Question [SOLVED] Write access to Ext SD Card, Denied !!

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Lister Of Smeg

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Hi All,

Day by day, another MIUI quirk/challenge... Things that were easy and possible under other phones and stock Android versions seem ever so more challenging under MIUI....

So, I purchased a nice 128GB SD Card to go with the built in storage. Mainly for moving data around, so don't loose it...

However due to Android 4.4 and beyond, Google make it difficult to write access this. However other File Managers and Android versions in past, I've managed to re-enable this. However with this phone, so far I have not found to a way to unlock it yet??

The usual app (FX Explorer) doesn't work, says I can't unlook the root of the SD Card, only individual folders... which it then complains, isn't the root.... (yeah, I know that... you wouldn't let me unlock the root of SD).

I try MIUI Storage settings, but that has nothing in there to unlock it....

I then install Google Files, as strangley a guide says that'll work... it doesn't....

There was then a guide with the stock Xiaomi File Manager to unlock write access to SD Card, yet the options in the guide don't exist in this version. And can't see how allowing access to my Contacts in File Manager and then clearing the settings would fix it anyway? :p

So now running out of idea's to allow access to SD Card... T'was so simple on other Android devices.....

Cheers, Lister
 
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Lister Of Smeg

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The plot thickens.... or not, so it seems !!!

So under Developer Settings, there is an options to "Force Write Access to External SD for all Apps" so I have enabled this and it has done..... diddly squat !!! :(

What's the point of providing an SD Card slot, with no write access...?? :(

Lister
 

Lister Of Smeg

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Hi All,

Has anyone had any luck getting an Ext SD Card to be writable between apps....?? As all the usual methods that I know of, and apps (FX) that have worked in the past, don't work.

The OS built in settings don't work, and the hidden Developer Settings to force write access don't work....

So at this point, I am racking my brians why Xiaomi even bothered to include an SD Card slot, as currently its pointless and redundant !!!

I'm having to copy it from the Internal memory, onto PC, then from PC back onto Exteral.... and it's slow as hell and doesn't always work... :( It's a brand new SanDisk MicroSD purchased from large retail store... So not like its some iffy thing off eBay.

Cheers, Lister
 

Lister Of Smeg

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Yeah it's very weird, I've never faced this issue on any of my other phones in the past.... Which have mainly been Samsung's.... S2, S5 and Note 1.... All old and trusty models, had no issues with those phones over the years, they were like TANKS.... just kept on working.

However this phone, I am encountering issue, after issue.... things that worked like stock/standard under normal Android are not working on MIUI.... I can't even get Ringtones to work, just have the 3x ringtones it comes with with no option to add more....

SD Card won't allow me to write at the root of the card, it says create a folder from the root of the card and then make the folder writable. I do that, then the OS complains this isn't standard practice and that I should allow the whole card.... which was what I was trying to do, when it tells me "for my own privacy" not write at the root level... Argghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!! lol

I am trying not root the phone itself at the moment, as this is the most moddern and recent phone ever purchased and trying to run it as stock with banking apps.... But if pushed, I may try rooting and try masking root at a later date....

But for now, if there is any official non-root ways of making the SD Card work, would be grateful... :)

Cheers, Lister
 
Aug 22, 2022
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Huawei P Smart+ 2019
Yeah it's very weird, I've never faced this issue on any of my other phones in the past.... Which have mainly been Samsung's.... S2, S5 and Note 1.... All old and trusty models, had no issues with those phones over the years, they were like TANKS.... just kept on working.

However this phone, I am encountering issue, after issue.... things that worked like stock/standard under normal Android are not working on MIUI.... I can't even get Ringtones to work, just have the 3x ringtones it comes with with no option to add more....

SD Card won't allow me to write at the root of the card, it says create a folder from the root of the card and then make the folder writable. I do that, then the OS complains this isn't standard practice and that I should allow the whole card.... which was what I was trying to do, when it tells me "for my own privacy" not write at the root level... Argghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh !!!!! lol

I am trying not root the phone itself at the moment, as this is the most moddern and recent phone ever purchased and trying to run it as stock with banking apps.... But if pushed, I may try rooting and try masking root at a later date....

But for now, if there is any official non-root ways of making the SD Card work, would be grateful... :)

Cheers, Lister
Yeah the root of the sd card is not allowed a lot of phones, i have a lumia 530 (windows phone) and don't have full access, but my huawei p smart 2019 has root of the sd
 

Lister Of Smeg

Senior Member
Hi All,

Just gets better and better..... NOT !!!

Xiaomi why the fook have you included an SD Card reader to your phones, and Google why do you allow the user to VIEW but NOT use additional storage? Might as well remove the SD Card slot and add a 3rd SIM slot.

