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Is it safe to delete all empty folders in Android?

Almost every Android "cleaning" app (such as SD Maid) includes the ability to delete all empty folders. In operating systems such as Windows, this is generally not a good idea. Windows applications ...
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How can I recover my old vault after I have restored my phone

I had a photo vault in my phone with a lot of pictures in it, I locked my phone accidentally so I factory reset my phone but before doing that I copied all the data on my SD card so that I can ...
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Is there a protocol for android which allows direct file modifications from computer?

Both the MTP and PTP protocols for file transfer do not allow editing or viewing files on the phone from computer directly. In other words, you have first copy the file from the phone on the computer ...
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Where Google drive shared link file stored?

I have opened a google drive sharing link of a zip file from browser with google drive app on android. there was a notification "Opening in drive". But after that again it asked for opening with ES ...
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HTC One M7 DCIM folder isn't listed by HTC Sync Manager

Running the most recent software update on my phone and the most recent HTC Sync Manager and I can't see DCIM folder in HTC Sync Manager. I can see it via HTC native File Manager app, though. I had ...
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Setting IncognitoModeAvailability policy for Google Chrome on an Android tablet?

Google Chrome supports an “IncognitoModeAvailability” policy that I want to set on my Android (Jelly Bean) tablet. I tried to set up the policies as described here: http://www.chromium.org/...
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Where does Inbox (by Gmail) store downloaded attachments?

I'm receiving email with attachments on Google Inbox. While online, I could open the attachments. Later I would be offline and would like to access those attachments. So, anyone knows the path where ...
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How to batch delete files in several folders on Nexus 9

On a Nexus 9, using bookshelf with fbreader, I have copied lots of folders from Calibre on a PC to Books folder. Each folder contains a metadata.opf file which the bookshelf for some reason considers ...
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Cannot access hidden files on Nexus 5 after root

I'm making some apps for android and wanted to change files in the data/data/com.myapp/ folder, so I decided to root my Nexus 5. This did the opposite of what I wanted. I used to be able to VIEW ...
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How can I batch rename all .jpg files in a directory to “folder.jpg”?

I'm trying to get my album art out of my gallery, and doing it as a batch operation would be very helpful. I don't see any apps with this capability.
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Files deleted from Internal/External SD return with a size of 0 bytes

I am running the Resurrection Remix ROM on my i9300, I don't know what could've caused this. Every time I save files to my SD card, external or internal, for instance when I download a file from the ...
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Unable to find files copied from pc to internal storage

I have copied files (around 2GB) to my android phone's internal storage from my friend's pc. But I'm unable to find those files either by using file manager(root) or from my pc. When I checked my ...
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How do I access an attached thumb drive?

I've attached an external drive to my phone using a USB-OTG cable. I can open it in File Manager (v2.0.0), but when I go to /storage/usbdisk none of my files show up, and if I try to create a file it ...
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Replaced /system/bin/toolbox. How to I revert that?

I renamed the original /system/bin/toolbox" to "toolbox_alt". I replaced the file /system/bin/toolbox with a file that was supposed to work, but doesn't work at all. My filemanagers and the most ...
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Download a file directly to pc over usb

Is it possible to download a file from the internet through my phone directly to my PC? I'm running stock Android 4.2.2. The reason being that my phone has limited space, so sending the file file ...
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Files and folders are visible on computer, but NOT visible on Android's file explorer

I have Nexus 6 running on Lollipop. I am seeing folders in Android File transfer on the computer which are apparently not real, or at least not visible on the phone in file explorer. Here, you see ...
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Missing 2.2 GB of space on my micro SD card

I pulled my micro SD card out of my phone (LG G3) and inserted it into my PC (Kubuntu 14.04). I was in the process of moving several large video files off of the SD card onto my computer. Moving these ...
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Ebook reader: open file (and the overall problem with closed source, dumbed-down app ecosystem)

I am a long-time, experienced Linux user, but I am a newbie android user. I am struggling with android: it seems the OS has been dumbed down so much for regular users, that even the simplest ...
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File system content different on device and on desktop

I've got a Nexus 9 which I'm using to read PDF graphic novels. My process for getting the files onto the device is to connect it to my PC via USB and drag the files into the Download folder on the ...
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iSMS folder in the SD Card

I recently installed the app 'Empty Folder Cleaner' from playstore. On running the app, I noticed that the majority of empty folders removed were from the parent folder called iSMS, in my external SD ...
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Where do I store my files such that they can be found?

I'm trying to install an app from an apk file, and I've moved it to my phone via USB; however, I cannot locate it. What would be an easy location to which I could move the apk file such that it would ...
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Can I disable an Android app to read write some folders in SD card? (CLOSED)

So many Chinese Android apps always creates garbage in SD card, like there is their's home. Some apps auto downloads binding apps to SD card, when I deleted them, they come up next time! So is there ...
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Receiving an EACCESS Permission denied error when copying files to ExtSDCard

My ExtSDCard has begun to act funny over the past few days. I have downloaded and used a few file managers in the past, and my current favorite is ES File Manager. However, over the past few days, I ...
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storage space running out error? [duplicate]

So on my android tablet that I've had for about five months I'm getting an error in my notification bar that says storage space running out some system functions may not work. I don't know how to fix ...
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How to restore my deleted songs?

