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Unlock external SD Card writing for all apps in Android 4.4 KitKat

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As you might be knowing, in the recent version of Android 4.4, 'KitKat', Google has slightly modified the default permissions for the external SD Card. Now it is accessible for writing only by a special user group of members called media_rw. In this article, I would like to share a trick which will allow to enable write access to all the lucky owners of rooted devices with Android 4.4.

When some process needs to write to external media, it requests the appropriate permission. This was the usual behavior in earlier versions of Android. However, third-party apps in KitKat have no access to that permission! So, there is no way for them to obtain write access to the external SD Card. You might face various issues with the new access rules in Android 4.4, i.e. your favorite File manager can stop working. Here's how to give these apps the correct permission.

  1. Launch your favorite file manager with root access rights. You can use any app you prefer which can run elevated on your device. For example, the 'Root Explorer' app or 'File Manager' from CyanogenMod will do.
  2. Navigate to the following file:
    /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml
  3. Find android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE and android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE lines. These are XML sections. You need to make them look exactly like the strings below:
    <permission name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" >
        <group gid="sdcard_r" />
        <group gid="sdcard_rw" />
        <group gid="media_rw" />
    </permission>
    <permission name="android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE" >
        <group gid="sdcard_rw" />
        <group gid="media_rw" />
    </permission>

Save the platform.xml file. It’s necessary to set the file permissions to 644 (rw-/r–/r–) before mobile restarting. Now reboot your Android device. You are done.

Unfortunately, there is no known solution to me which could be suitable for non-rooted devices.

133 thoughts on “Unlock external SD Card writing for all apps in Android 4.4 KitKat

  1. Radek (CZ)

    Hi. I tried this method on Galaxy S4 (Kitkat 4.4.2). It’s look simple and logically, but it doesn’t work. After editing the file platform.xml and restart mobile I got message “Service Youtube stopped” and “Service Google play stopped”. Over and over. Every applications in mobile could not write to any internal or external storage anymore, connecting to netwok via mobile network or WiFi was malfunction too. Unfortunately I could not adjust to return the xml file to previous state. So I downloaded Odin 3.09 and ROM with Kitkat 4.4.2 for Czech republic and did flashing this ROM to mobile and factory reset. It was the only way to system fix.

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      1. Radek (cz)

        Hi. The problem I have already solved. It’s necessary to set the file permissions to 644 (rw-/r–/r–) before mobile restarting. Add it to your instructions, please.
        Regards,
        Radek

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        1. gus

          Hi have the same problem with my S4 which I upgraded to kitkat yesterday so I rooted it and followed your Instruction to edit the xml file and saved, But I do not know how to set the permissions to 644 (rw-/r-/r-) I am new to android. I edited the file I copied to another location so not to mess with the original untill I am sure it is saved with the proper permissions then hopefully replace file.
          So could you please instruct me how and with what programm to change permissions after editing:

          Thanks in advance

          Gus

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          1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

            Use any file manager app. I prefer Total Commander for Android.
            Long tap on the XML file, choose “properties”, then tap “RWX” button at right.

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        2. tvenables@email.com

          Hello.

          I did not set the file permissions to 644 (rw-/r–/r–) before restarting. I get the same errors as Radek, such as “Service Youtube stopped” and “Service Google play stopped”.

          Is there a way to fix this? I notice you mention Odin 3.09 and ROM with Kitkat. I do not know how those work. Is there another solution to edit platform.xml back?

          Please help!

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          1. tvenables

            I have ES file explorer and the file manager app that comes preinstalled. I click on properties within ES file explorer and it says readable yes, writable yes and hidden no.

            How can I set the proper permissions? I know it should be 644 (rw-/r–/r–). What does that actually mean?

            I am unable to connect to google play or the internet in order to download/install another application like total commander.

            Do you have a way to help please?

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        3. TM

          Do not change the permissions of your external_SD to 644!! This could mean that you remove all kinds of write and execute permissions from your externall sdcard! It should be either 771 or 777

          DO NOT CHANGE PERMISSIONS OF YOUR SDCARD!!! THIS IS YOUR INTERNAL SDCARD WHERE ANDROID IS INSTALLED! Changing the sdcard permissions to 644 will bust your android system. People having problems after this method with google play youtube etc should check if they changed the permissions of the sdcard. If so, set it back to back 0777 might solve the problems.

