Open it up and tap the three-line menu icon in the upper-left corner to browse any area of your local storage or a connected Drive account.
Android's native file manager left is fine for basics, but a fully featured app like Solid Explorer right can do much more. If you want to do more than the most basic on-device file management, a third-party file manager is the way to go. It's nicely designed and intuitive to use, yet jam-packed with advanced features like near-instant device-wide searching, support for creating and extracting common archive formats such as ZIP, 7ZIP and RAR , and the ability to encrypt files and folders so they're accessible only with a fingerprint or password.
Solid Explorer can connect to almost any cloud storage service as well as to a personal or corporate FTP server for hassle-free transferring of local and remote files. Be sure to turn your phone horizontally, too, as that'll cause the app to expand into a multi-window mode in which you can easily drag and drop files between two different folders or destinations. One little-known feature of Android is its ability to connect with external storage devices like USB memory sticks and even larger-capacity portable hard drives.
A fair number of devices, including Google's Pixel phones and many Samsung Galaxy products, offer such support.
If you aren't sure if your phone does, your best bet is to Google its name along with "USB OTG"; odds are, you'll find the answer fairly quickly. Use the adapter to plug the external drive into your phone, then look for a notification confirming the drive is connected.
A notification will appear when an external drive is connected to your Android device and ready to be accessed. Tap the "Explore" option within the notification, and that's it: You can now browse and access all the files on your external drive. If you want to do even more, just open up a third-party file manager like the aforementioned Solid Explorer. You'll be able to find the USB drive there and perform most any imaginable function on its contents. When you're finished, don't forget to go back to the notification and tap "Eject" before disconnecting the drive.
In addition to supporting external hard drives, your Android phone can act as an external hard drive. Just plug your device into any Windows or Mac computer, and you can access its entire file system and drag and drop files between it and your desktop with ease.
With a Windows system, it's essentially as simple as plug and play. With a Mac, you'll first need to install a special program on your computer before the connection can be established. For step-by-step instructions on either front, click over to my comprehensive Android file transfer guide. Want to transfer files between your Android phone and a computer or another Android phone, iPhone, etc. No problem. Your most basic option is to embrace a middleman — specifically, a cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive.
Just upload the files to a folder within the respective app on your Android phone, then find the folder within the same app on the receiving device or vice versa. You can get more advanced than that, though — and make your life significantly easier as a result. One handy tool worth considering is a multiplatform app called Join.
Install the app on your Android device and then install either the Chrome extension or Windows 10 app on any other device with which you want to share files. You can also access the service via a standard website on any desktop computer — if, for instance, you use a Mac along with a browser other than Chrome. Once you've signed into the apps on both ends, you're ready to initiate hassle-free file transfers in either direction. On Android, just share a file from any app — a file manager, an image gallery or any other sort of file-using utility — and select Join as the destination.
The file will appear on your desktop within seconds. On a computer, meanwhile, sending a file is as simple as opening the Join app or extension, selecting your phone as the receiving device and then dragging the file into the window. Drop a file into Join on your desktop left , and it'll appear on your Android device a second later right. Join has a bunch of other functions, including the ability to create a common clipboard for your desktop and mobile device — so you can copy text on one system and then, without any additional effort, paste it anywhere on the other — but even if you just use it for wireless file transfers, it's well worth keeping around.
Maybe you like having certain files stored locally on your Android phone, but you also want those files to be backed up and saved on your computer.
The best of both worlds, right? Believe it or not, this is actually quite easy to pull off. Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to access Android files and folders directly from Windows File Explorer over WiFi. You ever download a txt that appears as a solid block of text in notepad but has proper formatting when opened in your word processor of choice.
This is caused by Linux android is linux , Microsoft and apple being unable to agree on somthing simple as text file formatting. Personally I use filezilla because it will convert those line endings to the proper format for the destination system. I followed your directions and it did work.
Sort of. And even then, I cannot view any images in the camera folder.
The images are present as. What am I doing wrong or not doing? If you or anyone else sees this, perhaps you can reply via my email address. Others can reply via comments here.
I did without ES in xiomi MI4i. This whole article is wrong. ES file explorer also connects the phone with PC only via the web.
And when you press it, it would open another screen asking you to choose from a list of available networks. And if you do the same with internet connection, you are only using the web to transfer files between your PC and phone. It is supposed to be, I know. At least on Windows 7. When i open that, its getting opened in browser.
File Commander also supports remote access, file sharing and cloud storage. Syncing your Android phone's storage with a computer Maybe you like having certain files stored locally on your Android phone, but you also want those files to be backed up and saved on your computer. Your Android device's folder is now effectively part of your PC. X-Plore File Manager is one of the more unique options on the list. Files you download are available for use directly in the Downloads app. It is not possible to access phone settings through Google.
Its automatically opens Chrome and shows me browser view, with which i cant copy paste any folder: Integrated in native Windows Explorer. Using native Google adb android debug bridge. Since my goal is managing photos on the phone Samsung Galaxy S4 , this limits usefulness by a lot. Is there a setting to enable thumbnail viewing on the PC in Explorer? Earlier poster is correct that if you attempt to actually open a file photo on the computer, it opens in the web browser instead of the default app for viewing photos.
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