1. eyedroid's Avatar
    I apologize if this is repeating a common question, I'm new to BB10. There is a heavy android folder resting in misc. I don't plan to install anything from Play Store and would like to get rid of those android files. My guess is they come pre-installed and will reappear after deletion. Do I just ignore them or is there a way to wipe them?
    01-15-17 12:22 AM
  2. Fret Madden's Avatar
    I apologize if this is repeating a common question, I'm new to BB10. There is a heavy android folder resting in misc. I don't plan to install anything from Play Store and would like to get rid of those android files. My guess is they come pre-installed and will reappear after deletion. Do I just ignore them or is there a way to wipe them?
    How heavy is "heavy"? I have seven Android apps, including Cobalt's Google Play Store and requisite files, and mine comes in at just under half a gigabyte. Keep in mind all your data is duplicated into the Android folder inside Misc, so anything that happens on the Android side doesn't actually touch your data on your BB10 device. Meaning you can delete all personal data such as photos and downloads inside the Android folder, and any Android app installed wouldn't be able to see it even though your folders in File manager are in actuality intact outside Misc.

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    01-15-17 01:27 AM
  3. eyedroid's Avatar
    How heavy is "heavy"? I have seven Android apps, including Cobalt's Google Play Store and requisite files, and mine comes in at just under half a gigabyte. Keep in mind all your data is duplicated into the Android folder inside Misc, so anything that happens on the Android side doesn't actually touch your data on your BB10 device. Meaning you can delete all personal data such as photos and downloads inside the Android folder, and any Android app installed wouldn't be able to see it even though your folders in File manager are in actuality intact outside Misc.

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    3GB. Inside this android folder all those other folders have nothing in them. Couple wallpapers that I use, that's it. Maybe some hidden system files here?
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     z30
    01-15-17 02:36 AM
  4. Fret Madden's Avatar
    3GB. Inside this android folder all those other folders have nothing in them. Couple wallpapers that I use, that's it. Maybe some hidden system files here?
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     z30
    Check properties of DCIM/Camera.
    01-15-17 02:51 AM
  5. eyedroid's Avatar
    Check properties of DCIM/Camera.
    131kb

     z30
    01-15-17 03:05 AM
  6. eyedroid's Avatar
    It's a new device. Couple days in use. Nothing's been transferred to it.

     z30
    01-15-17 03:07 AM
  7. Fret Madden's Avatar
    What's the rest of your storage situation look like outside of the Misc folder?
    01-15-17 03:26 AM
  8. eyedroid's Avatar
    What's the rest of your storage situation look like outside of the Misc folder?
    My only data are on SD card. 2Gb in Audio books, 500Mb of music. 800mb in Podcasts. It's around 3Gb actually (which is the size of that android folder). On device there is nothing. Could it be that those data get copied to Android folder somehow?

     Z30
    01-15-17 04:15 AM
  9. Fret Madden's Avatar
    That's most likely the case, but I'm not clear on why there's apparently nothing in obvious places. For instance your podcasts and music folders are empty.
    01-15-17 04:28 AM
  10. eyedroid's Avatar
    That's most likely the case, but I'm not clear on why there's apparently nothing in obvious places. For instance your podcasts and music folders are empty.
    Thanks for your replies. I'll see how it goes with more music and pics added.

     Z30
    01-15-17 04:34 AM
  11. rthonpm's Avatar
    Could it be that those data get copied to Android folder somehow?

     Z30
    The files aren't copied to the Android folder. The Android folder uses symbolic links to the locations on the device that contain the same name so really the android/Music folder is just a shortcut to the folder of the same name in the regular file system. This is how Android apps are able to interact with files stored outside of the runtime.

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    01-15-17 11:30 AM
  12. thurask's Avatar
    The files aren't copied to the Android folder. The Android folder uses symbolic links to the locations on the device that contain the same name so really the android/Music folder is just a shortcut to the folder of the same name in the regular file system. This is how Android apps are able to interact with files stored outside of the runtime.

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    Which also means don't delete them, as that deletes the originals as well.
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    01-15-17 12:05 PM
  13. Fret Madden's Avatar
    The files aren't copied to the Android folder. The Android folder uses symbolic links to the locations on the device that contain the same name so really the android/Music folder is just a shortcut to the folder of the same name in the regular file system. This is how Android apps are able to interact with files stored outside of the runtime.

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    There should be folders and files to represent those of that case, that's what I'm not seeing here
    01-15-17 03:31 PM
  14. eyedroid's Avatar
    The files aren't copied to the Android folder. The Android folder uses symbolic links to the locations on the device that contain the same name so really the android/Music folder is just a shortcut to the folder of the same name in the regular file system. This is how Android apps are able to interact with files stored outside of the runtime.

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    I don't understand the "inside the runtime - outside the runtime" stuff, but that was my guess - somehow that Android folder is wired into the bb10. As I mentioned, I don't plan to install anything from Android store. But, well.. if that's the way it's supposed to work I'm OK with that folder. I'm glad it's just a symbolic link and not a real duplicate of all my data. Thank you.

     Z30
    01-16-17 11:07 AM
  15. rthonpm's Avatar
    BB10 can run Android apps, and some apps in BlackBerry World are Android ports. Since Android uses a different logical structure than BB10 there needs to be a way for the Android portion of the device to access information on the rest of the device. That's what I mean by in and out of the runtime: without those symbolic links any app ported from Android (or directly installed Android app) would only be able to see data installed by other apps of the same kind. By having the links, even files used by native apps can be accessed by an Android app.

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    01-16-17 05:22 PM

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