[APP][1.6+] SD Maid - System cleaning tool

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It's not a TV. It's Chromecast with Google TV (HD).

And I think this is the reason why SD Maid Pro is not really working right now on Android 12:


I hope they find a way to fix this soon.

Sorry for being ignorant

With root there is also no access to /Android/data?

MiXPlorer also cannot access?
Don't be sorry and you are totally the opposite of being ignorant. I can't access storage/emulated/0/Android/data and /media folders on Android 12 and 13. Workaround is to go from root directory folder. Root/sdcard/Android/data and/media
 
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Don't be sorry and you are totally the opposite of being ignorant. I can't access storage/emulated/0/Android/data and /media folders on Android 12 and 13. Workaround is to go from root directory folder. Root/sdcard/Android/data and/media
Actually, my question was if you could try with MiXPlorer, without root:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...released-fully-featured-file-manager.1523691/

There are two versions in the post #1 to download:
MiXplorer_v6.58.5_B22090510.apk
and
MiXplorer_v6.58.5-API29_B22090520.apk

Ie, maybe the version built for the old API 29 could trick that MiXPlorer could see /Android/data on the Chromecast (I cannot have, cannot test)

I remember that I had a similar problem with an non-rooted A11 phone - I had to use MiX API-29 (A10) version to circumvent some restrictions coming with A11
 
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MiXPlorer also cannot access?
Actually, my question was if you could try with MiXPlorer, without root:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...released-fully-featured-file-manager.1523691/

There are two versions in the post #1 to download:
MiXplorer_v6.58.5_B22090510.apk
and
MiXplorer_v6.58.5-API29_B22090520.apk

Ie, maybe the version built for the old API 29 could trick that MiXPlorer could see /Android/data on the Chromecast (I cannot have, cannot test)

I remember that I had a similar problem with an non-rooted A11 phone - I had to use MiX API-29 (A10) version to circumvent some restrictions coming with A11
May I politely ask you to limit posts in this thread to SD Maid items and to post MiXplorer related questions and concerns in the MiXplorer development or Q&A threads.
@Dark3n is most likely unable to fix any MiXplorer issues and doesn't need to have his thread cluttered.

Thanks for your cooperation.
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Actually, my question was if you could try with MiXPlorer, without root:
https://forum.xda-developers.com/t/...released-fully-featured-file-manager.1523691/

There are two versions in the post #1 to download:
MiXplorer_v6.58.5_B22090510.apk
and
MiXplorer_v6.58.5-API29_B22090520.apk

Ie, maybe the version built for the old API 29 could trick that MiXPlorer could see /Android/data on the Chromecast (I cannot have, cannot test)

I remember that I had a similar problem with an non-rooted A11 phone - I had to use MiX API-29 (A10) version to circumvent some restrictions coming with A11

On my CCwGTV I have MixPlorer Silver (paid) but I'm not sure what version that is.
The initial problem - I think - is not actually / only whether MixPlorer can navigate to the /Android/data folder, but the fact that CCwGTV cannot see MixPlorer or any other file explorer as it's default file manager. So when SD Maid tries to use a file explorer to navigate that folder (to get the persmission), it simply cannot do anything because it finds no file explorer at all.

Just my 2 cents
 

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May I politely ask you to limit posts in this thread to SD Maid items and to post MiXplorer related questions and concerns in the MiXplorer development or Q&A threads.
@Dark3n is most likely unable to fix any MiXplorer issues and doesn't need to have his thread cluttered.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Regards
Oswald Boelcke
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@zgfg Please advise if you like your posts to be moved.

I'm sorry, we posted at the same time !
 
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May I politely ask you to limit posts in this thread to SD Maid items and to post MiXplorer related questions and concerns in the MiXplorer development or Q&A threads.
@Dark3n is most likely unable to fix any MiXplorer issues and doesn't need to have his thread cluttered.

