> On my SD card the permissions were RWXRWX--- but on my emulated storage its rw rw --- That's a decent clue that Stephan's "noexec" tip is pertinent. > I selected the 20 FE phone specifically for the SD card so I could do this project without rooting my phone. The "cannot root phone" constraint is not one likely to be catered to. > I'm on the verge of giving up on SQLite even though I really really want it to work!! If wishes were fishes, ... What makes you think this has anything to do with SQLite, other than that it is ultimately executed (like anything else running) and your environment is blocking execution? You should go to an Android development forum to get advice on your problem. You have a platform issue rather than a SQLite issue.