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  1. monsieurms's Avatar
    You can keep it where ever you want! Not sure what the issue is. This is a restriction on your apps' not you. You choose to install app to internal or external memory. You don't choose the folder name. Broken apps need to be fixed as the example of Astro.
    Yes, you can keep things wherever you want, but that will limit what 3rd party apps will do with the material. They may be able to access (play, as in PowerAmp playing MP3s) but they may not be able to alter files, write to the directory etc. Are the apps broken? Yes, in a way. Whether you call that the app fault or Google's is another story. How will that work in the future? Well, a good example is MX Player. They immediately released new updates so that you can now delete files from within Mx Player. But I used to also organize and rename files from within MX Player. If there is a way to do that, in the directory where I like to keep videos, they haven't figured out how. Will there be a workaround for that without Google making some amendments to its policies? I dunno.
    04-29-2014 11:20 AM
  2. bluzman's Avatar
    Apparently, Google has restricted apps from writing to the SD card without a specific type of coding or set of permissions or something like that. After updating to KitKat, I found that I could no longer transfer music files to my MP3 directory on my SD card, which is why I started the thread. It turns out that ASTRO File Manager (which I was using) hadn't been updated by the developer to accommodate the new OS. However, the stock Samsung "My Files" app was properly updated. If you use that app, you can do everything you did pre-KitKat. ES File Explorer is also 4.4.2-functional.

    Bottom line: you can still access, copy, delete, etc. your personal music and image files on your SD card. You just may be limited to specific file manager apps. Overall, it turns out not to be a huge issue.
    This app also works for transferring files back and forth between internal memory and external SD card after upgrading to KitKat.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.rhmsoft.fm
    04-29-2014 01:29 PM
  3. MrHost's Avatar
    What carrier are you with? This is the vzw carriet page. I can only speak for the one I'm running. Vzw just released yes end of last week. So if you are vzw you are running a leak.

    Responding to veronica

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    04-29-2014 03:48 PM
  4. MrHost's Avatar
    Yes, you can keep things wherever you want, but that will limit what 3rd party apps will do with the material. They may be able to access (play, as in PowerAmp playing MP3s) but they may not be able to alter files, write to the directory etc. Are the apps broken? Yes, in a way. Whether you call that the app fault or Google's is another story. How will that work in the future? Well, a good example is MX Player. They immediately released new updates so that you can now delete files from within Mx Player. But I used to also organize and rename files from within MX Player. If there is a way to do that, in the directory where I like to keep videos, they haven't figured out how. Will there be a workaround for that without Google making some amendments to its policies? I dunno.
    It only limits apps that are to lazy to follow the rules. Kit kat had been out far longer than when we got the update. They have had well over 6 months to fix the issue.

    If this were an all around forced update with no time between public release and the push then I could say google could be at fault.

    Just my opinion. If my mechanic tells me my brakes aren't going to work anymore after a certain change. I update my car with newer brakes that will work.

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-29-2014 04:09 PM
  5. monsieurms's Avatar
    What rules would an app have to follow in order to modify files on the SD card in a directory I create, rather than they create? What should MX Player do, for instance, in order to be able to rename files that are in my personal directories not created by MX Player? I'll send them an email and ask why they haven't done it, since they seem to have acted quickly to address other issues.
    04-30-2014 06:30 AM
  6. Richard Shafer's Avatar
    I have a GS4 on ATT and just upgraded to 4.4.2.I haven't found anything that will allow me to edit or create new text files on my SD card. ES File Explorer will create folders but will not write from the editor into them. I have kept a subdirectory of Notes on my SD card for years and now all I can do is read them. I can't generate new notes or modify the ones that are there. These are just text files!! I've tried the Samsung " My Files" "Total Commander" "Jota Text Editor" and "ES File Commander" and nothing will edit the texts. If someone comes up with an answer other than rooting , please let us know!!
    04-30-2014 02:10 PM
  7. monsieurms's Avatar
    I have a GS4 on ATT and just upgraded to 4.4.2.I haven't found anything that will allow me to edit or create new text files on my SD card. ES File Explorer will create folders but will not write from the editor into them. I have kept a subdirectory of Notes on my SD card for years and now all I can do is read them. I can't generate new notes or modify the ones that are there. These are just text files!! I've tried the Samsung " My Files" "Total Commander" "Jota Text Editor" and "ES File Commander" and nothing will edit the texts. If someone comes up with an answer other than rooting , please let us know!!
    Yep, lotsa stuff doesn't work. Docs to Go--won't save files to the card any more.

