HTC Desire: How to free up internal memory without rooting
It’s been a year since I’ve had my HTC Desire, while it’s a great phone and one I plan to use for many years to come (how long my phones usually (should) last for), the phone’s low internal memory has always bugged the hell out of me. This is a common problem that all HTC Desire users have and while there have been temporary fixes such as the App2SD or 1 Tap Clean Cache app, the problem still remains!
For awhile I’ve just kind of had to ignore and live with the problem of the phone’s limited capability because that’s what it’s essentially doing even though the phone itself is really powerful!
I came close to the idea of rooting my phone, having Googled and read up on it A LOT and even taking some of the preliminary steps to ensure my phone was the correct this and that to allow the root. I ended up chucking the idea because even if there is (supposedly) a small margin of risk that the phone will ‘brick’, I still didn’t like those odds. Especially since rooting a phone is new territory for me. I wouldn’t start to know how to troubleshoot such a problem if it did indeed ‘brick.’
My next alternative was finding a way to install apps on the sd card by default because having it install on internal memory then moved to sd card is hopeless if you haven’t much space to start with as it wouldn’t let you install it in the first place. So I finally found a method that seemed pretty simple and straightforward and finally actually works!
Two things I did notice that were slightly different from the steps were the directories you needed to go to in steps 3 and 4. This is probably because the guide is one year old and the Android SDK software has been updated since. Here are the updates:
- In step 3, it says to find the folder android-sdk\usb_driver but for me it was android-sdk\extras\google\usb_driver
- In step 4, in the cmd (command) panel you need to navigate to C:\Program Files\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools instead of tools to find adb devices because apparently the adb devices moved directory. It flags this up somewhere but can’t remember when it did.