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KitKat sandbox

If you have Android 4.4 (KitKat), and device with removable memory card, you may have noticed that writing to your memory card is not possible in X-plore and many other apps.

This is because of Google’s decision to “protect” files in removable memory card, which was apparently bad decision, as users are not able to write to their own memory cards.

Unless device with Android KitKat is rooted and special fix applied, installed applications can write only into their private folder on external memory card.

X-plore’s fix to this situation

On affected devices with Android KitKat, X-plore now offers full write access to external memory card, but only inside of X-plore’s private folder. That’s what Android KitKat officially allows to be done. On these devices, you can find new entry called “KitKat sandbox” in X-plore, which provides access to this special folder, where you can read/write as you wish. However, there are limitations:

  • it’s harder to find the files, since they’re inside long path on the memory card
  • other apps won’t have write access to these files
  • if you uninstall X-plore, Android will delete this folder too, and you may lose your files

Location on X-plore’s sandbox folder on memory card

The folder where X-plore stores files accessible from the KitKat sandbox entry is located on memory card in folder /Android/data/com.lonelycatgames.Xplore/files/

If you look for your files stored here in other file manager, or on PC, you can find them in above location.