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What does sdcardfs do exactly?

A lot of Android devices out there use sdcardfs to implement external storage. The actual storage (in the case where primary external storage is actually internal) is on the data partition in /data/...
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Tweak rooted Android 12 to access SD card files from normal apps

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy S20 FE with Android 12, and I quickly noticed that many applications were unable to access files on the SD card. For instance, I used to access local HTML/MP3 files ...
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Why does Android drop files I transfer to SDCard while in recovery mode?

Here's my situation: I have a Sprint Samsung Nexus S 4g. It is rooted, unlocked, and loaded with CyanogenMod 10.1. I am attaching it to a Windows 8 machine via USB cable. Recently, the phone went ...
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Convert OTA stock firmware zip into image file for recovery using SD card

I have a bricked TV Box MeCool HM8 and I need to restore it to factory settings. Unfortunately, I have the stock firmware in zip format. I need to convert it into image format to be able to use an SD ...
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App doesn't recognize moved OBB file to SD even though 'Obb on SD' Xposed module is installed

I'm trying to move the OBB files of some of my games to my SD card to free some internal storage space. I looked for solutions and found the Obb on SD Xposed module, which says that "just enable ...
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What happens with phone with no SD storage (only GoogleDrive) when you don't have cellphone/internet signal? And how much data does transfer takes?

I have a S8 android phone with microSD card where all my pictures are stored. Now I need to change phone, and I've just learned the recent phones don't have microSD slot and all goes to Cloud Storage ...
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Since the worsening in Android, many apps do not work more; is there a workaround (Android 12 on Galaxy 10+)?

The various apps show a preparing window saying, like, Permissions are to be granted in the next window (examples), do grant permissions by ... [See my first screenshot]. Then the app switches to ...
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Installing .apk to Android 5 Device (Zebra TC70) from web browser (2024)

If possible, I would like to avoid using the Android Playstore and point the we browser to the External SD card for installation. I tried call the following URL in the Chrome browser: file:///sdcard/ ...
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Burn .IMG to another MicroSD Card without root

Long story, I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and the only device I own that can write a Raspbian image to MicroSD is my Android phone. I have copied the image from my laptop to my MicroSD, but I am ...
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Android freezes on all apps - SD card

My Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro has been troubling me for the last few days. During usage, the app froze and no new app could be opened again, reboots didn't help. While troubleshooting I noticed, only ...
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Specific SD card not detected in a specific phone

So, I had an SD card (16GB). It works normally on my phone. I put it on PC to transfer some files, and now my phone doesn't detect it being inserted. other phones detect this SD card normally pc ...
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Why my SD card name is not the same as I format it?

I formatted my SD card into 2 partition. The first one is exfat and the second partition is f2fs. I renamed the first partition as "Limbo" and the second as "Saint". On Linux it ...
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How to encrypt data in additional memory?

I add extra memory to my Android Phone of Poco X3 I understand it's complicated to format that extra memory as another internal and I can't really put programs over there. But can I at least got the ...
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"Can't write to SD card" error message when trying to read from SD card

I've found from online that the "Can't write to SD card" error message often means the card is busted. I would back up everything into my OneDrive, but it doesn't even read anymore. I still ...
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Configure ZArchiver app to continue operation on error & write log file

I use Samsung Galaxy S10+ on Android 12. In the phone, a 256 GB SD card is plugged in. A USB hub is connected to the USB-C OTG of the phone. In a USB-A, the USB stick is plugged in. For the target, I ...
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Can I use an sd card as internal storage with android 8.0

I have a Samsung galaxy s7 with android 8.0. I've put a 64gb microsd in it. I wanted to use the card to store apps on but it's not working. I'm trying to move a game of about 11gb on to the card but ...
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microSD read-only for 3rd party apps after factory reset - Lenovo A1010, Android 5.1

I did a factory reset on said phone due to a malware infection, used APKPure to install the handful of apps that I need (no Google account activated on phone after reboot) and now I observe the ...
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Use USB attached SD card in gallery

When traveling I usually only have my tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+) with me but not a real PC. So to have a quick check of the pictures I took during the day with my DSLR camera I'd love to use the ...
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SD Card crashing settings but being detected

I ran out of storage on my: Oukitel WP20 running Android 12 and so I decided to get a 512GB Micro SD Card from SanDisk. My previous one was a 128GB from SanDisk aswell. So I backed everything up, ...
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How to replace the adopted SD card without reformatting the entire phone?

I currently have a Fairphone 4 and a 1 TB SD card. It was set up as shared internal storage. Over the past few weeks, I've been having random crashes on the phone which I think may be down to the SD ...
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Music only plays for a second and then ends?

When I successfully copy my music to my SD card, each song only plays for a second and then continues onto the next song. I was able to remedy this by copying each song over individually, but ...
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How does an A2-rated microSD card perform as adoptable storage in 2023?

Here's a small backstory. A relative of mine owns a pretty low end Android phone (Redmi 9T) running Android 12. They got the 64gb storage variant which, of course, wasn't the best idea since there was ...
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How to connect microSD card or external USB hard drive to Redmi 10C

I've only ever had Redmi smartphones. First a 4A, then a 6, now a 10C. The first two both used microUSB and the new one uses USB-C. The 4A was a Chinese version and the later two are both ...
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I can't use the sd card to download apps [closed]

I just got a new phone but when I try to download something it says insufficient space but my sd card has plenty. How do I fix this?
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Does Android 4.4 KitKat come with a stock file manager?