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    1. Omar Silva

      Guys don’t get frustrated, just download the “NextApp SDFix” from the Google Play, Install it, and follow the steps, its simple, very quick and it works!. YOU MUST BE ROOT TO DO THAT.

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      1. Manfred Wilke

        I can confirm that the “NextApp SDFix” solution works for me, on a Samsung Galaxy S4 4G (i9505), with Android KitKat 4.4.4, ktoonsez kernel.

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    2. James

      So I did the fix permissions manually and nothing happened after the reboot and then downloaded the nextapp Sdfix app that was mentioned and said I already have write to SD.. So I go back to app2sd and the moveable apps section it still says SD share same disk as os.. So what now plz help thx

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  3. KVELEZ

    You must be rooted is the key. If you make it look exactly as shown and follow the directions it works perfectly.

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  4. gus

    Hi Sergey,
    Thanks for your prompt and helpful reply, and can also confirm it works!!!!!

    Regards,

    gus

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  5. Puneet

    I have a samsung note one N7000. I have rooted the device and running latest Cynogennmod ROM 4.4
    Have done exactly as mentioned above but sd card is still not detected. Earlier the camera apps were giving error that no sd card found. Now they are just getting hung. Any tips??

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  6. Jeevan kumar

    hi,, i tried your method, didn’t work, bluetooth stopped working n whatsapp crashed…but i realized i hadnt set the permission correct,.. i had d original xml, so i replaced it…but now nothing is working.. maps, youtube, titanium backup all stopped.. though im connected to wifi the browsers say im offline,, THE INTERNAL MEMORY SHOWS NOTHING<>… please help…

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  7. Mcluvin

    So, dumb question here, but after doing this, should I be able to go into settings/apps, select an app and see “move to Sd” button again like previous android versions? I did everything exactly as above on my rooted S4 4.2.2 gummy rom, and can’t see that I can move apps still. Thanks.

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  8. Mark

    Thank you so much for this fix. I can verify that it works perfectly on the Sprint triband Galaxy S4 (L710T).
    You made my phone functional again!

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  11. John

    Hello,
    I tried this change on my Gummy 4.4.2 rooted Samsung GS4 and even after rebooting, the included CyanogenMod Music App. – Apollo force closes with – “Unfortunately, Apollo has stopped”. I get the same error (Force Close) when opening certain pictures on my SD card within the Gallery app. I have tried a complete wipe of my phone and factory reset after reflashing the Gummy ROM and I continue to get this error particularly with the stock Apollo music app. I was somehow able to get this ROM and app. working earlier but something got tweaked (I believe) in my SDCard permissions – very strange.

    Any help/suggestions?

    Thanks.

    John

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  12. Razals

    Thanks for info Sergey, but some reason after I did a reboot my persmissions file would revert back to its original state. I tried several times and the NextApp SD Card Fix would do the same. For those who are struggling I tried method three in this link http://technofaq.org/posts/2014/04/fixing-external-sd-card-write-issue-on-android-kitkat/ Thanks again Sergey.

    -HTC One (M8) T-Mobile; Sony SDXC Class 10 64gb

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  13. thomas Ts

    Thank you, you saved my time. I changed it as decribed in my s4 kk and now I keep my Titanium backup in extsd ( and not only).

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  14. docdan

    In my case the camera and the BT stops work. So be carefull. Then change it back, unroot, factory reset.

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  15. Cheifbobo

    Now since everyone found a fix for rooted phone. Now tell me how to do this for none rooted. There are tons of none rooted phone that stil exsist today. Or less someone guide me to the right direction to root my galaxy note 2 safely. I am getting tired of not being abke to use my phone when i paid $600 for the dam thing. And $97 a month to keep it on. Goole got me fucked up. Then the Gov does not understand why the world haves hackers. Google fuck you. Google just bc you dont like have memory cards. Doesnt mean the whole fucking world has to think and feel like u do

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  16. Fuubar

    I can do whatever I want, it does not work in my device. I use a CM11 nightly on Xperia Z1 with Android 4.4.3.

    I even tried Xposedframework with HandleExternalStorage and it did not work. I manually edit platform.xml manually as described above and I set the correct permissions 0644 but it did not work either.

