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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2013, 05:00:46 PM »
I'm going to keep this thread in mind for someday when I feel more adventurous. I'm still exploring all the things I can do with my tablet. In the meantime, all of the following questions refer to an unrooted device.

I'm glad I can backup the apps onto an SD card. I do have a couple apps in mind that didn't come from Google Play Store, so I'd especially like them so I would be able to restore them without having to buy them again. I have ES File Explorer, but do I need to get the Backup and Restore app in order to find and backup my apps? I looked at the screen shots of this app at the Play Store, and it looks like I can choose to backup some or all of the apps; later, could I choose to restore all or some of the apps, as well? For example, if I one day get an Android phone, would I be able to use the restore feature to put some of the apps on the smartphone?

I was thinking it would be nice to be able to restore apps to the tablet if I didn't have access to wifi, but I guess I'd have to have access at least long enough to download the Back Up and Restore app so that I can find and restore apps from my SD card???? Or, if I restored my tablet to brand new, factory condition, is there some way I would be able to restore apps from the SD card to the tablet without any wifi connection?

Sorry for the long list of questions---I do try to be prepared for several different contingencies (and I figure before I make a backup I'd better know what to do with it if/when I need to).

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2013, 05:47:28 PM »
Hi Brad.  Sorry it's not playing nice!  We'll figure it out together.   I have read on XDA others have the same issue as you with partitioning errors.  I read one person had to partition to ext4.  This was the only way the card could be read.  So maybe you will have to change it from ext2 to ext4.  partitions must be primary.

As far as the link being greyed out-  one thing that comes to mind is making sure you really are rooted.  Do you have SuperSU?  YES

 Did you get the box to grant permissions?  YES 
if so, you're good and we can rule that issue out.

there are some apps that can not be linked/moved.  They will not have the option and appear greyed out.  All system apps should appear this way.  (gallery, email accounts, browser are just a few of those not allowed to be linked). User apps should have the option. 

I've tried some really generic games that I downloaded off of play but the link button is greyed out with message symbolic link not mounted!




Also, Have you tried downloading from play and seeing if the app is automatically linked?
[/quote]     YES and is linking!!!

I'm at this moment will get ready and change that partition to ext4 and see what happens.
I also noticed as a side note that I was trying to download Doloresparks rom, but it was so slow it was going to take about 2 hours to download!! I'm running TW 50meg speeds and topping out at that too and still slow, so the slowness is on there end. Is this normal for them? Or is it better late at night?

Oh by the way, I vote to Let the Voltures out of there cage's Please!!!!!

I noticed that you rave about DP's Rom a bunch so you are very happy with it! So you think someone like me with minimal knowledge and expertise with the tablet will find it as nice as well, or is it just for the geeks?

Sorry for the long post!!!

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #17 on: November 30, 2013, 06:46:08 PM »
@Radicchio.  With App back up and restore it will find all your installed apps no matter where you bought them and then back them up to your card.  The back ups are not a compressed file.  They are full .apk files (similar to .exe files in Windows). You can put the card into à new tablet or phone and just touch thé file it  will install.  You can email them to yourself or anyone you want to share them with.  thé only exception is paid apps. Stock  Android does not Allow them to be copies but itqq saves à link to the play store so you can ré download later not sure how it handles paid apps frrom other sources.  You dont need wifi to restore apps from tout sdcard.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2013, 07:13:45 PM »

Also, Have you tried downloading from play and seeing if the app is automatically linked?
     YES and is linking!!!

I'm at this moment will get ready and change that partition to ext4 and see what happens.
I also noticed as a side note that I was trying to download Doloresparks rom, but it was so slow it was going to take about 2 hours to download!! I'm running TW 50meg speeds and topping out at that too and still slow, so the slowness is on there end. Is this normal for them? Or is it better late at night?

Oh by the way, I vote to Let the Voltures out of there cage's Please!!!!!

I noticed that you rave about DP's Rom a bunch so you are very happy with it! So you think someone like me with minimal knowledge and expertise with the tablet will find it as nice as well, or is it just for the geeks?

Sorry for the long post!!!

Brad
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Hi Brad.

If you reportition your card, the data on it now will be wiped.  So you will have to relink the apps that did link already.  After you put the card back in the tablet - the options draw is swiped out from the left side.  Put your finger on the very edge of the left side of the screen and pull it right.  Click Recreate mount scrips to change the file system for the new partition. 

It might be a pain in the butt, but if you can't get the apps you already have downloaded to link, you could re download them and have them link automatically.  Hopefully re partitioning will take care of it and you won't have to do that.

