The Galaxy S4 being an Android device allows you the little pleasures of being able to fine tune it to your taste. I’ve been doing that over the last couple of weeks and every day I discover something new. However recently I was very disappointed that I could not simply write to the file sdcard/android/obb when I badly needed to. I even thought that unless I was on a custom ROM, this would be entirely impossible in stock firmware. However, as I came to learn later, that is unnecessary. You don’t even need root access to do this.
Apparently Google got a bit tighter in Android 4.2 and put some restrictions so that there’s no accidental writing to the Android folder in your system files. They also have an app verification feature so that apps can be verified (for your our own security as users. We know the malware tales very well don’t we?).
I was dismayed that I couldn’t write to that all-important obb file. That file is important because it is where game data of some of the best Android games is stored so gaining access is a must for some of us. Ever wanted to import your friend’s game data so that you don’t have to go through all the difficulty levels but simply start playing from the advanced levels they have unlocked? This file should be your friend.
When I tried moving my game data to obb, it copied up to 99% then it could not proceed. The rude error message below was the only comfort I could get. A little peek into the forums and everyone had the same problem.
How did I access it? Simple. After having the stock Samsung file manager and Root Explorer backfire on me, I was left at the mercy of three other file managers: Solid Explorer, Antek file manager and Astro file manager. These just got the work done without a lot of fuss. It took me a whole day to figure out how to dodge Android’s new permissions limiter. Apparently these two file managers simply disregard the permissions and write into the obb file without any restrictions. Try them out.