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How to see what is stored in System memory area?

I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7" tablet (Android 4.1.2, not rooted). I tried to install a big app recently and it failed because it said that I didn't have enough space. When I go into Settings > ...
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What are folders Gift, MBSTGO & MBSTPH?

Moto G, Android 4.4.4 What are folders MBSTGO & MBSTPH? Which app creates them? Can I safely delete them?
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Internal Android phone storage disappeared

My Motorola G2 has an 8 gigabyte internal storage but some of it has vanished! In settings/ storage and USB, here is what it shows: Out of my 8GB storage, 3.15 is used by Android OS so I have 4.85GB ...
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Maximum number of possible playable songs

I have a library of over 100,000 mp3 songs. I have tried and failed to modify an iPod to be able to accommodate this number, but a friend recently suggested I store them on a 1TB micro SD card, and ...
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What specifies the maximum supported sdcard capacity of a mobile phone?

I often see this in mobile phone specifications: "microsd card supported, up to 32gb" Is this limit really real? Does it depend on hardware or software? How to know for sure (e.g. using a software) ...
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How do I update or clear the files listed in the Storage Access Framework?

Some Android applications use the SAF for a 'file picker'. As I understand it, this file picker, provided by Android, has its own special set of labels under which it chooses to display files along ...
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Cannot access /sdcard/ (internal storage)

After I got my phone restored from an nandroid backup, I found almost all apps cannot gain access to /sdcard/ (internal storage), including ES file manager, Z archiver and so on. When any of these ...
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Use android 2.3 as a wireless Mass Storage middle man

Context: I would like to use an old phone as a USB Mass storage device/slave, but read/writes to a Network share. So I can attach it to the Kitchen TV and direct it to a windows/linux directory. ...
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Moving app data to external sd card

Is it possible to move almost the total app size of an app to external sd? example 90% of its data will move to external and the 10% will stay... I've tried moving the Clean Master app, its total ...
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Android Phone Storage Full due to APKs

My OnePlus Two has 64GB Internal Storage and no SD card. It shows Phone Storage Full warning. When I investigated, I saw below stats and am unable to free space. Settings > Storage & Memory > ...
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mounting an app folder to external storage fails for Write access on Android Q but will work in Android Pie

I could mount my partitions holding whatsapp (exFat) and titanium ( ext4 ) backup data on android Pie but right now on Q it will not let a RW operation be performed after mounting I understand /...
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Android 6.0.1, Samsung S5: Storage issues

My Samsung S5 with Android 6.0.1 has not enough storage memory. By default, it has 16GB available of which 4.2GB is used by the system (according to the "Storage" information page in the settings). My ...
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Is it possible to make computer temporary storage?

Weird question, But is it possible to use your computer as a temporary storage via USB charger. I'm thinking I could use this to download files straight onto the computer from my phone. Edit: I mean ...
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Android can´t see the Internal Storage

My Android tells me I don´t have anything on my Internal Storage, but adb shell says I have a file on my Internal Storage (/storage/emulated/0) for example an apk file. Furthermore I haven´t any ...
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Android locked MicroSD card (all files read-only)

I own a Wiko Rainbow with Android 4.2.2. Out of the blue my MicroSD card got locked and I can neither create nor delete any files on my phone (such as photos). At first, I did not even understand why, ...
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DCIM/.thumbnails/.thumbdata3-* files get deleted but does not free up space on Nexus 7 Android ver 6.0.1

I am trying to delete .thumbdata3-* files in my DCIM/.thumbnails folder on my Nexus 7 Android version 6.0.1 tablet as these files seem to be taking up close to 3 GB of data. I followed instructions ...
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Why are all my pictures gone after EACH reboot?

I was on vacation for two weeks and took a couple of photos with my smartphone camera (Samsung Galaxy S3). When I came back home I connected my smartphone to my computer to copy the photos to a "safe ...
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Format android to join internal memory partitions?

I have searched around the net but not really finding exact problems nor solution related to mine. I have a tablet which should have 8gb of internal memory but the problem is that it have divided ...
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Storage cannot be found from apps, folder /storage/emulated missing

I installed a custom ROM (CM 12.1, based on Android 5.1.1) on my Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100). Also, I repartitioned the storage using this PIT file: I9100_2.0GB_Sys-05GB_Data-023MB_Preload. All but the ...
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Insufficient memory with sandisk 32GB micro SD card while having 20GB free space

I have a 32GB micro SD card and I've been downloading my music onto it and I've used 8GB on the card so far. Then I was downloading a song and it said insufficient memory. On my phone the songs ...
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Find process causing io

I've been having some serious performance problems with my fairphone (wait times of 1 minute or more before apps open or switching apps, and general lack of responsiveness). I installed System ...
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How to use a memory card?

I've recently bought an android phone with only about 2GB memory. After this, I bought a 8GB memory card and it was inserted into the phone. How to control which data is stored in the phone itself ...
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Storing pictures on an external storage media

So, I'm new to Android but I came to the conclusion that on 4.2.2, the Camera app doesn't exist as such and is actually part of the Gallery app package. Now my problem is it isn't possible to change ...
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How do I create a shortcut to another file or folder inside a folder?

How do I create a shortcut to another file or folder inside a folder? Example: Suppose I go to a folder A /storage/sdcard0/pictures. I know that I have another folder B /storage/sdcard1/music. I ...
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How can I view an XLXS file attachment to a gmail message?

I received an email message with an XLXS file attached. I can see the attachment icon in the email message in the gmail app and it appears that I can download the file but it is not viewable in ...
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Where is the data for S Health stored?