Thanks for your cooperation.
Regards
Oswald Boelcke
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@zgfg Please advise if you like your posts to be moved.
My posts were about the problem that SD Maid cannot access /Android/data on the Chromecast, because of the restrictions imposed by A12

Hence my suggestion was to test if some other app, but the one built with an older target API level, like 29 (for A10) could access the same folder - because that might be a trick to circumvent the restrictions coming with A12 (API level 31 - the target level that SD-Maid is built for)

@LostEchoes - My point was actually to test with some app that was built for an older target level - and for that reason I suggested (sorry, I don't know any other one) but that specific MiXPlorer version built for the API -29 target.
Silver MiX from the Playstore is also most likely built for the API 31 target level

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About the meanings and importance of API target levels can be found on Internet

API-29 corresponds to A10, API-30 to A11, API-31,31 to A12

If an app was built for the target level 29, it doesn't necessarily mean that it would not work on A12 (but Google enforces to build apps for the latest target API levels, among other reasons, to conform to their always more stringent new security restrictions)
 
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My posts were about the problem that SD Maid cannot access /Android/data on the Chromecast, because of the restrictions imposed by A12
@zgfg Sorry that I've obviously misread your posts. I assume I'm too often too <insert as you desire> to understand as SD Maid wasn't mentioned in any of the two posts. Apologies.

Regards
Oswald Boelcke
 
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Hi all and sorry if I am repeating a question asked multiple times (I did search the thread). My question is regarding the private default cache is not been cleared by SD maid? I am running Android 13, not rooted but with custom ROM (CF droid). I have checked access multiple times and SD maid looks to have all the permissions I can assume it needs.

Any help or tips to get it clearing this cache would be very much appreciated. Or if the answer is simply it cannot unless rooted?

Cheers
 

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"Private default cache" is /data/data/<pkg>/cache or /"sdcard"/Android/data/<pkg>/cache

On Android 13 this can be cleared without root if you use the accessibility service option.
 
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"Private default cache" is /data/data/<pkg>/cache or /"sdcard"/Android/data/<pkg>/cache

On Android 13 this can be cleared without root if you use the accessibility service option.
Hi and thank you for the reply.

This is strange as I have that enabled and it hasn't cleared it down? I'll be honest this did also happen on some custom android 12 ROMs (all pixel based).

Just to be clear hen you say accessibility service options. Is this just permitting the app to have accessibility access by click the toggle to on?
 

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You need to turn it on in AppCleaner settings, which should then prompt you to enable the service in the system.

Some devices have trouble keeping the service running due to overzealous battery optimizations, requiring a reboot to get it started again. Some troubleshooting tips can be found here:


FYI
In contrast to other permissions, "Permitting accessibility" in the system settings also actually launches the accessibility service itself. Apps can't launch it themselves, it has to be launched by the system. So if for some reason the service isn't running, SD Maid can't restart it either (but will show an error to inform you).

Sometimes toggling the service off/on again restarts it, but if the "battery optimizers" outright killed the service, then the system may treat it as "malfunctioning" and punish it. If that happens often enough, the service will not run until the device is rebooted. Might be a way the AOSP devs came up with to prevent buggy services from rendering the device unusable. :unsure:
 

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Hi there and thank you. I have now turned off battery optimization for Android accessibility suite. As all other settings were as they should be.

I will let you know if changing the optimisation works or not. 👍🎄

Just to be clear the only message I get from SD maid after my scheduled cleaning task is that it states 'failed' that's all?
 

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Hi there and thank you. I have now turned off battery optimization for Android accessibility suite. As all other settings were as they should be.

I will let you know if changing the optimisation works or not. 👍🎄

Just to be clear the only message I get from SD maid after my scheduled cleaning task is that it states 'failed' that's all?


Unfortunately this still failed after following all the recommendations 😕

Also on the last image these are the files it never deletes regardless of how many times it's run, I am assuming it is unable to access them for some reason? This has happened on multiple android 12 and 13 ROMs?
 

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Unfortunately this still failed after following all the recommendations 😕

Also on the last image these are the files it never deletes regardless of how many times it's run, I am assuming it is unable to access them for some reason? This has happened on multiple android 12 and 13 ROMs?
For me everything works on A12 (Xiaomi), with Basic version but the phone is rooted (Magisk) and SD Maid is granted the root (su) rights
 

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For me everything works on A12 (Xiaomi), with Basic version but the phone is rooted (Magisk) and SD Maid is granted the root (su) rights
I do recall when fully rooted in the past this did work perfectly too so it may be to do 2ith ROM specific issues or android restrictions of some kind when not rooted?
 

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Quick Access - Applications. When scanning, it detects 2 GB of garbage, then cleans it for a very long time, and in fact deletes only 16 MB. How to solve this problem?
 

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    Description:
    Ive started working on a tool to clean up after apps (inspired by this thread).

    Nobody is perfect and android neither.
    Apps you have already deleted sometimes leave data behind.
    The system constantly creates logs, crash reports and debug files you don't really need.
    The market leaves temporary files of downloaded apps behind.
    Lets not go on here...

