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A simple question really, where do apps such as notepad store their data (the notes)?

Additionally, where do offline games store their information (such as what level you're on)? I've looked at the android/data/ files, but they're often empty. Any tips?

Example below:

According to this, the app uses 30+mb of data According to that, the app uses 30+ mb of data

But, the file for that app (Internal Storage/Android/data/...) only has 8mb inside it. Where's the rest? But, the file for that app (Internal Storage/Android/data/...) only has 8mb inside it. Where's the rest?

Edit: what's a "data" file? Here's my internal storage: enter image description here.

I'm on EMUI 9.1.0 and Android 9.

  • Welcome to Android Enthusiasts! The data should be in /data/data/ folder. – Reddy Lutonadio Jul 23 at 19:35
  • Can't find a data file. Updated with more info. – Edwin Jul 23 at 21:30
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Android apps follow rules where each app is stored unter <pkgname>
and usually the data is stored in databases. big data (games) usually stored in obb

/storage/emulated/0 is your Internal Storage (which is a view for /data/media/0)
/data/user/0 is a symlink to /data/data (where you have no access)
/data/user_de/0 is rarely used for some apps (not sure if this my country code or stands for DeviceEncrypted)

so the example paths looks like this

/data/user[_de]/0/com.randomlogicgames.battletext/files/
/data/user[_de]/0/com.randomlogicgames.battletext/databases/
/data/user[_de]/0/com.randomlogicgames.battletext/shared_prefs/
/data/user[_de]/0/com.randomlogicgames.battletext/cache/
/storage/emulated/0/Android/obb/com.randomlogicgames.battletext/
/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.randomlogicgames.battletext/files/
  • So how exactly do I gain access to this "data/data" file (or the other ones)? – Edwin Jul 24 at 17:36
  • you don't. thats actually the sense of permissions – alecxs Jul 24 at 17:56
  • So there's physically no way (without rooting I assume)? – Edwin Jul 24 at 18:28
  • you can create backup and extract it android.stackexchange.com/a/211956 – alecxs Jul 24 at 18:41

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