I was playing around with the Google SDK and realised that I could not browse the filesystem/external storage, etc. I feel extremely silly asking this, but how do I browse the SD card?
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Force enable encryption for portable SD card

There should be an option to encrypt SD card (formatted as portable) in the settings, but some manufacturers disable it while some (e.g. Samsung) have it enabled. If that is a built-in Android feature ...
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Shared folder on BlissOS 15 (Android 12L) based on 9p virtio in qemu

Using Qemu I managed to run BlissOS almost perfectly. For the record this is my script to install and launch BlissOS with Qemu (I use also an additional USB stick for storage to be able later on to ...
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How to prevent Android from creating "Android" and "Lost.dir" folders on external OTG storage?

If I either connect my camera using a USB cable via OTG or insert the SD card in an OTG reader connected to the phone, Android creates automatically two folders: an Android folder and a Lost.Dir ...
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Is there any use on adding extra memory space on your android without rooting or anything fancy?

Say I want to add extra memory to my Android. Well, it turns out the only way to move apps to that extra space is to root first. So if not for apps or anything, what should we use the extra space for? ...
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SD card internal storage - photos not showing in Photos - how do I format/unmount safely to not lose WhatsApp history?

The storage on my Android 11 phone (Fairphone 3) was running out so I mounted a Lexar micro SD card to increase storage. I now realise this was a mistake but not knowing any better I formatted it as ...
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Is it safe to remove SD and sim card while phone is powering on and off?

i noticed someone was removing and putting in the SD and sim card while my phone was powering on and off, and i wanted to know if this is safe or if it can cause issues with the phone? Also they were ...
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S9 died black screen cell gone but I need to decrypt my SD card- Help!

My S9 black screen death, now GONE. TMobile replaced now I have a Moto G5 android. It does see the files but does not open. I have encrypted my SD card not aware I had to decrypt from my S9 but now I ...
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Photos and videos vanished from "second space" on Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

I have (for 2 years) the "second space" in use (Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro, MIUI 12.5.8.0 RJZEUXM, updated about 1 year ago), and it works wonderfully - two separate phones in one. But because ...
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How to mount a folder/partition as USB device for a computer

I have one phone that upon plugged into a computer, shows up as an MTP device. The SD card and the internal storage are visible on the computer. I can also change it to only mount the SD card and then ...
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Shrinking encrypted ext4 partition

I have a micro SD card adopted by an Android phone as internal storage extension. While being adopted it was partitioned/formatted by the phone with two ext4 partitions: android_meta and ...
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Cloning encrypted ext4 partition

I have a micro SD card adopted by an Android 8 Oreo phone as internal storage extension, so it has two encrypted ext4 partitions: android_meta and android_expand. I've cloned those partitions into the ...
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Changing cluster size of SD card formatted as exFAT from 128KiB to some lower value?

I'm using an app that allows me to download data for offline usage. The app is setup to store the data on my 64GB SD card. This all works fine, however, when I downloaded a larger set of data, i.e. ...
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Manually moving an app back to internal storage

I am using Android 11 on a Fairphone 3. I have added a microSD card that I use as storage for apps, and have some apps installed on the SD card. But some of those apps does not work properly, these ...
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How to move the entire termux to sdcard

i have seen multiple posts but non helped. i have root access and i want to put the whole termux on my 32GB sdcard because i have a very limited internal storage (8GB) and most of it is used by the ...
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Is there a way to stop Android from creating folders on the SD card such as "Android" and "Download"?

In the SD card of an Android device, some folders such as "Android" and "Download" are always automatically created. Is there any to stop it?
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Apps suddenly unable to access SD card for seemingly no reason

SOLVED (see accepted answer) So this one is weird. Everything was working fine untill I rebooted my phone earlier today. For some reason, since this reboot, apps are unable to access my SD card ...
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Move Android Apps to SD card storage

On Android phones / tablets that have an SD card, when you go to Apps, pick an App, then select Storage, some will have a "Change" option to allow you to seamlessly move that app over to the ...
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Some audio files won't delete or play on my alcatel phone

I copied audio files (music) from my desktop computer to my alcatel. I only have internal storage, It seems the ones I copied on a specific day won't play. Message is "We cannot play this file&...
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Do any Android phones support 256GB of storage?

I'd like a phone, preferably Android, with 256 GB of storage. To the best of my knowledge, no 256 GB microSD cards exist (despite a few scammy Amazon listings). Therefore, the phone would either ...
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How to recover files from a healthy microSD card in Android?

I accidentally deleted important documents (about 100 PDFs) that weren't backed up yet from a 64 GB microSD card, which is used as the primary storage in my unrooted Android 9.0 smartphone. The ...
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How to move most of my app in poco to sd card?

I bought SD card. However, the SD card is completely useless. I cannot move any apps to that. Sure I can store some files there but that means it doesn't get filled automatically. My main memory is ...
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Android 128GB micro SD does not show up in Windows 11

I have a Motorola Moto G7 Supra with a 128GB SD card. The USB port is broken. I tried to put the SD card in an adapter and it did not read or recognize it. I have a 32GB card that reads in the adapter ...
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How to make Line save pictures & videos to the SD card?

Line is the application taking up most place of my internal storage ; this is because it saves many profile pictures and chat videos, to the internal storage. How can I tell it to save them to my SD ...
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After Deleting .thumbdata file all images in sd card are corrupted

I am suffering from media corruption on my SD Card, I have deleted .thumbdata file on my android phone (Samsung J7 Prime) to freeup space on sd card but after deletion all files are corrupted and ...
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Change SD card back to normal storage

I was cleaning up some files on my phone and saw that I have the SD card set as internal storage. As I understand it, this means that the SD card is considered part of the Android filesystem. This SD ...

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