How to move apps to SD card on LG K20 / Set SD card as default storage

Apart from LG K20 Plus the other variant of K20 have 16 GB internal storage instead of 32 GB. Out of 16 GB, hardly 9 GB is left as usable space.

As a result, you would occasionally see this error message “Storage space running out”.

The temporary solution can be clearing the cached data, emptying the trash folder & deleting apps, photos, videos, etc to free up internal storage space. The better solution can be making the SD card as your default storage space for apps and games.

There’s a hidden feature on LG K20 called adoptable storage. Adoptable storage can help you to install apps and games on the SD card thus freeing up your internal storage space.

To move apps to sd card we need to write certain commands in ADB mode with the sd card installed. So, Let’s check out the procedure to move apps to sd card on LG K20 & K20 Plus –

 

How to move apps to SD card on LG K20 Plus

NOTE: Make sure that you’ve installed the Micro SD card in your K20 Plus which you wish to use as the default storage.
I would suggest a very high-speed micro SD card. At least a Class 10 Micro SD card is preferable. Your card will be wiped in the process so keep a backup of your data.

First of all, Let’s download and install the necessary files on our computer.

1. LG K20 Plus USB Driver to be installed on the computer

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2. Minimal ADB & Fastboot to be installed on the computer

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Once the installation of the above files is done, we’re ready to proceed further –

On our LG K20, we need to turn on USB Debugging in Developer options.

If you’ve not enabled Developer options on your K20 yet,  please visit this post – LG K20 Plus How to Enable Developer Options

Now, open Settings, and Go to General Tab, Scroll down to Developer Options and open it.

Look for USB Debugging in developer options and turn it on as shown above.

 

 

Now, we are ready to connect our K20 to PC via USB data cable.

You can keep the USB connection mode as “Charging” or “File Transfer” on your K20.

Now, wait for the ADB Interface driver to install.

After the installation of the ADB interface driver, you’ll be prompted to “Allow USB Debugging” from the connected computer.

Take “OK” to approve it.

You may get this pop-up at a later stage as well. Keep a tab on your screen for this pop-up request.

Now run “Minimal ADB and Fastboot” on your computer which we installed previously.

On the command prompt screen, type adb devices and hit enter.

You connected phone mode should show up under the “List of devices attached”

My connected phone model is visible as LGMP260 which is the model number of  LG K20 Plus MetroPCS.

If it shows “Offline” that means the ADB interface driver is not installed successfully.

If it shows “Unauthorized” that means you’ve not approved USB debugging request on your phone.

 

 

Now type adb shell sm list-disks and hit Enter on your computer keyboard

It shows the disk as 179,64 

This can vary based on your Micro SD card. The command line will change accordingly.

It can be 179,128 in your case so change the command line in the next steps accordingly.

 

The next command is adb shell sm list-volumes all

Type this and hit Enter

 

 

Now type adb shell sm set-force-adoptable true  and tap enter on your keyboard

 

In the next step, we’re going to partition our SD card. You can either use the whole sd card space as adoptable/internal storage
or use a part of it as adoptable storage and the reset as regular portable storage.

This step is going to take some time to partition the SD card depending upon the speed of your micro SD card.

I’ve used a 4GB SD card so I’ve used the complete storage space as adoptable storage.

So, in my case, the command line is adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 private

If you wish to partition 80% of space as adoptable storage and 20% as portable storage the command line would change to

adb shell sm partition disk:179,64 mixed 80

So you can change the partition size as per your requirement by changing the command line.

 

 

 

 

The next command line is adb shell sm set-force-adoptable false type this and hit enter.

 

 

The final command line is adb shell sm list-volumes all   type this and click enter

Now reboot your LG K20 Plus and Go to Settings < Storage as shown above.

Tap  “SD card” and hit the “3 dots” icon located at the right-hand top corner.

Now select “Migrate data” among the listed options.

Tap “Move” to free up your internal storage space. You can see it says “After the move, any new files and app data will be saved to the SD card”

After the files are moved, we are ready to use the SD card as internal storage.

As the app data is stored on your SD card removing it can throw an error. So keep it installed on your phone.

 

If you wish to remove your SD card and migrate the data back to internal storage

To migrate the data back to Internal Storage from SD card.

Go to Settings < Storage < Internal storage and open it

Now select the “3 dots” icon at the top-right corner and tap on “Migrate data”

This way the data would migrate back to Internal storage from SD card.

Now that the data is migrated back, we can format the SD card to use it as portable storage.

To format the SD card and use it again as a Portable Storage

To use the SD card again as portable storage –

Go to  Settings < Storage < SD Card and open it.

Now tap the 3 dots icon at the right-hand top and select “Use as portable storage”

Tap “Format” to wipe the SD card as portable storage.

 

The SD card is formatted back to the normal state as Portable Storage.

 

If you’re facing any issue, please leave a comment below.

 

 

LG K20 Plus Screen Repalcement Guide

LG K20 has a 2.5D curved glass without gorilla glass screen protection. As a result, if fallen facewards there are high chances of screen damage.

I broke my LG K20 glass with a slight fall from around 2 ft height. Even though the touch was working the glass shattered into pieces. I bought a complete LG K20 Plus frame with LCD to replace it on my own.

In the case of a broken LG K20 Plus screen, we’ve 3 options –

1. Replace LG K20 Plus outer Glass Lens

This is the most difficult to replace as you’ve to use a heat gun to remove the older glass from LCD. Moreover, it can never match the precision of the factory fitted glass.

The outer Glass lens is much cheaper than the LCD but its the most difficult to replace. It comes for around $5 without the touchscreen digitizer. So if your touchscreen is not working this won’t work.

