March 2, 2012

Make Kobo Vox Google Android Gingerbread Tablet eReader start up like new by moving Apps to SD memory instead of Internal Memory

 If your internal memory is very full on a Google Android Gingerbread 2.3 Tablet eReader like the Kobo Vox Tablet eReader, your start-up time will be longer compared to a less full internal memory card. A lot of apps which you download will be installed on your Internal Memory, but not on your SD card.

You don't need to modify Google Android in anyway, and it is easy to reverse the changes manually with a few clicks of the screen if you experience problems afterwards in rare cases.

You can easily move them to your SD Card, so you can install more Apps on your internal memory, or make your Tablet or eReader start up time back to normal like the day you bought your Android Gingerbread tablets like Kobo Vox.

You can also move your Apps to SD card in Android Froyo, and possibly other newer versions according to other blog posts I read.

I notice after moving all the Apps I can move to the SD Memory Card, my Kobo Vox Tablet eReader starts up as quickly as the day I bought it in less then 1 minute vs 2 minutes when most of my internal memory is full.

Cut The Rope Game App, also crashes less when the internal memory card is not almost full, but Cut The Rope Crash a lot more when the internal memory was full. But, you should wait 20 or more seconds after the loading screen before pressing the Play button on Cut The Rope since I notice when I hit the play too fast it crashes on me more often on the Kobo Vox.

Moving your Apps to SD will make you use better use of your storage which came with your Tablet since now your internal memory is less full, and your start up times are restored to how fast it was when you bought your Tablet, and you use more of your SD memory card instead of using all your internal memory to the point that your Tablet starts up slower, and might perform slower.

You can always move your Apps back to the internal memory if you notice if it runs less stably and not as fast on your SD card vs running it on your internal memory card. But, I notice Apps run as fast on the internal and SD memory.

 Moving your Apps to SD memory is safe, and easy to do. All you do is go to your App manager settings in Android by going into your settings then look for the Application section, and open manage applications.

Click on the All Section, and click on apps installed on Android then Click on Move to SD Memory Button, and wait. Click the back button on your phone or tablet, and repeat the move to SD card steps again for all your Apps. Typically, you can't move the default apps which came with Android like Calculator, Contacts, Launcher, etc, or your Tablet's manufacturer like the Kobo App which came with the Kobo Vox.

If you move a lot of Apps to SD, I recommend restarting your Tablet since it might feel slower after moving a lot of files to SD, but after your restart your tablet everything will be back to normal. Plus, you can experience the quickness of your new start up time by restarting your Tablet.

A small percentage of Apps from third-party app makers also can't be moved to SD, so you can just install them on your Internal Memory. Not all files are moves to SD, and there will be a small amount of files which still remain on your Internal memory, so if you wan't more memory space back, you must install the Apps to make enough space for new apps.

After moving your Apps from the Internal Memory to SD memory cards, you will have less free space for   storing video, photos, document, and personal files.

If you have a MicroSD Memory card, you can use a file manager app like File Expert to move/cut and paste your personal files on your SD card, and download folder to your MicroSD memory card in the mnt/extsd folder, so you can move more of your Apps to SD, and have more space on your MicroSD card to store non-app and Android operating system files. Unfortunately, you can't install or move Apps easily on some Tablets like the Kobo Vox Tablet eReader which supports a MicroSD Card up to 32GB to a MicroSD card, so once your internal memory, and SD memory card is Full, you need to uninstall old apps and cut and paste all your personal files to a MicroSD memory card or use the USB cable to cut and paste your files to your PC to make room for new Apps which needs space.
Also connect to the internet via Wi-Fi with your Kobo Vox Tablet eReader to see if there is an update available for it since Kobo or Android might fix this problem of Android being slower when internal memory is full, so someday we can use all our memory on the Kobo Vox and no Slowdown.

You do not need to defrag your Kobo Vox's memory like a computer, so if you see a disk, RAM,  etc defrag it is most likely a scam since Flash memory which the Vox uses does not need to be defrag. Also, don't use Windows to defrag the memory on the Vox since defraging flash memory makes it wear out the flash memory faster since flash memory only has a limited amount of saves.

Possibly, someday someone or a company will invent an internet drive or program for Android to make it possible to run Android Apps from an Online web server, or off a Wi-Fi based external hard drive. Cloud computing like Google Docs, Gmail, ZoHo office, MS Office 365, Onlive, NetFlix, Hulu, Gaikai, etc can lighten the App memory foot print on your tablets, computer, phones, etc because all your documents, programs, and settings are stored on the internet on web servers which you can access from most internet connected computer with a modern web browser like Google Chrome.

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