[5.4.2-android] Android files have moved; How to access mods/worlds/etc on Android

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[5.4.2-android] Android files have moved; How to access mods/worlds/etc on Android

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Minetest 5.4.2 was released to Android only on 23rd October 2021

Before, Minetest files were stored in a public directory in a "Minetest" folder. From November 2021, Google prevents apps from accessing this public directory directly, in order to improve privacy. Therefore, we've had to move from this public directory to an app directory.

5.4.2 will automatically move user data from the public directory to the app directory, as part of the app loading process.

Accessing user data files


Before you try to access your files, make sure you open Minetest at least once.

Minetest user data files are stored at /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/net.minetest.minetest/files/Minetest. This may be under Internal Storage > Android > data > net.minetest.minetest in your file manager.

If this folder is empty or doesn't exist, then it's likely that your file manager doesn't have permission to read all files. You may be able to find a setting in the file manager to enable this. If not, you might need to install a different file manager, such as Total Commander.

Using Total Commander
  • Open Minetest at least once
  • Install and open Total Commander
  • Go to Internal shared storage > Android > data > Installed apps
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  • There will be a dialog asking you to choose a directory. Click Yes,
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  • Tap "Use this folder", and then "agree" on the dialog
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  • Select net.minetest.minetest and then open files/Minetest.
  • You should now see Minetest's files.
    Tap the bookmark icon at the top, and then tap "Add bookmark" at the bottom.
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  • Check "show in home folder"
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  • Optional: you can click the folder icon and choose Installed Apps > Minetest to have a Minetest icon for the bookmark.
  • Tap "Add new bookmark"
  • On the home screen of Total Commander, there will now be a link to the Minetest folder.
  • Optional: To add a shortcut on your phone's homescreen, tap and hold the "Minetest" folder/link, and then select "Create link on desktop"
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And that's it.

In the future, to access the Minetest folder all you need to do is tap the bookmark on Total Commander's homescreen, or the launcher link on your phone's homescreen.

Thanks to ROllerozxa for their feedback on this guide
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