Samsung Android 11 - Can't Browse to MicroSD Card

After installing the Android 11 update for my Samsung Note 20 Ultra (what Samsung calls One UI 3.0), I can no longer browse to the microSD card within Retroarch when pointing towards files. I’m using the most up-to-date version of the application available on the Google Play Store.

I had no issues pointing to the microSD card before the update to Android 11, which only went live about a week or so ago for this Samsung device. Afterwards though, I can’t navigate within Retroarch to any files on the microSD, much less see it in the folder structure. However, ROMs that I’d already pointed Retroarch to, it can still run without any issue. I can also still browse my microSD card with Samsung-made apps without any problems. I thought it might be a permissions thing or something with the switch to Android 11, but checking the application permissions, it shows it still is allowed to fully access the microSD card.


So I had the same issue with Dolphin as I did with Retroarch. I posted basically this same message to their forum, but for Dolphin specifically, and was told it was a known issue to them, and happened specifically on Samsung phones from the Android 11 update. They’d already fixed the issue, but just not on the build on the Play Store.

So, sounds to me like it is a repeatable issue, and fixable as well. I’m assuming the story will be more or less the same for Retroarch? Here’s a link to their bug report regarding the issue:

Unfortunately, we probably can’t reproduce their success because it happens in java code, which RetroArch uses almost none of.

I’ve had the same problem since updating my S20, on Retroarch and on Nostalgia.NES. I haven’t been able to figure out a work around, unfortunately.

Same Problem here on a Xiaomi RN8 phone with android 11