Thanks to XDA-Developers member svprm, owners of the Xperia Arc can finally enjoy the relief of A2SD. Okay, so maybe you don’t know what all of this means. With the A2SD feature enabled, you don’t have to worry about your internal storage diminishing at the hands of the apps you install on your phone. These are now installed on a partition on your SD card. Even better, the feature is set on boot, hence stuff like launchers or widgets are also installed on the SD card.
Enabling the A2SD feature on your phone is much easier than how it may sound like, where the actual effort is involved in partitioning the SD card. We shall take you through it step by step and have you running the A2SD feature in no time.
Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.
- DoomLord custom kernel installed. See our guide on installing the custom kernel on the Xperia Arc.
- SD Card partitioned with an Ext3 partition (1GB recommended). See this page for instructions on partitioning your SD card.
- ADB Installed and running on your system. See our guide on what is ADB and how to install it.
- Apps2SD (.zip).
- To begin, download the Apps2SD file from the link above and copy it to the root of your SD card (FAT32 partition).
- Boot into recovery and navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard and select the Apps2SD file to install it.
- Once the file is installed do a complete factory reset of your phone.
That is it! The A2SD feature should now be working on your phone.
- If you want to move Dakvik cache files to the Ext3 partition, make sure USB debugging is enabled and connect the phone to the computer.
- Run command prompt or terminal and enter the following commands:
- Or if you want to revert the Dalvik cache back to the internal storage, enter the following commands:
- Now if for some unknown reason you decide you want to remove this feature from your phone, you can enter the following command in ADB (Command Prompt or terminal) and be done with it:
For updates and queries related to this Apps2SD feature, head over the forum thread at XDA-Developers.