O android allows the use of external storage devices. This feature, however, does not cover all file formats, making it difficult to use USB sticks, external hard drives and other media with partitions mounted on NTFS. Fortunately, this reality must come to an end in the Android 14which tends to natively support the Windows.
The good news is mainly for those who use Windows computers. After all, to install Microsoft software, you need to use the NTFS standard on SSD or HD. But despite being one of the most popular formats on the market, not all operating systems offer full compatibility.
This is the case with Android. You can even connect an external hard drive to your phone via the USB-C port, for example. But if the device has been formatted in NTFS, the smartphone will not be able to read the media properly due to the standard used, unlike FAT32 partitions.
Fortunately, this can change in Android 14.
Android 14 may bring NTFS support
Changes began to emerge in August. At this time, Mishaal Rahman of the waitreported on Twitter that Android 13 now supports exFAT partitions, another format that was wanted by the user community for quite some time. For this, it was necessary to have a cell phone with Linux from version 5.10 onwards.
Despite that, the OS version released this year did not guarantee NTFS support. Fortunately, the search giant has taken action: according to Rahman in his Mastodon profile this Friday, Google has added the SELinux policy to ntfsfix, a utility to fix some common NTFS issues.
“We will still need a working NTFS implementation and updates to vold (Android volume daemon) to mount NTFS drives,” he explained. “But the existence of this patch suggests that they may also be working on adding this.”
The update in the source code of Google’s system may bring news to users in the future. “I expect Android devices with android13-5.15 and newer GKI kernels running Android 14 to support mounting NTFS drives (assuming the rest of the work is done to support this),” Rahman said.
Linux 5.15 has improved NTFS support
This improvement would come with the help of Linux updates. At the end of last year, Linus Torvalds announced kernel version 5.15, which offers more agility when accessing files on NTFS partitions. This advancement was offered thanks to NTFS3, a driver developed by Paragon Software.
Other news was revealed at the time. Among them is support for the Apple M1, the processor for Apple computers based on the ARM architecture. Intel Arc graphics cards also became compatible with the kernel version revealed in November 2021.