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More internal memory for Xperia PLAY

Written by Mod Father. Posted in Beginners Guides


Some tricks for root to help free up internal memory space for Xperia 2011 range.


If your here reading this article then you have discovered one of the main problems with the xperia play internal memory. Well here we will show you some different ways to free up some space or to make more room for all of your bad boy games.




these methods are for root users who just need more space


1) Move apps to sd (root apps)

We know there is app management systems built into the sony software but does it do the job = not totally it wont let you move many.

  There are a few apps on the android market like apps2sd and so on that you mite find are able to move more apps then the one you already have.





2) Link2sd 

 Link2sd is an app from android market ( Download ) which enables you to change where your phone looks for its internal memory, You can fool the android device into thinking part of your sd card is the internal memory itself.

to use this you will need root accses and you must make an ext partition on your sd card using the option in clockwork mod recovery or via you pc/other. What does this mean? well this sections off your sd card into different parts e.g if you have a 32gb sd card and you made 2 partitions equal it would come up as 2x 16gb spaces.

Note - what ever size you make your ext partition it will show that amount of space in setting>storage>internal memory. If you choose to run this on xperia play dont set your internal memory sights too high 1gb should be the max as any more could cause unwanted issues.

for more info on this check out the android market page or on the in app helper.




3) Removing sony ericsson built in system apps (bloatware) Xperia 2011

Do you find that some of the built in apps are useless and are a pain as you cant uninstall them. Well if your rooted you can delete them by using apps like ( titanum backup ).

Be aware that if you remove some system apps that are used for running your phones os and such. you could end up without you device working so please look up on safe apps to remove we have an example bellow.

   Sony ericsson stock rom app removal safe list (e.g 2.3.4 stock)

- Android Live Wallpapers
- Chinese keyboard
- Crash Bandicoot
- Digital Clock 1.0
- Digital Clock 2.0.6
- Facebook
- Facebook CalenderSync
- Facebook Extension
- Facebook Notification Publisher
- Facebook Post Viewer
- Facebook Setup
- Fifa 10
- Friends' Games & Applications
- Friends' Music & Videos
- FUN & Downloads
- Home Screen Tips
- Live Wallpaper Classic (PSP System)
- Live Wallpaper Original (PSP System)
- Magic Smoke Wallpapers
- News & Weather
- Playstation Pocket
- Retail Demo
- Setup Guide
- Street View
- Support
- The Sims
- Timescape
- Timescape Feeds
- Timescape Widget
- Twitter Extension
- Xperia Hotshots
- Youtube Karaoke Extension




4) ADB trick Xperia 2011

Set up your phone so all apps install straight to sd card free up loads of internal memory. 

This trick is great but you will need a little computer know how to make this work.

Need to know -

We should point out that it’s preferable to install certain apps to the main memory, since it will take a while before the SD card becomes available when you start your phone. Applications installed on the memory card will also be unavailable to the system each time you mount your phone as a disk drive. The internal storage is probably quicker as well, even though Google claims that “there is no effect on the application performance so long as the external storage is mounted on the device.” In general, apps that integrate with the Android OS and that often run in the background is better to install on the internal storage, while games and most other applications will have no problem chilling outside on your SD.

 Homescreen widgets should be installed to the internal storage as well. I noticed that LauncherPro, for example, won’t recognize widgets stored on the SD card when you start your phone, because when the app is launched, the memory card is still unavailable.



First you have to enable USB debugging on your Android device from Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging. Now you need to download and install the Android SDK on your computer from

Once you’ve downloaded and extracted the package to the folder of your choice, run SDK Setup.exe and click on Available Packages to the left. If you get an error message at this point, enable “Force in the Settings. From the list of available packages, select “Usb Driver package”, click on the Install Selected button in the bottom right corner and follow the prompts.

Connect your phone to your computer with a USB-cable. Your OS will prompt you to install new drivers. Choose to install them from the android-sdk/usb_driver folder. Do not mount your device; you only need to plug-in the cable.

Next, run a command prompt and navigate to the Android-SDK\tools folder. In Windows, this is done by selecting Run from the Start Menu (or by pressing Win+R) and typing cmd. You change drives in the command prompt by entering the drive letter followed by a colon (, and change folders with the CD command. For example, to enter the Android-SDK folder, simply type cd android-sdk.

In the Android-SDK\tools folder, type in adb devices and you should get a serial number starting with “H” in return. All you have to do next is entering adb shell pm setInstallLocation Voilà, you’re done! Android will now installapps to the SD card by default.

To switch back to storing software on the internal memory, enter adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0.


Instructions  step by step  -

Step 1: Check your OS/Windows version (OS version x86 or x64)

Step 2: Get Android SDK from there

Step 3: Launch the install of the SDK

Step 4: Get JRE java if asked during the install and install it

Step 5: Select Usb Driver package on the "installed packages" menu on the left

Step 6: Begin the installation

Step 7: Wait until it complete and go to the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools

Step 8: Open a command windows : press keyboard shift key and click right you should see 'run command here' in the menu or go to search (win7) or execute (winxp) and type cmd or another way is to use keyboard pressing Win key + R
A command window should appear

Step 9: on your Xperia enable USB debugging
Easy on your Android device from Settings > Applications > Development > USB debugging and check it

Step 10: make sure your phone is in media transfer mode (not mass storage mode)

Step 11: Install PC companion and make sure it works and launch update

Step 12: Connect your phone (if pc companion ask to update your phone do as you please you can shut down the program)

Step 13: check that the Xperia device is available on my computer menu and you can browse his content

Step 14: select your Dos windows / command windows that should be open now
and type cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools if you are not already in this folder

Step 15: Type adb devices and check the result it should say list of device attached and a number will follow with device at the end of the line
That means your phone is correctly attached and recognized by ADB

Step 16: Type adb shell pm setInstallLocation 2 you should see a new line and nothing else if you have an error message then you need to check again one of the step above "adb: permission denied" is the common error

Step 17: Reboot your phone (might take a little while)

Step 18: Now go to your application setting menu and move all your games to the SD or install the game that you wanna install then move them to the SD card

Step 19: Restart your phone again and go to your application browser. You should see some of the game you just installed and moved disapeared... don't mind it's because you moved them and android didn't notice their new location. Reboot 3 to 5 times depending on the number of your games you should see them all back after some reboot. You can still go to the app manager to look for them there

Step 20: Now that you are done you can choose to go back to the normal mode or stay like that but be carefull if you install an app that is no compatible.
Being on SD you will have to remember that you need to test each app when you move. You will still be able to put it back to internal! But when you test that app this may lead to a crash on your phone during the process so remember to be carefull with some apps (specially those who have widget)

Step 21: To go back to your inital setting plug your phone again type adb devices to ensure that the phone is plugged correctly and recognized by ADB
then type adb shell pm setInstallLocation 0

Step 22: put your phone back to usb standard mode (disable debugging mode)

Step 23: Reboot

Step 24: Shut all the windows on your computer / uninstall if you want android SDK

Step 25: Enjoy your Xperia







 other ways of making more space coming soon.

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