Exception open failed: EACCES (Permission denied) on Android

Exception open failed: EACCES (Permission denied) on Android

Exception open failed: EACCES (Permission denied) on Android

Google has a new feature on Android Q: filtered view for external storage. A quick fix for that is to add this code in the AndroidManifest.xml file:

<manifest ... >
    <!-- This attribute is false by default on apps targeting Android Q. -->
    <application android_requestLegacyExternalStorage=true ... >

You can read more about it here: https://developer.android.com/training/data-storage/use-cases

Edit: I am starting to get downvotes because this answer is out of date for Android 11. So whoever sees this answer please go to the link above and read the instructions.

For API 23+ you need to request the read/write permissions even if they are already in your manifest.

// Storage Permissions
private static final int REQUEST_EXTERNAL_STORAGE = 1;
private static String[] PERMISSIONS_STORAGE = {

 * Checks if the app has permission to write to device storage
 * If the app does not has permission then the user will be prompted to grant permissions
 * @param activity
public static void verifyStoragePermissions(Activity activity) {
    // Check if we have write permission
    int permission = ActivityCompat.checkSelfPermission(activity, Manifest.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE);

    if (permission != PackageManager.PERMISSION_GRANTED) {
        // We dont have permission so prompt the user


<uses-permission android_name=android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE />
<uses-permission android_name=android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE />

For official documentation about requesting permissions for API 23+, check https://developer.android.com/training/permissions/requesting.html

Exception open failed: EACCES (Permission denied) on Android

I had the same problem… The <uses-permission was in the wrong place. This is right:

        <uses-permission android_name=android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE/>

The uses-permission tag needs to be outside the application tag.

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