    SD Maid is a universal file tool that helps you keep your device neat and tidy.


    Features
    • Storage overview
    • Root explorer & search
    • Find & remove left over files from uninstalled apps
    • Freeze, Uninstall, Export or kill apps
    • Toggle autstart entries
    • Find & delete common unnecessary files
    • Clean applications by removing various cache files without loosing any data
    • Find & delete duplicate files
    • Overview over biggest files/directories on your device
    • Optimize your SQL databases
    • Show last modified files
    • and more...

    Installation instructions
    * Install this like any other app.
    * If your device is rooted, you will be asked if you want to grant SD Maid root permission upon its first launch
    * It is up to you what you choose, in each case SD Maid will make best possible use of its features.
    * Have the SuperUser application remember this choice, repeated prompts can cause unexpected behavior

    Download links
    SD Maid can either be downloaded from Google Play or direct from my server, appropriate links are collected here. The unlocker for SD Maid Pro can currently only be obtained through Google Play. I really recommend to only use these two sources. If you can't verify that the apk files are original you may put your device at risk.

    Changelog
    A detailed changelog can be found on Github and most update release posts also contain some explanation of what's new.

    Bugs / Requests
    Please use the issue tracker for any kind of bug reports or feature requests for both SD Maid stable & beta. I'll also discuss issues else where but usually a lot of helpful information gets lost if it's not organised, so I prefer the issue tracker :).

    Beta testing
    If you are interested in beta versions and want to help test new features you can find the appropriate links here There is also some discussion in SD Maids G+ community.

    Translations
    If you want to help translate look here: SD Maid @ crowdin.com
    Thank you!

    Help document
    See sdmaid.darken.eu/help

    Privacy
    See sdmaid.darken.eu/privacy

    XDA:DevDB Information
    SD Maid - System Cleaning Tool, App for the Android General

    Contributors
    Dark3n

    Version Information
    Status: Stable
    Current Stable Version: -
    Stable Release Date: 1969-12-31

    Created 2014-06-02
    Last Updated 2017-08-15
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    How to help me troubleshoot your issues

    Please see here for instructions on how to best report bugs:
    https://github.com/d4rken/sdmaid-public/wiki/Reporting-a-bug
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    Weekend beta v4.3.0 brings a truckload of core improvements.

    Here are the links if you just want to dive in:

    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/download
    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/changelog
    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/issues

    Some notes:
    • Tools will now display 'allocated size' instead of 'apparent size'. Allocated size is the size an item actually takes up on your storage (i.e. a 1 byte file actually uses 4096 byte on storage). Apparent size is a files length, how large the file itself tells us it is (i.e. a file may say it is 8096 byte long, but actually only takes up 4096 byte). A big source for discrepancy between sizes are caused by "sparse-files", these are files that contains a lot of 0000000. If the file system supports it, a sparse file of length 1GB could be saved on a 1MB storage. I think we are mainly interested in size on our storage (allocated size), not how much data something uses when sending it over network (apparent size). This will be most noticeable with the AppCleaner (which will show larger amounts because of many small files) and the SystemCleaner (which will show smaller ammounts, due to thumbnails often being sparse files). The Explorer will show both sizes if they differ, format 'allocated size (apparent size)'.
    • SD Maid now ships with toybox instead of busybox. Toybox is smaller and it fixes an issue I had with busybox. It's debatable whether toybox is faster, but looking it's code it is at least a lot leaner. Toybox is also something that all future Android versions will ship which gives us a lot of room for good compatibility on future Android ROMs (e.g. if we have to use the system toybox binary instead of SD Maids own). Busybox was not installed in most ROMs. Why not both? SD Maid is now compatible with both toybox and busybox, and will fallback to a busybox on your system if that is what it takes to run without issue on your device. Maxium compatibility :)!
    • If you have root SD Maid will no longer ask for secondary storage permission. There were too many problems with people on chinese (rooted) ROMs that did not manage to grant the permission. You can still grant it manually via advanced settings. In theory, i thought performance should be better with secondary storage permissions through the storage access framework, but I couldn't actually measure it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    • You will probably never see the 'BUSYBOX error' page again because this only happens with root and SD Maid will now give up root if it would otherwise mean showing the error and giving up.
    • AppControl doesn't load app sizes by default anymore and is thus much faster. Also has improved filtering options (right side drawer).
    • The tool "Biggest" is now called "Storage analyzer" and has been completely rewritten.
    • Explorer now supports unpacking any type of 'zip' files (.zip, .apk etc) (without root for now).
    • The LastModified tool is gone (bye!), and the Searcher now has options for minimum and maximum age (hi!).
    • There is a new (better?) clutter reporter tool which uses GitHub. Let me know how it works and what I can improve, clutter reports is what gets us closer and closer to a 100% detection rate.
    • Besides dozen of bugfixes, there have also been multiple core changes that attempt to improve performance of SD Maid by reusing objects and making data lookups faster.
    • Not that you can see it, but many of the changes made it also a lot easier for me to better write unit tests for modules of SD Maid :cool:

