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What does the "sm forget" command do?

What does the forget subcommand of the sm command do? For reference, here's the help output for sm: usage: sm list-disks [adoptable] sm list-volumes [public|private|emulated|stub|all] sm ...
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Is there an Android File Manager app that allows to browse rapidly through photos stored on a remote SMB share?

I have a desktop with Open Media Vault 6 installed, and I have set up a SMB 2 (also tested with 3) share on it so that my girlfriend and I can get access to our photos from any device via Tailscale ...
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APKs installation failed (stuck), but still takes storage spaces afterwards

I wanna ask regarding the problem I've got after failing to install an app through an external store (TapT*p). I tried to retry it a few times until I had enough, and it happened that my storage ...
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How to find an app that has storage permission

recently the old android phone of a friend was acting up (slower than usual, the keyboard was not working properly) so she searched around and found a list of a lot of things that had storage ...
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Why if the application is installed in Incremental File System it is smaller than the apk file

When I install an application, in most cases it is smaller than the file downloaded from the play store, I checked these applications in /data/app and it turned out that all applications that use the ...
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Midi Sheet Music can no longer access the stored midi files since the Android 14 system update

The app Midi Sheet Music can no longer access the stored midi files on my Z Fold 4 since the Android 14 system update. I had no problems accessing with Android 13 or earlier. Short of rooting (which ...
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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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Where does Samsung's Studio app store cut videos?

I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, Android 14, One UI 6, using the built-in "Studio" app that launches by default when you edit a video through the gallery. When I edit a video I took, ...
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How to let Emacs open and display a file in directory /storage/emulated/0/?

I am using Samsung Galaxy S10+ on Android 12. From F-Droid, I have downloaded and installed Emacs. It can run directly on Android, not via Termux. In the internal storage of my phone, I have created a ...
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WizTree: Difference in values of "Total size" and "Size" of disk

Here is the screen shot of the file tree of my phone's internal storage: Why the total space available (shown at the top) is 48.8 GB but size on disk is just 20.5 GB, isn't it supposed to be 48.8 GB? ...
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Pixel 6 Pro - system taking up over 200gb of memory

Pixel 6 Pro Android 14 256Gb storage About a week ago my phone began complaining about a lack of storage - there was only about 2Gb left! I've done a bit of a tidy up and freed another 4Gb but ...
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Cannot install apps or take photos after removing corrupted micro SD

I have a Moto e30 with Android 11. Around 5 months ago I inserted a 128GB micro SD card to add some extra storage, which I set in the options to be used as internal storage, not portable storage. I ...
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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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Windows Explorer does not show files in Android filesystem

I am using a tablet with Android version 8.1.0 I save files into internal memory using my app which get saved at /storage/emulated/0/FOLDER/filename.txt Doing adb shell ls -la sdcard/FOLDER in windows ...
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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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Move factory apps and services to SD card in Android 5

I've got this non-rooted BLU Energy Diamond with an absurdly long lasting battery that I use at work for testing apps on old devices, however, it only has 4GB of internal memory and a 16GB SD card. As ...
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How to let Gmail access storage?

When I try to "Share" using Gmail the file never gets attached and I always get the same error: "Gmail needs storage permission to complete action". However it then directs me to ...
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Can't find "Free Up Space" options in Settings on Samsung (Android 12) device

For some reason, I'm unable to find the Free Up/Clean Up Space feature in Settings on my Samsung Android 12 (specs) phone. My device has 60GB+ listed under Other in the Storage menu that I would like ...
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Move Whatsapp media folder to SD card without rooting?

Hello Android experts, The internal storage of a Xiaomi Redmi 7A (Android 9) is running low, so I wish to free up space by moving Whatsapp media storage to the SD card. I moved the folder manually, ...
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Why gmail android app stops syncing on an approximately 2-3 monthly basis?

I know, this is a decades old question, answered on million sites, still none of this Q/A's match my case: I regularly have to delete the storage of the gmail app on my android (9.0-pie) device in ...
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Reformat sdcard on every reboot in MIU13

I have an Android 12 with MIUI 13, Xiaomi Redmin Note 11 pro 5g. sdcard works flawlessly, configured as an removable/external memory. I reboot the phone, and it asks me if I want to use it as an ...
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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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Android scoped storage on Android 11 - permission denied

The scenario is that one app is creating some files on its external storage /sdcard/Android/data/myPackageName and during testing automation I need to retrieve some files from that folder using adb. ...
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permanent storage space warning

I have an UMIDIGI A3X with Android 10 (16GB internal ROM) with an 64GB SD-card, that is formatted as internal storage. I am using 19,39GB storage but it's so poorly distributed that only 3,8 are on ...
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Unlimited Google Photos storage?

