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So this week I thought I would pass on some links, as recently I bought a sd card for my tablet and then discovered that you can't just stick it in the tablet and have it work (NB think this depends on the device as pretty sure the one on my phone went in just fine).

I did a LOT of searching and tried a lot of apps and faffed with a lot of different things, but eventually I found that this sequence worked out.

Apols to [livejournal.com profile] delgaserasca, who as usual has seen this already.

So first off, you will need to root your device, I followed this and all was fine:

http://www.cnet.com/uk/how-to/how-to-easily-root-an-android-device/

DISCLAIMER: obviously there is a risk with rooting that you will kill your device, proceed at own risk etc etc.

Second, you will need to partition your sd card if you haven't already. You can get apps for this but I would recommend downloading minitool partition wizard to your computer and following these instructions:

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php

NB Windows only recognises one partition so on Windows it will look like you've lost space - when you mount the sd card into the tablet again you'll see the whole lot.

Thirdly, you will need to install link2sd

play.google.com/store/apps/details

Then it is pretty self explanatory. Technically you will be linking the apps rather than moving them (there are explanations on the interwebs of what difference this makes, but it clears space either way) so often the 'move to sd' function won't actually work.

It will also move apps to the second partition but give you the option of where to move data/caches etc. This only matters depending on the size of your sd card.

After the first one it will lock the link function until you buy (Idk if this is permanent or one a day or what, I didn't have the patience to wait it out!) but it is a good app and does exactly what you need so I think it is worth the £1.45. It can also set it up so new apps go automatically to the sd card.
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