    All unit tests, I currently have, passed, but due to the amount of changes and changes to the core structure, I expect a few bugs, so this is a beta only release. Catching them and adding more tests is what a beta is for though, right :)? (give the issue tracker some love!)
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    I made some good progress on the weekend so SD Maid v4.10.0 is here.

    This update is dedicated to the duplicates tool and a beta-only release.

    Let's start with the biggest change: The previous autoselection dialog is gone and SD Maid now performs an automatic selection based on a set of criterias you can adjust. So now you press the autoselection button and it just happens.

    The previous dialog allowed you to select one and only one type of criterion to select files by. There isn't really a right and a wrong way to do that, but based on many mails I received there is certainly a popular preference. I've put these preferences as "defaults" into an extra screen (check the option menu) which you can adjust.

    Currently we have the following defaults:

    - Priority 1: Media Provider, try to keep files that are indexed by the Media Storage app and try to delete those that are not indexed. The most common type of support mail I get is people complaining that SD Maid deleted their images, because they only look in the gallery app, they think SD Maid deleted them all, but the remaining copy is just in a space that is not indexed.

    - Priority 2: Storage location, assuming the user has an extra sdcard, try to keep the files on the sdcard and delete the files in internal storage. The assumption is that the user always wants to free space on internal storage.

    - Priority 3: Path nesting, we prefer to keep shallowly nested files as those are easier to find and access.

    - Priority 4: Modification date, we prefer older files because we assume that the newer file is an unwanted copy. E.g. older picture comes from the camera app, while the newer picture is a copy from an instant messenger app.

    I'm looking for feedback whether you think this is the optimal default setup.

    You can also find these details in the wiki: https://github.com/d4rken/sdmaid-public/wiki/Duplicates

    The second new feature is "pruning media storage references". It's a not too rare occurence that apps show empty/grey thumbnails for image files that have been deleted, because the media storage database still contains a reference. SD Maid will now check the database for references to images deleted by the duplicates tool and then delete those references.

    There have also been various changes to the user interface. I'm slowly changing some of SD Maids core UI architecture to allow for a more responsive UI interaction. The duplicates tool is just the first tool getting this treatment. The UI should lag less on low end devices and it should also no longer freeze when running selection on thousands of files. Play a bit around with the autoselection, using single click/long click on items and let me know how it goes.

    I've also added a box that shows the task result prominently. Task results were previously rather hidden away (navdrawer, startpage, notifications) and you couldn't easily view them in the actual tool they belong too, which is a bit backwards, isn't it? I plan to add this "task result box" to other tools too. With more space to display infos we can then also make the result messages a bit more detailed.

    Some texts such as the selection criterion explanations are not translatable yet as I'm looking for your feedback on the wording. Is it clear what each option? Please let me know.

    Oh and the duplicates settings have been moved into their own file and gotten a "reset to default" option, once the other tools get this we can finally have a nice and clean backup option for settings :).

    There have been a few other changes, but I think this is enough wall of text. Check the changelog ;).

    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/changelog
    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/issues
    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/download
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    v4.10.1 is out.

    I've fixed reported crashes (thx @IronTechmonkey ) and spend time rewriting quick access and other progress related feedback to improve performance. In some case there were multiple dozen callbacks per second which just wasted UI resources. I've limited this to ~70ms update intervals which is about the lower edge of delay at which humans can notice motion.

    Using ConstraintLayout I've also made several UI hierarchies flatter which should also improve performance when redrawing elements to display progress updates.

    Now that the duplicate criteria screen no longer crashes, I'm looking for some feedback on the texts/wording of each option before they are made translateable.

    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/changelog
    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/issues
    http://sdmaid.darken.eu/download