Storage access permissions

Starting with Android 4.4, Google started blocking access to the external and phone's storage. These changes are aimed at ensuring the privacy and security of user data.

Android 11+

To display the list of files and work with files and archives, ZArchiver requires the "All file access" permission.

To grant access, you must activate the switch in the window.

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Android 11+ Android/data

To display a list of files in the Android/data and Android/obb folders, explicit permission is required to access them.

The window should immediately open in the right location. There is no need to follow any path. To grant access, you must select "Use this folder" and confirm your choice in the dialog.

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Android 10

To be able to write data to an external card, you must choose the path to it.

The window should immediately open in the right location. There is no need to follow any path. To grant write access, you must select "Use this folder".

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Android 7-9

To be able to write data to an external card, you must confirm access in the dialog.

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Android 5-6

To be able to write data to an external card, you must choose the path to it.

In the "Open from" menu you need to select external card. Then confirm the choice by pressing the "Select" button.

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Android 4.4

ZArchiver supports SD write access workaround for Samsung device. For another device, practically the only workaround is to root the device and modify a system config file.