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Link2SD

Link2SD

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Rated 4.3 stars out of five star
334,197 Total

  • Required Android: 2.3 and up
  • Installs: 10,000,000 - 50,000,000
  • Published/Updated Date: October 20, 2016

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Description

Link2SD is an application manager that makes it easy for Android 2.0+ users on their device to move applications to the SD card. It enables you to manage your apps and storage easily.

Features:
✔ Link apk, dex and lib files of apps to SD card
✔ Link internal data of apps to SD card (Plus)
✔ Link external data and obb folders of apps and games to SD card (Plus)
✔ Link dex files of the system apps to SD card (Plus)
✔ Auto clear cache service (Plus)
✔ Automatically link newly installed apps (optional)
✔ Move any user apps to SD even though the app does not support moving to SD ("force move")
✔ Shows the apps that support moving to SD with native app2sd
✔ Set the default install location of the apps; auto, internal, or external
✔ Batch link, unlink, reinstall, uninstall, "move to SD", "move to phone" functions
✔ Notify when movable apps installed
✔ Uninstall system applications (bloatware removal)
✔ Freeze and un-freeze system and users applications
✔ Convert system apps into user apps
✔ Convert user apps into system apps
✔ Integrate "Updated" system apps into system (ROM)
✔ Clear data and cache of the application
✔ Batch clear data and cache of the selected apps
✔ Clear all apps cache at once (1-tap cache cleaner without being root)
✔ Exclusion list for "Clear all app cache" function
✔ Clear cache widget (1-tap cache cleaner without being root)
✔ Notify if total cache size exceeds specified size
✔ Reboot manager includes power off, normal reboot, quick (hot) reboot, reboot recovery, reboot bootloader / download mode
✔ Reboot widget to boot with one click
✔ List applications, show detailed size information and link status
✔ Wide variety of options to sort and filter apps
✔ Search applications by name
✔ Display available space information of internal storage, SD card and SD card 2nd partition
✔ Share the Play Store link or the APK (app's full package) file of the apps
✔ Create shortcut for the apps
✔ Support 40+ languages

How it works:
Linking apps
Link2SD uses a secondary partition on your SD card and uses it as another segment of internal storage.
Link2SD moves apk, dalvik-cache (.dex), lib and internal data files into this partition, which the OS mounts on boot, and creates a symbolic link in the original location.
This retains the file structure that the system expects but with the bulk of the data moved to the SD card.

Linking obb and external data folders of apps and games
On devices that have emulated SD card, obb and external data folders are located in the internal storage, not in the external (real) SD card.
Link2SD moves these folders to the 1st or the 2nd partition of your external SD card (depending on your selection) and with the bind option of the mount command remounts the file hierarchy at external SD card while it is still available at the original location.

What you need:
Linking apps
- root permission
- second partition on SD card

You should have two partitions on your SD card and both should be primary.

You need to use a non-FAT file system (ext2, ext3, ext4 or f2fs) on your 2nd partition in order to link app's private data files. Because the FAT file system (FAT16, FAT32 or exFAT) does not support UNIX file ownership or permissions and will cause a security breakdown of app's private files.
Link2SD does not create the second partition, you need to create it yourself.

Linking obb and external data folders of apps and games
- root permission

Second partition on SD card is optional, folders can be moved to the 1st or 2nd second partition of the SD card.

Link2SD also provides native App2SD feature of Android OS. It can move any user apps to SD card (force move), with batch moving capability.

Link2SD is a free (ad supported) app, you can upgrade to Link2SD Plus to remove ads and get additional features.

DISCLAIMER: It is made available for use at your own risk with no warranty of any kind.