When I bought my Pixel 3, one of the appeals was that Google promised unlimited storage at Google Photos (although not at max resolution). Now, https://one.google.com/storage and https://one.google....
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Reformat SD Card from internal to portable

Device: Redmi Note 11 I formatted a SanDisk SD card as internal, using the Android's native file app (com.google.android.documentsui) but now I can't see the card anywhere. However when inserted, the ...
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Recovery of unsaved 40 minute long video on Samsung A32

I took a video of approximately 40 minutes long this morning at a funeral. I stopped taking the video and waited for it to "process". It took very long, so I switched my phone off. But now I ...
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How to fix "android.process.media keeps stopping" - error re-appears in a 10-second loop

On a Galaxy Tab A on stock ROM the last update was the June 1 2022 patch for Android 10 received from Samsung in Oct 2022 and also brought with it some Samsung updates. The update has introduced a ...
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Failed installing a large game (APKs) but still take up so much storage

I tried to install a large game (3.2 GB) in APK format from my SD card (the place where I save the APK file) using ZArchiver. I clicked install and waited for like 10 minutes but there was nothing, no ...
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Interoperation between DroidVim and Termux

I've been using DroidVim under Android for a few years now, primarily to edit a rather sprawling notes repository that I sync with my PC using git under Termux. The repo lives in a subdirectory of ...
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Where does Whatsapp store its data on the phone? [duplicate]

I was clearing up some storage in my phone. The File Explorer App says Whatsapp takes 10.68 GB (see screenshot 1), whereas the folder Android/media/com.whatsapp is only 6.23 GB (see screenshot 2). Is ...
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Storage manager (SM) Partitioned Micro sd card but how to mount the extended partition and use it as internal storage.?

Question:- Storage manager (SM) Partitioned Micro sd card but how to mount the extended partition and use it as internal storage.? I purchased 6 months before, Samsung Galaxy s20 Fe with android 12 ...
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Other storage taking over

My other storage has taken over my phone. I have factory reset it and cleared cache, removed unneeded apps. But still the other storage keeps increasing. I don't know what to do anymore. I have a ...
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App ill installed

I have attempted to install an app from its apk file, but I failed. It was a game created with RENPY, turns out apps over ~2GB cannot be installed and the app I wanted to install was a bit more. At ...
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There's only 5.5 gb of stuff on my GalaxyTab A, why is my storage almost full?

I've deleted as much as I can. I only have a handful of apps and two pictures.
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Cannot access sdcard on Android 9 from Settings?

This is weird; I have an Android 9 device, and I have added an sdcard there. Using a standalone file manager, I can access the sdcard. However, when I go to Storage from Settings: ... I can see the ...
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Guaranteed storage locations

I'm writing a debugging tool that needs to create a temporary file somewhere. Normally, I would use /tmp but there's no such directory on the phone I'm using. mount | grep tmpfs shows several ...
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Symlink temporary file

I'm attempting to backup my Signal chats totalling almost 15GB, which presents a challenge in my 32GB phone. I simply have no space to do it, and even stripping the system of pretty much all apps ...
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Access Mega Cloud Storage from File Manager on a non rooted device

Is there a way to mount Mega cloud storage from file manager. Mega has some option to do that as Webdav Server for Desktops but is there a way Android Phone with TLS encryption. I am even comfortable ...
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Does Android hold audio in RAM when listening for ‘hey google’?

When Android phones have the ‘hey google’ wake word setting enabled so it’s always listening for it, are these audio snippets held in RAM when looking for the wake word and not stored on the phone or ...
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How to delete data from an uninstalled app?

My Android 8.0 phone is showing the 32 GB is full. I have deleted videos and stuff but I wonder if apps that I uninstalled have not deleted their data. How to find out?
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Is it possible to limit read permissions for some folders on external SD card to certain apps on Android 10?

My device has 64 GB of internal storage and it's nearly full. I can expand storage with a 256 GB microSD card. However, I don't like that everything stored on the SD card is freely accessible to every ...
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Is it possible to dump an Android partition with file-based encryption (FBE)?

Consider an unrooted Android 9.0 device with file-based encrypted (FBE), a locked bootloader and only recovery and download modes available. Is there any way to dump the internal storage either to the ...
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For Android devices, is internal storage memory typically faster, slower, or equal to microSD card storage?

For Android devices, is internal storage memory typically faster, slower, or equal to microSD card storage? For example, let's take the Samsung Galaxy S10 Android phone. It comes in 128GB, 512GB, and ...
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Can you record video to external drive?

If I connect an external ssd drive to the phone, it can browse its file system and write to it. Is there an app (or a setting) that allows me to record video directly to this external drive? The use ...
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com.google.android.trichromelibrary - An app that gets installs multiple times .....what's the point?

As I understand com.google.android.trichromelibrary is supposed to be a webview replacement in android 10+ find /data/app -type d -iname "*trichrome*" -exec du -hs {} \; 70M /...
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How to clean com.android.providers.media.MediaApplication App Data?

com.android.providers.media.MediaApplication keeps throwing errors on me and I cannot access internal storage on my Oneplus since this morning. I've already tried cleaning the media packages ...
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File attributes on Android (Linux): Any way to make a file fully writable but not deleteable?

I tried chattr with the +a (+i is even more restrictive), but it immediately caused app panic aka "app has stopped". What I want to do is make a file & folder undeletable. You can ...
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Looking for the folder location of where Google Chrome bookmarks are stored on Android [duplicate]

I'm looking to manually back up and restore the Google Chrome mobile bookmarks on my LG smartphone and wanted to know the folder and filepath of where they are stored on Android. I checked in /data/...
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