If you've visited Android Police over the past weekend, you've probably already seen my enthusiastic review of Total Commander for Android, which for me is replacing both ASTRO and Root Explorer going forward as the top Android file manager. Ad-free, $0, root support, dual panes, plugin support, and other advanced functions, which you can read about in the review, make Total Commander an easy choice for both novice and advanced users.

However, one task that is not immediately achievable (or so I thought) with Total Commander is something that sits right at the core of Root Explorer - writing to read-only partitions, such as /system. Root Explorer has a handy "Mount RW" button, which re-mounts such read-only partitions for writes, but Total Commander doesn't seem to offer this functionality. Bummed, I emailed the developer with a feature request, only to be enlightened by a helpful reader Sleeepy2 minutes later.

Apparently, I could re-mount partitions as read-write in Total Commander all along, and now I'm passing this knowledge to you.

Remember the button bar which can be customized with your own shortcuts and commands? Turns out Re-mount is one such command.

Step 1.

Pop open Total Commander and open up the button bar by pressing


Step 2.

Press the "Add button" button


Step 3.

Change the function type to "Internal command" and pick "119 Remount." Now press "OK/Apply".

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Step 4.

Observe the new RW button, readily available for some re-mounting action.


Now you can press this button whenever you find yourself in a partition that is read-only. Here's me doing it in /system:

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P.S. If you still haven't gotten Total Commander for Android, you can pick it up here.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Kijar

    Hello nice post, thank you. I use both Astro and Root Explorer. My question is can I replace both apps with just this one? How about replace Astro and keep Root Explorer? Thank you much, please email me if possible. Best of luck to you!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You can replace either of the apps with it, or keep all 3 - it's entirely up to you, but I think TC does everything both Astro and RE do, for free and even better. The best way would be to try it out and see for yourself.

  • Ralfie

    Just installed.. awesome piece of programming art!
    Added ftp and LAN plugins.. works perrrfect!

  • Kijar

    Thank you very much, will try it and possibly get rid of Astro. I have the paid version of RE and maybe that's why I wanna keep using it. :)

  • Wesley

    It does not work for me. I followed the directions but each time I try to edit build.prop it will not save. It says there was an error saving the file. Any ideas?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's because the program you're editing with probably doesn't have/use root permissions. Copy it somewhere first, edit, then copy back using TC.

  • The Steven

    Perhaps it should go without saying, that the phone should be Rooted FIRST.

  • patrick

    followed your instruction but 'remount error'

    my device: thinkpad slate tablet

    • jirka

      I have same problem on Kindle fire :-(

  • B-Art

    Best ever. Searched for a long Time AND NOW I FOUND. Gishler realy ROCKS.

  • Mwongeera Murungi

    Thanks, yours is the only one that works.

  • Alhenessa06

    Why does it say Failed!!

  • Alhenessa06

    Your useles!!!

  • Chanrattana Bou

    Hi, I followed your instruction but "re-mount error". I want to mute the camera shutter sound with samsung galaxy s2. Please help! :/

  • James J

    Thank you, this worked for me!

  • Larrybee

    I installed this, tried to place some custom media files into notifications on a Desire C, but it wouldn't allow me to change the read/write permissions... do I have to change anything else?

  • Shan

    Super, this app really helps. Wow, i was browsing a whole lot of sites for modifying permission & in return I used to get confusing answers & more complex coding :) this app is g8t. 10 on 10 :)

  • gmazuel

    Gracias me salvo la vida....

  • Extreemo

    WhenI click ok to Re-mount drive I got: Re-mount error!
    Exception: Broken pipe

    Please help!! Thanks!

  • aasdasfsgcgh

    you just killed my phone....=(

  • Bil

    Hi all nice job and then no "aasdasfsgcgh" !!!you!!! have killed your phone :/ nobody say u do that ok? u have take the right think to that plz before talk to someone :/

  • Sivaram Kannan

    You saved me a lot of trouble. I was going mad by making adb shell work with S3 to copy file on /system/app. Tool worked like charm and really the best android tool for folder browsing.

  • Elancore

    It worked for me, but when I restart, the files get deleted again. any help please?

  • John

    Hi, after I click rw and press ok it appears that still remount read only not read/write before mount.. What should I do..thanks

  • Hoho Ho

    Re- mount error! SU call failed!
    i was trying to disable my Samsung S6500 camera shutter sound.Please advise.Thanks.

  • Jared Masters

    Thank you so much I couldn't write to /system/media for my new boot animation!

  • Martin Thomas Fei

    Same here. It worked once when I saved a file and it automatically mounted as root. Now, a week later, the same procedure fails. And issuing the remount command results in Re-mount error. It is because of 4.3? I just recently updated.

  • Ajay

    it says, Permission Denied,

  • sssnej

    Thanx a lot for this tutorial. Works now very well!

  • Carlo

    Grazie al cazzo che funziona! il problema c'è quando uno non è root!!