Accessing the Internal Memory of an Android Phone after Rooting

by on Jul.22, 2013, under Solutions

Android_PhonesToday’s topic is about accessing the Internal Memory of an Android Phone. I have encountered a question asking how to access the Internal Memory of an Android Phone after rooting and I am happy to answer it. But first things first… what is an Android phone? For those who are still living in the stone age, an Android phone is a smartphone that is built on an Android mobile operating system. Android by the way is now a product of Google Inc. Now, let’s discuss…

Access to the Android Phone Internal Memory is prohibited by the Android operating system by default. This is due to the fact that this is the storage area reserve for apps and app data. Without this storage area, Android won’t be able to install new apps or make apps work. It is some kind of a virtual memory that is used by Android to access and process data. Now, you may wonder why there are some Android Phones that permit access to this critical area while there are those that don’t. Well, that’s because there are smartphone devices that doesn’t come with an external card that they had to partition the Internal Memory to allow access to some parts of it to be used for storing files. This is despite the possibility that partitioned memory may compromise system access time and may result to longer than normal loading time.

With that said, I suppose it should stop you from accessing the Internal Memory of your Android Phone, but if you insist, then I may have some few tricks for you to try.

Accessing the Internal Memory of an Android Phone

There are numerous ways of accessing the Internal Memory of an Android Phone. One of the ways to access internal memory of an Android Phone is by the use of the software (app) ADB or adb. Now, I’m talking in Chinese! What is adb by the way? In English, ADB or adb stands for Android Debug Bridge. It is a versatile tool that lets you manage the state of an emulator instance or Android-powered device (that includes devices such as smartphones and tablets). It is part of the Android SDK, another Chinese word! SDK is an acronym for Software Development Kit (also known as devkit). It is typically a set of software development tools that allows you to create applications for different development platforms. Meaning to say, ADB is already somewhat in the programmers level. To get adb, you can search for it here. For windows, you may need a device specific driver to get ADB working. If you cannot find one for your device, you might want to search for a Universal ADB driver (click here). Now I wish I could further discuss adb, but it would be too broad for this topic. So, I may have to reserve it for another time.

If adb is too much for you, you can look for adb apps with graphical front ends. An example would be QtADB. It makes it easy for you to access your Android’s internal memory storage since it has a graphic user interace (GUI). Access from the command line is also possible.

Another way is to install an SSH server on your device. With it, you can access the Internal Memory using either an SSH command line client, or with a graphical version of it such as WinSCP.

How much of your internal storage you can access depends on whether your Android device is rooted. If not rooted, only portions of the internal storage can be accessed.

There are just too many apps for me to list it all here, but another example would be Root # All DataS2D card and Froyo 2.2 App2SD. These tools allow you to move the application’s private data to SD (Secure Digital). Root # All DataS2D has an added feature, where it can create embedded EXT2 partition on your SD card automatically before mounting it.

Closing Remarks

Before you use any of the apps I listed, it would always be a good idea to backup your data just in case something blows up. It is also worth noting that most of these apps can be found on app stores such as Google Play. To get them, open Google Play app store with your Android smartphone and search for the app. From there, you can install the app straight to your phone. But of course, there are other more sources where you could get them, and you can always find these sites by Google-ing it! By the way, app stores may require you to use smartphones to download and install smartphone apps. You can’t run these apps on your PC or laptop since it stands on a different operating system (OS). They may not work unless they are designed for your PC’s OS.

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1 Comment for this entry

  • dreeds

    Hello…talking about accessing android internal storage…is it possible to access the internal storage of my HARD BRICKED android phone?.it cannot be switched on and fully unresponsive.

    Except for one..I plunged it to a PC..and a “din dong” sound pops out.but then its nothing..I Have tried to flash it using SPFlash Tool,an error dialog appear with a code. And it was referring to the “mess up” at my internal storage partition. So I hope u guys can help me up…I’m now trying to figure out how to access the internal storage so I cn reformat/repartition it and make it readable again..

    I would appreciate ur kindness :)

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