19/05/2013

How to move Google Play Services, Play Store and Maps to sd card on Android phone

This guide applies to moving any application to sd card. Yes, ANY application! Before you start getting excited or looking for my magic trick, you need to be rooted. I know this is a dealbreaker for many of you, but hey, rooting is really cool!

If you want to get more advanced and want to move full apps to sd card, try this guide instead. I used the word full apps because normally when you move any app to sd card, some component of it is still stored in your internal memory. So, if you are really low on storage space, and want to install a lot of apps, refer the guide I linked above.

Move Any Android App to sd card and free phone storage

Google Maps moved to sd card
Google Play services moved to the sd card
























  • Enable Usb Debugging on your device. The steps to do so depend on your Android version:
    • On Android 2.3 and below, go to Settings > Applications > Development and tick the USB Debugging Checkbox.
    • On Android 4.0 and 4.1, go to Settings > Developer Options and find the option to enable USB Debugging there.
    • On Android 4.2 (and probably above it too), go to Settings > About Phone > Build Number. Tap the build number seven times to unveil the Developer Options. Then go to Settings > Developer Options and enable USB Debugging from that menu.
  • If you haven't already, root your phone. For a start, look for the rooting guide of your phone on Google by googling Root Your_Device_Name.
  • There are two (and possibly more) ways of doing it:
    • Using Move2sd enabler:

      • Download move2sd enabler app from the Play Store.
      • Open the application and tap the I've read it button and then the Next button. In the next screen, select whatever location you want the apps to be installed to by default and select apply.
      • Go to Manage Applications as you normally do and move Google Play Services or Google Maps or any other application you want (except system apps and Play Store)
    • Using Titanium Backup:

      • Download Titanium Backup from the play store.
      • Find the app you want to move to sd card in the Backup/Restore tab of the app
      • Long press on Google Play Services or Google Maps or any app of your choice and select Move app to sd card from the list
      • You can move even Play Store to sd card using this method
We hope you are enjoying the extra space you just gained on your phone. Do ask any questions you have in the comments section.
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