Questions tagged [files]

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What is causing some photos and videos to get replaced by 0 byte files?

Some of my photos or videos get replaced by 0 byte files every now and then, which is quite infuriating. Even more confusingly, sometimes later they do reappear. I don't want this question to be too ...
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A malicious file keeps appearing on my phone even if I have formatted it (1_unit_15x15_3_goldenFmt)

Some days ago, a keylogger was put in my phone by a hacker, and my phone got infected. After having formatted the phone, there is a file that keeps appearing on my phone and has not been deleted. The ...
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How to open, edit, and save file on USB connected Android phone via notebook/desktop

Personally I do a lot with VBA in Excel and like it to explore various software to find the one that fits my needs best. I am a friend of proper data management, e.g. having photos taken at hand based ...
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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 to read and edit system xml files of android 12+?

On previous android versions, I can easily read and edit system XML files using a text editor but XML files from android 12 cannot be read properly and they looks like random symbols. For example, I ...
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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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Where can an app store a drone video?

I have a Tomzon D65 drone, and the accompanying Tomzon-G app (Ver:1.1.2). The drone captured some awesome footage! It plays in the app fine. However, the app won't let me download the file. I suspect ...
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How can I copy a file from an Android phone to a connected USB drive?

I have a USB harddrive connected to my Android 10 phone via USB C. How can I copy files from to phone to it? When I go into the "Files" app, select a file and hit "Copy to...", it ...
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Stop Chrome from automatically downloading files without a prompt on Android 11

I'm using Chrome for Android (93.0.4577.82) on Android 11. On Chrome on PC and Macs, it is possible to always prompt the user when the browser attempts to download a file. However, on Chrome for ...
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How to find this application's files in the file manager? [duplicate]

I installed a Java IDE from the playstore called Jstudio, I created some files inside the app and the app saved to its data location on the file manager, now that is the problem, i cant seem to find ...
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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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Is there a way to play a series of mp4 files without downloading an app?

If I download several .mp4 files and put them all into a folder, is there a way to play them all, either shuffled or in order? I just want to avoid having to navigate to the next song every 2-3 ...
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Why would Android list some files that are not accessible (I/O error)?

For background, trying to resolve a problem with a Android 4.x tablet Denver TAC-97032 (Tablet battery replacement and alloc_device_open fail?). The device cannot boot fully, but I can connect to it ...
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How do I find the full file path for images saved on the SD card in my Android phone?

I am building a little tool just for my own use. I'm building it as a website since I am acquainted with using HTML, CSS, and JS. I would like to be able to run it directly from my phone as opposed to ...
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Opening .sa files from old android(broken) to newer android

I have some *.sa files on my devices. These files which were saved by me are either images or PDF. But these files do not open with a photo viewer or PDF reader. So how to open and read files these ...
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SFTP and Yubikey

I want to access my sftp server using a private key stored on a Yubikey 5. How do I do it? The internal file browser requires me to provide a local file with the private key. My system: Android 10, ...
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keepass2android file locations

I've been using keepass2android for a while. I try to store my files in dropbox so I can access across multiple devices. I have noticed that somehow I have some copies of my mypasswords.kdbx file ...
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search for filenames on entire android device tree using ADB 'find'

How do I use the 'find' command on ADB to search the entire android file tree on a rooted device, including sub directories, for any filenames containing the word 'prop' ?
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Android files and folder is showing wrong time and date

I've noticed that the files of my Android phone are showing the wrong time and date. I have made a folder "New folder" and the folder was created on 3/13/21, 12:23 PM. I renamed the folder ...
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Missing App Data files after One UI 3.0 update on Samsung

After updating my Samsung A50s to the version a507fnxxu5dub6, which is the One UI 3.0 latest update, I noticed that the app files stored in Android/data are all missing Even the obb files are missing ...
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I recovered some encrypted pictures, but I can't decrypt them

My girlfriend lost all the pictures from our holidays. She has a Samsung Galaxy A70. She had an external encrypted SD card on it. I managed to recover the lost pictures, but they are encrypted. Do you ...
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How to open big EPUB files?

Just found out that Play Books has a limit of 100MB for each .EPUB file one wants to upload. Are there alternative eReaders for Android that would allow to upload/read bigger .EPUB files? This one ...
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Can't access file after update to Android 11

On my Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, I usually find my files in this location file:///storage/1C97-B0CB/Android/data/com.android.chrome, but after the update to Android 11, I can't find my files. Can ...
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How to enable ajax access to local files in any Android browser?

On Desktop, some browsers provide an option to enable ajax access to local files. For Chrome, it's the command line option "--allow-file-access-from-files". For Firefox, it's the config ...
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Android seems to be overriding my Messnger Lite app

I am not tech savvy so am hoping someone can help and in a way I can understand. I was trying to free up some space on my phone and moved a bunch of files on my phone to the SD card I have in it. ...
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How to delete file completely?

