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How to investigate what is hogging disk space

Even after cleaning all picture and documents, and most applications, on my tablet using standard Android tools, the internal storage is still reported as full. I now experience similar problems on my ...
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Which file manager supports sorting directories by their actual size? [closed]

Which Android file manager supports sorting directories by their "actual size"? By "actual size" I mean size in bytes calculated recursively as a sum of all sub directories and ...
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Is it possible to manage Android Storage and Free Space through PC?

So my 64 GB phone (Realme 5 - 4 GB RAM variant) is throwing warnings of storage being full despite having 5-6 GB of free storage. As you can imagine, file management is kind of tricky on a smartphone. ...
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Exporting the file structure of an Android phone

I want to export the file structure of my Android phone into a text file, like one would do on Windows with something like tree c: >> c:/tree.txt /a /f. The only way I know how is with TreeSize (...
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Safe to delete files in /storage/emulated/media/logs?

My phone is running out of free space. When Settings > Storage displayedmore than 30GB used by "System", I looked into it further using the DiskUsage Android app. It told me that /...
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how can I get audio file from app? [duplicate]

There is an app and it has a bunch of audio files that I want to extract. Anyone know how I can do that because I couldn't find the data folder for it Edit: I have galaxy a50, android 11, oneui 3
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Is there anyway to make WhatsApp read data from shared storage root instead of from android folder in Android 11?

I am fed up searching literally everywhere and on forums. Its been so many days since Android 11 was released and so many phones now run Android 11. But WhatsApp media and all data are moved to a new ...
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Is it possible to delete files on android from a usb PC connection?

From PC (Linux) connected on an Android device through an USB connection, is it possible to delete files on the Android device ? (Running Android >9 on smartphone, PC OS: Linux) The standard ...
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How to get MX Player to show .gif files in file lists?

MX Player is able to play .gif files, but does not populate its list views (i.e., internal file explorer) with them, even when explicitly defined as an extension through the relevant settings page (it ...
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Total Commander for Android : multi rename tool

I am sure I am missing something here and a quick fast dirty attempt yielded nothing. I would like to rename all files in a specific directory using total commander for Android multi rename tool so ...
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Q: Deploying file to Android filesystem from Intune

We have an Android apk that we are deploying from InTune. Currently when users first start the app, they need to enter a few pieces of information for configuration purposes. This information is the ...
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How to extract data from app?

So I want to switch pedometer apps but move over my data. I thought I could just get the database, extract the relevant entries and inject them into the other app's database. But no. First off adb ...
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Duplicate folders in file manager

I have Pixel 4a 5G and I am seeing duplicate folders in my File Manager apps (even in Files by Google app). This started like 6 months ago and I was ignoring it. At that point, I had Android 11. I'm ...
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How can I find audio files from an app?

I have a certain app, which I want to locate its sound files. I tried using apktool on my pc to deconstruct the apk of the file but I can't find any sound files which is really weird. I would ...
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Can't find .nomedia "folder"

I have a lot of folders that I wanted to hide, so I placed a .nomedia file in folder. I accidentally renamed a folder name to .nomedia. and BOOM all the folders including all images are hidden. I ...
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Why does encryption doesn't work/apply to access device storage or Google photos or drive when we upload a file from device/cloud to any webpage/apps

Example : YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Chrome ( any app ) If I'm accessing YouTube or any other app where I can upload content from Android device with or without the app lock features, whenever I ...
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any trick to disable Files program?

On my previous, LG phones, with OS 4.4.2 and 5.0.1, whenever I wanted to attach a file like in e-mail or upload with my browser, I was always given the option of how I wanted to browse -- with the ...
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Weird folder structure

I have looked about and have found similar questions but my situation seems hugely worse so to speak. I recently bought an Oppo Reno4 Z. I'm an apple guy but took the plunge. Many have asked about ...
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How to add strong encryption to an SD card so that I can access it both on my desktop and phone using open source non tracking offline tools?

The question says it all. So far I was able to find out Default android encrypted SD card can only be read by the phone or by a skilled hacker or their non open source tools There are tools that are ...
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How to delete a file registered in Word for Android recent files list?

The file in this picture within the recent list is an old competition fixtures file I want to delete. I click on the three dots to the right of the file and select delete and it says I don't have ...
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Can' find WhatsApp in Private Media folder as well as in Gallery

There are some images in my WhatsApp chat but I can't see them in Files-> Internal Storage -> WhatsApp -> Media Also the Private folder in Media is empty. I can't locate these images in ...
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File modification remotely

I am working on a project which requires the capabilities of remotely modifying files in android. Is there any way to do that? In fact, any malware with a similar goal will also suffice?
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How to resolve a bug where documets and media files are not indexed to MediaStorage

I have encountered a problem with several file managers which I have failed to resolve. Files in my device are not properly indexed and hence are not recognised by the file managers at least to my ...
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transferring data from an app that hides it [duplicate]

I'm transferring data from an older phone (LG G5 running Android 7) to a newer phone (Nokia 8.3 running Android 11). I've transferred most of it using backup + restore, or manually using syncthing. ...
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The normal directories of storage of this app is empty. Does it got anything to do with my phone being unrooted? [duplicate]

There is an educational app in my android phone that allows me to download videos for studying them offline. I have downloaded a lot of videos and have my storage filling up to the brink because of it....
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Help to recover information from my HTC desire 612

Hi I have a HTC desire 612 that it does not turn on. HTC 331ZLVW Android 4.4.2 (KitKat), Sense UI 5.5 I want to recover the content of my 'tasks' I use to have on my HTC. I think it was an app or a ...
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Are wildcards available in setting up MiXplorer AutoTasks?

