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I would like to root my Huawei P8 lite 2017 phone (Android Nougat 7), create a symbolic link on the internal storage pointing to an external storage (SD Card) location, then unroot my phone again.

The main reason is Syncthing only syncs files to the storage device it is installed on...but Android 7 does not allow apps to be moved to or installed on external storage.

To create the link I was planning on using Link2SD, or create the links myself in a terminal if they insist I buy the pro version.

My concerns are:

  • Would the symbolic link still work once my phone is no longer rooted?
  • Would my phone's banking app (Halifax, a UK bank) be aware that my phone was ever rooted in the first place?

I would love to keep my phone rooted, of course, but Halifax will refuse to work...and that's the most productive app I use!

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  • Symbolic links never work in storage. Neither physical storage nor FUSE. If you insist on creating that link, it will stay there but will never work as intended. You can only create symlinks on EXT filesystems, so try one somewhere in /data. – iBug May 8 '17 at 2:59

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