    I tried to create a test folder in /storage/sdcard1 but it does not work, I use RootExplorer. Of course I have Root access, I use CM11.

    What could only be wrong there!?

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    1. Partridge79

      Same exact issue with cm12.1 and LS rom all the sudden this issue! Could it be a damaged SD?

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  17. mayank

    Even though I haven’t tried these changes yet – I have a basic question – how are other 3rd party Apps like Astro are able to R/W stuff to the external SD Card just fine, is there some sort of magic/hidden developer trick/API they are calling?

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  18. SonicX

    To the author, thank you for posting these how too’s. In order for this to work for me I had to really get my hands durty. I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S3, rooted, CM.11 rom (Kitkat 4.4.2) First off, non of those App to SD programs worked for me and after running a log-cat, I quickly found the answer. Here’s what I did to fix this problem. First, I edit the platform.xml file and add a few lines like explained in the post. Then gave it permissions and reboot. Now the fun part. In CM.11 still couldn’t move apps. In ICS 2.3.7 rom, I had to partition the sdcard, partition 1 (fat32) partition 2 (linux ext3) So I tried the same thing here.

    I formatted a 16 gig sdcard with 13 gigs fat32, and partition 2, I made the rest of the space a linux EXT3 format. Then I reboot. The next thing I did was to download, Link2SD. Just like the LG Optimus V days, you can move the apps to SD, but in this case you have to link them to the linux partition. When I ran Link2SD is offered to link my files and listed partitions. I picked EXT3 and gave it permission to write link scripts to the partition.

    Now reboot. When I open Link2SD I select list by user and first thing I do is click on a app and the options are move to SD or Create Link to file. You have to create a link to the App. After I selected Create Link, the next popup asks, move what files. I find clicking on all of them, except internal data works. Click OK and APP moves to the new Linux partition.

    I verified this after creating a link to SD on every APP I installed, except widgets, these can not be link without crashing, and it worked. Link2SD allows you to view all external, internal, cache, and partitions and I was able to see all 1 gig of apps all went to the linux partition. So, case closed. Plus I was able to free up over a gig of internal ram. If some apps crash after linking them, just unlink and it will move back into phones memory. Make sure your using a micro SDHC and the higher the class number, 8 or better, the faster files are loaded up.

    This is what worked for me. Hope it helps anyone not having any luck just editing the script file. ( ^_^)/

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  19. Messed Up

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S3. I previously tried using a couple of xposed modules, but they didn’t allow Titanium to access the SD card so I tried your method (also changed permissions on the modified file) but I have the same issue as some other people (bluetooth stopped working, whatsapp crashed, maps, youtube, play store, titanium backup, touchpal keyboard, web browsing all stopped working. When I connect my phone to my PC, the phone and the sd are empty.
    I’m not worried about the titanium accessing the sd card right now. I’m just trying to get the apps and bluetooth working. Anybody have any other ideas that may work?

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    1. BokkieAndijk

      Hello: Messed Up, Jeevan kumar, cuddlebear, Rajkamal ore Francisco.
      I have the same problems with my SM-T230. All the apps are crashing, the keyboard is not working at all and my pc cant access the tablet anymore. I tried a factory reset and installed a original rom. Nothing solved my problems. Did one of you found a solution already?

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  20. Hammo

    Worked a treat – thanks.
    Running Samsung galaxy i900h lte (Oceania? Model). Just rooted with odin.
    Can now transfer via airdroid direct to so card.

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  21. Lenchester

    Updated the permissions of Platform.xml to 644 (rw-/r–/r–) but need to set it back to its original settings and don’t have a backup. Can you let me know what the permissions where set to before i set to 644.

    Getting update failed for the cyanogenmod OTA update
    Installing update…
    assert failed: apply_patch_check – Error in Platform.xml

    Thanks

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  22. t2 ultra

    i tried ur method but nothing happnd….m using a 3rd party filemanager
    when i restart my phone it shows external memory for a sec …and when again i open the filemanager it doesnt show

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  23. hadad

    Hi, I done all tthe things and i can`t save the platform.xml file. It is saying that it is read only. How to save it please?

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  24. cuddlebear

    didnt work for me :/
    now i get tons of messages like “Service … stopped”.
    stil able to start es file explorer. but internal and external storage is not available anymore :(
    what can i do? tried every permission setting. switched new Platform.xml with the old one and vice versa both.
    files got me tons of messages.
    perhaps change owner of this xml from root to ..?