User Reviews
4.3

334,197 Total
5 221,031 
4 49,193 
3 22,888 
2 11,710 
1 29,375 
 JEFFREY HOWARD von ALLGEIER

This app is very useful. I have a Galaxy Tab E, with 16GB internal storage and a 30GB single partition SD card. I am running Android 6.0.1 and I have a large number of apps installed. Being able to move apps to the SD card easily has proved invaluable. Link2SD show one a list of movable apps, makes moving them simple, and when the apps are loaded they run flawlessly. The app also indicates which apls reside on the SD card. My only issue is that sometimes the apps don't load on startup, although a hard reboot, or start/refresh of the app usually fixes this problem. Perhaps it happens because I only have a single partition SD card and the app seems to want a special Samsung 2 partition SD card. I have done just reached out to the developer and will postpost the results subsequently. Full Review

 Greg R
Greg R
November 23, 2016

BUY THIS APP even if you don't need the extra features. really, for only around $2, the developer has done a fantastic job. i recently rooted my BLU LIFE XL and use this Link2SD with a 32G card to install all of my apps. i love it. it works perfectly, the FAQ is easy to understand and explains things very well. i may try to change the size of my SD card's partitions, or use a 64G card, because this tool is just SO useful! it makes it so that i WANT to load a ton more apps than i used to before (especially all of my Kobo, Kindle, and Google books). Full Review

 David Rhodes
David Rhodes
October 24, 2017

Looked good but it just takes me to an existing screen where I still can't shift the app. I suspect that the app works for many people because they could have shifted the apps anyway - without this. Maybe a bit like taking multivitamins and being sure they're working wonders.... Full Review

 Rinus lepro
Rinus lepro
July 24, 2017

Not working on Android 7.1 rooted. Used it on an older device worked great. Now with a SD with two partitions one fat the other partion ext2 or ext4 the mount script cannot be made. So the whole link2sd won't work at all! So sad because with my old device android 4.2 it worked great! Full Review

 Vasil Stramarko
Vasil Stramarko
January 6, 2018

Didn't work for me. I rooted my phone just to try it. Purchased the app, partitioned my sd card as instructed, but no light. The problem I found, is that the app fails to mount the second sd partition during boot, even if you rebuild the loading scripts from app's menu, leaving you with missing sd installed applications. You have to soft boot to have them back. Even this is a hit or miss task. This app needs more work. I gave up on this. Now I'm using Apps2sd and is working flowless. I'm using lollipop 5.1.1 on a Samsung J3. Apparently the app has problems, supporting all android late versions. Full Review

 Andrzej Polis
Andrzej Polis
January 16, 2017

Doesn't work for my Moto G 2nd gen with CyanogenMod. What I wanted is better support for app2sd functionality (bulk changes). Unfortunately this gives me error that App2SD is not supported on my device. It's not true however and it works perfectly fine from system itself. Full Review

 Loysie Mercado
Loysie Mercado
November 1, 2016

Please fix. Whenever I link my apps to sd and update them, they will revert back to its previous version when I reboot my phone. For example my app is v.7.1 and updated to v7.5. When I reboot it will go back to 7.1 again please fix this overall it's a great app

 Praveen Kumar Nageswaran

How does it exactly works? Mine is a samsung phone which is not rooted.. how to give the root permission? Also how can I partition my external SD card. If you can help me out I am ready to upgrade to the paid version. Full Review

 Paul Julian Gould
Paul Julian Gould
November 26, 2016

Lovely app, and I've used it for years... However, the developer, for whatever reason, has delayed compatibility with Marshmallow + ... Have bought the Pro key, and retain my license, but, until things change drastically, have bought Apps2SD Pro, as the lady developer has stayed current with OS updates. Still, though, I'm amused at those who really don't know how to use their devices, and somehow expect Mr. Akpinar to give a training session. Folks, if you don't know how to root, or to use any of the advanced Android techniques, it's on you to learn... not on a developer of a specific-use app. Mr. Akpinar, when can we expect an update, good sir? You've said that full Marshmallow and Nougat functionality is forthcoming... Android 6.0.1 has been a going thing for more than a year now... Most new devices tend to come with at least that. Full Review

 Dwarkesh Singh
Dwarkesh Singh
January 9, 2017

Didn't work on marshmallow updated Galsxy On5! My Samsung Galaxy On5 (rooted) doesn't let me move apps' obb files, tried it (even bought the premium version) but it didn't work. My mobile uses "sdcardfs" system to store files but when I tried it to change to standard "fuse" filesystem, it caused my device to crash and made unable to detect any ext. storage. I had to revert back changes. It was my only hope but as it turns out to be worthless, I have nothing but hate for trusting this app. Full Review

 Павел Жук
Павел Жук
February 6, 2018

Broken since Oreo - FC on start! Partially broken in Nougat (no 2nd partition access). Was extremely useful before not only for space saving, but also for management of apps. Please fix it:) Full Review