I want to set up an auto-task in MiXplorer to delete two types of files that another application creates -- one appears in two different folders, and another is in one folder but has different numeric ...
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Source code for Android programs and applications

How do I view the libraries, directories, source files, etc... for Android programs and apps. Obviously file viewer doesn't show nearly what I am looking for. 8ts all open source, so why can't I ...
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True instant sync via Dropbox

I want to have my todo.txt file synchronized on PC and Android via a cloud service in both ways and instantly on change. Let's call this true instant sync. Unfortunately, I have not found a good ...
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How do I get the actual boot image file from a block device without padding?

I have 9.6mb file that after doing dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/block/mtdblock2 I write to mtdblock2. Before writing I have done a sha1sum on the file. I can use applypatch -c to check both size and sha ...
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When performing an adb pull of an entire device, why do I see /proc/self/root in pathnames repetitively?

When performing adb pull / on a non-rooted device, I see hundreds of items with pathnames that begin with /proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/proc/self/root/...
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I can't access some music folders via music player, other works fine

I have several GB of music in several folders on internal storage. When I want to play it with (any) music player, some folders play fine, some shows that there is no music, despite it is. Same happen ...
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Cant delete system files on rooted phone [duplicate]

I'm using zarchiver as a file managing app on my rooted phone... I cant delete some specific app folders in /system/app even though I remounted it as rewritable.... in rewritable it will ...
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How to pull app data from the phone (without root)

I'm trying to pull down app from the phone, and see the files within First I used App Inspector to get a package name. Then few options to get the actual apk down, but no luck. So I"ve done adb ...
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Why do different file managers show different internal storage free space [duplicate]

I have two file manager apps on the phone The system file manager Downloaded file manager But they both show different internal storage free space. System file manager | 9.1GB ...
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Where does Box store its offline files?

I want to use Box.com (not DropBox) to synch files between my laptop & 'phone. Nothing too heavy, just small things like my ToDoList data (TaskCoach), Keepass, etc I can see the data files in ...
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Is it possible to find out what apps created a given file/folder? [duplicate]

I want to keep track of the application that created the folder. I use an Android phone. And some apps automatically creates unnecessary folders in the root directory of my phone. I want to know where ...
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Android 11 supports creation time (crtime/btime) for local folders and files?

is there a way on Android 11 (OnePlus 8T) for file manager to display creation time for local folders and files? Is there in recent years the support? Because have an iOS 14 device and use macOS 10.15 ...
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Moving files (within the same disk) means "copy and delete"?

I have Moto E6 phone with Android 9 Pie and external SD card, I need to move large folder to another location on the same card but all file explorers I tried so far were trying to copy data to the new ...
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How to save specific WhatsApp video when by default Media Visibility is off?

I normally have the Media Visibility setting off so it doesn't store WhatsApp media on my phone but recently a friend sent some videos I want to transfer to computer/email. I cannot find these ...
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Android 11: Can't see contents of Android /data even with root

Using rooted file explorers like Solid Explorer, Mix Mixplorer, I cannot see content of Android/data Why? How to overcome?
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Adding custom thumbnail previews

I am considering buying a tablet with Android, in order to navigate a particular kind of files. These files have .pes extension, and they are special files for embroidery machines, they contain the &...
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How to clear the Android file chooser history?

When using many different Android apps, a native file chooser is displayed to allow the user to select a file to process. For example, in the well-regarded Privacy Browser web browser, visiting the ...
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How do I manipulate the filesystem of my Android smartphone from PC without restrictions? Can I do it on an non-rooted phone?

I want to be able to copy/move/erase/modify files on my phone and transfer them back and forth on my Windows 10 PC. Without limitations hopefully. My phone ( Meizu Note 8 ) is not rooted, and I'm not ...
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Can I sync folders in two devices over Bluetooth?

Can I sync folders and files in two Android devices? These devices are physically nearby, but not connected to the same Wi-Fi network. They are connected to the internet using their respective mobile ...
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Some file types copied onto phone always disappear

Whenever I try to copy files onto my phone, depending on file type they almost immediately disappear. I noticed this when trying to copy music files (mp3 and flac) from my PC to the phone via the USB ...
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How do I clean up remembered files in builtin files app?

Default files app is showing many files (mostly photos) that don't exist anymore. How to clean it up? All of these files existed under /sdcard and were cleaned via synchronization with my PC over ssh. ...
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How to find the creation date and time (aka timestamp) for a file or folder in Android?

In Android, it is simple to view the modified date and for any file or folder. Just about any decent file manager (such as Solid Explorer) includes this functionality. But how do you view the ...
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Need advice on deleting ".tmp" file in DCIM/Camera

The DiskUsage app shows that I have a 1/2 GiB file under DCIM/Camera, called something like 20160701_173401.tmp DiskUsage will run HexEdit and show me the file...so I can see it's an mp4 video file, ...
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Where are Firefox bookmark and history files stored?

And what are the names? I want to copy each in the event of device failure. Sync is apparently not an option as the Sync "application" has returned "'Cannot connect to network" for ...

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