How to view /Android/data directory on external sd card on Android 11?



  • After updating to Android 11 I have noticed that I am unable to access the Android/Data/ directory on my external sd card (able to access internal storage /storage/emulated/0/Android/data with Storage Access Framework). This is evidentially due to the new scoped storage requirements.

    I believe this an unavoidable fact, if anyone can show otherwise I would be interested to see.

    Is it possible to view this directory if the phone has been rooted?



  • Due to storage changes in Android 11 it is no longer possible to access the .../Android/Data/ directory on an external sd card on an unrooted phone.

    From the https://developer.android.com/about/versions/11/privacy/storage#other-app-specific-dirs :

    On Android 11, apps can no longer access files in any other app's dedicated, app-specific directory within external storage.

    It remains possible to access the /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/ directory, see https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/231481/android-11-cant-see-contents-of-android-data-even-with-root .




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