 David Back
David Back
January 22, 2017

I've been looking forbthis since my OG Droid in '09. Enables my current S4 to use far more apps by moving non-performance-critical apps to partition on extsd. Only way to make better would be a partition manager built in! Down-rating for unresponsive dev. Full Review

 Hiikariee o v o
Hiikariee o v o
December 3, 2016

Working fine as I expected! Its really frustrating for me to download any app without getting storage warning. But with this app, i can easily moved heavy apps onto my 16 GB sd card! Thank you so much! Full Review

 dipraj kadam
dipraj kadam
November 1, 2017

Don't buy this...is not working properly. The main paid feature "link internal data" if I used this feature then applied application getting an error link unfortunately stop this apps and those application won't work. Full Review

 Kat Nadler
Kat Nadler
August 14, 2017

Doesnt work. Only brings you to the phone storage moving method (which doesn't work on my phone for some reason). When it tries to use its own moving system, it comes up an error. So literally does nothing. Full Review

 Sick and Tired
Sick and Tired
April 5, 2017

This is THE BEST app of its kind. Even more so than ones that have higher ratings. It's ridiculously simple to operate. Takes up very little memory. It works flawlessly. Zero complaints from me. Only high praises! Full Review

 To By
To By
March 19, 2017

I split my sd card to ext2 and fat32, but i can't install kali in linux deploy + when i select install all things to sd card everything is being installed to internal storage.. Bullshit Full Review

 Jerome Curammeng
Jerome Curammeng
October 21, 2016

AMAZING APP!! Dont listen to those who rated 3-stars and below, they just dont know how to make this work or their device isnt fully rooted. It works 100% fine for me :D Full Review

 V/A
V/A
July 15, 2017

Works great at first. But after several phone restarts, storage running out problem strikes again though I have linked almost all the app. Tried to look for the solution but no one seems to know what's causing it. Will give this app 5 stars if I just get the solution. Full Review

 Asher Peter
Asher Peter
November 21, 2016

This 1 star is not for Link2sd I'm giving 1 star to Google play store, b'cuz this pathetic app is not working. I'm using best 3g network of my area and my device is just one year old. It is very annoying . Full Review

 tom duly
tom duly
November 23, 2016

Awesome Had before on play-store... Purchased to support Dev. Really does all stated... Truly a must have... However, seems that sense Marshmallow was not updated, by DEV. Further more, Nougat is out, which I have, and Link2Sd, is truly outdated. Sorry to say. Even some hacks, that I found, don't work, that they did in Marshmallow.... Full Review

 Brendan Kelly
Brendan Kelly
October 22, 2016

Brilliant app, brilliant solution My S4 Active storage (16GB, but a lot less is free for apps) soon filled up with less than 100 apps. Standard Move to SD was so frustrating because it killed off widgets, and because it had to be repeated after each update. Links2SD solves these issues completely - I have an 8G partition on my SD card and over 250 apps there all working and updating seamlessly as if they were in storage Full Review

 Amir Abdelhedi
Amir Abdelhedi
July 14, 2017

Lacks a lot of features. My SD card died, and now I have to clean manually every broken app in /data/sdext2 folder, links are still there but the apps are gone, so I can't reinstall them unless manually cleaning​ them. No fix permissions (had problem with uids). Clearer storage usage (which app is eating my internal storage). Full Review

 Mark Sugarman
Mark Sugarman
January 12, 2017

Fixed Netflix This app allowed me to get around the Netflix limitation of only storing downloaded offline content to internal memory. I can now put it all on my SD card. Worth the $2.35 I paid so I don't have to figure out how to do it all myself from the command line. You need root for this app to work. Full Review

 Alex Alp Bahar
Alex Alp Bahar
March 2, 2018

It cannot automount the second partition. After every reboot, you need to "Quick reboot". All desktop icons are also lost. Is it so difficult to fix that issue? The net is full of people complaining about this issue. Full Review

 Paul Harris
Paul Harris
April 25, 2017

It does what it says up to a point. Unfortunately when my tablet is left for a long time it goes into deep sleep and disconnects the SD card. Upon waking the tablet everything continually crashes until I reboot. Full Review

