Android used to grant full access of contents in file system allowing the users to perform whatever they want to with the SD card files. But till Android 6.0, it doesn’t have an inbuilt file manager. This has put the burden on gadget makers to create their own file manager applications or force users to download and install third party applications. But solving this issue, Android 6.0, has come up with built-in file manager. But Android 6.0 doesn’t have such an application in their app launcher. I don’t why Google still want to hide such an application from the users. But don’t worry, just follow the below given steps, you can find and make use of the File Manager.
Finding Android 6.0 Hidden File Manager
Finding the application is not a tedious task. Just open the Android Settings App. Then select Storage and USB option from the Device Category. This will guide you to the Storage Manager of the Android 6.0, which will help you to get rid of storage problem in the device. It provides an estimate of space that you have utilized in the device displaying the category wise breakdown such space used by various Applications, Photos, Video files, MP3 files and so on. Selecting each category will display the breakup of each item’s consumption of space within it. For instance if you select Apps, it will show down the data consumption by each Application.
File Manager can be accessed by going down to the end of this list. There you may find the option named Explore. If you select this option, it will direct you to another window displaying the gadget’s internal as well as external storage. Here is where the Android 6.0’s file system is placed and it looks and works exactly like the third party file manager applications, admitting the fact that full root file system can’t be retrieved with the help of third party file manager.
Steps to use In-built File Manager of Android 6.0
- Browse File System: Click on a folder to view its contents and details. You can get back to the previous window by clicking on the same folder’s name that appears on the left corner on the upper part of the display.
- Open File with Respective Application: After selecting a folder, particular files can be opened with the help of respective application. For instance a PDF file can be opened up with the help of PDF viewer.
- Select One or More Files: Just a tap on the file icons will select the file that you would like to open. Pressing on the folder will deselect those files also. If you want to select all the files under a folder, then tap on the respective folder. Then you have to select Menu option and tap on Select All. This will select all the files under that particular folder.
- Sharing One or More Files to an App: This can be done by tapping on the respective files that you would like to share. Then you have to select the Share Button, to exchange those files to the respective application.
- Delete One or More Files:Tap and select the files that you want to delete. Then you have to tap on Trash Can Icon, which will delete the files from the folder.
- Copy Files to Another Folder:Tap and select the files that you want to copy to another location. Then you have to select the Menu Button and tap on Copy To. This will copy those selected files or folder to another location. Internal Storage position of the device can be checked by selecting Show Internal Storage. The New Folder Button, there permits you to create folders in internal storage. Android doesn’t grant you the permission to move files from one location to another. The only option available is to copy those files to another location and delete it from location from where you have copied those files.
- Searching Files: You search for particular files by tapping on the Search Icon on the top right corner of the display and then type the files name on it.
- Select Files View: You can select the view mode of the files as either Grid View or List View.
- Sorting files on the basis of various parameters: You can sort the files in a particular folder or storage system by selecting the Sort Button which you can find on the right corner to the top of the display. Sorting can be done by either selecting the options such as By Name or By Date Modified or By Size.
You can perform the basic functions associated with internal storage and external storage with the help of this inbuilt file manager. But for performing advanced functions such as accessing network storage locations or accessing root file system, can be done with the help of third party applications.