On Google Play Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 breaks SD card writing

On Google Play Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 breaks SD card writing . Most people are trying to hop onto the Android 4.3 update bandwagon as quickly as possible. However, if you have a Google Edition Samsung Galaxy S4, you might want to hold off for just a bit. It seems that the update to the new OS wreaks havoc on the devices ability to write to the SD card, popping up an annoying error message instead.

In the rush to get Android 4.3 out the door, it seems that the Google Edition Galaxy S4 has a little bit of an issue. / © Google
While the error is supposedly and easy fix, nothing has been rolled out by Google or Samsung yet. Luckily, there is a work-around that you can use to get to the bottom of the issue but you’ll need to either use another program or have your phone rooted and do some changes yourself.

If you don’t have a rooted device, you can still copy files to the eternal SD card by hand by using ES File Explorer to do so. For whatever reason, despite the incompability with the 4.3 update, ES File Explorer can still read and write to the SD card.

Grab it hereDownload ES File Explorer

If you’ve got your phone rooted and don’t mind playing around a bit, you can also fix the problem yourself. Keep in mind this is done at your own risk.


Head over to /system/etc/permissions/platform.xml and either add in Line 71 (the highlighted one in the screenshot above) from your phone or pull it to your computer and do it there.

<group gid=”media_rw” />

Either way, you’ll need your device to be rooted to have access to this area and all you’re doing is telling your device that it’s allowed to write to the SD card. So yeah, a relatively easy fix when it comes down to it but one that got overlooked when getting Android 4.3 out the door.

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to use another program and doesn’t like the idea of rooting your phone, you might just want to wait around for an official update to be rolled out.

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