Thanks to being able to root my phone and take full advantage of root only apps, there isn’t much I can’t do anymore. In fact, so many hidden features come packed into most ROMs these days, I forget they are even there, taking them for granted until I need them or I’m going stock. There is one function, that until recently, I was always looking for. I wanted to be able to mount my SD-card to my computer, and still look at it on my phone. It seemed simple enough, but then again I’m no storage and mounting wizard. Well I said I hadn’t found a solution to this problem until recently because thanks to an app from “rafoid,” I can finally mount my SD-card to my phone and computer at the same time.
Multi Mount SD-Card is a root only app available in the Android Market now in two different versions: Lite and paid. The paid version, which is what i will be looking at in this review, comes in at $1.08. Currently, Multi Mount SD-Card is on version number 1.84, and requires Android 1.5 and up. Multi Mount SD-Card is 220k in size, and has a content rating of “everyone”.
Much like most root-only apps, Multi Mount SD-Card takes on one task, and does it well. The task tackled is ability to mount your SD-card(s) to your phone, and computer, at the same time. This is handled by one of three ways.
You can either use a widget for mounting/unmounting, or enter the app and select “Auto-un/mount SD-Card…” then decide whether or not to select “show splash on mount”.
If you just use the widget, I find it’s best to leave Auto-un/mount SD-Card off. This way, all you need is the small widget, which changes colors, to let you know when you’re connected, and when you are not.
Should you decide to use the Auto mount function, there’s two ways to do it. If you check Auto mount, and don’t select Show splash on mount, then your SD-card auto-mounts when connected to your computer. To unmount when doing it this way, simply drag down the notification bar, and select the SD-Card to enter the options.
When selecting Auto mount and Show splash, a splash screen will pop up when you connect your device to your PC letting you choose to connect and disconnect.
During this process, there has been minimal problems for me. Getting the hang of the Auto mount system was slightly confusing at first, but once you get it, it makes perfect sense. The only real problem I’m having now is that once I connect to my Mac with Multi Mount SD-Card, I get an error on my computer when disconnecting. It doesn’t affect my Nexus at all, and it’s just a minor annoyance at best.
As Multi Mount SD-Card is ment to be fully utilized as a widget, the only options are just lumped in with the features of the app. All of which, are quite self explanatory.
You can choose to have your device vibrate on mount/unmount, choose which SD card mounts (if you can use multiple SD cards), choose to show notifications, choose to hide notifications, and select how long until those notifications are hidden.
If you do press menu from the app, all the comes up is rate application, share, and send log for debug. The debug option is nice or any errors you might face along the way.
If I could ask for one thing from Multi Mount SD-Card, it would be that the app is a little more user friendly. Granted, you shouldn’t be using root-only apps and tinkering with your phone unless your familiar with the vocabulary and procedures that go along with it, but that doesn’t mean developers should just leave ease of use at the backdoor. I’d still recommend giving Multi Mount SD-Card a shot since once I got the app set up to how I like it, everything worked fine. If you’re looking to whitelist Multi Mount SD-Card, simply use the Android Market link below.