[SOLVED] Can’t write to external sdcard on kitkat, china android tablets

A lot of kitkat users complain of this problem, and some are yet to get a solution to it. In this tutorial, two methods will provided to assist with fixing the write-protecition issue embeded in the permission file.

I also faced this problem (not actually a problem though 😉 ) on my G-tide G-pad 6, but I was too busy to lookup a solution. But, here I am with one…(not one acually, but some :p ).


  1. A device with this fault (of course)
  2. A file manager (X-plore recommended) ( Download )
  3. Rooted device
  4. And a brain

FIRST PROCEDURE (Manual method)

  • Download and install X-plore, then run
  • Go to Configuration

  • Click on Root access  and select Superuser + mount writable

  • Superuser access request should pop up, Allow it
  • Now you’re done here
  • Go back now and Select Root directory
  • Go to System > etc > permissions

  • Locate the file platform.xml (Make a backup if you wish)
  • Long press and select Edit text

  • Search for 

<permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE”> 
<group gid=”sdcard_r” />
<group gid=”sdcard_rw” /> 

and replace with

<permission name=”android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE”> 
<group gid=”sdcard_r” />
<group gid=”sdcard_rw” /> 
<group gid=”media_rw” /> 

  • The only thing that’s changed there is <group gid=”media_rw” /> , so you can just add this beforre </permission> if you dont want to replace the entire text, (whichever is easy for you).
  • Save the file, exit and reboot device
  • Done!

SECOND PROCEDURE (App method) – Simple and less complicated.

  • Download this app – SDFix
  • Install and launch
  • Follow the wizard
  • Grant root access
  • Reboot
  • Done!

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