    Well, one workaround is...transfer them with MY FILES to the internal memory of the phone instead of the SD card...I presume that should work fine. Docs don't take a lot of space.

    Another option, if you are keeping zillions of text files as little notes===download and install Evernote. It will likely help organize your note taking!
    04-30-2014 02:41 PM
  8. MrHost's Avatar
    I have a GS4 on ATT and just upgraded to 4.4.2.I haven't found anything that will allow me to edit or create new text files on my SD card. ES File Explorer will create folders but will not write from the editor into them. I have kept a subdirectory of Notes on my SD card for years and now all I can do is read them. I can't generate new notes or modify the ones that are there. These are just text files!! I've tried the Samsung " My Files" "Total Commander" "Jota Text Editor" and "ES File Commander" and nothing will edit the texts. If someone comes up with an answer other than rooting , please let us know!!
    How sew you creating the notes normally. I will try it on mine.

    Posted via Android Central App
    04-30-2014 07:40 PM
  9. Kevin OQuinn's Avatar
    "Who to blame" is a tricky question. There are a few ways to look at it. You could blame Samsung for having the wrong implementation prior to Kit Kat, even though that's what they feel consumers want, or you could blame Google for changing the way SD cards are handled on the platform they created and "control".

    The playground belongs to Google, so blaming them for implementing SD cards the way they want seems wrong to me. Samsung was the one going against the recommendation for SD cards. With Kit Kat, they're being forced to play the way Google wants.

    The flipside is that Google has been "wishy washy" on SD cards since Honeycomb/ICS. They took away support altogether, then added it back in a more secure way in Kit Kat. There are manufacturers that have attempted to follow the guidelines as best as possible, and it's probably tough to market that in a way that doesn't look bad.

    I don't blame Samsung for doing what they felt was best for their customers (although I never agreed with adding them back in after Google removed official support), but they should own up to the fact that they were doing it "wrong" all this time and now they have to do it Google's way or not at all. Also, all of these updates should have been handled better. Even a simple popup explaining that SD card functionality changes drastically and some of your apps might not work the same way would be a good step.

    Whatever the case, we can't go back. This will be how it is going forward, and unfortunately there have been some really bad experiences going from 4.3 to 4.4 for devices with SD cards. The kind of bright side is that any device that ships with 4.4 or better won't have these issues since you'll start with the "right" way from the beginning.

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    05-01-2014 11:02 AM
  10. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    "Who to blame" is a tricky question. There are a few ways to look at it. You could blame Samsung for having the wrong implementation prior to Kit Kat, even though that's what they feel consumers want, or you could blame Google for changing the way SD cards are handled on the platform they created and "control".

    The playground belongs to Google, so blaming them for implementing SD cards the way they want seems wrong to me. Samsung was the one going against the recommendation for SD cards. With Kit Kat, they're being forced to play the way Google wants.

    The flipside is that Google has been "wishy washy" on SD cards since Honeycomb/ICS. They took away support altogether, then added it back in a more secure way in Kit Kat. There are manufacturers that have attempted to follow the guidelines as best as possible, and it's probably tough to market that in a way that doesn't look bad.

    I don't blame Samsung for doing what they felt was best for their customers (although I never agreed with adding them back in after Google removed official support), but they should own up to the fact that they were doing it "wrong" all this time and now they have to do it Google's way or not at all. Also, all of these updates should have been handled better. Even a simple popup explaining that SD card functionality changes drastically and some of your apps might not work the same way would be a good step.

