Since the first day you bought your HTC Explorer, I know there is one thing bugging you – extremely small internal memory. It’s just a few over a hundred MBs, which is not enough to install even the apps you use daily, forget about games. And you can’t do much until you have a rooted phone.
Once you have a rooted HTC Explorer, you can increase the internal memory to over 1 GB, literally. That means you will never run out of space for apps and games. And all you need is a usual SD card, with no technical knowledge. Sounds amazing, right? It is.
Disclaimer: Although the chances of any damage is less if you do everything right, but still you will be solely responsible for any loss or damage done to your phone, any person including you, pets, anything or anyone by following this tutorial. Neither we, nor the developers of the apps will be responsible for any harm or damage.
Things you need:
- A Rooted HTC Explorer A310e (Pico)
- MiniTool partition wizard installed on PC to create sd-ext partition.
First, you need to create a secondary sd-ext partition on the SD card. For this purpose, an 8 GB card is recommended but 4 GB should be fine too. It depends completely on your usage and requirements.
Creating Secondary Partition on SD card
If you’ve already created a secondary partition, but it didn’t work, just delete that partition only and start again from 5th step. Change the file system to something else, as required.
- Connect the SD card to PC via card reader, and open MiniTool partition wizard.
- To avoid the risk of losing data, take a backup of memory card on your PC.
- In MiniTool partition wizard, right-click on SD card partition and select “Move/Resize” from the menu.
- In the pop-up window, move the slider from right to left. Keep an eye on the ‘unallocated space after’ field below, this will be the size of the secondary partition (new internal memory of your phone). 1 GB (1024 MB) is good enough, you can choose any value though. Click OK when you’re done.
- You should now see unallocated space of the same size in the list. Right-click on it, and select create. In the pop-up window, leave the partition label blank, choose “Primary” in “Create As” field, and ext4 (FAT32 if using stock ROM or ext4 doesn’t work) file system. Leave remaining fields intact and click OK.
- Click “Apply” to apply the changes and create partition.
- Once done, make sure the data in your card is not lost. Remove the card from PC and insert it back into mobile.
Basically, there are many ways to increase internal memory of HTC Explorer A310e, but I’m going to write about only the most popular and effective 3 ways. At least one of these three should work for you, regardless of the ROM you’re using.
To use S2E or Mounts2SD, the ROM you’re using must have init.d support enabled. If it doesn’t support init.d, you can either enable it or use Link2SD instead. If you’re using stock ROM (the one came pre-installed), it doesn’t support init.d. Link2SD works without init.d too.
Although S2E works on CyanogenMod ROM only, but it should also work on ROMs having CM as base ROM. Also, if you’re using CM 10.1, the official app in Play Store won’t work as it doesn’t support CM 10.1 yet. Thanks to Wah-idOne for making it compatible with CM 10.1, the modified version will work with CM 10.1 as well.
How to Install and Configure S2E?
- Download S2E from Play Store, or the modified version if you’re using CM 10.1.
- If you’re using CM 10.1, i.e. downloaded the modified version in zip file, you will have to flash the zip via recovery mode. Make sure you mount ‘system’ from ‘mounts & storage’ in recovery before flashing the zip, otherwise it won’t flash properly.
- You should now see S2E app installed in your apps. Open it and grant root privileges. The options will be disabled for now. Now press the menu button, and go to settings. Check “mount as ext4”, leave the app, and reboot phone.
- Now open S2E again, the options should be enabled now. Check the stuff you want to move to the secondary memory card partition you created a while back. Reboot again, and you’re done!
Mounts2SD is also a very popular app used for extending internal memory. You can download the app for free from Play Store, and follow the instructions below to configure it.
How to Configure Mounts2SD?
- After installing the app, open it and allow root access. Configure busybox and init.d script if required.
- Now tap ‘configure’, and enable applications, data, etc. as per your requirement. If after enabling reverse mount it doesn’t work, do not enable reverse mount.
- Disable safe-mode if needed.
- Reboot. Done.
Though I don’t recommend Link2SD, but it’s the only option if none of the above apps work for you. You might need to change the second partition’s file system to FAT32 for using Link2SD. First download the app from Play Store, and follow the instructions you get after opening the app.
It’s pretty easy to set up everything, and it’s a one-time process. Just make sure you enable “auto link” in settings, and it will automatically link new applications to sd-ext after their installation.
That’s it! Now you have over 1 GB of internal storage. Did you mess up anything? Use the comments section below!