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Write to external SDCard since Android 4.4

PostPosted: Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:13 am
by support
Write to external SDCard is not allowed anymore to app since Android 4.4 except to a specific app folder. Write to internal storage is still allowed.

In AndSMB 3.x, the external cache folder is created automatically under /Android/data/lysesoft.andsmb/ folder. You can use it to download files/folders to external SDCard but pay attention that it's a cache folder so it will be deleted if you uninstall app!

Workaround (without root needs) to write to any folder on SDCard is not reliable and depends on device. From source code new changes in Android, it looks such workaround won't work anymore on the next Android update. So, reliable solution depends either on Google to change his mind or device provider to allow write permissions to apps (without following Google guidelines) due to end-users pressure.

Re: Write to external SDCard since Android 4.4

PostPosted: Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:43 am
by dmz
I am also having problems with writing to external SD card using andSMB 3.3 which says in release notes it should have fixed this.

Is there anything special I need to do to be able to write to external SD?

Re: Write to external SDCard since Android 4.4

PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:38 pm
by support
Most workaround under 4.4 fails now. You need Android 5.x to make it work.
Then you have to select SDCard through "External" button in General tab.