LG Aristo 5 Move apps to SD Card & use it as internal Storage

In the MetroPCS smartphones lineup, the Aristo series offers entry-level smartphones with bare basic features. Aristo 5 is the latest iteration in this series. It comes with a mere 16GB internal memory. Out of this, half the storage space is used up by the system memory. We get less than 8GB as the usable storage space.

The good thing is we can expand the Aristo 5 storage space with a Micro SD memory card. However, the apps and games still occupy the internal storage space. We can partition the SD card as internal storage and make it the default storage space for apps and games. This feature is known as adoptable storage.  Let’s see how to do this –

How to move apps to SD card on LG Aristo 5

NOTE: Before moving ahead make sure to

  • Backup your internal storage data
  • Use a high-speed Micro SD card at least Class 10
  • The Camera app may not work. You can download a Camera app from the Play Store
  • Keep the SD card inserted to avoid app close errors.

Use a SIM ejector tool to remove the SIM tray as shown above.

 

 

 

Place the Micro SD memory card in its respective slot and push the SIM tray.

Now, open the Settings app on your LG Aristo 5.

Go to System > About Phone.

Now, we need to open the Software Info page.

The 2nd last option on this page is “Build Number”.  We need to tap it multiple times to enable “Developer Options”.

Tap the build number 7 times to turn on Developer Mode.

 

Now, use the back button to go 2 steps back.

There is a new option above “About Phone” – “Developer Options”.

Open “Developer Options” and accept the warning by tapping “OK”.

Look for “USB Debugging” on the developer options page and turn it on.

Now, we are ready to connect our Aristo 5 to the computer.

The notification shows “USB debugging connected”.

Wait for the ADB Interface driver to install. Check the installation status in the Device Manager.

Now, we need to download and install the “Minimal ADB and fastboot tool”.

Download the tool from the below link and install it on your PC –

DOWNLOAD

Install and launch this software.

This tool opens the command prompt window.

To ensure that the ADB connection is established, we need to write the ADB command adb devices

Type this command and hit enter on your PC keyboard.

The connected device is visible as “LMK300 unauthorized”. This is the model number of LG Aristo 5.

Our PC is unauthorized for USB Debugging.  Please check your phone screen.

Accept the “Allow USB debugging” request as shown above.

Once again type the adb command adb devices

Now, we are ready for USB Debugging.

Write the command line adb shell sm list-disks and click enter.

The output shows the disk name as – disk:179,28

Make note of the disk name we need to use it later. It can be different in your case, disk:179,64 or something else.

 

The next command line is adb shell sm list-volumes all 

Type this command and click enter.

To enable adoptable storage, write the command adb shell sm set-force-adopable true

Now, comes the crucial step – 

In this step, we are going to partition the SD card as internal storage. You can either use the whole SD card as internal storage or reserve some space as external storage space. The partitioning takes some time depending upon the speed of your SD card.

To partition 60% of the SD card as internal storage the command line would be –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 mixed 60

To use the full SD card space as internal storage the command line would change to –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 private

 

NOTE: Use the correct disk name. In my case it was disk:179,128 it varies according to the SD card used.

 

 

We need to copy the output of the next command line –

adb shell sm list-volumes

Type the above command and hit enter.

Now, we need to copy the UUID code as marked in the above screenshot. It’ll be different in your case.

We are going to use it in the next command line.

 

I’ve copied the UUID code from the previous step. The command line using the copied code is –

adb shell pm move-primary-storage 35b49de6-83c9-461a-8ed4-d514000ea199

This step will move the internal storage data to the SD card.

 

The output of the command line is “Sucess“.

A notification on the phone reads “Content transfer is done”.

Now, open the Settings app and Go to Storage.

In Storage, you can notice there are 2 SD cards. One part belongs to the Internal and the other one to External Storage.

Now, every game and app will use the SD card space.

To revert the changes format the SD card as Portable/External Storage

To revert the changes we can partition the SD card as external storage.

Tap “SD Card” as shown above.

Hit the “3 dots icon” and select “Format as portable”.

Now, tap “Format’ to erase the SD card data.

Now, the whole SD card space is available as external storage.

 

If stuck at any stage, feel free to leave a comment below.

