To develop a Android Application that writes data to the SD Card.


Creating a New project:

  • Open Android Studio and then click on File -> New -> New project.

new project

  • Then type the Application name as “″ and click Next. 


  • Then select the Minimum SDK as shown below and click Next.

minimum sdk

  • Then select the Empty Activity and click Next. 

empty activity

  • Finally click Finish.


  • It will take some time to build and load the project.
  • After completion it will look as given below.


Designing layout for the Android Application:

  • Click on app -> res -> layout -> activity_main.xml.


  • Now click on Text as shown below.


  • Then delete the code which is there and type the code as given below.

Code for Activity_main.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="match_parent" android:layout_margin="20dp" android:orientation="vertical"> <EditText android:id="@+id/editText" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:singleLine="true" android:textSize="30dp" /> <Button android:id="@+id/button" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_margin="10dp" android:text="Write Data" android:textSize="30dp" /> <Button android:id="@+id/button2" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_margin="10dp" android:text="Read data" android:textSize="30dp" /> <Button android:id="@+id/button3" android:layout_width="match_parent" android:layout_height="wrap_content" android:layout_margin="10dp" android:text="Clear" android:textSize="30dp" /> </LinearLayout>
  • Now click on Design and your application will look as given below.


  • So now the designing part is completed.

Adding permissions in Manifest for the Android Application:

  • Click on app -> manifests -> AndroidManifest.xml


  • Now include the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permissions in the AndroidManifest.xml file as shown below


Code for AndroidManifest.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<manifest xmlns:android="" package="com.example.exno9" > <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"></uses-permission> <application android:allowBackup="true" android:icon="@mipmap/ic_launcher" android:label="@string/app_name" android:supportsRtl="true" android:theme="@style/AppTheme" > <activity android:name=".MainActivity" > <intent-filter> <action android:name="android.intent.action.MAIN" /> <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" /> </intent-filter> </activity> </application>
  • So now the Permissions are added in the Manifest.

Java Coding for the Android Application:

  • Click on app -> java -> com.example.exno9 -> MainActivity.


  • Then delete the code which is there and type the code as given below.

Code for

package com.example.exno9; import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.Toast; import;
import; public class MainActivity extends AppCompatActivity
{ EditText e1; Button write,read,clear; @Override protected void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) { super.onCreate(savedInstanceState); setContentView(R.layout.activity_main); e1= (EditText) findViewById(; write= (Button) findViewById(; read= (Button) findViewById(; clear= (Button) findViewById(; write.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() { @Override public void onClick(View v) { String message=e1.getText().toString(); try { File f=new File("/sdcard/myfile.txt"); f.createNewFile(); FileOutputStream fout=new FileOutputStream(f); fout.write(message.getBytes()); fout.close(); Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(),"Data Written in SDCARD",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show(); } catch (Exception e) { Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(),e.getMessage(),Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show(); } } }); read.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() { @Override public void onClick(View v) { String message; String buf = ""; try { File f = new File("/sdcard/myfile.txt"); FileInputStream fin = new FileInputStream(f); BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(fin)); while ((message = br.readLine()) != null) { buf += message; } e1.setText(buf); br.close(); fin.close(); Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(),"Data Recived from SDCARD",Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show(); } catch (Exception e) { Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), e.getMessage(), Toast.LENGTH_LONG).show(); } } }); clear.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() { @Override public void onClick(View v) { e1.setText(""); } }); }
  • So now the Coding part is also completed.
  • Now run the application to see the output.


android sd card Screenshot_2016-03-16-00-32-10 android application

Screenshot_2016-03-16-00-35-58 Screenshot_2016-03-16-00-40-14


              Thus Android Application that writes data to the SD Card is developed and executed successfully.

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