Then rebrand Android OS to Google-iOS, and continue to lock this sh*t down !!! Utterly pointless....


So it seems this is a known issue since Android 11, getting worse in 12 and dread to think by time of 13. So many unhappy and angry users out there over Googles latest changes... :( So Google lock their DocsUI storage down to secure their devices, thus users are installing unknown apks to try and re-enable it or ROOT their phones to regain the feature back. Therefore reversing what Google are trying enforce... :p lol

Pity I purchased a 128GB SD for this phone, might as well slamed in a 2GB for all the use it'll get... :(

Lister
 

Lister Of Smeg

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Hi All,

<< Credit, where credit is due... as no other solution all over the web worked... other than below >>

Thanks to @xetc , with regards to this post... Ext SD Card write access has been resolved and can now make use of my 128gb Micro SD Card again... Yaaaaaaay.... :D

Fault: If you're running Android 11, or higher. You will now find you cannot write/make use of your External MicroSD Card as Google have now blocked this. Android 10 is not as restricted, and Android 9 or below is not affected by this issue.
Solution: Download and use FX Explorer v8.0.3.0

To re-summarize steps...

1) If you already have FX Explorer installed, remove it.
2) Then download specifically
FX Explorer v8.0.3.0 from your usual source.
3) Then click the top right corner, and select [Enable Write Access] at the bottom of the menu and follow prompts.
4) Once completed, reboot your phone.
5) Now test, to make sure you can write between internal to external, if all good, proceed to update.
6) Now grab the
latest version of FX Explorer, once updated, re-check that you still have write access.

Happy days.... :D

Lister
 
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Hi All,

<< Credit, where credit is due... as no other solution all over the web worked... other than below >>

Thanks to @xetc , with regards to this post... Ext SD Card write access has been resolved and can now make use of my 128gb Micro SD Card again... Yaaaaaaay.... :D

Fault: If you're running Android 11, or higher. You will now find you cannot write/make use of your External MicroSD Card as Google have now blocked this. Android 10 is not as restricted, and Android 9 or below is not affected by this issue.
Solution: Download and use FX Explorer v8.0.3.0

To re-summarize steps...

1) If you already have FX Explorer installed, remove it.
2) Then download specifically
FX Explorer v8.0.3.0 from your usual source.
3) Then click the top right corner, and select [Enable Write Access] at the bottom of the menu and follow prompts.
4) Once completed, reboot your phone.
5) Now test, to make sure you can write between internal to external, if all good, proceed to update.
6) Now grab the
latest version of FX Explorer, once updated, re-check that you still have write access.

Happy days.... :D

Lister
Btw, on 4), I didn't need a reboot on A10, just enabled write access, then updated. Your mileage may vary, though, with A11+.
 

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    Hi All,

    << Credit, where credit is due... as no other solution all over the web worked... other than below >>

    Thanks to @xetc , with regards to this post... Ext SD Card write access has been resolved and can now make use of my 128gb Micro SD Card again... Yaaaaaaay.... :D

    Fault: If you're running Android 11, or higher. You will now find you cannot write/make use of your External MicroSD Card as Google have now blocked this. Android 10 is not as restricted, and Android 9 or below is not affected by this issue.
    Solution: Download and use FX Explorer v8.0.3.0

    To re-summarize steps...

    1) If you already have FX Explorer installed, remove it.
    2) Then download specifically
    FX Explorer v8.0.3.0 from your usual source.
    3) Then click the top right corner, and select [Enable Write Access] at the bottom of the menu and follow prompts.
    4) Once completed, reboot your phone.
    5) Now test, to make sure you can write between internal to external, if all good, proceed to update.
    6) Now grab the
    latest version of FX Explorer, once updated, re-check that you still have write access.

    Happy days.... :D

    Lister
  • 1
    Hi All,

    << Credit, where credit is due... as no other solution all over the web worked... other than below >>

    Thanks to @xetc , with regards to this post... Ext SD Card write access has been resolved and can now make use of my 128gb Micro SD Card again... Yaaaaaaay.... :D

    Fault: If you're running Android 11, or higher. You will now find you cannot write/make use of your External MicroSD Card as Google have now blocked this. Android 10 is not as restricted, and Android 9 or below is not affected by this issue.
    Solution: Download and use FX Explorer v8.0.3.0

    To re-summarize steps...

    1) If you already have FX Explorer installed, remove it.
    2) Then download specifically
    FX Explorer v8.0.3.0 from your usual source.
    3) Then click the top right corner, and select [Enable Write Access] at the bottom of the menu and follow prompts.
    4) Once completed, reboot your phone.
    5) Now test, to make sure you can write between internal to external, if all good, proceed to update.
    6) Now grab the
    latest version of FX Explorer, once updated, re-check that you still have write access.

    Happy days.... :D

    Lister