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  25. HappyUser

    Thank you so much! I was about turn my phone into an expensive paperweight but this saved the day!

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  26. Frustrated User

    Hey guys. Am frustrated. I tried several methods for this issue (flashing, replace permission.xml and sdfix app) but nothing works! I have a dual sim phone and I do not have possibility to extend the memory with an external SD card. But the phone has only a internal memory flash at least sdcard0 (as internal memory) and sdcard1 (a secured partition as external memory).

    Any ideas to fix the write protection on this????

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  27. no email

    Excellent description, but confuses me. So one question:
    All other howto’s I’ve read only add

    to

    Why are you adding

    to

    also?
    Can you explain?

    Btw.: The stock platform.xml got -rw-r–r–

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  28. no email

    Sorry, the quote was ‘ghosted’ ;) Again:
    One question:
    All other howto’s I’ve read only add
    group gid=”sdcard_rw” /
    to
    permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE”

    Why are you adding
    group gid=”sdcard_rw” /
    to
    permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE”
    also?
    Can you explain?

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      If we will look in the source code, we will find this
      <permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE"
      android:permissionGroup="android.permission-group.STORAGE"

      and
      <permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"
      android:permissionGroup="android.permission-group.STORAGE"

      I so decided to add sdcard_rw too.
      ———–
      However, in CyanogenMod it looks as follows:
      <permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_MEDIA_STORAGE”>
      <group gid=”media_rw” />
      </permission>

      And everything works.
      Maybe that line is not required at all.
      Need to check it.

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  29. Aacis

    I tried the above solution for my Samsung S Advance but apps r still nt able to write on sdcard..and the media too doesn’t show up in gallery section plz help!! thanks in advance :)

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  30. Saike

    So if i do this and if i install a game and put the data on my external SD card, the game will read the Data now ? Because the data is too big and i don’t have space on my internal memory ! :(

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  31. Mirjam

    Super, that worked perfect. Only one hint: My data explorer didnt request permission, so its edidor didnt work. I installed another editor, (try out :) ) and that one asked for permission. With this editor I did exactly your changes, and my photos are again on the external SD-Card.

    Great!

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  32. Aurelio Macedo

    Hi, have a Samsung i9505 and using CYANOGENMOD 11 (Android 4.4.2)
    I follow all instructions editing the lines: (ROOTED ES FILE EXPLORER)

    And fixed permissions in the platform.xml file.
    I tried to use SDFix: KitKat Writable MicroSD APP and nothing of those work’s. Do you have another sugestion?

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  33. Marcelo Maciel

    Hey, we should set 644 (rw-/r–/r–) file permission before restarting. I fisrtly changed the xml file without setting its permission and got a lot of crashes. Then, I factory reseted my mobile and started over again changing the xml file and setting its permission properly. Now Apps can write on SD Card.

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  34. Cabler

    Thank you very much for this guide, the only help I could install applications an external SD card. Advise me where I have to make a change in the system so I can play music from an external SD card or to my music player found on exerní SD card.
    GT-I9506 Kitkat 4.4.2 Root

    Thanks

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  35. ruchi

    i have micromax unite 2…i have so much space in my phone but whenevr i download app it shows that u dont have too much space…what i should do plz anybody suggest me.

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  36. Keez

    Rooted my galaxy tab 3 (ms-t210r) just to try this fix as utorrent and other apps were unable to write to sd card after kitkat. Pleased to say this worked perfectly and solved many ongoing app problems. Thanks much!

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  37. Anonymous

    Thanks to you I don’t have to throw my phone through the window (or worse – install shitty stock rom for samsung) :)

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  38. demotala

    Hello. I have s4 mini i9195 with CyanogenMod 11 4.4.4 I’m doing everything you say but nothing happens.

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  39. sajid

    I have done all the changes mention by you but when i try saved the edited file permission was denied by system……

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  40. Srini

    Hi .. Followed exact same steps on my Samsung i9100 with Cyanogenmod 11, but still not able to fix error ” Couldn’t move app”.

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  41. Ingy

    Hi!

