Moving apps and video games to another partition can be an absolute nightmare. Who knows what will happen if you move what you presume is the entirety of the app’s files, only to end up with a broken app. What you need is Link2SD.
Link2SD takes the frustration of moving partitions and makes it as easy as a few clicks. Below you’ll find out how to use Link2SD and rid yourself of having to move partitions yourself.
What is Link2SD?
Link2SD helps streamline the process of managing your Android device’s storage. Rather than sift through each file, Link2SD comes equipped with features that make it very easy and convenient.
What You’ll Need
In order to use Link2SD successfully on your Android device, several items are needed:
- An already rooted Android device.
- An SD card (this will go into the Android device).
- A computer
- An internet connection for your Android device and computer.
1. Rooting your Android Device
Backing Up your Android Device:
1. Open the ‘Settings’ app. It’s the GEAR icon. You can find it among your list of apps or access it from your ‘Quick Settings Menu’ by touching your Android device’s dashboard and swiping down.
2. Keep scrolling until you find ‘Backup & Reset.’ Select it. Alternatively, depending on your Android manufacturer and version, you may have to locate ‘Personal’ first and then select ‘Backup and Reset.’ It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer.
3. Select ‘Backup account.’ Double-check the account you data backed up to is the one you want.
4. Next to ‘Back up my data,’ tap the slider to the right to turn it ON if it isn’t already on.
There’s a second way of backup up your data, but it requires a computer.
Backing Up your Android Device with a Computer:
1. Plug in your USB cable to your Android device.
2. Plug the other end, the larger end, into the computer’s USB port.
3. Open a folder. On the left hand panel, locate and click ‘This PC.’ Your Android device should be listed among the section ‘Devices and drives.’
4. Double-click your device to access your Android device’s files. Double-click its storage.
5. Create a folder, aptly named ‘Backup.’ Drag every file into ‘Backup.’
6. Drag the ‘Backup’ folder to your desktop. You now have a backup copy of your Android files.
Enabling USB Debugging:
USB debugging gives special access to an Android device. When an Android device needs to communicate with a computer, like troubleshooting, then USB Debugging needs to be turned on or the link can’t be made. Before you can alter your Android device, you need to activate it.
1. Open the Settings app. It’s the GEAR icon. You can find it among your list of apps or access it from your ‘Quick Settings Menu’ by touching your Android device’s dashboard and swiping down.
2. Keep scrolling until you come to ‘About Phone.’ Tap it.
3. Locate ‘Build Number.’ Also, depending on your Android manufacturer, it may be labeled as ‘SW Version,’ too.
4. Tap it a total of 7 times. Developer options will now be available for use.
5. Head back to the ‘Settings’ app.
6. Keep scrolling until you locate ‘Developer Options.’ Select it.
7. At the top, double-check ‘Developer Options’ is turned on.Tap the slider to the right to turn it ON. Afterwards, locate the section ‘Debugging.’
8. Under Debugging, locate ‘USB Debugging.’ Tap the slider to the right to turn it ON.
Root your Android Device with a Rooting App:
Rooting your Android device can be an arduous process because of the dozens of rooting apps to sift through and choose. Unfortunately, not every rooting app is the same when you consider the many versions Android phones come in. Because of the nature of rooting, and the extensive amount of rooting apps, you’ll have to find one that works for your Android device and version.
1. Download a rooting app. Match the rooting app to your manufacturer and Android version. The version is absolutely important. If it doesn’t support your version, it won’t work. Search your device’s name along with the keyword ‘rooting.’ That should put you on the right path.
2. Download the proper rooting app. Be sure to backup all your files before you follow the instructions to the letter.
3. Once your Android device has been rooted, you can head over to XDA Developers for any other rooting files you may need.
2. Creating a Second Partition
What is a Partition?
Partitions are, essentially, sections of a phone’s files separated from each other, but all working together to bring you the features that your phone displays. Here are a few examples of the partitions inside an Android device:
Download and Install the MiniTool Partition Wizard:
You’ll need a computer in order to download and install the MiniTool Partition Wizard. Also, the computer will need an SD card slot with updated drivers.
1. Download the MiniTool Partition Wizard.
2. Follow the setup downloaded in order to install the Minitool Partition Wizard.
3. Launch the ‘MiniTool Partition Wizard.’
Using the MiniTool Partition Wizard:
1. Considering all Android SD cards come in all shapes and sizes, the small Android SD cards will need an SD card reader or adapter in order to be read.
2. Place the SD card into a computer that has the appropriate slot.
3. If there are any files you’d like to backup, do so now. Copy them to your computer’s desktop. Once you start using Link2SD, it will completely wipe everything on your SD card, including the great memes you have saved.
4. Move back to the MiniTool Partition Wizard software. Locate your SD card. Right-click to open a menu. From the menu, click ‘Delete.’
5. Right-click your SD card once again, but this time, select from the menu ‘Create.’ It will prompt a window, ‘Create New Partition.’
6. In Create New Partition, locate ‘File System.’ Click the small arrow next to it to open a drop-down menu. From the drop-down menu, select ‘FAT32.’
7. Now, move up to ‘Create As,’ and open its drop-down menu. From there, click ‘Primary.’
8. Move down to ‘Size And Location.’ Here you’ll decide how big your partition size will be. When you’ve decided, confirm by clicking ‘OK.’ You’ve now created your primary partition.
9. Head back to the MiniTool Partition Wizard software. Locate your SD card. Right-click to open a menu. From the menu, click ‘Create.’
10. In Create New Partition, locate ‘File System.’ Click the small arrow next to it to open a drop-down menu. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Ext2.’
11. Now, move up to ‘Create As,’ and open its drop down menu. From there, click ‘Primary.’
12. Move down to ‘Size And Location.’ Here you’ll decide how big your partition size will be. When you’ve decided, confirm by clicking ‘OK.’ You’ve now created your second partition for video games and apps.
13. Move back to the MiniTool Partition Wizard software. Up in the top left corner of the program, locate ‘Apply,’ a big checkmark, and click it. This will begin the partition process.
Once the partition process is finished, you can remove the SD card from the computer, place it back into your Android device and power the device back on.
3. Installing and Using Link2SD
Download and Install Link2SD:
1. Launch the ‘Google Play Store’ app.
2. In the search field, type ‘Link2SD.’
3. Tap ‘Install.’ It will automatically download Link2SD and install it to your device.
4. Using Link2SD
1. Open the ‘Link2SD’ app.
2. When prompted, select ‘ext2.’ Confirm by selecting ‘OK.’
3. Reboot your Android device when you’re asked to. Once your device is powered on, launch the ‘Link2SD’ app yet again.
4. Open Link2SD settings. Select ‘Autolink.’ The second partition you created, the ‘Ext2’ partition, Autolink ensures that all games and apps will be installed and moved to that specific partition. If you have a few games and apps you’d like to move, select ‘Create link’ and it will move them, too.
If you’re curious about the state of your storage device, launch the app ‘Link2SD,’ open the settings and select ‘Storage info.’