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android – how to use adb command to push a file on device without sd card

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How to push a file from computer to a android device having no SD Card in it. I tried:

C:\anand>adb push anand.jpg /data/local
3399 KB/s (111387 bytes in 0.032s)

C:\anand>adb push anand.jpg /data/opt
3199 KB/s (111387 bytes in 0.034s)

C:\anand>adb push anand.jpg /data/tmp
3884 KB/s (111387 bytes in 0.028s)

above commands to move a file anand.jpg to device but I didn’t get this jpg file in the device.
I didn’t get any success result on cmd prompt, I only got:

3399 KB/s (111387 bytes in 0.032s).
How to&Answers:

From Ubuntu Terminal, below works for me.

./adb push '/home/hardik.trivedi/Downloads/one.jpg' '/data/local/'


I did it using this command:

syntax: adb push filename.extension /sdcard/0/

example: adb push UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.01.zip /sdcard/0/


Follow these steps :

go to Android Sdk then ‘platform-tools’ path on your Terminal or Console

(on mac, default path is : /Users/USERNAME/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools)

To check the SDCards(External and Internal) installed on your device fire these commands :

  • 1) ./adb shell (hit return/enter)
  • 2) cd -(hit return/enter)

now you will see the list of Directories and files from your android device
there you may find /sdcard as well as /storage

  • 3) cd /storage (hit return/enter)
  • 4) ls (hit return/enter)

you may see sdcard0 (generally sdcard0 is internal storage) and sdcard1 (if External SDCard is present)

  • 5) exit (hit return/enter)

to come out of adb shell

  • 6) ./adb push ‘/Users/SML/Documents/filename.zip’
    (hit return/enter)

to copy file


Sometimes you need the extension,

adb push file.zip /sdcard/file.zip


run below command firstly

adb root
adb remount

Then execute what you input previously

C:\anand>adb push anand.jpg /data/local
C:\anand>adb push anand.jpg /data/opt
C:\anand>adb push anand.jpg /data/tmp


I’ve got a Nexus 4, that is without external storage. However Android thinks to have one because it mount a separated partition called “storage”, mounted in “/storage/emulated/legacy”, so try pushing there: adb push anand.jpg /storage/emulated/legacy


My solution (example with a random mp4 video file):

  1. Set a file to device:

    adb push /home/myuser/myVideoFile.mp4 /storage/emulated/legacy/
  2. Get a file from device:

    adb pull /storage/emulated/legacy/myVideoFile.mp4 

For retrieve the path in the code:

String myFilePath = Environment.getExternalStorageDirectory().getAbsolutePath() + "/myVideoFile.mp4";

This is all. This solution doesn’t give permission problems and it works fine.

Last point: I wanted to change the video metadata information. If you want to write into your device you should change the permission in the AndroidManifest.xml. Add this line:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />


As there are different paths for different versions. Here is a generic solution:

Find the path…

  1. Enter adb shell in command line.
  2. Then ls and Enter.

Now you’ll see the files and directories of Android device. Now with combination of ls and cd dirName find the path to the Internal or External storage.

In the root directory, the directories names will be like mnt, sdcard, emulator0, etc

Example: adb push file.txt mnt/sdcard/myDir/Projects/


Try this to push in Internal storage.

adb push my-file.apk ./storage/emulated/0/

Works in One plus device, without SD card.


You are trying to write to system folders. With ADB you have root (admin) access so you see the system folders of which sdcard is one of them so to send a picture you could use

D:\Program Files\Android\sdk\platform-tools\adb push am files\android sdk\adb.exe push C:\Downloads\anand.jpg /sdcard/pictures/

NB: C:\Downloads\anand.jpg replace with path and name to picture..


Certain versions of android do not fire proper tasks for updating the state of file system.
You could trigger an explicit intent for updating the status of the file system.
(I just tested after being in the same OP’s situation)

adb shell am broadcast -a android.intent.action.MEDIA_MOUNTED -d file:///

(You could pass a specific filepath instead of file:/// like file:///sdcard )


In my case, I had an already removed SDCard still registered in Android.
So I longpressed the entry for my old SDCard under:

Settings | Storage & USB

and selected “Forget”.

Afterwards a normal

adb push myfile.zip /sdcard/

worked fine.