Tagged: android

Options for File Transfer between Android & Linux

I still haven’t found a way to map an android filesystem to an Emacs Dired Buffer. However, there are other ways to transfer files between Android and a Linux System.

Cloud Storage

  • Transfer files using cross platform cloud storage
  • I have used:
    • Dropbox (the most)
      • very intuitive
      • I like the interface on the web
      • I also like the integration with linux
        • package for Ubuntu
        • a little more work to install on Debian
    • Google Drive
      • more difficult on linux destop
        • is there a user space Google Drive filesystem?
    • Sky Drive
      • soon to be renamed due to trade name issues
    • Box
      • even had a text file editor app for android
    • Ubuntu One Files
      • surprisingly the syncing on linux sometimes consumes the entire processing power of a single core
    • Wuala
      • encrypts your data by default
    • Cubby
      • although the concept seems simple, i haven’t figured out how to use cubby


Arch Linux on Android & ARM

Arch Linux for ARM


Howto Articles

  • Port Arch ARM to Nokia 900
  • Install Arch on Any Android Phone/Tablets via Chroot Mode
  • Installing Arch Linux in your Android phone (chroot)
  • Linux-on-android (sourceforge)
  • Installing ArchLinux on Android (thread)
    • link
    • Links on this thread:
      • Arch Linux LXDE /w Xorg Mouse Keyboard on Nook Color Android Tablet
      • Welcome Back GNU! My Revenge on Android
  • Arch Linux on a $66 WM8650 netbook (not android, but low cost ARM netbook)

Use External SD Storage on Android 4+

The Problem

Android 4+ does not use the external sd card for storage by default.

  • I have not found any menu in the settings that allows moving apps to the external sd card (as of 2013.03.01)
  • I have not found any configuration that configures an app to store data on the external sd card (as of 2013.03.01)

First Step – Web Search

A google search for “android 4.0 store music on external sd” was a preload, so I am not the first person to look for something like this. Here’s some links I found, with the easiest first.

  • how to use external sd storage using various tools
    • file manager
      • code.android.com
        • workaround that moves downloaded music to the sd card, but won’t prevent new music showing up on the internal storage
    • text editor, file manager
    • android-sdk, usb

Some Good News

  • After inserting an SD card and rebooting, the camera app asked if I want to store the pictures in the SD Card? Of course I said yes. Also, there is an option under settings to change storage to the SD Card.


Although I have found many posts that I would consider this configuration “not easy to do”.