Samsung Galaxy Fit: How to get more internal space
My mom has a nice Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670. The phone is good: it’s cheap and pretty fast. But the main problem with this model (and others similar models as well) is the lack of internal storage space. The real problem is that (at least in this Samsung Galaxy Fit) you can’t just move most of the apps to the sd card, and those apps (for example Facebook) are becoming bigger and bigger. I was looking for a solution, and after a while I was able to find a method that did the trick. It works on the Samsung Galaxy Fit and on other Samsung models as well.
Disclaimer: I’m not responsible of any damage that the following steps may cause to your device. They were tested, and I haven’t encountered any problem on the Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670, but you take all the risks.
This method works if you have Gingerbread in your phone, and should work with all these Samsung models:
GT-S5570, GT-S5570B, GT-S5570I, GT-S5570L, GT-S5571, GT-S5578 (Chinese-Mini), GT-S5660, GT-S5660M, GT-S5660L, GT-S5660V, SHW-M290K (Korean-Gio), GT-S5670, GT-S5670B, GT-S5670L, GT-S5830, GT-S5830B, GT-S5830C, GT-S5830D, GT-S5830F(La Fleur), GT-S5830G (new), GT-S5830i, GT-S5830L, GT-S5820(new), GT-S5830M, GT-S5830T, GT-S5830V, GT-S5830Z, GT-S5838(Chinese-Ace) (new), GT-S5839i, GT-S6800(Africa-Ace Advance)(new), GT-S6802, GT-S6802B(new), GT-B5330, GT-B7510, GT-B7510B, GT-B7510L, GT-B7800, GT-B5510, GT-B5510B, GT-B5510L, GT-B5512, GT-B5512B, GT-S6102, GT-S6102B, GT-S5300, GT-S5300B, GT-S5302, GT-S5360, GT-S5360B, GT-S5360L, GT-S5360T, GT-S5363, GT-S5369, GT-S5690, GT-S5690i, GT-S5690L, GT-S5690M, GT-S5690R, GT-I8150, GT-I8150B, GT-I5510, GT-I5510B, GT-I5510L, GT-I5510M, GT-I5510T, SCH-i509, SCH-i559(new), SCH-i589(Ace Duos -Chinese/India) (new), SGH-T499, SGH-T499Y, SGH-T499V, SGH-T499W, SGH-T589, SGH-T589R, SGH-T589W, SGH-I837, SGH-I857.
Basically what you need to do is to root your phone, create an “app partition” in your sd card, and install an app that lets you move the apps in your Samsung Galaxy Fit to this partition. Here are the steps:
- First thing: backup your sd card. Plug the phone in your pc and copy all the data in your sd card in your pc. You need to format your sd card so you will loose all the data in it. I would suggest you to backup your phone datas too (sms, calls, contacts) with the appropriate apps.
- Be sure the Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 is charged (at least 75% of battery)
- Download the universal_gb_root_v25.zip and put it in your phone sd card. This works with every model listed above
- Disconnect the Samsung Galaxy Fit and power it down
- You need now to boot it in Recovery Mode. On the Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 you need to press and hold the Home button and the power button together. This depends on your device.
- Once you are in Recovery Mode, use the Volume Keys to navigate to “Apply update from sd card”, and select it by pressing the Home button
- Select the universal_gb_root_v25.zip file and press the Home button
- Once the install is complete, reboot the device
- You are rooted! This means that you could also install custom roms if you wish, like the popular Cyanogenmod
Now that you rooted your phone, you can use a nice app to move apps to the sd external space by creating symbolic links to them in the phone internal storage. You need to format your sd card so you have two partitions: one for the data, and one for the apps.
- Insert your sd card in your pc (I use an sd card reader with an mini sd to sd adaptor)
- With a software like GParted (Linux) or MiniTool Partition Wizard (Windows) you need to create a FAT32 primary partition on the beginning of the sd card (for the data) followed by a second partition (with size from 512 to 1024 mb) for the apps. People suggest to format it as ext3 or ext4: I had to format it as FAT32 too because some devices can’t read linux partitions!
- Once you are done, insert the sd in your device and install the app Link2Sd.
- Once you run the app (you will have to grant it superuser’s rights) it will try to install a script on your apps’ partition. If everything goes well, you will be able to move the apps to the sd card (almost like you were doing before), or create symbolic link to move those apps that you couldn’t move in the traditional way.
When everything is ok, remember to move your backup to the sd! My mom’s Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 doesn’t have any apps space problem anymore.
If you have any question, leave a comment below!