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Default [MOD]Write to extsd (root required)

OK so as you have noticed kit kat does NOT allow third party apps to write to the SD card, this is stupid, but lucky for us we have a fix IF you are rooted

we have 2 solutions

1) using root explorer or something similar go to

and enter the permission that i have circled in red below (see attached) then it will work. Enter it so it looks EXACTALLY like it does below

2) the other option that MAY work is to go to the play store and download SDFix, that does the same thing (however myself and a few others are reporting that it isnt working as it is written)

big thanks to Mr Sam Epic for showing the fix, which came from Unknown Force in a SGS4 forum

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had a few reports of SDFix not working, it didnt for me, i thought it was just a random error, what i did to fix it was to go into platform.xml and manually edit the permission so it looks exactally like the image below, i put in the extra return after the permission, there is not a logical reason why this fixed it, but it did

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Seems like it worked, thanks.
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I gave this a try in Root Explorer. I have gone over it many times and I did everything correctly but now Titanium won't launch, Weatherbug won't load, and GAPPS fails everytime. I am using Odin to go back to stock now-- will try the other method.
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After write to extsd is enabled, I would strongly suggest the Xposed Framework module Downloads2SD. It allows you to change default directories to the extsd. It seems to work for Chrome downloads as well.
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Here's a weird one... I edited the file exactly the way it should be, worked fine... played with a few things, edited build prop screwing around having fun. Boot looped because oops. No problem, Odin to stock. Fresh stock build.

Rooted, Edited the platform.xml again exactly the way required, reboot. Even system apps won't write to SD. Couldn't even install XDA app lol

Odin again, root, edit the xml exactly the depicted way again. Still nothing can write to SD. Wtf.

Anyone have a stock or working platform.xml I can peek at? Something is screwy here lol

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Originally Posted by Nsane457 View Post
After write to extsd is enabled, I would strongly suggest the Xposed Framework module Downloads2SD. It allows you to change default directories to the extsd. It seems to work for Chrome downloads as well.
I agree, I had issues with my S4 after moving to KK also with my new S5. And now with those of us on Verizon, we are lucky enough to have root Thanks to exposed you can start moving files around like before. Its just amazing how controlling companies feel they need to be.... Oh well, thanks for the Root Geohot, and Xposed rovo89 & Tungstwenty!
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Excellent! This worked on my N900V with 4.4.2 and root! (fix #1)

I thought my old file browser just wasn't reading root correctly, but with this, it's back to normal/pre OTA function. Thanks again!
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Could you please add to the instructions, for option 1 at least, to double-check the permissions on the file? (They should be 644 and root/root). Was helping my brother and just went through lots of problems (everything crashing) and turns out the editor changed the permissions (found the answer on another site where someone described the same symptoms). I'm also wondering whether the permissions also have something to do with why it seems to sometimes not work for people...

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