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Where to find app data on SD card (Android)?

  1. May 15, 2018 #1

    Wrichik Basu

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    In my phone, a large number of apps have been moved to sd card.

    Where do I find the app data if I view the sd card via windows explorer?

    The reason I want this is, my phone is creating a lot of problems, and tomorrow I'm taking it to the service centre. They might want to factory reset the device. If they do so, I'll ask them to remove the sd card before doing it. Now, in this process, the app data will continue to take up space on sd card, and I need to manually delete it from Windows Explorer.
     
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  3. May 15, 2018 #2

    jedishrfu

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  4. May 15, 2018 #3

    Wrichik Basu

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    Checked that. I won't access the interiors of phone storage, because that would need rooting and rooting voids guarantee.

    The app data are all stored in Android folder in sd card, as per the article. That is what I needed.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. May 15, 2018 #4

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    Who said accessing the interiors of phone storage voids the warranty? I've never heard of that. Maybe they are just trying to scare you.

    If you turn on developer mode then you can access things like that. We've done it to install apps for student projects using the Android Studio and side loading your apps to the device.
     
  6. May 15, 2018 #5

    Wrichik Basu

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    That's what I've read on most sites explaining how to root the phone. Samsung executive says the same.

    Maybe they are scaring me. But I have to abide by their rules, because if they deny to service my phone after rooting, I'll be in trouble. If they give me back my phone saying it's gone, I'll surely root it and try some hacks.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2018 #6

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    Maybe it does not voided when open, but, aren't you setting up for trouble unless you really know what you are doing? I mean, won't some applications be able to access some things you don't want them to unless you specifically prevent it? EDIT: I was trying to find out the actual texts and how/where they are stored (.xml, in a database) and was told I may brick my phone if I am not careful).
     
  8. Jul 25, 2018 #7

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    Android is based on Linux. It’s basically a pared down version of Linux with unnecessary commands, libraries and other files removed. The file system should look familiar to you if you’ve used Linux for development.

    There are apps that can show you the file system and even allow to install, move, copy or delete files. Some will allow you to look at files too. There are still Linux file permissions to deal with meaning some files may not be looked or manipulated without having the proper permissions.

    Here’s more on them:

    http://www.stevesandroidguide.com/android-files/
     
  9. Jul 25, 2018 #8

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    I have been using Root Explorer , not too helpful. I think I will remove it and get another one.
     
  10. Sep 25, 2018 at 1:33 AM #9
    Rooting is required to access hidden files on Android device.
     
  11. Sep 25, 2018 at 11:24 AM #10

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    It somehow fixed itself. Still, how to do I root when I only have access to command line? Or do you mean I need to have it rooted to be able to do this when it crashes? Because I don't see anything other within the recovery menu: I can just select from within a few options like rebooting and viewing logs.
     
  12. Sep 25, 2018 at 11:33 AM #11

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    Is there a sort of event viewer within Android, and, if so, is it a hidden file? I think the app root explorer gives you access to a lot of these files, but I don't know if you have to root/jailbreak your phone to use it.

    https://duckduckgo.com/?q=root+explorer+for+android&t=h_&ia=web

    Maybe I can find out what led to the crash.
    EDIT: Yes, it seems you need to root your phone to use Root Explorer. I have a phone I think I can try it on.
    I need to learn a bit more before trying Root Explorer, to not leave myself too open.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018 at 11:47 AM
  13. Sep 25, 2018 at 5:11 PM #12

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    I use Solid Explorer. Only issue is there is no recycle bin.
     
  14. Sep 25, 2018 at 7:16 PM #13

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    Is that the actual name, Solid Explorer? My Root Explorer requires that I root the HD. Does Solid also require it?
     
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