    I have a big problem with my 4.4.2 S4. Until today everything was perfect with writing to external SD because I have a rooted one and I modified /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml with . Suddenly today after a restart it don’t want to mount external sd writable, but only readable.
    I think it happened after I used SManager to mount External SD as drive in my PC using USB.
    Only solution that I fount until now it to open /mnt/media_rw/extSdCard with Root Explorer and make it writable from there manually. What happened?! Any idea how to fix it back?!

    Thank you in advance!

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  42. unkown

    HELLO FRIENDS
    HERE THE BEST WAY TO INSTALL APPS ( youtube , google play services , etc… ) to sd card
    first of all
    turn on your debugging option
    now
    you need to install android SDK ( search on google )
    OR
    download adb shells
    now
    open the command in abd shells folder
    by pressing swift button and right click of mouse
    now type the following
    adb devices ( your devices should be listed)
    adb shell pm set-install-location 2
    adb shell pm set-install-location 0

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  43. Mato

    Thank you Sergey. You just saved my ass and I can sleep well now again :D Just followed all steps with TCMD support and that’s it..
    TF701T 4.4.2 root

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  44. Francisco

    Well, tried the method avobe.
    It finally screwed all my system, millions of pop-ups saying this thing or that stopped, etc.

    No way to fix it, I think.
    Setted permissions to 644.

    Reverted to original file, with 644 permissions.
    Nothing worked.

    I have to do a factory reset!

    PD: I have an S4 Value Edition Latin, i9515L. 4.4.2.
    Well…

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  45. Zielonka

    You are very irresponsible. You should write big notification: “CHANGE PERMISSIONS.XML TO WR/R/R, OR YOU WILL HAVE TO REBOOT YOUR DEVICE!!!”
    How can you write “guides” that doesn’t highlight most important thing??? Now I propably have to reboot my phone…

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  46. Anthony

    !!! STOP !!!
    If your just trying to delete photos and your phone apps or computer apps wont let you, try this before you dig into your phone or root it just to delete photos …

    Don’t use an app to delete, such as Gallery,.. just go to the phone, My Files / All Files / extSdCard / DCIM/ Camera / … and select the photos and delete from there.

    I hope that helps someone.
    Sorry if it was already suggested else where as I did not read every post.

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  47. onesolution

    Try this before you format data partition
    (Root is needed and a custom recovery is recommended)

    The file /data/system/packages.xml
    is also automatically modified by the system
    when /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml
    is changed/deleted or has wrong permissions (644)

    One solution:
    1. put a backup of /data/system/packages.xml after having
    modified platform.xml
    2. delete /data/system/packages.xml
    (you lose some configs so beware)
    3. reboot

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    1. colgate

      Thanks so freaking much for posting this!

      You have no idea how many sites I had to search through before I found an actual fix for this problem. Everyone else just factory resets or restores from a backup (yes, I should’ve made one too, but now I know).

      Also, for anyone else that comes across this, be sure to clear cache and dalvik-cache after you delete the packages.xml, it didn’t work for me until I did both together.

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  48. Cody.briggs

    LGOptimus L70. Transferring files BACK AND FORTH FROM SD CARD AND PHONE:TAKE YOUR SIM CARD OUT THEN I WAS ABLE TO MOVE FILES APPS DOWNLOADS ECT. no BULLSHIT. I cannot tell you How much research Ive done with nothing. But I found out by accident, trying to unlock my Metro PCS LG optimus L70(m323)carriers pin. FUCK off Google you are ZERO.Later

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  49. tim

    I have root S4 sph-l720t running 4.4.2. When I place a call the record button depresses, but the “record 00:00” dialog stays the same. when I hit stop, it says “failed to save recording”. it looks like its not even recording since the dialog stays at 00:00.

    any suggestions?

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  50. Paolo Armobit

    Hi, i want to have an option on my application management of

    “Move to SD” button. how can i have it?

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  51. hichem

    Hi,
    If it doesn’t unlock moving apps to ext_storage ,,can you please tell us what this manipulation is good for.

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  52. dimi

    I fixed my LENOVO IDEAPAD A7-10 , android 4.4.2 with your instructions:
    I only needed to add the line:

    to the:
    .
    It did not need to change any file permissions (like 644).
    Also the “NextApp SDFix” (which i tried before following your instructions) did NOT work for me.
    Best Regards.