    Whatever the case, we can't go back. This will be how it is going forward, and unfortunately there have been some really bad experiences going from 4.3 to 4.4 for devices with SD cards. The kind of bright side is that any device that ships with 4.4 or better won't have these issues since you'll start with the "right" way from the beginning.

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    All good points.

    I think that if you actually understand what Google was trying to achieve with the new KK SD card settings, and more importantly why they did it, it's a bit easier to accept. And let's be fair, these aren't new policies on the handling of external storage, it's just that those policies are now being enforced. Any apps that had already been operating in the scope of the existing guidelines still work just fine.

    Frankly, I understand why Google doesn't like SD cards, and I'd be fine if they weren't supported altogether as long as manufacturers accepted that 16GB isn't enough internal storage for most users. If you understand how file systems work, and the limitations of what the removable (SD Card) storage can do within Android, they can still be a great feature to include, but unfortunately the average consumer doesn't want to have to think about where they are storing files, they just want it to work. There's also the issue of salespersons in the stores erroneously telling customers that "it's OK if it's only 16 GB, because you can add an SD card and put all your apps on there!" (which we all know that you can't).

    In other words, a big part of the problem is a disconnect between what removable storage can be used for and the customer's expectations.

    If our phones came with 100GB of storage, many of us wouldn't care about SD support anymore.
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    05-01-2014 11:27 AM
  11. monsieurms's Avatar

    If our phones came with 100GB of storage, many of us wouldn't care about SD support anymore.
    For the majority of people, that's probably true. Why hasn't it happened, though? Cost. Not only are phones with huge internal storage expensive, the hidden cost is that you have to keep buying the same space over and over again every time you upgrade. Backing up is a chore, too.

    So, granting that I'm in the minority that is not at all impressed with 100gb storage (I can use that in an eyeblink...), this concept that it's ok to get rid of SD cards if only phone storage were greater will not make any sense until (a) internal storage is huge and (b) ridiculously cheap. I can keep porting my SD card from one phone to another (and have done so). It's bad enough having to pay for a huge phone--but having to throw it away (or give it back to T-Mobile on their upgrade plan) and do it again every 12-18 months,whatever--that's a REALLY, really bad deal.

    Hence, there is no realistic situation I can imagine given current facts on the ground in which the lack of an SD card would not be a deal breaker for me in deciding what phone to buy.
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    05-01-2014 01:04 PM
  12. Ed Williams2's Avatar
    My two cents: I've got 32 GB internal and 64GB external. Over 75% of that space contains files. Verizon and Google knew about this issue and did nothing to warn me before "upgrading". Now I've got broken applications but more importantly, I’ve got NO WAY to access the private files that were previously saved in folders created by those apps. Not only has approximately 40GB of data been lost, but I have no identifiable way of sorting through the mess to determine which files and cryptic directories are and are not accessible. They have turned my SD card to a mess of intermingled files I have no way of sorting though. Formatting my whole SD card and starting over from a point over two years ago is NOT acceptable. I've always tried to play by the rules but Version/Google have pushed me to the point to where I have NO option other than to root my phone just to get my data back... I'll be keeping it that way.

    Banking apps such as Chase Mobile and other dealing with secure based information have always been able to safeguard their information (as they should be) by placing and/or encrypting their data on the internal storage. If they are not doing so, then shame on them. THEY need to safeguard their information from prying applications. The SD cards should be thought of like thumb drives and my PHONE (aka a hand held computer) should be as free to access it as my home PC.

    The real issue (IMHO) is that neither Google nor Version wants you to have "free unlimited storage” , they want you to pay! Google want you to pay to put your data in their cloud and the phone carriers want you to up your data plans and pay to access that same data via increased data rates. It's all about the $$$. Sadly we've yet another open source OS going to the corporate dogs. I wonder if I’ll ever see a time again in my life time where technology gets cheaper over time… it is supposed to but greed is in its way.

