How to Bypass Android 4.4 (KitKat) External SD Write Restrictions Without Root





Introduction: How to Bypass Android 4.4 (KitKat) External SD Write Restrictions Without Root

Android 4.4 (KitKat) has some good and bad sides. Probably the most nasty one is that you are stripped of the possibility to write any kind of data on your external SD card, which limits you only to your internal storage. With 4-8 Gb of internal space this certainly is a problem. You can try rooting your device, but it's not always easy. So, if you want to be able to write on your SD card, here are some tips and solutions.


Wow! I didn't expect so many people to actually read this! Thank you all! I'm happy if it proved helpful to someone. I've noticed that some people say that it doesn't work because they can't find the specific path I've mentioned. So, there is an alternative.

You can download B1 File Manager which has this Sandbox feature. Basically it's your shortcut to the folder where you can place your files. This will probably eliminate the confusion. Good luck!

Step 1: Preparations

What you need is an app capable of moving files. Here we're going to use B1 File Manager and B1 Free Archiver. Both of them have similar file management capabilities (though the first one is actually superior).

They are both free, easy to install and use on any Android device: tablets, smartphones, be they rooted or not.

Step 2: Know the Basics

First of all it should be noted that KitKat does not limit ALL writing operations. Third-party apps can write to their own, specifically designated folders. B1 Free Archiver and B1 File Manager are not exception. In short, you can extract archives and move files to a specified folder created on an SD card after the app is installed.

Step 3: Moving Files to SD Card With B1 Free Archiver

In B1 Free Archiver you can access that folder by going to your external SD card and following this path:

Android - data - - files

Step 4: Moving Files to SD Card With B1 File Manager

The same is true for B1 File Manager. The path looks like:

Android - data - - files

Step 5: VERY Important Notes

So, by moving your files to the respective folder, you can bypass SD card limitation. However, there are some things to keep in mind.

1. If you uninstall B1 Free Archiver or B1 File Manager, the folder of the respective app on an SD card will be deleted and all data will be lost. So, before you do that better copy the content of “files” folder into your internal storage.

2. You can check the storage space occupied by the app inside Application Manager in Settings. This information is shown in SD card data option. Do NOT tap the Clear data button! Otherwise your files stored in the application’s folder on SD card will be deleted.

Otherwise, in case you want to keep your files sorted by folders, like Photos or Music, you can rely on built-in file managers provided by the device manufacturer. Not all of them have such a file manager and, in case they do, their functionality is rather limited. However, you can use them to move files on an SD card.

Certainly it’s just a temporary and, probably, not the most elegant solution, however it works.



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"Without Root".

1st instructions? MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ROOT.

"Without Root".

1st instructions? MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ROOT.

"Without Root".

1st instructions? MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ROOT.

This whole KitKat crap is doing my head in. I have a Excelvan BT13 9.6" tablet running Android 4,4,2 and I cannot get ANY of the rooting apps to root the darn thing, in the meantime I downloaded B1 but no sandbox.?? I also have a Vodafone Turbo 4 running Android 4,4,4 and that has always from day one been able to access the SD card, in fact I am screwed without it as the internal memory is quite small. So how come my phone has no problem on 4,4,4 but my tablet/phone on 4,4,2 is a pig?


if you haven't managed to root the excelvan tablet yet you could try kingroot app, it worked for my excelvan android videoprojector

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