I have cut all my songs from my pc and transferred them to my tab via USB cable. They were stored under a file named 'File Manager'. I saw that I didn't need to copy them to the tab's 'Music' folder (...
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Is there any stock file manager that comes with kit kat?

I was playing around with the google sdk, and realised that I could not browse the filesystem / external storage etc. I feel extremely silly asking this, but how do I browse the sd card?
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Android /d folder

On all of my devices there's a folder called /d on two of my devices it's full of folders, on the other it's empty. What is the /d folder? What is it for? And why is it empty on one device?
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Files deleted from SD card are restored after restart

I use my sd to watch movies, everything was working fine, suddenly every time I reboot my tab the deleted files are back in the sd card. I tried to format and still same issue, the deleted files are ...
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Need a file explorer that supports root as well as showing the folder size

There seems to be a serious dearth of quality apps on Android. I'm having memory issues in my Xperia L phone and I'm trying to determine the root cause. (No it's not the Album memory leak issue - I've ...
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Why do I have trouble seeing files from Windows?

I have a Nook HD+ with kivy installed. When I connect the device with USB I can use Windows Explorer to see the directories and copy files to the Nook. But the log files it generates don't show up in ...
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How to browse Android mounts like /system on a PC?

I know that AndroidCommander works but its site is offline so I can only download version for windoze. I ALSO want to do this if possible the other way round too (access PC files in Android not only ...
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File transfer with multiple users

On a rooted Nexus 7 (2013), I have set up a second user. When I plug the usb cable to my mac, I can see all the files for the main user (using the Android File Transfer app from Google). However, ...
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Unassociate an app from a file extension? [duplicate]

As part of a beta test for my company's app, I've sent a link to an APK for the users to download. However, when a user has the Winzip app installed, instead of being prompted on whether they want to ...
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How do I make /sdcard link point to external SD Card on Android 4.4.2?

I've got a Samsung GT-I9505 phone with Google Edition Rom installed. As my phone comes with 16Gb internal storage, I bought a 32Gb microSD. However, the phone still uses emulated SD card to store all ...
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Disable opening app in app

When I am in the file browser and open a PDF, the PDF viewer will be shown as the file manager in the list of the apps. When I press back in the PDF viewer, it will go back to the file manager ...
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Why can't I copy files between the external & interal SD on an Android 4.2 tablet?

When I insert a micro-SD card into the tablet, I can open the graphical "file manager" in the apps and view which files & folders are on the internal-SD and the external-SD. However I can not ...
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Find downloaded video files via coursera app

There is a possibility to download and play videos via coursera android app. But I want to play the downloaded video with my desired video player in my android device. where is the downloaded video ...
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Direct file access on tablet from LAN, as opposed to having to download files first

I am attempting to construct a LAN/WLAN to which computers, smartphones and tablet are connected. I would like to be able to access all these devices from from any device via some file manager and ...
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Cannot remove folder from Internal Storage

I have a aroblem with my rooted Galaxy Nexus running Paranoid Android 4.3 (3.99). I have 2 folders in the main memory named /rom and /roms which I cannot remove nor with a file manager nor with a ...
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What is the file location of the sound files used in the Google Now application

I am trying to find the audio file that is played immediately after you manually start audio input via tapping the round microphone button on the search line of the Google Now application or saying "...
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Where can I locate the picture that is currently being used for my lock screen?

I have a picture that I cherish deeply being used as my lock screen. The problem is that the Micro SD card I was using became corrupted at one point and needed to be formatted so the picture was lost....
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Unix utilities (cat, grep, ls etc.) for Android?

I'm transitioning to one folder with many (txt-)files, adapting (letters instead of symbols, lowercase only, no spaces) Merlin Manns txt-setup. With cat, grep, head and other Unix-utilities, it's ...
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Why is there so many identical Android folders?

I was using the ES File Explorer app, when I noticed there's many different folders with all the same content. Like, there's a "legacy" folder, a "0" folder, and an "sdcard" folder, and it all goes to ...
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Hidden Root Browser on MIUI?

I have just installed MIUI on my phone and when I was about to select a picture to attach to a message, I was prompted with the following: The thing is, I don't have Root Browser installed. I also ...
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Sharing a directory tree problem from windows to android es explorer

There are several child folders in parent folder on windows 8. Times ago I shared some child folders and accessed them from android es explorer without problems. Then I removed all child folders ...
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How Do I see hidden folders on Android?

This always happens to me. Someone tells me to access some folder on Android (in this case /sdcard/Android/data/com.android.lmt/) and I can't find it. I'm using the "File Manager" app and asking it to ...
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Can an intent to open the camera specify a prefix to the names of any photo's taken?

I understand that there are apps that make renaming easy but would it be possible to specify the photo name actually before taking the photo? If so would this also work with an app that allows the ...
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Transfer Data from Android Mobile to Android Tablet

I want to synchronize my Android Phone and Tablet. How can I copy my pictures and music to my Tablet? I don't want to upload all my data to a Cloud service (my Internet connection is slow and ...
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Gallery preview folder takes about 1GB, how to delete it?

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus (GT-I9105P) with Android 4.2.2 and I've got many photos. The folder with the Gallery previews (the one that stores thumbnail to load images faster) takes about 1GB of ...
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Manage files left by uninstalled apps?

I just realized that when an app has the "SD card access" it has access to the entire SD card and all the other apps that use the SD card. I would have assumed that each Apps data is "sandboxed" like ...