I know that this question appears in various forms a lot on the Internet, but I just can't seem to find my solution.

If I open Files, only "Internal storage" appears at the bottom. Where's my SD card?

The SD card is mounted and it works. It appears under Settings -> Storage.

I heard that since recently Android takes the SD card and incorporates it into the total storage, so that external memory isn't distinguishable anymore. (I'm a complete newbie). But the math doesn't add up. Files says I have 20 GB free -- so where are my SD card's 64 GB?

Proof that the SD card works: I installed Minecraft, and it works. But when I search in Files for "mojang" or "minecraft", there's no folder. So where are Minecraft's folders hiding?

If I connect the tablet to a PC with a USB cable, again I see only "Internal storage", nothing else.

I tried to unmount and remount the card, to no avail. I tried a 3rd-party files explorer, to no avail.

What am I doing wrong?

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    Every app has a private directory not accessible by other apps or you the user. In this directory most of the files are saved. Therefore if you don't find the files does not mean anything. Please read android.stackexchange.com/q/47924/2241 for details.
    – Robert
    May 25 at 8:42
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  • Thanks both, very interesting. But: @Robert, this message is from 2016. Is this all completely relevant in Android 10? And Irfan: great information, but the question remains: how do I access my SD card? Maybe I missed it. I want to copy now songs from my PC to my SD card. But I can't access it. Any practical solution? Thanks! May 25 at 8:56
  • Have you mounted the sd-card as "internal" or as separate sd-card? Is it a new card? If it is new have you tested the card on a PC using an SD-card test tool like h2testw or a different sd-card verifier? A lot sd-cards sold online are forged.
    – Robert
    May 25 at 8:58
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    It's not from 2016. See my answer to the question. It's applicable to Android 11 as well. // Please read my answer to How to save files to external SD card on a non-rooted Android?. Again I'd suggest you to read the previously linked answers. Or you won't get the core concepts, particularly the Adoptable Storage vs. Portable Storage. May 25 at 8:59

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