    Both Verizon and Google have us over a barrel, they know it, and don't care. Time for an iPhone on Virgin mobile? Maybe.
    05-04-2014 10:13 PM
  13. monsieurms's Avatar
    Not only has approximately 40GB of data been lost,..
    What type of files are you talking about?

    Data should not be lost...if, at worst case, you put the card in a file reader and plug it into your desktop, you should be able to recover the files, whether .mp3, .doc or whatever. Also, every file manager for the phone that I've tried will at least let you FIND the files, although they may not all access / move/ delete / cut / copy / paste.

    It CAN be a chore figuring out where Android puts things, but assuming you have 1 or 2 key apps or photos or whatever, it should be do-able finding the directories by running searches for the files. The more difficult question is where you are going to put them when you find them. There is no real reason to move things like *.mp3s.

    If you contact whatever app you are finding suddenly doesn't work, you should be able at least to find out where they put the files and where to move them.
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    05-05-2014 06:20 AM
  14. bigredgonzo's Avatar
    For the majority of people, that's probably true. Why hasn't it happened, though? Cost. Not only are phones with huge internal storage expensive, the hidden cost is that you have to keep buying the same space over and over again every time you upgrade. Backing up is a chore, too.

    So, granting that I'm in the minority that is not at all impressed with 100gb storage (I can use that in an eyeblink...), this concept that it's ok to get rid of SD cards if only phone storage were greater will not make any sense until (a) internal storage is huge and (b) ridiculously cheap. I can keep porting my SD card from one phone to another (and have done so). It's bad enough having to pay for a huge phone--but having to throw it away (or give it back to T-Mobile on their upgrade plan) and do it again every 12-18 months,whatever--that's a REALLY, really bad deal.

    Hence, there is no realistic situation I can imagine given current facts on the ground in which the lack of an SD card would not be a deal breaker for me in deciding what phone to buy.
    Monsieurms,

    First off, I agree with you 100%, but there is one glaring concept that you failed to mention. When you place an SD card in a device, it only consumes power when being read from or written too. However, memory is powered all the time. It doesn't matter if how you implement it, it has to have power maintained constantly while the device is on. The only way that I can envision that it doesn't is to build an SD card directly into the phone's circuitry. Which puts us back to where we were to begin with. So overall, getting rid of the SD card and packing enormous amounts of memory into the phone will only cause the batteries to become huge to power it or leave us with phones that have to be plugged in a few times a day to be of any use. I read a thread the a while back where someone took (I don't remember which phone it was) a phone with 16 GB of memory and the same phone with 32 GB of memory and set them up identically and did the exact same thing with them each day. His test showed that the 32GB version required charging more frequently than the 16GB version. I believe that battery life was about 2 hr less on the larger RAM phone. Now take that and imagine 128GB of ram in a phone. We'd be walking around with an extension cord dangling out of our pockets just to make a phone call.

    All that said, SD cards are a much more viable option with present technology. As you have stated, the 4.4 update didn't break the SD card, it just enforced Google's concept of security on the card. Unfortunately, devs don't seem to be "jumping on the bandwagon" to fix their apps to actually work with the model. I, like you, am using my SD card just like I was before the update with no noticeable change. I do have one app that now chokes on its data on the SD card, so I move it to internal storage until the dev fixes the issue.

    For Ed Williams2,

    I hate that you are having issues with your SD card and your data. I do hope that find a resolution soon. One issue I see with your post is that, in this case, it appears as though Verizon really doesn't have anything to do with the SD card changes. I see people with S4s on other carriers with the same issues. All I can suggest is, get on that email and contact the app devs that aren't working correctly and let them know. The reputable ones will work on it.

