LG Tribute Empire & Royal move apps to SD card

Both LG Tribute Empire & Royal are entry-level budget Android smartphones with a mere 16GB internal storage space. The system memory & pre-installed bloatware eats up more than half the storage space.

The actual usable space is less than 7 GB. On both Tribute Empire & Royal, we can increase the storage space with a Micro SD memory card. However, the apps and games still use internal memory.

To solve this problem, we can partition the SD card as internal storage. This feature is known as Adoptable storage. It’s turned off by default. We can enable it via USB Debugging.

Let’s see how to move apps to SD card and use it as internal storage on LG Tribute Empire & Royal –

How to move apps to SD card on LG Tribute Empire & Royal lm-x220pm lm-x320pm

Before moving ahead make sure to – 

  • Backup your internal storage data,
  • Use a high-speed Micro SD card. At least Class 10 should be used.
  • Keep the SD card inserted all the time to avoid app close errors.

 

First of all, we need to install the Micro SD on our LG Tribute Empire.

Remove the battery door as shown above.

Place the memory card in its respective slot and place the battery door.

In the next step, we need to enable USB Debugging.

The USB Debugging option is found in “Developer Options” which is hidden. We need to unhide it –

Open the Settings app and select the “General” tab.

Now scroll down and open “About phone”.

On the next page, select “Software info”.

We are now on the Software Info page.

Tap the “Build number” 7 times to enable Developer Options.

 

After hitting the build number 7 times, a confirmation message flashes on the screen “You are now a developer”.

 

From the Software Info page, we need to go 2 steps back.

This time, there is an additional option above the About phone – “Developer Options”.

Select this option and tap “OK” to accept the warning.

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

Hit “OK” to “Allow USB Debugging”.

Now that we have enabled USB Debugging, we are ready to connect our phone to the computer.

Use a Micro USB cable to connect your Tribute Empire/Royal to your PC.

A notification on the phone reads “USB debugging connected”.

There must be an “Allow USB Debugging” request on your phone screen. Hit “OK” to accept this request.

We need to authorize the connected computer for USB Debugging.

For USB Debugging, we need to install the ADB Interface Driver. Wait for the driver to install.

If you’ve not yet downloaded the LG Tribute Empire/Royal Drivers on your PC, get it from the below link –

LG Tribute Empire/Royal Drivers

You can check the driver installation status via the Device Manager on your PC.

 

 

For USB debugging –  to write the ADB commands, we need Minimal ADB & Fastboot Tool.

Download this software from the below link –

DOWNLOAD

Install and launch Minimal ADB and Fastboot as shown in the above screenshot.

It opens the CMD command prompt window.

To check the ADB connection write the command adb devices

You can see the connected device is visible as LMX220PM. This is the model number of LG Tribute Empire.

At this time if you get the command output as LMX220PM unauthorized, check your phone screen and accept the “Allow USB Debugging” request.

The next command line is adb shell sm list-disks 

Type the above command and hit enter on your PC keyboard.

The output of this command in my case is disk:179,128  

We need to note it down for future commands. It can be different in your case. It can be disk:179,64 or something else. Note it down and use it accordingly.

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

The command line to turn on adoptable storage is adb shell sm set-force-adoptable true

Now, comes the main step –

At this stage, we are going to partition the SD card as internal storage –

Use the correct disk name as obtained in the first ADB command output. My disk name is disk:179,128

You can use the complete SD card space as internal storage or reserve some space as external storage.

If you want to partition the complete SD card space as internal storage, the command line would be –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 private

If you want to partition the SD card in a 60:40 ratio where 60 percent is used as internal storage, the command line would change to –

adb shell sm partition disk:179,128 mixed 60

You can change the ratio as per your requirement.

After writing the command, we need to wait for a while. The partitioning takes some time.

 

 

The next command line is adb shell sm list-volumes

From this command line output, you need to copy the UUID as marked in the above screenshot. We need to use this UUID in the next command line.

In my case the UUID is  11dea3ec-6830-42b5-a6af-66a569fee98b

It will be different in your case.

In the next step, we are going to move the internal storage data to the SD card.

Use the UUID from the previous command output, the next command line would be –

adb shell pm move-primary-storage 11dea3ec-6830-42b5-a6af-66a569fee98b

 

Make sure you type the correct UUID code. It will be different in your case.

The output of the above command is “Success”.

Now, check your Tribute Empire/Royal screen.

The notification on the phone reads – Move complete (Data moved to SD Card)

Now, open the Settings app.

On the Settings page, select “Storage”.

You can see there 2 SD cards. The first one belongs to Internal Storage and another one as External Storage.

We have successfully moved the apps to the SD card on LG Tribute Empire/Royal. Now, it’s the default storage space for Apps and Games.

To revert the changes format the SD card as Portable Storage

Select the first “SD card” on the Storage page as marked in the above screenshot.

 

Now, tap the “3 dots” icon on the top-right corner and select “Format as portable”.

Hit “Format” to wipe the SD card partition.

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

 

How practical do your think is the adoptable storage feature on Tribute Empire/Royal? Please share your views in the comment section below.

 

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