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I have a Motorola Moto G3 Smartphone and I installed the Android 6 update yesterday. After installing the update, I found out that all my playlists, App preferences and basically everything that relied on the external Sandisk 16 GB micro SD card is Messed up or damaged. I found out the cause of this is that the base name for the SD card has been changed from 'sdcard1' to '3835-3237'. I am unable to change the SD card name in Mobile (using ES file explorer) or externally via PC (no matter what I change it to, it still shows those numbers on my mobile). I have a heavily customized my phone and I would prefer not to root it just to change the SD card name. Could anyone please tell me a method to change the SD Card name without having to root the phone? Or any way I can do it externally?

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Android 6.0 now uses the volume serial number of the formatted partition as a unique identifier to distinguish which SD card you might be using.

I guess this could be useful in case you have a device that could theoretically support multiple SD cards.

  • Is this based on opinion? If not, can you provide us means to independently verify your claim in first paragraph? – Firelord Mar 16 '16 at 1:34
  • Here's a screenshot on my device, showing how my SD card is called in /storage (77EB-1515 in my case) (Solid Explorer) If I run the command blkid (root needed) to see all the attributes of all block devices, you can see the SD card has that UUID (Console) You could do the same in Windows or any other operating systems using OS-specific commands. – m-p-3 Apr 8 '16 at 19:58
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    And it could also be extremely counter-productive: imagine your heavily-customized phone references /storage/1234-5678 in lots and lots of apps, and then you buy a faster SD card. Now what? Reconfigure everything? – RomanSt Apr 10 '16 at 12:47
  • You could change the volume UUID to match the previous card if you don't want to relink everything to the new volume. – m-p-3 Apr 18 '16 at 14:13

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