Samsung Galaxy Ace – Insufficient internal memory (Problem) – Link2SD (Solution)
I’m quite happy with my Samsung Galaxy Ace. However, the internal memory storage (‘phone memory’) is very limited. A few apps like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and the phone starts to complain about ‘insufficient memory’. But I have a 16GB microSD card?? And still not enough memory?? That is because apps will install themselves in the precious ‘phone memory’ (limited to 181 MB). Which is logical if you think of the situation where you have no SD card in the phone. You can still use that phone, with apps, but only a handfull of apps can be installed before the ‘phone memory’ is full.
The problem can be solved by adding a SD card and moving your apps from the internal ‘phone memory’ to the external SD storage. This ‘moving’ can be done with apps like App 2 SD. A good and free app, however it (and many similar apps) wont move all apps to SD. Some, like Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are just not moveable. Weird! So, what about an app which will let you move ALL (user) apps from ‘phone memory’ to SD memory? Does such an app exist?
I have googled around and yesterday I have found that app. It is Link2SD (also free). There is a catch because this app requires your phone to be rooted. Luckily ‘rooting’ is not too difficult. Find multiple method/ways to ‘root’ your smartphone, see how to root galaxy ace. (Edit oct 13th, 2013: But sometimes the forces are against you. I tried to root the Ace of my stepfather, but it stubbornly refused to work, and always came with the error “There is no SU binary installed, and superSU cannot install it. This is a problem!”. Made me crazy. Nearly gave up. But with my zillionst search I did hit on a post from a guy named Vaivai www.phonandroid.com/forum/rooter-son-samsung-galaxy-ace-gt-s5839i-t22391.html and in his tutorial he spoke of UNROOT first. It is what I tried and now it worked. So take note if you have trouble rooting your device with said error message … try to unroot first). You also need to have a second partition on your SD memory card. This is where Link2SD will store/move the apps. Link2SD is a fantastic little app and did everything I have wished for. Highly recommended!
Link2SD review score: 10/10
So the receipt for this problem is as follows:
Device: Samsung Galaxy Ace
Problem: Internal memory storage full
Solution: Move apps to SD storage with Link2SD
Root (required): www.google.com/search?q=how+to+root+galaxy+ace
Second partition on SD card (required): http://www.noypigeeks.com/android/tutorial-a-guide-to-link2sd
More tips (battery saving): StockLite custom mod greatly extends battery life of my Samsung Galaxy Ace
Unroot and root www.phonandroid.com/forum/rooter-son-samsung-galaxy-ace-gt-s5839i-t22391.html