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How to access Android 13 Data and OBB folder & transfer files in them

In this guide, we will show you the steps to access the Data and OBB folder in Android 13 and transfer files in them. Back in Android 11, Google introduced Scoop Storage which prevented File Managers from being able to access the Data and OBB folders. However, the app developers managed to quickly find a loophole and hence made it possible to gain entry to these folders.

However, Google quickly got hold of that loophole and unfortunately in Android 13, it has been patched. As a result of which, you wouldn’t be able to access the Data and OBB folders on your device running Android 13. When you try to do so, the File Manager will ask you to grant it access to the said folder. But when you tap in Grant, it will notify you that it cannot use that folder and even the Use this folder button will be greyed out.

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But, as you might be aware, restrictions don’t last for long in this open-source ecosystem! There is still another loophole present in Android 13 using which you could easily bypass this restriction and gain access to the Data and OBB folder. And in this guide, we will show you how to do just that. So without further ado, let’s get started on this intriguing journey. [Also attached is the video at the end of this guide, do check it out as well].

How to Access Data and OBB folder in Android 13

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You might not be aware of this, but every Android device comes with a hidden File Explorer. But you cannot launch it the normal way as it isn’t present in the app drawer. So will be invoking it using a third-party app and then carrying out the rest of the tweak using that hidden file explorer.

  1. First off, temporarily disable the file manager app that came preinstalled on your device [such as the Files by Google app on Pixel devices].
  2. If you don’t do so, then it wouldn’t let the hidden file manager do its job. So head over to Settings > Apps > See All Apps.
  3. Then the preinstalled file manager app and tap on Disable > Disable in the confirmation and obb folder android 13
  4. Once done, download the Files app from Pay Store [it is the app that will invoke the hidden File Manager app].
  5. Now launch it and it will straightaway launch the hidden file File Manager app.
  6. You will now be able to access the Android/data and the Android/obb folder without any issues!data obb folder android 13

How to Transfer Files in Data and OBB folder in Android 13

While accessing the data and obb folder in Android 13 proved to be a cakewalk, the same cannot be said for transferring files in these folders. But thanks to another interesting workaround, you could now easily get this job done pretty easily. Let’s check out how this could be achieved:

  1. To begin with, launch the hidden file explorer on your device using the steps listed above.
  2. Then tap on the overflow icon situated at the top right and select New obb folder android 13
  3. Now go to the Recents screen and you should see two instances of the file explorer app.
  4. Long press on one of its icons and select Split top. Then select the second instance of that obb folder android 13
  5. Both versions of the hidden file explorer app should be right in front of you.
  6. So go to Android/data or Android/obb directory in the “upper” file obb folder android 13
  7. On the other hand, go to the desired file that you need to transfer from the “lower” file explorer.
  8. Now long press the file to be transferred from the lower file explorer and then transfer it to the upper File Explorer!

Video Guide to Access Data and OBB folder on Android 13

That’s it. These were the steps to access the Data and OBB folder in Android 13 and transfer files in them. Do let us know what you think of this intriguing tweak in the comment section below. Likewise, all your queries are welcomed in the comments. Rounding off, let’s just keep our fingers crossed and hope this loophole doesn’t get patched by Google, at least in this OS version, and the next one, and the next…

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31 thoughts on “How to access Android 13 Data and OBB folder & transfer files in them”

  1. This Method Doesn’t Work on my Reno 8 5G .When I use new window and try to open a split screen it is exiting from split screen and going to full screen.
    Please find a resolution for this issue.

    1. You can choose the Uninstall updates instead, it basically reverts the app to factory state and disables it. I did that and it worked.

  2. I tried this method step by step and I still couldn’t transfer files out of Android/data. It kept telling me the transfer was unsuccessful. I don’t know if they’ve already patched it or what. I really need to get into that folder and copy some files

    1. Do the open new window as it says in tutorial, then force close everything else that’s running in the background (including the browser), so that JUST the 2 Files apps/Windows are open. Then using split screen will work.

  3. This tweak doesn’t seem to be working now, well it doesn’t on my Samsung s22 ultra running the latest android 13, I followed the guide to the letter

  4. Hello 👋. Thanks for your efforts!
    I just tried to move folder but when long pressing I can’t drag I can only select move to and it open up the folder automatically with no data folder visible.

    1. Long press the folder once, it will select it. Long press the already selected folder and you’ll be able to drag it.

  5. So if you long press, and then long press and hold on a folder, and then drag, you can move folders. I was even able to delete folders I created earlier trying to bypass this dumb “feature” in android. I got it to “move” but the folder is missing from view. Maybe I need to refresh the app?

    1. Meaning the folder I attempted to “move” by dragging, dissapeared completely. I should’ve made a backup, now I have to re-download. My fault I guess maybe the above steps were made using older android? I thought maybe it’d just stay put, but it moved. It move somewhere a black hole in android… And I don’t see a trash can. How in the world can android just be able to delete your files like that? That can’t be okay.

  6. Absolutely BRILLIANT, Sadique !!!
    I just bought a Google Pixel 6, updated to android 13 and became extremely frustrated when I couldn’t transfer my backup files for OsmAnd+ Maps over to it’s data folder. SORTED thanks to your very helpful article. 👍👌🤟

  7. For those using oppo, use the floating screen for the file, and then go back to open the file. It will work.

  8. Hello thanks for this page, but it’s impossible to disable “FILE” application, the button DISABLE is not activate (Android 13 on custom ROM on Redmi note 11 SPES)

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