I bought an Huawei Ascend P6, which comes with 8GB internal phone storage. But only ~4GB are available for the "internal storage".

I installed my apps, which include Tomtom Europe and Copilot Europe, which respectively have maps of about 4 and 2 GB. Both of them only install the offline maps in the internal memory for this phone.

I am trying to find a way to install those maps into the external SD.

I tried, without success, the following solutions

  • trying to move the apps to SD card after installing the maps. The App gets moved, but the maps remain in the internal storage.
  • trying to create a symbolic link installing a terminal app and using the ln -s command. But it doesn't work since the /mnt/sdcard (internal memory) is VFAT.
  • I tried some apps to move applications to the external SD card, but no success yet. (tried Link2SD)

Any help would be appreciated.

I read that FolderMount App can solve the problem, but it only works for rooted device. But my device isn't rooted (so, if anyone does have a good tutorial on how to root this device, it would be appreciated). But if possible, I would avoid rooting.

I still have the last try in the arsenal, which is enabling the debug mode in the cell phone and trying to use the command pm set-install-location 2 via adb or a terminal emulator app. I didn't try this yet, since at the moment my phone is installing the firmware update.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • I'm afraid there's no solution without rooting the device. Only things I know for such cases are FolderMount (as you already mention) and DirectoryBind; both require root access. That only leaves to either root your device, or have the resp. devs fixing it in their apps. – Izzy Jan 14 '14 at 10:34
  • the pm set-install-location 2 command didn't solve. I saw that modifying the app configuration files manually in a special "procedure" can address the issue for co-pilot. I am sure that the same thing can be achieved by altering the files (currentmap.dat which is binary and .metadata.xml and maybe some other files). Those are the last resource I'll try tonight, then I'll give up and start trolling on the support forums for those apps. – Luigi R. Viggiano Jan 14 '14 at 14:45
  • I solved the issue this way: I sold the Huawei Ascend P6, and bought a Google Nexus 5. And it works much better. – Luigi R. Viggiano May 27 '14 at 7:56
  • I was just about asking you to make that an answer – but for obvious reasons, that doesn't make much sense :) Glad the problem is solved for you, though I'm less happy about the kind of solution it required… Still wondering how you're moving apps to the external SD card on a Nexus 5, though #D – Izzy May 27 '14 at 8:34

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