Use of All files access (MANAGE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE) permission

Hi,
Thanks for contacting Google Play Developer Support.
This notification is primarily delivered to developers who are going to release their apps on Android 11 or newer with All files access (MANAGE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE) permission in the manifest file after May 5th. If you consider the upgrade to be unnecessary, please ignore the message and you do not need to take any action on it.
However, if you are planned to run your apps on Android 11 or newer with All files access permission, you must either:
  1. Update your app to use more privacy friendly best practices, such as the Storage Access Framework or MediaStore API.
  2. Update your app to declare the All files access (MANAGE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE) permission in the manifest file, and complete the All files access permission declaration in Play Console from May 5th.
  3. Remove the All files access permission from your app entirely.
More information can be found in this article, and it will soon be updated to reflect changes included in our March 2021 policy updates.
Thanks for your understanding and continued support.
Regards,
Beo
Google Play Developer Support
 
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