Questions tagged [files]

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Where in the file system are applications installed?

I have installed a few Android applications both with the adb install MyApplication.apk command and via a webserver (like an alternative to Android Market). But where in the Android file system on my ...
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Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Where in the file system are SMS messages stored? I'm using ES File Explorer to browse around but can't seem to find this - is it on the phone or the SD, and where? I have an HTC Wildfire but I ...
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How can I open an HTML file I have copied from PC to SD Card of Phone?

How can I open an HTML file I have copied from PC to SD Card of Phone? I've tried opening it with the default application which is HTML Viewer but I get a "Web page not available" system page. The ...
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How can I can open local files in the default Android browser?

I want to open local files that are on my sdcard in the Android browser. How can I accomplish this?
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Where are the .apk files of currently installed apps stored on my Android device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? How can I view the .apk files of currenly installed apps on my android phone?
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How can I recover the files in LOST.DIR on my SD card, and what are they?

I've always had a LOST.DIR folder on my external SD card, which until now has been empty. Today my phone complained that my SD card was damaged and wouldn't mount it, so I pulled it out and looked at ...
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Are files created in “/storage/emulated/0” supposed to appear in “/storage/sdcard0”?

From what I guess, internal storage is available by every user. If emulated storage is a storage location, made for a specific user, are files created in /storage/emulated/0 supposed to appear in /...
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Is it possible to change file permissions on Android's internal storage?

How can I change file permission of a file on Android without rooting? I actually want to prevent some files from deletion. Note: I am asking of changing the file permissions of user-created files in ...
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How do I secure/encrypt SD card data transparent to apps?

Are there any off-the-shelf options for securing the contents of an SD card so that files written by apps writing to SD are encrypted? If so, what is the best option? I'm looking for something for ...
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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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Where does the LINE app store pictures and video files?

Where does the LINE app store pictures and videos that are received through it? I don't see them in Gallery.
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Quickly send file from phone to PC via internet?

Is there a service/app that provide this functionality? I imagine the inversion of Awesome Drop.
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Force Media Update?

Sometimes I download songs from various sources, and they aren't put in the requisite media folder on external storage. The media scanner can still find them, but the only way I have found to do this ...
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Why different pictures are loading on boot, and images disappearing, then reappearing on its own?

I am using a non-rooted LG V20, Android Oreo I believe. I am having a problem in which the phone randomly loads different "sets" of pictures - sometimes current photos disappear and older pictures ...
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Android 7 Nougat onwards: hides USB OTG sticks from third-party file managers?

Third party file managers such as ES File Manager and RhythmSoft File Manager HD (others will be tested) do not show an USB OTG device. It does not even get listed. Only Android's pre-installed file ...
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How to exclude certain folders from getting scanned by music player?

I have some audiobooks on my phone, but I don't want to hear these when I play "All music". Is it possible to exclude some folders from getting added to the library? What are the file types that ...
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Dropbox export folder to SD card?

Is it possible to download a folder (or at least download multiple files at once) from Dropbox to SD card? I do not seem to have the export option when selecting folders Note the "Share" option ...
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Why can't my phone find pictures or music files suddenly?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Ace with its official CyanogenMod nightly build. And suddenly, it doesn't "see" my pictures, videos or music files. They don't show: while selecting a notification/ring tone &...
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Is there a way to select multiple files in Astro File Manager

I want to delete multiple files with astro file manager. Is there a way to select many files at once? (like holding ctrl+click in windows)
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I can't find files taking up space in my android phone

I have bought Lenovo k4 note and have recently upgraded to Marshmallow. So I've 16 GB of internal memory out of which the Android 6.0 inbuilt memory app inside storage and USB setting, says 5.37 GB is ...
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How do I actualize the visible files in File Explorer on Windows browsing SDCard of Sony Xperia Ray?

If I browse my SDcard on Windows 7 I can see only the folders that where there the first time I connected the phone via USB. When I create a new folder on the device later, It is not visible in the ...
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What does the /data/system folder store and its significance?

I know that /data partition contains user-generated data (/data/app - user apps, /data/data - app data, etc). But what is the /data/system folder used for, and does it have any significance in the ...
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unable to upload doc files in android latest version

I am not able to upload .doc files on my android mobile.I have Kingston software installed so whenever I use the upload button from the webpage it just displays my gallery, camera, voice and video ...
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Self replicating worm in sd card

I have a Samsung Galaxy Grand with a 16gb micro-sd card. For some inexplicable reason, I am losing data on the sd card. Folder names are being changed to start with the character "μ." For example, ...
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Is it possible to open a locked android device or access it's files without knowing the password?

I have a Samsung phone which is password protected it also has fingerprint enabled. I don't need to know how to open it I just want to know if it's possible to unlock it or access its files? There ...
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What media formats are supported in Android?

I am new to Android, and I'm learning. For example, most of my old music files were FLV and SWF files, which my phone and tablet won't play, and I can't seem to get extensions for Chrome to play them. ...
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Opening .memo files from Samsung default memo app

I have .memo files on my PC from the default memo app on a previously owned Samsung phone. When opened in Notepad, the files do not contain plain text. How can I recover the contents of the memos?
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Google Photos and Files Apps on Google Pixel 2 is giving the following error “android.process.media has stopped”

I have read quite a bit about this issue from "clearing caches" to "formatting your phone".... it works for some people and it doesn't for others. Well formatting your phone will work but you lose ...
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find command says: unknown group XYZ

This question is the next part of this question. I'm trying to use find command (Android 4.2.1; Busybox installed, have root access) to list files owned by a specific group under /, but every time I ...