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How to Manage Files on Android

Thanks to android’s user-visible file system, managing files is super-easy in android and far better than iOS. However, unlike iOS, android phones don’t come with a Android default file manager app, but there are plenty of file management apps available in the android market with bunch of cool features to organize and manage your resources. However, you can do well in taking command of your files even without these applications eating up your device’s memory.

One way of transferring files to your android device is by connecting the device to your PC through a USB Cable. After your computer has recognized your android device, then it is the simple task of copying and pasting. However, Macs users will have to download the android file transfer app.

Managing Files on Android

Another way of managing your files is by using the file manager apps available in app markets. ES File Explorer is the best of the bunch in Google Play. With more than 300 millions global downloads and a fiery, hot rating of 4.5, this amazing app is one of best, if not the best, resource management tools on Android market. Packed with wealth of file management features, ES File Explorer makes file management as easy as managing your files on desktop with its explorer window for copy, paste, delete, and move operations, a sidebar for accessing your favorite folders and other dazzling features. Furthermore, this app also allows you to remotely manage files on your phone from your computer.

ES File Explorer Screenshot Example Android

Viewing and Editing Files on Android

In order to view, manage and transfer files from your File System, you must be well-acquainted with the basis and the layout of File System on Android. File manager in android phones contains three main folders. DCIM is the folder that is dedicated for your photos. Download folder saves the files that you have downloaded from the web. While, Movies, Music, Pictures, Ringtones and Video folder saves your personal media files.

Android file system layout is completely different from your computer’s layout. It divides its storages in two parts. SD card is a storage device mounted to the file system in the typical Linux fashion. Every Android-compatible device supports a shared “external storage” that you can use to save files. This can be a removable storage media (such as an SD card) or an internal (non-removable) storage. Files saved to the external storage are world-readable and can be modified by the user when they enable USB mass storage to transfer files on a computer. Phone Storage is a special system file system in your android device which stores its operating system files, installed applications, and sensitive application data.

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Raja Habib is an expert on technology and technology developments. He is the editor for GluedtoTech, a blog on Social Media, technology, Windows and Internet amongst other related topics.

Photo credit: Geoff Livingston / ES File Explorer

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