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Is it possible to change file permissions on Android's internal storage?

On all operating systems based on Linux kernel - like Android is - it's possible to set permissions on files (including directories) provided that filesystem supports UNIX permissions (uid, gid, mode)....
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Where on the file system are SMS messages stored?

Looks like it moved to data/User_DE/0/com.android.providers.telephony/databases with Nougat. At least, this is where it can be found on my Nexus 6. Hope this helps.
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Where is the wallpaper image saved?

In Android 7.0, it's located in /data/system/users/0. You'll have to use a file explorer to rename it to a jpg or whatever it is. The folder also contains your lockscreen wallpaper so that's a plus.
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Misc. files that I can't find but that take up about a half of available storage

You can try DiskUsage app (free), it shows detailed information about memory usage and also gives you option to: Scan internal or external SD and graphically display space occupied by directories/ ...
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Are files created in "/storage/emulated/0" supposed to appear in "/storage/sdcard0"?

I've checked on one of my devices, and as the comment chain already suspected, you don't need to worry about everyone having access to everybody elses data. First: /storage/sdcard0 -> /storage/...
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What does the /data/system folder store and its significance?

data/system folder contains system configuration files critical to maintaining device's state. Access to the directory is restricted by the system apps only, so if the device is not rooted the folder ...
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Cleaner asks to delete some files. How do I know what these files are?

Well, each of these things mean something. I hope. Its an app, right? ;) Well, Cache is, well, your device's cache. Too frequent cleaning this is a tad counter-active, as most apps will immediately ...
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How to associate a file extension with an app?

After trying various options I finally found the app that works for me. Total Commander has a number of associations and also allows you to associate a file with any app. Therefore I simply always use ...
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What is this `.appodeal` file?

This is generated by the Appodeal advertisement SDK integrated in some of your installed apps, likely to act as some sort of flag. As for telling which app generated it, aside from going the hard way ...
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How to create a shortcut to some file in another folder?

"Shortcut" is a purely Windows concept. It's an ordinary file (with .lnk extension) which contains a reference to some other file or folder. Windows Explorer and other programs know how to open the ...
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What is the meaning of KDZ file name format?

KDZ is the format which LG uses when posting official firmware releases on their website. KDZ are all stock releases from LG. Custom ROMs do not come as KDZ, the tend to come as ZIP file. KDZ files ...
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Cannot find where Google Play Music stores downloaded files (different from similar posts)

if it's downloaded on internal, it's locked in com.music but you'll just see Music.id file and you cannot access that database without password. And its not encrypted if it's being downloaded to sd ...
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Sync files to the cloud, but only upload differential changes?

Differential sync or Delta sync is a feature that is available only on the PC version and not on Android as explained in Dropbox help pages Delta sync for Android Power:....Delta sync means you ...
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Shortcut to a specific folder using the "My Files" file manager

My bad, in fact the app My Files has this option already:
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What is creating these gibberish files on my SD card?

Here is the answer to your problem: These files come from installing applications from developers Cheetah Mobile. Delete the Cheetah Mobile app that you have installed and then delete these bogus ...
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Deleted thumbnail file but no space was freed

The .thumbnails folder has a file of the format .thumbdata4* whose size is shown to be really big usually. But in reality, it's not a big file and it's size is shown as such is because it's not a ...
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Application Images

Images are contained in the app If the images are not downloaded they are contained in the app respectively it's APK file. You can download the APK file from your device (some file explorers allow to ...
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How to send (email-)file(s) from phone to phone using phone numbers instead of an email account?

Direct phone-to-phone data transfer, on sound channel, is today inherently incompatible with the system. Some decades ago, an (even at the time) slow communication was possible by modems (with maximal ...
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Android files and folder is showing wrong time and date

This is pretty much by design. The last modified isn't meant to change simply from renaming it. The folder modified timestamp only changes if the contents is modified such as adding, removing or ...
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Why are there Yandex apps' APK files inside of my Samsung Galaxy A20s?

Some device come with optional pre-installed apps. Those apps can be installed on first start, but they are not always installed (in difference to system apps which come pre-installed). As it is not ...
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Why are filenames containing some emojis renamed to Chinese characers?

Andrew nailed it in his comment. You can see a similar issue reported between other Operating Systems and duplicate file names, here Unicode errors while syncing between Mac OS X and Linux Maintainer ...
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Why can't my phone find pictures or music files suddenly?

This issue has been driving me insane. It's happened previously on Samsung Galaxy S4 and again on my S6 edge. Issue: Images missing from Gallery app or Music missing from music player app. Having ...
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Where is the wallpaper image saved?

This is a slight twist on the original question's context but may be useful to some who land here... The location of the stock wallpapers is in an apk file that you should find on your device at /...
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Geometry Dash custom songs download location

You'll need root access to find the folder. Steps: Root your phone Install an application like ES File Explorer that has the root explorer function. Go to /data/data/com.robtopx.geometryjump/files ...
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Sync to dropbox and delete from android device

There are apps like FolderSync, which do exactly what you want for multiple cloud storage providers. Basically, you configure a folderpair to upload to Dropbox and delete the source files after ...
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Is it safe to delete "Tencent/MicroMsg/diskcache" folder?

To be short, it's sade to clear and remove SD/Tencent/MicroMsg/diskcache The content of it is caches for chat pictures and Moments pictures that you have sent, so you can safely remove them. However ...
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What's the fastest way to transfer files from PC to Android?

The best answer is It depends on the situation. Let me explain: Some solution make work better than others for some files than others. For instance, use Bluetooth to send a picture, or Wi-Fi based ...
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Why did a .nomedia file get added to my device? Showing 0 Image, Audio or Video Files?

I think the file got created by some app on your device. You can delete the file by using any file explorer. In the My Files app on Samsung devices you first need to go to its settings, and enable '...
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Is data on phone memory accessible by service center?

Do you use full device encryption with a secure password/PIN? No -> yes, it is possible Yes -> next question Did you tell them the PIN/password or unlock the device for them? Yes -> yes, it is ...
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