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  53. dillibabu

    i tried this method on ny sony d2212. now my mobile is bricked i.e when i reboot it is turned ON and showing sony logo and then again it’s getting switch off and automatically switching ON and again same thing is appearing please solve my problem

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  54. xd

    no good 4.1.1 huswei ascend y300 doesn’t like permission change what is wrong here I set perms to 644 before editing then saved now it has made f’s all sdcard as 1st part all apps on sdcard seem lost

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  55. EDGAR

    !Saludo a todos¡
    Este tipo de post’s son útiles, pero deben seguirse de una forma muy apegada a las instrucciones que el autor recomienda. Ahora, les comparto que tengo en mis manos un dispositivo android de gama baja en particular el modelo es LG L65(LG D280f) tengo aproximadamente un año utilizándolo, utilizo aplicaciones para gestionar mi tiempo, de correo electronico,juegos, aplicaciones de edición de fotos, y unas que otras que ayuden en la escuela todas éstas descargadas de la play store y otras markets : ) . Como este móvil trae instaladas varias apps de fábrica y una memoria interna muy escasa que es de 1.5 gb verán (si es que tienen este modelo) que cuando instalas otras apps de terceros se llena la memoria interna muy rápido.

    Si he leído bien este post me ayudará a que las apps se instalen en la memoria externa.
    Además la utilidad del teléfono aumenta un poco más.
    He seguido este método y debo decir:
    * Funciona y no ha tenido ninguna interferencia con ninguna app. Youtube me permite ver videos, facebook ver mi muro, gmail ver mi bandeja de entrada.
    * Agradecer a quien hizo esto funcional, en mi dispositivo funcionó.

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  56. EDGAR

    !Greetings to everyone
    This type of post’s are useful, but must be followed in a way very attached to the instructions that the author recommends. Now, I share that I have in my hands an Android device low end in particular the model LG L65 (LG D280f) I have about a year to use it, I use applications to manage my time, mail, games, photo editing and some others to help them in school all play downloaded from the store and other markets:). As this mobile brings factory installed several apps and very little internal memory which is 1.5 gb see (if you have this model) when you install other third-party apps really fast internal memory becomes full.

    If I read correctly this post I will help the apps are installed in the external memory.
    Furthermore the utility of the phone increases slightly.
    I followed this method and I must say:
    * It Works and has not had any interference with any app. Youtube lets me watch videos, see my facebook wall, see my gmail inbox.
    * Thank whoever did this functional on my device worked.

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  57. Luis

    Hi, i did all the steps but the apliccation “total comander” it does not let me write or replace the file “platform. xml”.
    Also use ” Sd fix” application and not served , I am root ( with kingroot ) and I have a sony t3. Really appreciate the help .

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  58. welly

    Damn!!! It’s work on my Xiaomi Note with MIUI 7.3 KitKat!!!
    Thanks Sergey! Good job bro!

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  59. ctsurv553

    If you have just installed CyanogenMod v12, please read this: CM-12 is shipped with Root Access turned off, a change from previous versions CM-10 and CM-11 which were Rooted by default. To fully root your device such that you can accomplish the above procedure and so that ES File Explorer can actually save edited files back to the /system/etc/permissions/ folder (“platform.xml” for example), you might have to do the following steps first:
    1. In CM-12, turn on Developer Options by tapping 7 times on the “Settings>About Device>Build Number” menu item.
    2. Once Developer Options are enabled, look there for the “Root Access” menu item. Open it, and set Root Access to “APPS & ADB”.
    3. Now that your device is Rooted, download and install SuperSU or a similar app from the Play Store. SuperSU is an app that manages and controls Root (Superuser) access to Apps on your device. Whatever text editor you might be using to modify the “platform.xml” file will need SU access to write the edit back to device storage, and ES File Explorer will also need SU privileges to be fully functional, so you need a Superuser app to take care of this.
    4. Once the above steps have been completed, you should be able to modify the platform.xml file with the text editor of your choice, after which Apps will be able to read and write to the external SD card.

    I think this whole issue will go away with Android v6 (CM-13?) if the user goes with the “Adoptable Storage” option, which integrates the internal storage with the external SD card.

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  60. Dimi

    Your tutorial worked again for me on my new samsung galaxy S5 which runs android 5.1.1
    Now I can save text and media (pics, videos) with all the apps on my external sd card.
    Thank you!

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