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Thread: Note 3 with 4.4 Kitkat: could not write on ext SD-Card

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    Note 3 with 4.4 Kitkat: could not write on ext SD-Card

    Hello,

    since i've upgraded my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N9005) to Android 4.4 Kitkat i can't update my podcasts anymore.
    Data are stored on my external SD-Card, when i try to update my podcasts i get the message that BeyondPod couldn't write on my SD-Card and suggests to restart the phone or reformat the SD-Card.
    Other apps can access the card without any problems.

    May it be, that BeyondPod is currently not 100% compatible with Kitkat?
    I found out, that Google did make some changes: http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/02...ementing-them/

    Martin

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    Martin,

    Your device seems to be one of the first affected but the new Google trend of making the external SD card ReadOnly for 3rd party apps.
    This change affects any app that has to write to the external SD card including BeyondPod.

    You can find a bit more information about how this affects BeyondPod in the last several posts of this thread: http://www.beyondpod.com/forum/showt...Pod-to-SD-Card

    Stefan

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    I have this same issue upgrading to 4.4.2 on my samsung galaxy s4. It looks like they left out write access to the media_rw group. But there are some apps that are working around this (IE ES File Explorer/X-Plore) by using the Storage Access Framework https://developer.android.com/guide/...-provider.html

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    Believe me, we want to get this working.

    The issue is that although Google implemented these changes quite some time ago, most manufacturers who still include external storage (e.g. Samsung) never actually implemented them until now, and this could turn out to be a fairly major change in the way that BP works, so it may take some time.

    My own main device is a Samsung (S3) which relies heavily on storing my podcasts on an external card, so you can safely assume that I'll be personally very interested in getting this resolved

    Julie

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    While 3rd party apps can't write to the External SD card on KitKat, they can indeed write to a special, "application specific", folder on the External SD card. Using this "application specific" folder, it is possible to use the external SD card for downloading and storing episodes. The only caveat is that if you uninstall BeyondPod, everything that is stored in the "application specific" folder (feeds, settings and downloaded episodes) WILL BE DELETED.

    Please see the "My External SD card has become Read Only after updating to KitKat. What can I do?" FAQ for information on how to move your podcast download folder back to the Internal SD Card (or to the "application specific" folder of the External SD Card).
    Last edited by StefanK; 02-28-2014 at 12:58 PM.

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    Thanks for the replies. I haven't received the update on my s4 yet but I will have this issue when I do. Can you confirm if the bp link above is a beta? If so will it be in the full version soon?

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    Yes it's a beta, and it'll get released once we get some feedback from people who are already affected to confirm that it works.

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    Thanks a lot. It's great to have app developers who respond to support requests and fix the problems. We do appreciate it

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    Man, I've been pulling my hair out with this! I thought something was wrong with my SD card. I copied all my files to my PC and formatted the SD card, then copied them back. Didn't work. Then copied all of my files to a new SD card, still didn't work. Then I found this thread and its all good now. I guess it's a good model to follow so the SD card doesn't get all polluted, just seems like a pain to move everything over.

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    For the record, it'll be easier to use the BeyondPod update and move your BP folder BEFORE you get the KitKat update, as BP won't be able to delete the old folder for you after you get it - because Android will no longer allow write access to the old folder (which is the problem in the first place).

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