LG Tribute 5 & Tribute 2- Set SD Card as default storage for Apps

Budget prepaid smartphones offer a great value for money & these days they are fast enough to cater the daily needs. However, low internal storage is a deal breaker for many. It’s not that the storage space cannot be increased with a memory card, the issue is with the android system which plays unfair and leaves a little space for android apps. There are thousands of android apps on play store but very little space is reserved for android app installation.

The android system (up to Lollipop) is such that it won’t let you install the app directly to SD card no matter what. The most you can do is move a portion of app data to SD card after installation. You have to do this manually for each app you wish to move to SD.

This issue is taken care of in Marshmallow with adoptable storage where the apps can be installed directly to memory card . However, as of now,there is no 6.0 update for Tribute 5 and it seems highly unlikely looking at the Sprint’s past track record.

So the question is how to install the app downloaded from play store directly to sd card ?

To achieve this, first thing is rooting your LG Tribute 5

Once rooted, we’ve to add a 2nd partition to SD card which will be used for app installation.
The second step is to link the newly created partition to internal storage. An app can be linked to SD card via Link2SD app. With Link2SD you can also set SD card as your default app location. This way your new android app will automatically install to SD card.  Now let’s check out the actual procedure

LG Tribute 5 – How to install Android apps directly to SD card 

Aparted – Create 2nd Partition

Download and install Aparted from Play store or from below link

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It is recommended to use at least Class 10 micro SD card to create the second partition as apps will be loaded from it. I’ve partitioned my  64 GB Class 10 SanDisk ultra SD card.  The size of my first partition is 52GB and that of the second partition is 12GB. I’ve used approx 20% of space for 2nd partition as it’ll be used for apps and games only. Let’s see how to do this –

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Open AParted app and if prompted allow Superuser root access

Click on “Settings” Tab on top right corner.

Uncheck ” Protect internal Partitions” and accept the warning.

Now move to First Tab i.e “Create” and click on “ADD” to create the first partition.

 

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When you’re on first partition page, It’ll say Part 1. Slide the bar towards the right to assign space to the first partition. My first partition size is 51794 MB.

Note that the first partition type is “FAT32”

Again click on “ADD” to create the second partition.

Now the page will say “Part 2”

Space left after creating the first partition is 12070 MB. You can either use this complete space to create 2nd partition or reserve some space for 3rd partition.

I’ve used the remaining space to create 2nd partition. To do this slide the bar to the extreme right.

The 2nd partition type should be ext2 so click on “FAT32” to change partition type

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Select “ext2” from the list

Click on “APPLY” to create the two partitions. Accept the Warning and Proceed

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You may be asked to remove and reinsert the sd card. Do the same and wait for process to complete

Check the last screenshot above with partition details.

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LG Tribute 5 LS675 Download to SD Card by Default

In most of the recent android phones including Tribute 5, Chrome is the default web browser. Budget phones such as Tribute 2 and Tribute 5 have 8GB as internal storage. In Android world, 8GB is difficult to manage with. Especially when the major portion is consumed by Android System Data i.e ROM.  So, the saving grace is external sd card.
Now when you have the micro sd card inserted, you would like to save every downloaded file to the memory card by default.
However, in reality, there is no option in chrome to set external sd as default download location. Moving every downloaded file to external storage is cumbersome & makes no sense. So, what’s the solution to this problem?

LG Tribute 5 – How to save files downloaded via Web Browser to SD card by Default

I added a 64 GB Sd card to my tribute 5 and i tried Android app called “Folder mount” as well as Xposed Module “Downloads to SD” to move every downloaded file automatically to SD card.  Both of these failed. So, finally,  I had to change the web browser to achieve this.
Download and install Ucweb Browser from play store or below link

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Once you open the Ucweb Browser, you’ll notice an icon with “3 horizontal lines”, click on it.

A window will pop-up , Select “Downloads”

Now we’re on the “Downloads” page. We’ve to change the download location, so Click on “Settings” as shown in last screenshot above

 

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Now that we’re on “Download Settings” page, Select “Default Path”.

Swipe towards left and click on “Storage”

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The first option is “0” which is the default storage location i.e internal storage. We’ve to select the second option i.e external_SD

You’ll see a warning message, which states that the files will get saved in a specific folder created by ucweb and will get deleted when the app is uninstalled. So make sure to backup the files if you wish to remove ucweb browser.

Ucweb is a decent web browser but it gets annoying with frequent app notifications. So, make sure to disable notifications for this app. I use Chrome for web browsing and ucweb for downloading.

If you know a way out to change the default download location of chrome, please do share via the comment section below.

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