2. Replace LCD Assembly which includes the touchscreen digitizer

This is easier than the first method yet difficult if you are doing it yourself at home. A professional technician would be able to do it with more precision.

An LG K20 LCD Assembly comes for around $20 and its just $5 cheaper than a complete frame with LCD.

3. Replace Complete LG K20 Plus Frame with LCD

This is the best option to replace your broken screen at home. Moreover, the fitting is perfect you get the feel of a new phone after the screen replacement.

An LG K20 Plus Frame with LCD comes for around $25 and it just $5 more than the LCD without Frame. But trust me this extra $5 spent on the frame will save you from a lot of hassle while replacing the LG K20 Screen.

I would suggest the below video for  LG K20 Plus screen replacement.

I followed the other video on top of the Youtube search results page and ended up with a non-working headphone jack, speaker & proximity sensor. I had to open the frame once again to do the needful.

So, save yourself from the hassle and follow the above video to repair your broken LG K20 Plus Screen.

 

For any query or feedback please leave a comment below.

 

 

LG K20 Plus Hard Reset, Soft Reset & Factory Reset – LGMP260 / TP260

If you’ve got issues with your LG K20 Plus such as overheating, getting slow, not turning on, no sound, not charging, forgot password/pin/pattern/knock code, Wifi/Bluetooth problems etc then the order of troubleshooting should be –

1. Soft Reset

2. Network Settings Reset (In case of network related issue)

3. Safe Mode

4. Factory Data Reset/Hard Reset via Phone Settings

5. Factory Data Reset/Hard Reset via Recovery Mode (Using Volume Down & Power Button)

6. Flashing Stock Firmware in Download Mode

7. Hardware Repair

In this post, we’re going to cover soft reset, network settings reset and hard reset (Factory reset). So, Let’s go through them one by one –

1. How to Hard Reset / Factory Reset / Master Reset LG K20 Plus MetroPCS & T Mobile

Hard Reset, Factory Data Reset & Master reset is one and the same thing.  In this process, the internal storage is wiped and the phone is restored back to factory settings.

However, there are different ways to perform the factory data reset process. Let’s check them out –

LG K20 Plus Factory Data Reset / Hard Reset via Phone Settings 

 

Click on the Settings icon on the home screen

Select “General Tab” and scroll down to “Backup & reset” to open it.

Now tap on “Factory Data Reset” to initiate the process.

 

Tap on “RESET PHONE”, “Delete all” and Finally “RESET” to start the Factory Reset Process.

After the reset is complete the phone will restart and you’ll land to the setup wizard screen.

LG K20 Plus Factory Reset Setup Wizard

We’re on the Welcome screen of the setup wizard.

The setup process is self-explanatory. Just follow the screenshots.

Move forward by tapping the forward arrow.

“SKIP” the “Insert Sim Card” page

You can connect to Wifi on “Set Internet Connection” page or move forward to the “NEXT” page.

Accept Google’s Terms of service by clicking “NEXT”

Set the Date & Time according to your time zone and tap “NEXT”

Enter your name in the Name field and move ahead.

The next is the Fingerprint Setup page. You can either add your fingerprint lock now or it can be done later.

Finally, finish the setup wizard by checking “I agree” on the Legal Documents page.

LG K20 Plus Factory Data Reset via Recovery Mode

In case you’ve forgotten your lock screen password/pin/pattern/knock code and you are unable to recover your phone even with the recovery email & password, then the only way out is to reset via recovery mode to get the phone back to normal.

To enter recovery mode –

Turn OFF your phone

 

Press Volume Down & Power Key together to boot the phone.

As soon as the LG logo comes on screen, release the power key and hold it again.

Now, keep on holding the Volume Down & Power Button until you’re in recovery mode visible in the screenshot below.

 

In recovery mode, we can move UP and Down with Volume Keys and confirm with the Power Key.

To reset the phone, move down from “No (Exit)” to “Yes” with the help of Volume Down button.Press Power Key to Confirm our selection.

On the next screen, again move down to “Yes” with Volume Down button and Press the power button to initiate the factory data reset process.

After the phone is reset, you’ll land on the Welcome screen of the Setup Wizard.

Complete the setup wizard as shown before.

 

 

LG K20 Plus Factory Reset via TWRP (Custom Recovery)

If you’ve replaced the K20 Plus stock recovery with TWRP (Custom Recovery), then the factory data reset needs to done within the custom recovery itself.

 

After you boot into TWRP, hit on “Wipe” to open it.

Move the slider towards the right to initiate the factory reset process.

Once the factory reset is complete, tap on “Reboot System” to restart the phone.

Complete the Setup Wizard to land on the Home Screen.

2. How to Reset Network Settings on LG K20 Plus

In case of network related issues, its better to reset network settings, before attempting a factory data reset.

The data remains intact on resetting network settings.

The issues can be related to call, text, data, Bluetooth and Wifi.

To reet network settings, Go to Settings < Backup & reset < Network Reset Settings and tap on it.

Hit “RESET SETTINGS” twice to confirm your action.

Network Settings have been reset.

3. How to Soft Reset LG K20 Plus MetroPCS / T Mobile

 

Soft Reset is nothing but a restart. For any small issue, this should be our first troubleshooting step.

 

LG K20 Plus MP260 Soft Reset

To do a soft reset, long press the power button and select “Power off and restart”.

 

If the phone is hanged and power button does nothing,  keep the power key pressed for few seconds until a force reboot takes place.

If still out of luck, pull out the battery, put it back in and turn on the phone.