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konoha457

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Since the Android 11 update, I have been unable to access the Android/data folder through Samsung's "My Files" app. This appears due to the storage updates in Android 11 where the "system further restricts your app's access to other apps' private directories" (Android 11 Storage updates). So far the only app I found that can access these directors is the Files app by Marc apps & software, however it's only read permissions and I cannot write to the directory. The last alternative is to connect to a computer and gain full read/write access through USB.

Has anybody found a way to bypass these storage restrictions without root?
 
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Since the Android 11 update, I have been unable to access the Android/data folder through Samsung's "My Files" app. This appears due to the storage updates in Android 11 where the "system further restricts your app's access to other apps' private directories" (Android 11 Storage updates). So far the only app I found that can access these directors is the Files app by Marc apps & software, however it's only read permissions and I cannot write to the directory. The last alternative is to connect to a computer and gain full read/write access through USB.

Has anybody found a way to bypass these storage restrictions without root?


Total Commander ( Play store free version ) can also access Android /data .
No root ,
I'm on Android 11 .
I use it eg......to copy /move "items" from the data folder , to to another directory .
However don't know if it will suite your "needs"
good luck .

link
 

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Since the Android 11 update, I have been unable to access the Android/data folder through Samsung's "My Files" app. This appears due to the storage updates in Android 11 where the "system further restricts your app's access to other apps' private directories" (Android 11 Storage updates). So far the only app I found that can access these directors is the Files app by Marc apps & software, however it's only read permissions and I cannot write to the directory. The last alternative is to connect to a computer and gain full read/write access through USB.

Has anybody found a way to bypass these storage restrictions without root?

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Yea, that one is a good idea. Apps that doesn't need root access to access those files.. however with root, everything becomes easier. There are lots of file explorer with "root access" features that should help you access those files easier. :)
 

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Total Commander ( Play store free version ) can also access Android /data .
No root ,
I'm on Android 11 .
I use it eg......to copy /move "items" from the data folder , to to another directory .
However don't know if it will suite your "needs"
good luck .

link
Thanks bro this works perfectly for samsung users
 
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willcor

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How are you getting it to wok ? I think the app is still telling me android/data is write protected :/

Firstly, I have a
branded ... SM-N986B/DS...
No root, stock etc.
.. then i open the ..

Total Commander app....
then go
Device /Internal shared storage /Android / data......

If you still have issues accessing data folder, then it could be "something else" on your device..?.... blocking you from accessing... Android /data folder..?

See attached screenshots (numbered 1,2,3,4,5)
Good luck.
 

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Firstly, I have a
branded ... SM-N986B/DS...
No root, stock etc.
.. then i open the ..

Total Commander app....
then go
Device /Internal shared storage /Android / data......

If you still have issues accessing data folder, then it could be "something else" on your device..?.... blocking you from accessing... Android /data folder..?

See attached screenshots (numbered 1,2,3,4,5)
Good luck.

Thank you so much for your response !
Sorry for the late reply. But I got it to work eventually :)
 
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Since the Android 11 update, I have been unable to access the Android/data folder through Samsung's "My Files" app. This appears due to the storage updates in Android 11 where the "system further restricts your app's access to other apps' private directories" (Android 11 Storage updates). So far the only app I found that can access these directors is the Files app by Marc apps & software, however it's only read permissions and I cannot write to the directory. The last alternative is to connect to a computer and gain full read/write access through USB.

Has anybody found a way to bypass these storage restrictions without root?
Yes fellow! Somehow I bypassed this restriction.Download File Manager Plus from this link- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alphainventor.filemanager and give it access to your phone.It will work...
 
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It all comes down to which user/group owns which folder/files. I believe file copy and move restrictions are tighter in Android 11, intentionally so, especially where "sensitive" folders inside the "Android" folder, such as "data" and "obb", are involved These locations are where most user-installed apps store information, anyway.

If you install an app like termux and use it with temporary super user rights you'll notice that folders inside your storage's "Android" folder belong to "root" and a group called "sdcard_rw", at least in my case. Usually, you can take a peek at what's inside the folders but you can't write into them, not unless you have root privileges. Since I needed to copy some files to the "data" folder I just used termux and sudo-ed the hell past those restrictions. You may be tempted to simply add your normal user to the "sdcard_rw" group but I strongly advise against it. Incase you accidentally install malware in your phone it might steal data or wreck havoc using your newly acquired group privileges.
 
It all comes down to which user/group owns which folder/files. I believe file copy and move restrictions are tighter in Android 11, intentionally so, especially where "sensitive" folders inside the "Android" folder, such as "data" and "obb", are involved These locations are where most user-installed apps store information, anyway.

If you install an app like termux and use it with temporary super user rights you'll notice that folders inside your storage's "Android" folder belong to "root" and a group called "sdcard_rw", at least in my case. Usually, you can take a peek at what's inside the folders but you can't write into them, not unless you have root privileges. Since I needed to copy some files to the "data" folder I just used termux and sudo-ed the hell past those restrictions. You may be tempted to simply add your normal user to the "sdcard_rw" group but I strongly advise against it. Incase you accidentally install malware in your phone it might steal data or wreck havoc using your newly acquired group privileges.
At first . Only data folder was restricted. And then on of the security patches update made obb folder restricted as well
 

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i have a realme GT master previously a realme 7 before i was able to access and copy files from data folder in r7 when it was in android 11(using pc / exploer app) now i brought GT master but same it is in android 11 and ui 2.0 like R7 but cant access/modify files inside data folder tried using most of file apps and tried connecting pc but cant even copy the folder to pc so is there any method to copy file fom data folder and move file to data folder ?
 

