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LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

« on: January 24, 2014, 10:04:20 AM »
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    OK,  as my user name states, I am not at all familiar with how to program, root, rom, kernel, popcorn, potatochips, gingerbread, teacakes, etc...........

    I bought this phone from walmart, and for current financial reasons, it serves its purpose.  I like mms, texting, talking, email, and browser.

    I DO NOT like the fact that I can only have 1 app from Google play on my phone at a time, and it always wants to update Google books (yuk) or Google settings (why?) and two forms of music players, two forms of navigation, it seems silly.

    So my 17 year old told me to root my phone.  He rooted his Straighttalk ZTE Savvy, and said it had a lot of extra room.

    My question is, can it be done, and will it affect my service with Straighttalk (I abhor having to talk to the technicians).

    I am very familiar with computers, and programs, hard drives, drivers, networks, etc.  But a phone baffles me.   Please Help.  I have downloaded the LG Drivers utility.

     
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    Re: LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

    « Reply #1 on: January 24, 2014, 10:38:25 AM »
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    Re: LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

    « Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 08:29:04 AM »
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    OK,  as my user name states, I am not at all familiar with how to program, root, rom, kernel, popcorn, potatochips, gingerbread, teacakes, etc...........

    I bought this phone from walmart, and for current financial reasons, it serves its purpose.  I like mms, texting, talking, email, and browser.

    I DO NOT like the fact that I can only have 1 app from Google play on my phone at a time, and it always wants to update Google books (yuk) or Google settings (why?) and two forms of music players, two forms of navigation, it seems silly.

    So my 17 year old told me to root my phone.  He rooted his Straighttalk ZTE Savvy, and said it had a lot of extra room.

    My question is, can it be done, and will it affect my service with Straighttalk (I abhor having to talk to the technicians).

    I am very familiar with computers, and programs, hard drives, drivers, networks, etc.  But a phone baffles me.   Please Help.  I have downloaded the LG Drivers utility.

     


    To keep your apps from trying to update all of the time, Click on google play store, when the page loads Click "My Apps" on top left of page, then click on Settings and turn off Auto Update.
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    Re: LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

    « Reply #3 on: May 16, 2014, 11:15:05 AM »
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    How did he root his ZTE Savvy?
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    Re: LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

    « Reply #4 on: September 30, 2014, 03:00:20 PM »
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    Howdy,

       I haven't read through all the posts on this site, so this may be covered elsewhere. However, reading the posts I have, it's obvious that there are other visitors to the site who are as new to Android as I am. (very)
       
       Before bothering to root your device, consider:
       
       App Manager->Installed apps->  [click an app]
       Select "Move to internal memory"
       
       You can check system memory at:
       App Manager->Installed apps-Storage before and after to see what space you've freed up.
       
       To people on this site, this may be obvious, but to some/many new users it's not.
       
       I've read many posts on the Internet in general written about the L38C by people who clearly don't realize they can move parts of many Apps to the internal SD card and free up space for more Apps using the stock unrooted system.
       
       Moving apps to the sdcard make them take a little longer after boot to become "available."
       
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    Re: LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

    « Reply #5 on: October 28, 2014, 02:32:42 PM »
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    Howdy,
         One of the first apps I installed on one of my LG L38C's was a podcast app. After installing the podcast app, I noticed that by "System Memory" had dropped by 75 MB. I discovered that the particular app I downloaded required "Google Play services" which was then automatically installed. The podcast app took up 15 MB and the "Google Play services" took up another 60 MB. I uninstalled "Google Play services" and the podcast app stopped working. So I uninstalled that podcast app and installed a different one. The new podcast app is less than 5 MB. So far I haven't noticed the stock apps having any issue with me removing "Google Play services." So, in summary, switching the first podcast app for the second app and removing "Google Play services" recovered 70 MB of system memory for use by other apps, without the need to root the device.
         I have rooted my primary (other) L38C and repartitioned it using the tools and guides from this site. I am very grateful for the information provided by this site. However, some people may have low memory issues and want an alternative solution other than rooting.
         On one of my rooted L38C's I used "system/app mover" from J4velin to move some user apps to /system/app to free up "System Memory." The "system/app mover" app reported errors when moving my apps, but after a reboot, the apps had indeed moved to /system/app, seemed to work fine and had freed up some "System Memory." There appears to be about 100M of unused space on /system. This is for people who don't mind rooting, but for whom partitioning their phone is just too scary or too confusing.

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    Re: LG-L38C needs more space - need root?

    « Reply #6 on: October 28, 2014, 11:32:31 PM »
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    You should move the downloaded ones into the sdcard partition instead ('app called link2sd' but the sdcard needs to be partitioned via 'Gparted though'), since moving it to system or user app directories doesnt change a thing but eat up ram and internal space and yes the external space too eventually.
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