Indotechboy — Are you using an Android device with Android Kitkat Operating System and had an experience when trying to make a file / folder or trying to extract archives files (.zip, .rar, etc) in the
external SD Card (storage/extSdCard/) but it end with failure or failed process? It could be not an error or the archive file is broken, but it is one of limitation on Android Kitkat (4.4.x) that applications other system applications can not do a write / execute operation in the external SD Card. On other word the write access to the external SD Card for INSTALLED applications become dead.
Well for me, we must find a way to solve it so the full access to the external SD Card become available because we cannot forever depend on the default file manager as the feature and it’s ability is sucks. To fix it fast is fairly easy, we can use SD Card write fix application like “Nextapp Sdfix”. This tutorial work good on my Samsung Galaxy V SM-G313HZ Android phone (Kitkat 4.4.2)
“NextApp SDFix will modify the configuration file located at /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml to allow apps to write to the MicroSD card. Specifically, SDFix will add the Android UNIX group “media_rw” to the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission’s configuration. This will enable apps (only those that you granted write access permissions to when you installed them) to write files to the MicroSD card. On many devices, this is effectively reverting the state of this permission back to the way it was configured in Android 4.3. This modification is carried out by modifying the existing XML file, rather than replacing it.”
Steps fixing external SD Card write permission on Android Kitkat
- Download and install Nextapp Sdfix.apk app.
- Open the Nextapp sdfix and don’t forget to give it superuser rights if asked.
- Now just read and follow the Nextapp Sdfix app instruction. The process is just as easy as One Click and just need a seconds.
- Done, reboot your Android device and now your valuable and rich-space external SD Card is fully accessable for every applications on your Android Kitkat smartphone / tablet.