It's not a duplicate, because this question isn't about shredding files that already deleted, it's about deleting them in the first place in a way that recovery software wouldn't find it. I delete ...
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Can I transfer documents from the files app on iPhone to my new Android phone?

I’ve already tried to use google drive to do so, but for some reason only empty folders get transferred. I’m switching to a Oneplus so the Galaxy Smart Switch app (which I had used to go iOS to ...
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Problem with camera concerning file names und photos app

Short version: How can the camera app be brought to save pictures again with the regular format "IMG_2021....jpg"? On my Nokia 7.2 this is not the case anymore (see picture). Long version / ...
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How to send (email-)file(s) from phone to phone using phone numbers instead of an email account?

In the good old days files were sent from computer to computer using modems and (copper wire) telephone lines. No email account needed, no server between them, just the computers, the phones and 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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Unable to get songs onto my phone without breaking them

All of them are in mp3 format and are perfectly playable on my PC. Here are the ways I tried. Connect both devices via USB. File transfer is enabled, I can see the filesystem of my phone on my PC. ...
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Audio files not deleting?

Apologies if this has been answered, I attempted to search for answers and found nothing for my specific issue. I've got several music files I'm trying to delete from my device (motorola e5 cruise, if ...
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Media players are showing duplicate files after moving them

So today I moved the entire 'Download'(which contains music and asmr I downloaded from YT with those mp3 sites) file from my phone storage, to my SD card. Then I went to my music player app and it ...
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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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Security of Solid Explorer Hash

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but how secure is checking file hash with Solid Explorer for Android? I don't have computer access so it's my only option. Does anyone know if it's a ...
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What can cause a file to self destruct itself?

I had a file on my device (Huawei Mate SE, Android version 8) which I downloaded few months ago. Few days ago, the file disappeared. It's just gone and I can't find any trace of it. I'm 100% sure I ...
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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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Where is the file location for samsung notes/memos and/or can I recover these files if I deleted the app?

I backed up all the files on my S9+ because I wanted to reinstall my buggy samsung notes app, but it turns out notes doesn't fall under documents anymore and it has its own separate sync that needs to ...
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Android can't view local content after OS upgrade

After upgrading to Android 10, I am not able to use the Files app to view local files on my phone. If I run Files and view the Downloads folder, for example, it merely says "Can't load content at ...
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Default app for file type

I have a Nokia 6.1 with Android 10 (Android One). I was trying to download my account statement in Revolut app. It gives me an option to select either PDF or Excel (CSV) format to download. But ...
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How to remove file from "Recent Files" on android 10?

In the Files app of stock Android 10 (Pixel 2 XL), there is a "Recent" category. For privacy reasons, I wanted to delete a file in this category. As far as I have searched for this file by filename, ...
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How do I allow two apps on Android to open the same file type? i.e. Not have to choose a default

We have two applications that run on the Android platform that both use XML files to transfer data. (Android v8.0.0) However when we open either app, the OS always asks "Which one of these two apps ...
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Need to delete this file to be able to backup data on TWRP

My Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro is rooted with TWRP as recovery. Unfortunately, after a system update, I became unable to access my system. I was only able to access TWRP and the files through it. While ...
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Application Images

So I am creating this website for an app from Google Play and I am currently trying to find where it's storing the image files on my phone. I've tried to search it with FX file explorer and searched ...
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Unknown download on my android phone

8891h_01_enUs_GridClear.webp Does anyone know what this is? There were three more like it, 4117h and 130h_01_enCA
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How to create a shortcut to some file in another folder?

I have a PDF on the folder ExtSD/Documents/. I need to make a shortcut of this file to the folder ExtSD/CurrentlyReading/. So simple on Windows... Apparently never asked on Android. If it's of any ...
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How to find screeshots from PC?

I'm looking for a screenshot, which I can see in Google Photos under Device folders -> Screeshots. But where I browse it from my PC (Windows 10), in DCIM folder I can only see Camera one (I read it ...
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Android : how to remove the downloaded android update

I have a securities concern. I installed a VPN software on my android and just after (the next day) android asks me do install an update (that is already downloaded via the VPN). I don't fully trust ...
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How to delete app remnants without root privileges?

I installed Chrooma Keyboard on an Android Nougat device. It worked fine, including swiping to enter text. After adjusting Chrooma's settings several times, it started to have a problem where ...
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I can't permanently delete or download files

Whenever I try to permanently delete a photo in my photo gallery, I get a message saying "Can't delete from device." I've tried deleting files by plugging my phone up to my computer, but the files ...

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