Yes, I love dolorespark's custom ROM.  And if you can handle the stock rom you can handle DoPa too.  It's based on the stock rom with the bloatware removed and a couple customization utility apps added. 

It only took me a couple of mins. to download the DoPa ROM. I'm using Vista business on a dell optiplex with xfinity- for whatever that's worth, lol.   Try again.  It's 292 mb.


to pull open the options see photo below.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2013, 07:22:59 PM »
@luckyMe

Well I tried everything and it came down to the partitioning thing. So thinking back I remember someone mentioning Easeus partitioning software. So I downloaded and installed it, fair warning this software is a free for home use BUT you have to watch very closely to the install process a lot of BS to uncheck!!!!

Anyway installed it, deleted the ext4 partition on the card, yea it didn't work! Decided to try again to set it to fat32! Worked!!

Mounted card in Tab. of course when I opened link2sd it decide to give me an error that it was busy. Great timing it was doing an update!! anyway after the update finished I restarted link2sd and picked fat32. Then nothing, I mean no yes and no NO! So I checked one of my apps PRESTO! Link was highlighted!!!! So linked a couple of my games and came back and checked guess what YES it worked!!!!

So the problem for me was Mini-tools partition software just didn't like me!!  :( ;D
so EaseUS worked the first time! So for future reference EaseUS is the key!!!

Thanks LuckyMe for your help in this matter!!!!!

Now I just have to download Dopa's rom and flash it. I'll try that again later tonight.

A HAPPY CAMPER!!

P.S. I only installed one app so I can deal with redoing that one, it was just a test basically anyway.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #20 on: November 30, 2013, 08:47:53 PM »
Yeah!!  glad it works.   :)  Good luck with DoPa.  Installing the rom is pretty smooth.  Doing the framework can be a little tricky (setting up the customization utility apps).  Just check the notes section where the developer gives instructions for TabletUI or PhabletUI mode.

If you have any questions or need help with DoPa, please post them in this thread: http://sero7forum.com/sero-7-root-hack-mod-and-development/new-custom-rom-based-on-the-6-02-20-update-by-dolorespark/


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« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2013, 10:25:50 PM »
@Radicchio.  With App back up and restore it will find all your installed apps no matter where you bought them and then back them up to your card.  The back ups are not a compressed file.  They are full .apk files (similar to .exe files in Windows). You can put the card into à new tablet or phone and just touch thé file it  will install.  You can email them to yourself or anyone you want to share them with.  thé only exception is paid apps. Stock  Android does not Allow them to be copies but itqq saves à link to the play store so you can ré download later not sure how it handles paid apps frrom other sources.  You dont need wifi to restore apps from tout sdcard.

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Thanks, again, John. So if I put the card in a new tablet or phone does a list of what is on the SD card automatically come up? I don't have to have a file manager installed first? I think most of my apps are paid---except for a few that are free only apps. Even if the paid version offers no added benefit or the donation for the app is optional, I pay. I just feel it's only fair to support those who have taken the time to create apps and get them in the store to be used by others.

Is it considered okay to share the same apps between two devices (i.e., a smartphone and a tablet)? Or am I supposed to buy the apps for each device? What if I get rid of a device or it totally breaks? Then can I use the apps I purchased on another device? I got the impression that if an app has been bought through Google Play Store with the same acount that they could be shared among the devices, but I want to know for sure.

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2013, 10:37:33 PM »
Yes once you buy an app or download a free app it is yours for unlimited installs.  Play store has a complete record of every app you've purchased or installed.  You can simply go to "my apps" select "all" and see or re install anything you choose, paid or free on any device you have.

To install your apps on a new device or restore a reset one just install app back up and restore again and then choose restore.

The main reason to back up your apps is sometimes an app will auto update and no longer be compatible with your device.  If you have back ups you can revert back to a previous working version.  Then disable auto update for that app.  If you have root you can use titanium back up to back up the app and the app data.  That would include settings passwords and game levels.  With out root you might have to go through and set that stuff up again if Google doesn't automatically do it(which it often does)

The agrivating thing about paid apps is they are write protected so even though you paid for them you have fewer rights to back up, copy or share them.
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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2013, 10:44:18 PM »
@Radicchio.  With App back up and restore it will find all your installed apps no matter where you bought them and then back them up to your card.  The back ups are not a compressed file.  They are full .apk files (similar to .exe files in Windows). You can put the card into à new tablet or phone and just touch thé file it  will install.  You can email them to yourself or anyone you want to share them with.  thé only exception is paid apps. Stock  Android does not Allow them to be copies but itqq saves à link to the play store so you can ré download later not sure how it handles paid apps frrom other sources.  You dont need wifi to restore apps from tout sdcard.