LG Phoenix 5 Move Apps to SD Card & set it as Default Storage

LG Phoenix 5 is an entry-level smartphone with just 16GB of internal storage space. Out of this, half the space is used by the System memory. The actual usable space is less than 8GB.

It does offer expandable memory support, so we can add a micro SD memory card. However, this will only boost the media storage space. The apps and games are still going to occupy the internal memory.

The solution to this problem is adoptable storage. We can partition the SD card as internal storage and make it the default storage space for app and game installation.

Before moving ahead make sure to –

  • Backup the internal storage data.
  • Use a High-Speed Micro SD card at least Class 10 is preferable.
  • Keep the SD card inserted all the time else you’ll face app close errors.
  • The Camera app may not work. You need to download a 3rd party camera app from the Play Store.

How to move apps to SD Card on LG Phoenix 5

First of all, we need to insert the micro SD card in the card slot. Use a SIM Ejector tool and remove the sim tray located on the left side as shown above.

 

Place the SD card in its respective slot and push the SIM tray as depicted in the above screenshot.

 

In the next step, we need to enable USB debugging on Phoenix 5.

Pull down the notification panel and hit the Settings icon at the top-right corner.

On the Settings page, scroll down and select “System”.

Now, choose “Developer options” to get access to USB debugging.

 

Scroll down on the Developer Options page, and turn on USB Debugging.

Tap “OK” to allow USB Debugging.

Now, we are ready to connect our Phoenix 5 to the PC.

Grab a Micro USB cable and connect your phone to the computer.

 

A notification on the phone shows “USB Debugging connected”.

Wait for the ADB Interface driver to install. Check the installation status via device manager.

The “LGE Mobile ADB Interface” driver is installed successfully on my computer.

Now, we need to use the Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool for USB Debugging.

Download & install the Minimal ADB & Fastboot tool from the below link –

DOWNLOAD

Install the tool and launch it.

The “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” tool launches the command prompt window.

First of all, let’s ensure that the ADB connection is established between the phone and PC.

Type adb devices and hit enter on your PC keyboard.

It shows the model number of the connected device i.e. LMK300 but this PC is unauthorized for USB Debugging.

At this stage, check your phone screen.

You must receive a request on the phone screen to “Allow USB Debugging”.

Hit “Allow” to accept this request.

Once again type adb devices and click Enter.

Now, the PC is authorized for USB Debugging.

The next command line we are going to use is –

adb shell sm list-disks

Type the above command and tap Enter.

The disk name in my case is disk:179,128 it can vary in your case. I can be 179,64  or something else in your case.

Use it accordingly in the command line later.

Now type the next command line –

adb shell sm list-volumes all and click Enter.

 

The next command to enable adoptable storage is –

adb shell sm set-force-adoptable true 

type the above command and tap Enter on your PC.

Now, is the crucial stage. At this point, we are going to partition the SD card.

We need to use the disk name i.e. 179,128 (in my case) and choose what percent of SD card to use as internal storage space.

If partitioning 60% of the SD card space as internal storage, the command line would be –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 mixed 60

You can also use the complete SD card space as internal storage. In that case, the command line would change to –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 private

Based on the write speed of the card, this step may take a few minutes time.

 

 

In the next step, we are going to move the old internal storage data to the newly created partition on the SD card.

Write the command  adb shell sm list-volumes

The output from this command is the UUID as marked in the above screenshot. This will differ in your case. Copy this UUID.

 

Using the UUID from the previous step the next command line would be –

adb shell pm move-primary-storage 35b49de6-83c9-461a-8ed4-d514000ea199

The result of this command is “Success”.

Now, check your phone screen.

A notification on the phone reads “Content transfer is done – Content move to SD card”.

Now, open the Settings app and select “Storage”.

You can see a 2nd “SD Card” under “Device”. This is the new default internal storage space for app & game installation.

 

To revert the changes – Format the SD card as Portable Storage

To revert the changes, hit the SD Card option as marked in the above screenshot.

Now tap the “3 dots icon” on the top-right corner and choose “Format as Portable”.

Hit “Format” to erase the SD card partition.

Now, the whole of the SD card space is available as External Storage space.

 

How was your experience after setting the SD card as internal storage? Please share your views in the comment section below.