How do emulated folders on Android phones work?

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I tried Google but the answers don’t compute to my Luddite brain.

For context, during a Malwarebytes scan of my phone, I saw an emulated folder being scanned that referenced an app that I previously deleted out of concern for privacy (foreign owned). So now I’m wondering if my phone is saving some sort of back up to all my files and apps that can be accessed by rooting even if I believe they are “deleted” on the main device.

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Anonymous 0 Comments

The emulated folders are kind of like links to the actual folder, so you can easily find it. They don’t necessarily mean the data is still being kept.

I have an atlas from the 1950s that still references the Soviet Union, but that doesn’t mean the Soviet Union still exists. It just means the map is outdated.

Your deleted data is the Soviet Union. The map is your file directory. If you open the folder, you’ll likely find that it’s empty. Those folders are just Android’s way of making it easier to navigate your files, and they often don’t get deleted with the app.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The emulated folders are kind of like links to the actual folder, so you can easily find it. They don’t necessarily mean the data is still being kept.

I have an atlas from the 1950s that still references the Soviet Union, but that doesn’t mean the Soviet Union still exists. It just means the map is outdated.

Your deleted data is the Soviet Union. The map is your file directory. If you open the folder, you’ll likely find that it’s empty. Those folders are just Android’s way of making it easier to navigate your files, and they often don’t get deleted with the app.

Anonymous 0 Comments

The emulated folders are kind of like links to the actual folder, so you can easily find it. They don’t necessarily mean the data is still being kept.

I have an atlas from the 1950s that still references the Soviet Union, but that doesn’t mean the Soviet Union still exists. It just means the map is outdated.

Your deleted data is the Soviet Union. The map is your file directory. If you open the folder, you’ll likely find that it’s empty. Those folders are just Android’s way of making it easier to navigate your files, and they often don’t get deleted with the app.