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Thanks, again, John. So if I put the card in a new tablet or phone does a list of what is on the SD card automatically come up? I don't have to have a file manager installed first? I think most of my apps are paid---except for a few that are free only apps. Even if the paid version offers no added benefit or the donation for the app is optional, I pay. I just feel it's only fair to support those who have taken the time to create apps and get them in the store to be used by others.

Is it considered okay to share the same apps between two devices (i.e., a smartphone and a tablet)? Or am I supposed to buy the apps for each device? What if I get rid of a device or it totally breaks? Then can I use the apps I purchased on another device? I got the impression that if an app has been bought through Google Play Store with the same acount that they could be shared among the devices, but I want to know for sure.


Hi Radicchio,  your apps are good for whatever device they are compatible with.  Download- able as many times as you need.  You can control your devices in your device manager on Google. ( for google play apps anyway).

If you sign into Google play with your tablet.... take your thumb on the left side of the screen and swipe right you will pull open your account. 



Click > my apps.  Here you will see a list of all the apps installed on the device you have logged in with.



Click on >  all.   Here you will see a list of ALL the apps you ever purchased or installed with this Google account.  They are there for you to install at anytime with any device you log onto using this Google account.  You can remove any from the list at anytime, if you don't want something there anymore.


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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2013, 10:58:20 PM »
@Radicchio.  With App back up and restore it will find all your installed apps no matter where you bought them and then back them up to your card.  The back ups are not a compressed file.  They are full .apk files (similar to .exe files in Windows). You can put the card into à new tablet or phone and just touch thé file it  will install.  You can email them to yourself or anyone you want to share them with.  thé only exception is paid apps. Stock  Android does not Allow them to be copies but itqq saves à link to the play store so you can ré download later not sure how it handles paid apps frrom other sources.  You dont need wifi to restore apps from tout sdcard.

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Thanks, again, John. So if I put the card in a new tablet or phone does a list of what is on the SD card automatically come up? I don't have to have a file manager installed first? I think most of my apps are paid---except for a few that are free only apps. Even if the paid version offers no added benefit or the donation for the app is optional, I pay. I just feel it's only fair to support those who have taken the time to create apps and get them in the store to be used by others.

Is it considered okay to share the same apps between two devices (i.e., a smartphone and a tablet)? Or am I supposed to buy the apps for each device? What if I get rid of a device or it totally breaks? Then can I use the apps I purchased on another device? I got the impression that if an app has been bought through Google Play Store with the same acount that they could be shared among the devices, but I want to know for sure.


Hi Radicchio,  your apps are good for whatever device they are compatible with.  Download- able as many times as you need.  You can control your devices in your device manager on Google. ( for google play apps anyway).

If you sign into Google play with your tablet.... take your thumb on the left side of the screen and swipe right you will pull open your account. 



Click > my apps.  Here you will see a list of all the apps installed on the device you have logged in with.



Click on >  all.   Here you will see a list of ALL the apps you ever purchased or installed with this Google account.  They are there for you to install at anytime with any device you log onto using this Google account.  You can remove any from the list at anytime, if you don't want something there anymore.


so you have 2 emails?

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« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2013, 11:12:37 PM »

so you have 2 emails?

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is this a trick question? 

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Re: Links2SD
« Reply #26 on: December 03, 2013, 12:48:40 PM »
Thanks for the tutorial.
Laura: What's the recommended partition size for fat32 and ext2, assuming I have a 32GB SD card?
Thanks!

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« Reply #27 on: December 03, 2013, 02:15:50 PM »
Thanks for the tutorial.
Laura: What's the recommended partition size for fat32 and ext2, assuming I have a 32GB SD card?
Thanks!

it's strictly personal preference.  I would set 10 gb to the ext2.  If you play large filed games set it 50/50%. 

And thank you.  I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful. 

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« Reply #28 on: December 04, 2013, 04:00:43 PM »


it's strictly personal preference.  I would set 10 gb to the ext2.  If you play large filed games set it 50/50%. 

And thank you.  I'm glad you found the tutorial helpful.
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Great. I will test it tonight. Thanks!

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« Reply #29 on: December 04, 2013, 09:28:33 PM »
I just ordered a 64 gb sd for my tablet. I play a ton of games tho.....thinking 32 gigs for apps, the rest for files

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