Once in a while the little issues can lead to an immense headache
The Android 4.3 update for your shiny new Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phone has a minor issue that is frustrating more than a few users. Most apps can no longer write anything to the SD card, and instated just give you an error when you try doing it.
It’s one of those little things that can cause a lot of headache. The technical reasons are a group ID issue, and applications aren’t given permission to access the external storage for writing because they aren’t in the right group. It’s a Unix thing, and if you don’t understand it all you’re not alone — just know that it’s an easy fix in a number of different ways, and hopefully it gets fixed soon. If you do understand, we’ll cover it a little more later in this post.
While we’re waiting for a permanent fix, the good news is that you can copy files to the external SD card by hand, as long as you use ES File Explorer to do so. Either through magic, or crafty developing, ES File Explorer is a member of the correct group to both read and write to the SD card. There may be other apps that can do the same, but we’ll recommend this one because we’ve tested it ourselves and know it works. Grab it at from the Google Play download link above. If you’re the type who likes to dig into things and break fix them yourself, or just a little nerdy and curious, head past the break.
As talked about sooner than, there is a computer virus the place purposes are not a member of the appropriate staff to put in writing to the SD card. Perhaps Google and Samsung supposed it to be this manner and utility builders will wish to regulate, or perhaps it bought lost sight of, however for now you could restoration it your self when you are rooted and assured.
See the picture above? That is the /gadget/and so on/permissions/platform.xml file. Line seventy one, the highlighted one, is what you want to add to permit apps to write down to the SD card. That you can edit this file proper in your telephone, or pull it to your pc for enhancing then push it again. Both method, you want to be rooted to repair it. All you might be doing is telling the gadget that the media-rw workforce can be allowed to put in writing to the SD card. It can be very probably that is the way it used to be presupposed to work, but it surely simply received overpassed within the rush to get four.three out the door.
If you do not want to root your telephone — that used to be one of the most giant attracts of the Google Play model units within the first location — keep on with ES File Explorer for now. Expectantly this will get sorted quickly!