I recently came into a Samsung Galaxy Y Duos phone and the first thing that struck me was the paltry and miserly160MB internal storage that was included in the phone. Well, yes, granted, it is supposed to be a budget phone but 160MB on a smartphone in this day and age is simply outrageous?! Its dual SIM feature, however, made it very difficult for me to pass it over.
Fresh from my exploit expanding the internal memory of my Toshiba Thrive Tablet, i knew there had to be a solution to this irritating development.
And guess what? I was right, damn right!
Though the procedure was tested on a Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102, it should work on any Android mobile phone, especially the Galaxy Duos series.
Please proceed with caution and backup your data first!.
Again, what we are setting out to do is to make the device recognize the external memory card as an internal memory.
- You will need to root your phone first. The very simple procedure can be found here.
- Download the following file and store in your sdcard;
- Install the app, Link2SD, from Google app market to your phone
- Switch off your phone and boot up into recovery mode by pressing the following keys at the same time; Volume up +Home button +lock button
- Release the buttons immediately the Samsung Galaxy Y Duos logo comes on
- On the screen labelled ” Android System Recovery”, use the volume key to select “apply update from sd card”, then select “skin1980-G1-S5360+CWN.z”
- On the screen “ClockworkMod Recovery v”, select “advanced”
- On the screen “Advanced and Debugging”, select “Partition SD Card”
- On the screen “For Ext Size”, select the size you will want your new internal memory storage to be. A max size of 1024 MB (1GB) is advised because of stability issues.
- On the screen labelled “swap size”, select 0M
- Now you wait a few minutes for your SD card to be partitioned.
- Afterwards, select “reboot recovery”, then select “reboot system now”. Your phone will reboot.
- Select link2sd
- Choose “recreate mount script”, then select “ext3”
- Reboot your phone
After your phone reboots, you may launch the linksd app again and move installed software to the partition you created by “linking” them.
Please note that you will not notice any increase in the size of your internal memory after this procedure when you check via your phone settings but what it does is that subsequent installations are made directly on your SD card subject to the maximum size you partitioned.
Now i have a 1GB Samsung Galaxy Y Duos GT-S6102. Life is indeed Good …