I'm making a personal fitness tracker but I want to grab the days for sleep and heartbeat that gets stored on s health. Where is this stored in the filesystem (maybe an SQL lite db)?
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Insufficient storage in Galaxy Tab 3 8.0

My Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is showing insufficient storage with Applications at 11.6GB. When I add up all of the application storage requirements I get about 0.75GB. I supposedly have 49MB available but ...
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Read/Write not working on external sd card - Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and no applications can read or write to the external SD card - except the Root Browser. This happened a month or so ago after I installed a custom ROM (Alliance) and I have ...
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Is it possible to add arbitrary folders to the media scanner?

I have a Samsung Captivate Glide and it's got 4 gigs of storage that isn't main storage and isn't SD card memory. It shows up as a separate section under settings->storage and it's mounted on /...
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Can't create folder on device using mac Android File Transfer app

When trying to create folder on Samsung Galaxy TAB 2 using the Android File Transfer app from my mac computer, I get an error alert: Could not connect to device. Try reconnecting or restarting your ...
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Whatsapp storage issue

In my mobile (Android, Samsung Galaxy S9) the whatsapp is showing that it has 37.89GB of Data stored (when I checked the app info), due to that my phone is data is getting full and all the other apps ...
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How to mount a tmpfs directory that would be allowed to be read and written to by any app? (root available)

I am trying to create some volatile (tmpfs) storage for my Android, to avoid clutter. I am trying to follow the previous questions: making manually mounted partition folders write accessible to all ...
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Changing to an SD card with more storage for android phone

My original SD card is formatted as storage so I am not sure if card readers can read and transfer data from it. So basically, I am looking for a way to switch SD card and preserve the files. Thanks ...
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Cant move a single app to SD card on Samsung A21s

I got an A21s yesterday and a new SD card but when I try to move apps over to it, it shows no option to change storage. This is for every single app, even ones I know should be able to move over. Had ...
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Samsung Tablet A, 16GB memory full?

My Samsung Tab A (2016) shows my storage almost full, but the numbers do not come close. I've run various cleaners, deleted everything not used, put most of my files on the Cloud somewhere, and still ...
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Moving App to SD Card in Android 10 (LineageOS 17.1)

My phone (a Samsung A3 2016) used to allow me to move some apps to the SD card under its stock ROM (Android 7). Last year I updated to Android 9 using LineageOS 16.0 and more recently to Android 10 ...
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Nubia Red Magic 3 shows negative storage on some apps and it's driving my nuts

Probably a bug but I still want to share exactly what's going on and hopefully find a solution. I can't use a logcat for some reason (Sepolicy issue maybe?) But anyways I own a Red Magic 3 and it's ...
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Phone is just pretending to move app data to external storage?

My internal storage is full, so I've bought a SD-card and I'm trying to move some application data. For example I have 20GB of data for Audible which is my main concern. I went in to Settings > Apps ...
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What are .xlog files and what can they be used for?

Im cleaning the storage on my S10+ and I noticed in the WeChat folder (Tencent) there are a bunch of .xlog files totalling nearly 3gb of space. I know the controversies of using WeChat but I rarely ...
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How to view which files are on internal memory, and which are on SD Card (formatted as Internal Storage)?

On Android 9 (Pie) how to visualize SD Card (formatted as Internal) vs Internal Storage? I need them differentiated, as I'm chronically out of space and can't download apps, but have 200+ GB on my SD ...
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Can't find /data/misc/vold

I'm trying to recover files stored on a totally broken phone. These files were stored on a sd card, used as "adopted storage". I got a dump from the memory chip of the phone, hoping to get the .key ...
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How can my 3GB SD Card have 76GB files

What are these files in SD Card /Android/data/com.android.chrome/ And these are only in SD Card. They were never there before today. And they total above 76GB, in the attached picture only one ...
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Define storage caps per app basis

Is there any way to define how much storage space an app can use? I'm tired of uninstalling apps, deleting apps data and deleting files to see the newly freed space begin swallowed in just some ...
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Clone android phone storage without root

Is there any way to clone the internal storage of a phone (huawei honor v10, android 8.0) if the phone is not rooted and USB debugging is disabled? I am currently locked out of the phone, but I want ...
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EXT4 Mount gives this error “SELinux: mount invalid. Same superblock, different security settings”

I am trying to mount a second partition (ext4 ) for my apps ( I guess its a bit outdated with adoptable storage but then ext4 isn't accepted FS for adoption for external card ) . I am on 9.0 ( Pie ) ...
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Android storage errors, cannot write files, app keeps stopping?

My Android phone runs 8.1, model ASUS Zenfone Live V. I have 15.06 GB/16 of internal storage and roughly 11/128 on an microSD card. (I checked with ASUS when I bought it, it is the max storage and ...
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External SD card changes mount point

I have a Moto e5 Plus (Android 8.0.0) that has a 128GB Samsung Evo card in it. The card works well in the device (freshly formatted), but has an odd system of mounting. On previous devices, the ...
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What are the “dctp” and “did” files in my Android storage?

I have noticed two strange files in my Android storage. They are named "dctp" and "did". They don't have any extensions and my programs cannot read them. What are those files and what are their ...
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Reset Partition Table for Nexus 7 2013 (Flo)

To cut a long story short I wanted to make the system partition larger on my tablet PC as it's far too small to do anything practical on. I used ADB push to put Parted into the root directory and ...
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Expandable memory of devices

Mobile phones or tablets come with limits like it has expandable memory of 32, 64, etc GB. I was wondering how this is determined? Does it mean that higher capacity sd cards won't work or this ...

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