The launch of the Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S4 certainly created a lot of excitement among the Android community. Being able to experience native Android on the S4 was a thing that users were eagerly looking forward to. And though the users weren’t disappointed by it, a small bug existing in it has created some problems. As it turns out apps no longer have the ability to write data on the SD card.

Galaxy S4 Google Edition

While this may be a minor issue which does not affect the overall performance of the device, it is annoying since you constantly get an error message when an app tries to write to the SD card. The reason for this error is that the Galaxy S4 has a special group where only the apps belonging to the group can write to the external storage. The problem is that most apps have not been updated yet to these changes. And though Samsung is trying to work on a fix, there’s a way which solves the problem. You will need to follow the steps given below :

Requirements:

Procedure:

  1. Open the Root Explorer app and navigate to system/etc/permissions folder. Make sure that it is mounted as R/W.
  2. Now search for the file platform.xml. Backup this file by copying it to your SD card.
  3. Then go to the original file, long press it and select “Open in Text Editor”.
  4. Next search for the line name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE”. Below it there will be a line <group gid=”sdcard_rw” />.
  5. Below this line add the following line :
    <group gid=”media_rw” />
  6. Now save the file and reboot your phone for the changes to take place.

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