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How To Give WPS Office SD Card Access?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by abrogard, Apr 28, 2019.

  1. abrogard

    abrogard Newbie
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    I just put wps office on my phone because I need something to write draft emails before sending them and it seems to be the best thing I can find.

    But it seems to have a problem using my SD card and my phone has precious little memory of its own.

    The phone asks me to give it write access when I try to save to the SD card. I click 'grant' and then it goes to another screen where it says to show and select SD card then tap the select button at the bottom..

    but I see no SD cards with select buttons or otherwise.

    I googled and found a post about google preventing saving to external SD or something but it apparently related to android 5 or earlier. I have android 7 here it tells me.

    How can I fix all this? Or is WPS office problematic and I should be using something else? (that's also free).

  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    What android version are you running?

    On recent versions (since 5) the app has to request access. If the developer hasn't done that you can't do it for them.
  3. abrogard

    abrogard Newbie
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    I said that: version 7.

    The app does what I was saying up there. 'show and select the SD card' - I see nothing. Any place I can canvass at large and see if people are running this app on v7?

    Or offhand do you know of a better simple word processor or editor so's I can liesurely knock up a text before emailing it at some later time? it needn't be elaborate, in fact better if it isn't.
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    The restrictions on SD access are still there, but that "grant" dialogue should have given access. So assuming other apps can see your SD card it must be a glitch in this app (if not it's probably a glitch in the SD card). You've not formatted the SD as internal or anything? That would change how the card works, and might confuse this app (just speculating, but since that mechanism is there to grant access to a card formatted as "external" storage I'd not expect it to show a card formatted as "internal").

    Of course you could use the app and store your short files in internal storage (which, ironically, is often labelled "/sdcard", though that is not what it really is). Or if that's all you use it for then any note-taking app would suffice (the one I mainly use is Note Everything, but that is ancient and not updated in years - I mainly chose it because allowed me to import memos when I moved from Palm to Android). There are a vast number of these things in the Play Store, from big names with cloud sync like Evernote, MS OneNote or Google Keep and lots of independent ones. Also plenty of text editors, but I no longer have one of those on my phone as I never actually used it (whereas on my laptop my text editor is my most-used app after the terminal app).

    I'm afraid I've not used WPS for several years - I actually use the MS apps these days when I want to handle Office documents, but Word would be overkill for your use.
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  5. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    FWIW I don't really recommend WPS(Kingsoft), not unless you're happy with the Chinese govt having full access to everything you do in it.

    For documents, presentations, and spreadsheets, I use MS Office.
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  6. abrogard

    abrogard Newbie
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    Thanks for all that. I guess I'll look for another app. MS Office would be too much gun. On my phone. And on my desktops I use Open Office. Maybe they have an app. I think I might do that Note Everything thing. Sounds okay to me. I don't care how old and unsupported apps are as long as they do their job. I have a few ancient apps I still use. :)
  7. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Sadly, despite Android being based on Linx, OpenOffice (or LibreOffice) support is very poor. :(
  8. bcrichster

    bcrichster ROMinator

    I still have that free, 1st edition WPS/ Kingsoft Office, where they just changed the icon to wps

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