Unreal Engine 5 on Android - Permission Required, Storage, Error Screen

The game does not start, instead you see the Permission Required, Storage, Error Screen

Error [ANDROID] Title: Permission Required - Text: You must approve this permission in App Settings: Storage - Buttons: Seetings, Quit.

The problem targets Android 13 API 33 and above

Solution that did worked for me (not amazing, but at least it works)

Go to Project Settings > Android > APK Packaging search for "UseExternalFilesDir for UnrealGame files?" set it to True (check the box)

Next go to Project Settings > Android > Launch Images search for "Show launch image" set it to False (uncheck the box)

Is not the most amazing solution, because from this point on the application will not show a start image, but at least the users will be able to open the application.

Solution that is not for Android 13 API 33, but has worked well in the past (you can implement also this step)

Go to Project Settings > Android > Advanced APK Packaging search for Extra Permissions add 4 extra as following

android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
android.permission.WRITE_INTERNAL_STORAGE
android.permission.READ_INTERNAL_STORAGE

Untested solution to this problem (it may work) - change the AndroidManifest.xml file

C:\Users\edvog\Documents\Unreal Projects\Edvog Endless 35 5.2.1\Intermediate\Android search for AndroidManifest.xml file and change

From:
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

To:
<uses-permission
android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"
android:maxSdkVersion="18" />

This means when this app is installed on an Android device with an API higher than 18 (you could also choose other versions) the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission will be ignored as if it wasn’t even in the AndroidManifest.xml file.

Solution that didn't worked for me, but worked for some devs

Go to

C:\Users\(your username)\Documents\Unreal Projects\(your project)\Build\Android

create a .txt file - call it ManifestRequirementsOverride.txt

add the following text

<uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="9" android:targetSdkVersion="33" />
android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE
android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE

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