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Android Q (10) ask permission to get access all storage. Scoped storage

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


In Android 10 apps that need to access storage need to ask permission to access a concrete path. But apps like file explorer can ask permission for access to the root storage and gain permission to read/write to all storage. That is what I am trying to do.

According to Android we must use ACTION_OPEN_DOCUMENT_TREE for this. The problem I have is that everything seems correct, but the permission is not granted to the app.

  private void askAndroid10Perm()
        Intent intent = new Intent(Intent.ACTION_OPEN_DOCUMENT_TREE);
                        | Intent.FLAG_GRANT_WRITE_URI_PERMISSION
                        | Intent.FLAG_GRANT_PERSISTABLE_URI_PERMISSION
                        | Intent.FLAG_GRANT_PREFIX_URI_PERMISSION);
        startActivityForResult(intent, REQUEST_CODE_OPEN_DOCUMENT_TREE);

Here the user can see Android file tree and, with main storage selected, click to grant permission. “It will allow – app name – to have full access to all files currently store under this location, and any future content stored here” -> Allow


protected void onActivityResult(int requestCode, int resultCode, Intent data) {
    super.onActivityResult(requestCode, resultCode, data);
    switch (requestCode) {
            if (resultCode == Activity.RESULT_OK) {
                Uri treeUri = data.getData();
                int takeFlags = data.getFlags();
                takeFlags &= (Intent.FLAG_GRANT_READ_URI_PERMISSION |

                if (Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.KITKAT) {

                    Log.i("TAG", "takePersistableUriPermission: " + treeUri);
                    this.getContentResolver().takePersistableUriPermission(treeUri, takeFlags);





Then the app will still not have permission to access to root.

open failed: EACCES (Permission denied)

Of course I have:

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

Granted by the user.

How to&Answers:

in Android Q If you giving permission and its granted or not working so go to Manifest and add

    android:requestLegacyExternalStorage="true" //Add this Line

---------<Activity, Sevices or Recivers>----------



The problem was that I use File object to access files, but permission only work if we use DocumentFile object to manipulate files.

Solved using DocumentFile instead of File.

It has multiple negative points to use DocumentFile, such as performance and that you don’t have access to apache commons libraries for example, but there is no other option.