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Problem is that it's causing certain apps (such as AntennaPod) to fail when attempting to store data where it always has - ie in android/data (whether on internal disk or ext-sd). Has anyone found a way to change/restore the old permissions?
 

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Total Commander ( Play store free version ) can also access Android /data .
No root ,
I'm on Android 11 .
I use it eg......to copy /move "items" from the data folder , to to another directory .
However don't know if it will suite your "needs"
good luck .

link

You saved me so much trouble right now I cannot thank you enough.

Long story short, I had made a TWRP backup before updating my Android 11 ROM (droidontime from 5.1.3 to 5.2) but it failed to restore and did something similar to this (which meant I lost access to my 2fa app - authy, and would have to reset all the 2fa tokens if I wanted to recover access to the account). I did not want to have to reset all my 2fa tokens and set them up again so I was determined to find another way to restore access.

Since apps like titanium backup and swift backup were able to backup/restore authy's data for me in the past I figured there must be a folder where it stores the files for the accounts and such.

I had to manually extract the files from the corrupted? TWRP backup using the "less hacky solution" from this post. I found the files for "data/data" and "data/user_de" and such, but copying them there with Solid Explorer using root seemed to have no effect when launching authy (plus some of the copy operations seemed to fail as well). So I tried Total Commander with root instead after seeing your post here, and copied all the files there but I also copied them to "/data_mirror/data_de/null/0/com.authy.authy". I finally tried launching the app again and I was shocked to see I HAD ACCESS AGAIN!!!!! Thank you so much.

I am not sure this method will work for all apps, but this just saved me so much trouble and hassle and I cannot thank you enough.
 

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    Since the Android 11 update, I have been unable to access the Android/data folder through Samsung's "My Files" app. This appears due to the storage updates in Android 11 where the "system further restricts your app's access to other apps' private directories" (Android 11 Storage updates). So far the only app I found that can access these directors is the Files app by Marc apps & software, however it's only read permissions and I cannot write to the directory. The last alternative is to connect to a computer and gain full read/write access through USB.

    Has anybody found a way to bypass these storage restrictions without root?


    Total Commander ( Play store free version ) can also access Android /data .
    No root ,
    I'm on Android 11 .
    I use it eg......to copy /move "items" from the data folder , to to another directory .
    However don't know if it will suite your "needs"
    good luck .

    link
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    I was trying to access /data/data/ and none of the mentioned file explorers could do it. However mounting as read/write adb shell su mount -o rw,remount / allowed me full access to browse and modify. When you're finished make sure to remount as read only adb shell su mount -o ro,remount /

    Another method I found was using the terminal in 3c toolbox I could issue the same mount command from above, and then use it's built in file browser.
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    Hope this helps anyone finding this thread in the future.
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    Total Commander ( Play store free version ) can also access Android /data .
    No root ,
    I'm on Android 11 .
    I use it eg......to copy /move "items" from the data folder , to to another directory .
    However don't know if it will suite your "needs"
    good luck .

    link

    You saved me so much trouble right now I cannot thank you enough.

    Long story short, I had made a TWRP backup before updating my Android 11 ROM (droidontime from 5.1.3 to 5.2) but it failed to restore and did something similar to this (which meant I lost access to my 2fa app - authy, and would have to reset all the 2fa tokens if I wanted to recover access to the account). I did not want to have to reset all my 2fa tokens and set them up again so I was determined to find another way to restore access.

    Since apps like titanium backup and swift backup were able to backup/restore authy's data for me in the past I figured there must be a folder where it stores the files for the accounts and such.

    I had to manually extract the files from the corrupted? TWRP backup using the "less hacky solution" from this post. I found the files for "data/data" and "data/user_de" and such, but copying them there with Solid Explorer using root seemed to have no effect when launching authy (plus some of the copy operations seemed to fail as well). So I tried Total Commander with root instead after seeing your post here, and copied all the files there but I also copied them to "/data_mirror/data_de/null/0/com.authy.authy". I finally tried launching the app again and I was shocked to see I HAD ACCESS AGAIN!!!!! Thank you so much.

    I am not sure this method will work for all apps, but this just saved me so much trouble and hassle and I cannot thank you enough.
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    Meh, R is a dog; roll back to Q if you can. Android 12 will likely be worse, I mean more "secure"🤣
    Don't go to a higher Android version than you have fingers or you'll be losing your shoes trying to get it to work🤮🤮🤢
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    Since the Android 11 update, I have been unable to access the Android/data folder through Samsung's "My Files" app. This appears due to the storage updates in Android 11 where the "system further restricts your app's access to other apps' private directories" (Android 11 Storage updates). So far the only app I found that can access these directors is the Files app by Marc apps & software, however it's only read permissions and I cannot write to the directory. The last alternative is to connect to a computer and gain full read/write access through USB.

    Has anybody found a way to bypass these storage restrictions without root?
    Yes fellow! Somehow I bypassed this restriction.Download File Manager Plus from this link- https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alphainventor.filemanager and give it access to your phone.It will work...