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ay453sfad

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I've got a t mobile 6T and I just installed twrp/unlocked bootloader and installed magisk. doing so wiped the phone, which is fine. My problem is now my phone says "app requires external storage" when I try to install or update any apps, including default google apps. I can't install any web browsers, I can't use the browser it came with because it's too outdated, I can't even take screenshots. yet the phone is completely empty and just wiped, it has 113GB of free space.

I'm on the normal stock rom, why am I having these issues? I hear that uninstalling some system apps can help but I can't download a root app to uninstall said system apps because my phone claims it is full so the browser refuses to download anything and I can't download anything through the play store and I can't move anything from my PC to my phone to fix this. I feel stuck, please help
 
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pbergonzi

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I'd follow the instructions very carefully to go back to stock and then once the phone was stable, follow the instructions again for unlocking, installing twrp, etc.
 

bladestonez

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Your storage is likely encrypted because you screwed something up somewhere. Boot into twrp and factory reset. Should clear the problem, you will loose any data you may have though.
 
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kjsmeets

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Your storage is likely encrypted because you screwed something up somewhere. Boot into twrp and factory reset. Should clear the problem, you will loose any data you may have though.

managed to revert back to bootable device with the Xiaomi default ROM - things are working now again.

Will read more into the topic - indeed possibly encrypted.

Thank you for your reply!
 

saifee87

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I've got a t mobile 6T and I just installed twrp/unlocked bootloader and installed magisk. doing so wiped the phone, which is fine. My problem is now my phone says "app requires external storage" when I try to install or update any apps, including default google apps. I can't install any web browsers, I can't use the browser it came with because it's too outdated, I can't even take screenshots. yet the phone is completely empty and just wiped, it has 113GB of free space.

I'm on the normal stock rom, why am I having these issues? I hear that uninstalling some system apps can help but I can't download a root app to uninstall said system apps because my phone claims it is full so the browser refuses to download anything and I can't download anything through the play store and I can't move anything from my PC to my phone to fix this. I feel stuck, please help
install terminal emulator from play store
open type su
will ask to grant root , grant it
then type this command
restorecon -FR /data/media/0
and done. remember space between restorecon and -FR
 
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PhilipTD

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install terminal emulator from play store
open type su
will ask to grant root , grant it
then type this command
restorecon -FR /data/media/0
and done. remember space between restorecon and -FR
Your solution fixed my Galaxy Note 5 on Lanc-city's Project L rom. I appreciate your taking the time, and admire your expertise. Thank you
 

kalkanali

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100% WORKİNG hi ı had same problems but ı fixed it just go to twrp and and check install you gonna see something encryptioned and just go to wipe then press advanced wipe only select the internal storage and swipe right then reboot and thats it
 

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    100% done

    I've got a t mobile 6T and I just installed twrp/unlocked bootloader and installed magisk. doing so wiped the phone, which is fine. My problem is now my phone says "app requires external storage" when I try to install or update any apps, including default google apps. I can't install any web browsers, I can't use the browser it came with because it's too outdated, I can't even take screenshots. yet the phone is completely empty and just wiped, it has 113GB of free space.

    I'm on the normal stock rom, why am I having these issues? I hear that uninstalling some system apps can help but I can't download a root app to uninstall said system apps because my phone claims it is full so the browser refuses to download anything and I can't download anything through the play store and I can't move anything from my PC to my phone to fix this. I feel stuck, please help
    install terminal emulator from play store
    open type su
    will ask to grant root , grant it
    then type this command
    restorecon -FR /data/media/0
    and done. remember space between restorecon and -FR
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    when i type 'su' it comes up as inaccessible or not found. any help?
    Try connecting your phone to a pc with adb installed.

    When your are connected to the pc, first type "adb root" and press "Enter",
    then type "adb shell restorecon -FR /data/media/0"
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    I've got a t mobile 6T and I just installed twrp/unlocked bootloader and installed magisk. doing so wiped the phone, which is fine. My problem is now my phone says "app requires external storage" when I try to install or update any apps, including default google apps. I can't install any web browsers, I can't use the browser it came with because it's too outdated, I can't even take screenshots. yet the phone is completely empty and just wiped, it has 113GB of free space.

    I'm on the normal stock rom, why am I having these issues? I hear that uninstalling some system apps can help but I can't download a root app to uninstall said system apps because my phone claims it is full so the browser refuses to download anything and I can't download anything through the play store and I can't move anything from my PC to my phone to fix this. I feel stuck, please help
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    Your storage is likely encrypted because you screwed something up somewhere. Boot into twrp and factory reset. Should clear the problem, you will loose any data you may have though.