Unknown
Unknown
December 17, 2016

GREAT APP BUT......LICENSE IS TRASH. CRACKED OLD VERSION WORKS BETTER!!! The license I paid for a couple weeks ago stopped working on the device it was installed on. No wonder the community provides patches. ;-) Otherwise, it works great and is still worth the buy even if you have to steal it to get it to function. Full Review

 Petet Xul
Petet Xul
November 10, 2016

Waste of time. Useless app. Does absolutely nothing. After you tap on "move to SD card" it opens your standard android App settings. Troll developers like this one really get on my nerves. Bloody idiots wasting my time. Full Review

 David Wagenblast
David Wagenblast
July 26, 2017

If you move any app related to google it breaks every app related to google, if it involved Google play services, it crashes. Can't play Clash of Clans because it uses Google play services. Fix this! Full Review

 William Houser
William Houser
December 18, 2016

amazing concept that should exist native in Android, but there you go. I have a LG G Vista with 8 GB of memory, so as you can imagine I really needed this app. Once I spent the appropriate amount of time figuring out how to get the thing rooted (about 3 days) this was the first thing I got. It's worth while to get the paid version because it allows you to simlink everything to the card's second partition. Kudos Full Review

 Vittorio Terreran
Vittorio Terreran
December 2, 2016

Please read this I've paid for it... And I have to use a free app to make the mount scripts... And the pro version of that app probably works better than this one. I'm on Marshmallow and it always gives problems with external folder, like opening a thousand pop ups saying "Rebind external folders". That the major problem I am, please, PLEASE let this app be THE BEST ONE Full Review

 Mochamad Fitrah
Mochamad Fitrah
November 15, 2016

Great work Hi there, after i tried the free version i decided to buy the premium one. But unfortunately, after two months using the pro i had problem with my handphone and needed to flash it. Then, i lost all my data. Can i re-acquire the pro version without paying again? Full Review

 Wayne Draper
Wayne Draper
April 8, 2017

Don't download this rubbish BS app! Doesn't do much more than Android itself! Still can't move any of the Google apps to SD card! Useless! Any apps moved to SD with this app completely stops working! Full Review

Unknown
Unknown
October 11, 2017

Whatsapp. Initially the app worked after transferring Whatsapp to SD card. Now all images are blurry and said not to exist. All new media in Whatsapp is automatically stored to the phone memory. Link2sd says that it is linked to Whatsapp, but this is not happening even when restarting phone. Help Full Review

 Richard Hughes
Richard Hughes
March 19, 2017

Thoght i could move apps....even bought add free version. Just re directs to app settings to move app. Then when i couldnt...asked if i had root access. Which i dont....i thought id found a simple way of moving apps without being an android nerd....i was wrong Full Review

 A Google User
A Google User
March 30, 2017

Used to work like magic. Failed to even detect my 2nd partition on Marshmallow on Coolpad Note 3. For adoptable storage, not all manufacturers are decent enough to provide a decent ROM. And this app was supposed to help those, help us. Full Review

 Hassan Al Asaad
Hassan Al Asaad
January 7, 2017

Great app, needs a tutorial section Used this app for 3-4 years I think, never seen anything as easy to use or as complete as this one. Still, makes me sad to see bad reviews from people who don't bother reading or Googling stuff. I suggest moving the current tutorial from "about" to its own section. Or make a startup tutorial, and maybe put a link for "how to partition sd card" for those who don't know Google exists ;) Full Review

 Marek Argent
Marek Argent
November 15, 2016

Clear cache button issue I dont know what is wrong, the on-screen button Clear Cache shows 219MB. Touching it clears a few MB, and the app is set to auto-clear cache when it is over 16MB. The SD card is partitioned. Almost all apps are installed on the 2nd partition. Full Review

 Javian Brown
Javian Brown
December 6, 2017

Useful but also constantly asks for Root permissions even when the app isn't in use. It's really annoying and I had to set SuperSU to deny it by default. None of my other root apps do this and even when denied I see every time it tries to gain access (only thing preventing me from giving it 5 stars) Full Review

 A Google User
A Google User
March 28, 2017

This app is truly great for advanced users, congrats on the idea and implementation. However, the developer is delaying support for Marshmallow and Nougat for far too long, and he also does not respond to bug reports. In short: excellent app, lousy support. Full Review

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