I am using App Backup & Restore for creating backup of my apps but with KitKat its using the internal SdCard as Storage.

When I explicitly set the external SdCard path it gives the error that it is unable to create folder,

I have also tried with creating folder under android/data/[packagename]/files/ but it is still not able to do the same.

Is there any solution so that apps can use external storage for writing files.

Note : I don't want to ROOT my Phone.

  • This is a system level restriction therefore the only way to remove it is through use of root. Is there a reason you can't root?
    – warsong
    Nov 30, 2014 at 9:50

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On my S4 Mini I configured the path as:


and it works fine - device is not rooted.

Probably the first part (/storage/extSdCard) is different from device to device and maybe the path is case-sensitive.


There's an app called SDFix on the Play store, but you will need root to run this. Running that should let you write to external SD cards again. Link:


FAT32 SD cards don't work. Format the card to NTFS

  • 4
    Care to give some more details on why fat32 does not work? Also, why would NTFS work? NTFS is proprietary format and requires licensed drivers from Microsoft, can you cite where all devices with KitKat have this driver? AFAIK, officially, only some Samsung devices come with NTFS support, and that is because Samsung paid Microsoft to include support. Jan 19, 2015 at 23:02
  • @Ryan That is true but for some reason, when i had a problem with my htc, the service center told me to format to ntfs and a friend of mine was told the same thing for a note 2 and lg g3
    – undo
    Jan 26, 2015 at 8:06

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