Has anyone figured out how to have photos, music, videos, etc. automatically save on to an SD card or transfer it to an SD card without an app?
Going to settings and storage doesn't give you any options to do so. Also when I click storage, it tells me how much space is left on my device and sd card but it doesn't allow me to search through the folders in my sd card.
They need to issue an update to be able to use the sd card for apps or allocate more space to apps. I keep getting the insufficient storage space error because only 1GB is allocated for apps.
Sounds like the manufacturer decided to cut corners on space allowance instead of of making a decent tablet. For the price, I would have looked at better quality built tablet like the Nexus 7.
I have had my ellipsis tablet from Verizon since Tuesday, and already am bothered by some of these issues:
1. The amount of space allocated for apps is pitiful. Compared to my bottom of the line Apple ipad, the ellipsis can only handle one tenth of the number of apps.
2. To make matters worse, the bloatware apps loaded by Verizon are among the hugest apps, and hog too much of the paltry one gig of app space.
3. I am also suspicious of what I will call 4G addiction when the tablet is used for NAVIGATION on Google Maps or WAZE.
When driving in a suckout area with no 4G LTE coverage and no nearby wifi networks, the NAV on Google Maps appeared to send me in strange paths on my very first attempt to use it, sending me North to Flint MI when I intended to go South toward Detroit. This clears up where 4G is present. That low cost 4G only chip is the likely culprit.
In total, Verizon has launched a tablet that is annoying in the first week of use. I have taken my old Garmin GPS out of the drawer and put it back into my car for NAV and have deleted dozens of apps to reclaim space on my Ellipsis. So this this tablet could be more aptly named the buyer's REMORSE rather than Ellipsis. If VZ can remedy these annoyances I will delete or remove this post.
I've had mine since Tuesday too. I'm seriously disappointed in the tablet. My biggest complaint is the storage issue. I'm a college student and had planned on using the Ellipsis for school. When I ordered mine I had hoped this would save me the expense of buying a new 11" laptop for school. However, the pathetically small partition for app space does not even provide enough space for me to install all of the apps I need. If I can't move apps to the SD card OR allocate more space for app storage that pretty much makes the Ellipsis worthless for me. I'm glad I got this free during the Black Friday sale. Had I actually paid full price for it, I would have been returning it. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent little tablet. I think Verizon was excessively optimistic with their claim that the Ellipsis would be "your go-to tablet." In my opinion, there are entirely too many restrictions imposed on it's use simply because of the app space problem.
I had the same issue with storage but just seemed to solve it through the SDK kit (https://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html). Developer options must be unlocked to do this (in settings, go to "About tablet" then press "build number" until you're told it's unlocked). Make sure USB dubugging is enabled in developer options and the tablet is set to "Camera (PTP)" in the USB computer connection after it's connected to the computer. Open a command prompt (shift right click then "open command window here) from the unpacked SDK folder (SDK>platform tools).
From the command prompt, type adb devices to ensure your device appears and it should if the above steps are followed. After you have verified your device is seen, type adb shell pm-set-install-location 2. This sets the device to install apps to tablet storage (i.e., your installed and purchased separately sdcard). Once this is done, go to apps in your device's settings and begin to move any app that you can over to the sdcard.
This isn't a perfect solution but it frees a bit of memory to install plenty more apps without worry of running out of space.
Good luck. I'm satisfied with the tablet now.
I followed your directions and with my Windows 8 laptop it still isn't seeing the tablet connected to it. I do see under portable devices in device manager QMV7A listed, but I also get an exclamation point under other devices with MT65xx android phone listed. I turned on debugging and set it to camera(PTP). I also have restarted both the laptop and tablet. Verizon tech support told me that they can't help. Any more advice adb devices doesn't list it and when I try the next line it says no devices connected.
It took me a while to get my computer to recognize the tablet. I tried adb kill-server and adb start-server several times. Different sites recommended different methods. I tried connecting as MTP, as most sites recommended, but it didn't work. PTP was the only one that worked for me. I should have posted the OS that I am on; Windows 7, 64 bit.
I tried this on two computers, a Xp and a Win 8 pro. I couldn't get it to see the Ellipsis on either computer in either MTP or PTP from the cmd from the unpacked SDK folder (SDK>platform tools). On the Win 8 computer, in Windows, it showed as an error under usb device as a phone in the device manager.
Before doing any of the step listed by JOA Trades, you must first install the drivers. After plugging your device in to your computer, you must first put your device in "Built-in CD-ROM" mode. From there, you will need to go to the virtual CD-ROM that is mounted on your computer and run the install.bat. This will NOT work on Windows 8 computers!
Once the drivers are installed, follow JOA's instructions, however, the proper command for changing the storage location is "adb shell pm set-install-location 2".
Hope this helps.