    Here ends my rant,
    BigRedGonzo
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    05-05-2014 09:48 AM
  15. bluzman's Avatar
    This app also works for transferring files back and forth between internal memory and external SD card after upgrading to KitKat.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...com.rhmsoft.fm
    This was the good news. The bad news is that my long-time favorite App Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...life.appbackup) no longer can see my external SD card. Play Store comments confirm its KitKat that's the culprit. Hopefully the developer will update with a work around. Until then, all my app backups go to a folder in internal memory. Then I use the File Manager app (remember the "good news"?) to move them to my external SD card. Sigh...
    05-05-2014 12:18 PM
  16. Leo G's Avatar
    Well so far ES File Explorer seems to be able to see the SD card. I can take a file from internal memory and copy it into the SD card. The one thing I can't do is rename a file in the SD card. I can in the internal memory.

    I use Kingsoft Office and it won't let me save to the SD file. I'd have to use ES to export it there. But what's the use? I wouldn't be able to save the edited file to it.
    05-05-2014 08:52 PM
  17. bluzman's Avatar
    Just tried to rename a file on SD card using File Manager (File Manager | Rhythm Software). Same result as you got with ES File Explorer...no go.
    05-06-2014 11:34 AM
  18. ThatGuy2's Avatar
    I've found that since the KK update, all my backups are unavailable. I did not wipe my phone prior to the KK update but found that it was overheating and battery life was quite a bit less. I decided to wipe and start back from scratch so made backups of all the pertinent apps and used My Backup Pro to create a backup of everything as well. All supposedly saved to the SD card but after wiping and restarting the phone, none of my backups were available. It appears that KK is creating an "emulated" location on the internal drive that it is using as the external hard drive and storing everything there. That's all fine except it is still internal memory and gets wiped along with everything else. Now all my backups are gone. I still have all my pics and anything that was saved to the external card prior to the update (music, etc) but lost everything else. I recommend watching this closely and possibly even manually moving all backups to the card or a computer before wiping the phone. Just to be safe. Hope they get this issue straightened out soon. JP
    05-06-2014 12:36 PM
  19. pal1221's Avatar
    just tested mine and was able to rename a file on the sd using file manager and i am on kitkat.
    05-06-2014 12:38 PM
  20. monsieurms's Avatar
    just tested mine and was able to rename a file on the sd using file manager and i am on kitkat.
    What File Manager are you using? The built-in MY FILES is a Samsung app that works perfectly and has no SD card issues. It is 3rd party that have encountered issues.
    05-06-2014 01:04 PM
  21. pal1221's Avatar
    What File Manager are you using? The built-in MY FILES is a Samsung app that works perfectly and has no SD card issues. It is 3rd party that have encountered issues.
    The stock my files app.
    05-06-2014 02:34 PM
  22. monsieurms's Avatar
    The stock my files app.
    Yep........The others are a mixed bag. Samsung takes a lot of heat for bloatware, redundant apps, etc. But in this dust-up, there has been a method to the madness.
    05-06-2014 02:51 PM
  23. Leo G's Avatar
    ANY application that is default to the phone will work properly. They all have the correct permissions.
    05-06-2014 09:34 PM
  24. RB_DaEngineer's Avatar
    I am trying to copy pics and mp3s to my SD card from my computer. I am able to copy the files over but when I put the SD card back in my phone the files are gone. I tried it several times with the same result. I verified that the files were on the card before I removed it from my computer. Should I leave the card in the phone and transfer the files using my usb cable. I literally took the card out and transferred the files using a micro sd card adapter.
    06-12-2014 08:04 PM
  25. monsieurms's Avatar
    I am trying to copy pics and mp3s to my SD card from my computer. I am able to copy the files over but when I put the SD card back in my phone the files are gone. I tried it several times with the same result. I verified that the files were on the card before I removed it from my computer. Should I leave the card in the phone and transfer the files using my usb cable. I literally took the card out and transferred the files using a micro sd card adapter.
    Try formatting the card IN THE PHONE.

    Then recopy everything, preferably with the card in the phone (although by then it shouldn't matter).
    06-21-2014 08:23 AM
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