1. ILowry82's Avatar
    Can you write directly to the SD card without root?
    05-31-2015 12:24 PM
  2. GibMcFragger's Avatar
    Unfortunately not. That feature was removed by Google with the release of Lollipop.

    Posted via my Galaxy Tab S 8.4" running IronROM v2.x
    05-31-2015 01:00 PM
  3. johnts's Avatar
    I'm getting mine at the end of the week to replace my Blackberry Z10. On that phone I could save pictures directly to the SD card. Are you saying this system will not do that without me actually moving them from the phone storage to the card?
    05-31-2015 01:20 PM
  4. ILowry82's Avatar
    I'm sure you can save pictures and video. I was asking about moving other files to the SD card
    05-31-2015 02:07 PM
  5. johnts's Avatar
    I guess if you hooked it up to your PC it should be able to be done easily. I was going to place everything I have in ITunes on the card, I hope I can do that.
    05-31-2015 02:18 PM
  6. Inders99's Avatar
    On that phone I could save pictures directly to the SD card.
    I'm getting the SD card for that specific reason, I hope it's an easy setting to make that happen.
    05-31-2015 02:43 PM
  7. prettybones24's Avatar
    Writing directly to the SD card is a feature google removed from all android phones on lollipop for security reasons. But I wish they would add it back.
    05-31-2015 02:51 PM
  8. Rukbat's Avatar
    An app can write to the SD card - but there are limits. One app can't write to another app's folders so, for example, you can't take a picture and save it to the SD card, then use a file manager to delete it. The only way to give all apps all rights to the card is to modify the platform.xml file and, since it's a system file, you need root permissions to do that.
    tardus and lrrowley like this.
    05-31-2015 04:17 PM
  9. lrrowley's Avatar
    Yes rubcat is correct. And the change actually happened with kitkat, not lollipop.

    There is a setting in the camera app to save pictures and videos to the SD card. If you put in a SD card before turning in the phone for the first time then the camera will default to saving to the SD.

    An app can write to the SD card - but there are limits. One app can't write to another app's folders so, for example, you can't take a picture and save it to the SD card, then use a file manager to delete it. The only way to give all apps all rights to the card is to modify the platform.xml file and, since it's a system file, you need root permissions to do that.
    Jonneh and tardus like this.
    05-31-2015 11:17 PM
  10. maxburn's Avatar
    Damn, I thought they fixed this.
    06-01-2015 04:25 AM
  11. Inders99's Avatar
    There is a setting in the camera app to save pictures and videos to the SD card. If you put in a SD card before turning in the phone for the first time then the camera will default to saving to the SD.
    I don't see the setting, do you have to have the card in for it to come up somewhere in the app?
    06-01-2015 05:23 AM
  12. Duncan1982's Avatar
    I don't see the setting, do you have to have the card in for it to come up somewhere in the app?
    Yes place in your Micro Sd and open the camera app, press the gear icon and the option is directly below (or should be). :-)

    Posted via the Android Central App
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    06-01-2015 05:30 AM
  13. DLCPhototography's Avatar
    Using my own Verizon Note 3 as an example:

    When I updated to KitKat 4.4.4, the ability for apps to write to the SD card was mostly gone (other than the stock file manger, for example). This was a pain.

    When I received the Lollipop update, things improved significantly, as apps were able to once again write to the SD card - not anything, anywhere, but there was now some type of formal structure that enabled apps to write to certain locations on the SD card. And if I'm not mistaken, Apps had to be written or updated in such a way as to take advantage of this capability.

    So I'm assuming/hoping that the G4, with Lollipop, will not have practical problems in this regard, at least for Apps written or updated for Lollipop.
    06-01-2015 06:20 AM
  14. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Things are supposed to improve greatly with Android M so that is something to look forward to this fall.

    Posted via the Android Central App from my HTC m8 till my LG g4 comes in.
    06-01-2015 06:54 AM
  15. lrrowley's Avatar
    I honestly haven't noticed anything different in how I use SD cards, but then again I really only use them for things like saving photos and backups.
    06-01-2015 10:32 AM
  16. tx_tuff's Avatar
    According to another website Google is bringing SD support back with M.
    06-01-2015 11:49 AM
  17. oldschoolsig's Avatar
    According to another website Google is bringing SD support back with M.
    You cheat on us at AC?

    Sent from my LG-D850 using Tapatalk
    lrrowley likes this.
    06-01-2015 01:46 PM
  18. tx_tuff's Avatar
    You cheat on us at AC?

    Sent from my LG-D850 using Tapatalk
    I try not to LOL. Blame it on Yahoo, was a headline in there about how Samsung took away the SD card too soon.

    Sent from my VS980 4G using Tapatalk
    06-01-2015 02:04 PM

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