There's more to the issue. There's 2 types of SD Cards. In Android-speak, the tablet internal memory is divided into app space & tablet space. Which gets confusing. Whatever, Internal Memory in Android is partitioned, and the partition available for data storage in Android is actually called sdcard (Yes, sdcard but it's just a partition in the internal memory). That's STILL Internal Memory (or, part of the paltry 8 GB). The physical SD card we're buying & putting in is actually (in Android-speak) sdcard_ext, or an External SD Card. In stock Android, you cannot move apps to an External SD Card. There is no such utility. I believe using the method described with the USB connection & command line entries with the SDK from your PC, you can only change the default app install to sdcard, meaning the "sdcard" that's still part of the small internal 8 GB. Researched this afternoon & there are apps in Google Play like App 2 SD that again, can move apps to the "sdcard". but it's still the internal partition in the 8 GB. There's another app called FolderMount that looks like the solution: it will move apps to the actual External SD Card, which is really what we want to do. PROBLEM is, you have to ROOT the tablet to make it work, which VOIDS the Verizon warranty. So people who just want tablets (& maybe Verizon tech support!) & aren't Android whizzes would have to root their devices & go off warranty to try to make this work. I'm glad we got the Black Friday Free deal. Hope there's some kind of update.
I managed to do this in WinXp. I assume it would be similar in the other OS's.
1st step is after getting into and unlocking the developer options is to set the usb to CDRom and copy the files on the phone to your computer or try and install from there using the phone's drive letter as assigned by the computer. Until I did that I could not get it to see the device with the command prompt.
2, the line in your instructions "type adb shell pm-set-install-location 2" is slightly off. It contains an extra hyphen. It should read: type adb shell pm set-install-location 2. You can follow up by typing: adb shell pm get-install-location. This will confirm success by returning 2 [externa]. Unfortunately I don't see dramatic improvement as a result. Still hoping for an update from Verizon. The AntTek Explore app from the store help too.
We bought two of them. I guess we will be returning both while we still can. I was really liking it until the memory issue reared it's head and I discovered there wasn't any point in the 32 gig cards I installed in them. Bad design unless fixed. We'll return them while we can. I don't want to take the chance that they don't provide a fix. Don't buy these!
couldn't agree more with this thread. I got the Ellipsis 7 as my first tablet and it's been disappointing. my Droid holds more apps than the tablet. the Verizon tech told me to get an SD card but I could move only 5 apps to it...so I get the "out of memory" message daily too. I use "Clean Master" to boost memory and clean cache, but it barely helps release a few hundred mb. I feel like I should have sprung for a real tablet from Best Buy rather than this one which is so limited.
I bought a 64 gig micro SD card and installed it in my Ellipsis tablet. I was surprised to discover that it won't accept it. When I went in to Settings-Storage and tried to "mount" the card, it simply would not do it. I pulled the card out, inserted an old 4 gig card I had laying around, and was able to "mount" it with no problem. So, it appears to me that there is some upper size limit to the type of micro-SD card that can be used on the Ellipsis tablet.
Thank you for your feedback. Following are tips for optimizing the memory on your tablet.
1) Please navigate to Settings>Apps>Downloaded>select an application>select “Move to tablet space”, if it is available.
2) Please navigate to Settings>Apps>Downloaded and uninstall any unwanted applications.
Don't waste your time buying a SD Card- this tablet has the storage capacity of shrunken postage stamp. Verizon should throw these Ellipsis 7 's out of their showrooms' since we have maybe 10 apps usable ' & can't move to SD Card. They should fix this with update' or give everybody a free IPad ( which is a real tablet with real storage) . equivalent to 30 mpg car with 1 gallon tank.Verizon is absolutely nuts !
I went ahead and ok'd the "disable/restore to factory" and it seemed to work. Weird to call it "disable" vice "uninstall," but it's better now. Waiting for the solution to store apps on the cards though. Seems bad engineering not to allow that. It's my only complaint about the tablet.
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Updates did nothing to improve SD card situation. I was running off an old Moto Xoom that came with 32GB of storage and have never had a problem. Decided to go with a more compact tablet... the Ellipsis showed 32GB additional storage so figured would not be a problem. So I got one for myself and one for a friend for Xmas. Big mistake. The unit recognized the card, but will not allow any transfer and even with minimum of apps installed, when it does app updates, it show not enough space for update, so have to uninstall another app to make it work. This device is worthless and regret getting them, on top of that, now stuck with a 2 year contract on each. Wish I had just bought a 7" 32GB tablet with wifi and went with that. Another problem with Ellipsis is that when not in 4LTE area, it will not recognize 3G so it is inoperable unless you are in a free wifi area. They need a system update to fix. Wish I had never got these tablets.. now will cost me $240 in contract charges for two years on devices that are not worth having.
I believe Big V will fix this . Why ? Their advertising of additional upgraded space available by SD card, can easily be interpreted as deceptive advertising to the buyer. No sales rep ever detailed the limitation of internal memory , when reviewing the device at Verizon Store with me( or I suspect with any other customer) . The assumption by Consumer that 32 SD card upgrade would work ' like an IPad' , is exactly what Verizon wanted perceived by Consumer. If Big V does not fix this problem, they are wide open for FCC raid. They don't want that.
Blazin' a trail ............... !