the partition division process.
- Start Sharing Process
If everything is ready, run the Minitool program and select the Minitool Partition Wizard option. After that, select the micro SD you want to partition and then click Move/Resize. There you can specify the size of the new partition you want to create. When finished click OK.
Now you will see a new partition labeled ‘unallocated’ and an old partition with FAT32 format. If you want to add another partition, please repeat the previous step. You can re-share a FAT32 formatted partition or a new partition that is still labeled ‘unallocated’.
- Partition Format
After creating the new partition, now is the time for us to format the partition which is still labeled ‘unallocated’. The trick, right-click on the unallocated partition, then select the option ‘Create’. There you will be presented with various options such as partition label, drive letter, cluster size, and others.
Because we want to create a partition for Link2SD, then in the Create As section select it as ‘Primary’. Next in the File System option, choose Ext2, Ext3, or Ext4. Leave the other options at their defaults. Press OK to continue the process.
To complete the process of dividing this partition, please press the Apply button at the top left. This partitioning process will take a few moments to complete. If you want to divide the partition in a way other than with Minitool.
How to Move Apps With Link2SD
After successfully creating an Ext formatted partition, now is the time to move the application from the internal memory by using Link2SD. First of all, please download the Link2SD application for free and then install it. Once installed, please follow the steps below:
- Open the Link2SD app
- When prompted for the type of partition to use, select the Ext partition that you created earlier.
- Restart Android.
- Reopen the Link2SD application, click on the application you want to move, then select the ‘create link’ option.
- After that, four options will appear to create a link. Check the first to third options and then press OK.
If the transfer process is complete and successful, you will see the message “Application files linked and moved to SD card”. To move other applications, please repeat the steps above.
Moving Multiple Apps at Once
The method above can be used if you want to move only one or two apps. However, if there are a lot of applications that you want to move, then the above method is certainly quite inconvenient. Well, Link2SD also provides a feature to move many applications at once. Here’s how:
- Open the application list window.
- Click the menu button then select the ‘multi select’ option.
- Select the applications you want to move.
- Click the ‘create link’ button and then check the various options like the steps above.
- Click OK then wait for the process to complete.
Apart from moving apps manually, you can also move various recently installed apps directly to the SD card. To do this, open the Settings menu and then check the ‘Auto link’ option. By activating this feature, you no longer need to bother moving new applications after installing them.