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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Nemat, May 5, 2020.

  1. Nemat

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    Hi
    I installed an app.
    I wanted to find its folder by many file managers but i could not
    I wrote its name in search box of my device file manager but i t did not appear
    The app is present in mobile screen and i can open it.
    I unhiddened files but i could not find it.
    Please , how can i find the file of this app and open it ?
     


    #1 Nemat, May 5, 2020
    Last edited: May 5, 2020
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    Post #2 by Hadron, May 5, 2020 (2 points)

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  3. Hadron

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    What folder do you mean?

    An app might create a folder in the user-accessible part of your storage, or it might not, depending on the app. But if you are trying to find where the app is installed, or where it keeps its settings, databases, etc, unless your device is rooted you are out of luck. Apps are installed to /data/app/<app-package-name>, and can store data in /data/data/<app-package-name>, but on an unrooted phone you won't be able to look at the contents of those folders (may not even be able to see that they exist).

    What are you trying to achieve here? What do you hope to find in this folder and what do you want to do with it? If we know what you are trying to do we may be able to tell you whether there is another way.
     
  4. Nemat

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    Thanks for reply
    The app is a music keyboard app (org).I want to access its file to add mp3 files to use them as style and rythm with the play
    Or make use of the apps file for other purpose.
     
  5. Hadron

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    Have you checked whether this app has an option in its settings to import mp3s or use user-provided files in this way? Does it create a folder in the user-accessible part of the phone's storage (e.g. /sdcard/WhateverTheAppIsCalled)? If it does you could try putting your files there. This would be the simplest solution.

    If not, then to be honest you are out of luck. You'd need to root your device in order to copy these mp3 files into its internal folders, and even if you did that there's no guarantee that the app would use them.

    When you say "make use of the app's file for other purposes", what do you mean? Do you want to attempt to decompile the apk (the package from which the app is installed) and modify it? You may be able to download the apk elsewhere rather than access it on your phone: have you looked in a safe repository like apkmirror.com or apkpure.com? I say "safe repository" because not all sites you find apk files in are safe: some may contain files which have had malware added. Or do you mean something else?
     
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  6. MrJavi

    MrJavi Android Expert

    Not sure exactly what you mean but perhaps a workaround would be a screen recorder.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ezscreenrecorder

    If you wish to decompile the app you can use a computer program calked ApkTool but after you recompile tha apk you may have trouble installing it if the signatures dont match.

    Another option is to use an android emulator for pc. For instence, Xeplayer has a setting to allow root. Maybe then you can access what you seek.


    https://www.google.com/amp/s/forum....ayer-free-best-android-emulator-t3588558/amp/

    Good luck and welcome to Android Forums @Netmat .
     
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  7. Nemat

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    You were very generous with me
    (Have you checked whether this app has an option in its settings to import mp3s or use user-provided files in this way? Does it create a folder in the user-accessible part of the phone's storage (e.g. /sdcard/WhateverTheAppIsCalled)? If it does you could try putting your files there. This would be the simplest solution.

    If not, then to be honest you are out of luck. You'd need to root your device in order to copy these mp3 files into its internal folders, and even if you did that there's no guarantee that the app would use them.)
    No.
    I simply wanted its mp3 content
    Please answer the following question only by YES or NO in order not to burden you.
    Is it safe to root my device?
    And is it easy and can be done by every one? and not only by specialist ?
    Will rooting certainly enable me to see the apps file?
    Thank you
     
  8. Nemat

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    Thank you very much
     
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  9. Hadron

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    Oh, you want to extract a file from it - I thought you meant you wanted to add a file to it.
    (Of course unless the app tells you the files are mp3 they may be another format, but changing formats can't be too hard).

    So to answer your questions (I'm afraid there aren't yes/no answers to them):

    * Is it safe to root my device?
    We'd need to know what device you have in order to say whether it's even possible to root it. Probably best to tell us what country the device was intended for as well, since that can matter (e.g. a European Samsung s10 can be rooted, a US one can't). And what Android version is it running may matter. It's safe provided you follow instructions precisely, and don't try to install software written for a different phone model on your phone (no matter how similar that model, some tools have to be built for exactly your model of phone).

    * And is it easy and can be done by every one? and not only by specialist?
    Assuming it is possible, the method depends on what device you have. It typically requires a computer, a couple of downloads, a couple of command line instructions on the computer, and following some simple instructions on the phone. At least one of the downloads must be made specifically for your model of phone (not any other, no matter how similar). The process also usuallly wipes everything off the phone, so backing up first is important. There used to be "one click rooting apps" but they only work on very old versions of Android and frankly I never trusted most of them not to do something I wouldn't want.

    * Will rooting certainly enable me to see the apps file?
    If you use a file explorer that's capable of using root access then yes, once you can give it root permissions you will be able to look at the app's resources.
     
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  10. Nemat

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    Thank you very very much
     
  11. dgilluly

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    There are some caveats to rooting that others aren't mentioning that I thought I'd share. If you use any apps that rely on Android SafetyNet, you will no longer be able to install those apps through the Play Store. Which means you have to find the APK's for them and enable Unknown Sources. With that method that involves manually updating the application. Apps I've had to do this with in the past included Netflix and Snapchat. For that reason I don't have a rooted phone anymore. I mean there's ways to root it to get around that, but it's very manufacturer and model specific, meaning you have to have a device from a company, that is okay with their users rooting the device. Most aren't.

    To answer where you can find the app's files, most apps do typically install in the data partition (user accessible), with the exception of built in apps, and manufacturer installed apps which will be in the oem partition (not user accessible). Typically app files nest inside of Internal Storage (or SD if your app is installed to a card) -> Android -> Data. What folder the app is in is in a typical reverse domain or subdomain format. For instance, parts of the Facebook app are in folders that start with "com.Facebook..." Where this gets tricky, is sometimes the app's name isn't involved in this folder structure. Instead it can be a website that belongs to the person that developed the app.

    Hope this helps.
     
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