How to Use a File Manager for Your Android

You probably use your smartphone for everything: communicating with your friends and family, playing games, handling work-related projects and files, listening to music and so much more. Although it’s great to have a phone with all of these capabilities, it can be easy to get confused and overwhelmed when your device has tons of games, songs, files and more on it. Luckily, this is where an Android file manager can come in handy.

 Choosing Your File Manager
There are quite a few Android file managers out there that you can download to your phone. Some of them can be found and downloaded for free from the Google Play store; others are paid programs that offer more features. Most of the higher-rated file managers for Android work very similarly, so choose one that is interesting for you so that you can begin enjoying these many benefits.

Manage Your Files
Obviously, the first thing that you can do with one of these file manager programs is to manage your files. You can edit, copy and delete your files and folders in bulk, which can be very convenient and much easier than deleting and managing files one at a time. You can also rename files and folders, making them easier to find and more organized.

See More Information
Finding out the file size and other information about your files can be tricky with many phones, but it’s easy with a good file manager. Along with seeing the size in megabytes, you can also find the date that the file or program was installed on your phone and more.

Search for Files
If you want to find a specific file, you might currently have to go through all of the files and folders on your phone until you can find what you’re looking for. This isn’t the case when you have a good file manager on hand, however; instead, you can quickly and easily type in a file name to find exactly what you’ve been searching for.

 Transfer Files
One of the other beautiful things about a file manager is the fact that you can use it to easily transfer files from one device to another. Whether you want to share games between phones and other devices or if you want to transfer songs and other files from your computer to your phone, you can use a file manager to do it with ease.

How to Use Your File Manager 

Install the Program
Obviously, you will need to install an Android file manager on your phone before you can start using one. This means that you will need to pick one out first. If you don’t want to buy a program, you can opt for one of the many free options that are out there; two of the most popular free choices are ES File Explorer and ASTRO. Both of these programs work very similarly and are free to download if you log into the Google Play store, but there are other options out there that you might want to look into. Reading reviews on these programs can help you choose the right one for your needs. Then, you simply need to download and install the app. This should be very easy and is done much like when downloading any other application to your phone.

Launch Your Program
Once you have installed your file manager, you can launch it easily with your phone. Then, all of your files and folders will be displayed to you in one convenient place. This will allow you to see what all you have on your phone, and you can start analyzing and managing your files right away.

Start Organizing Your Files
One of the best ways to utilize an Android file manager is to organize your files. You don’t have to use one specific system; you should simply use whatever works best for you. In most cases, it’s a good idea to create folders for different types of files; then, you can rename each of your files to a file name that you can easily find, read and understand. This will make it a breeze for you to sort together similar files and store them together.

Delete Files
Your phone can get clogged up with files very easily. If you download a lot of music, create a lot of files and install a lot of applications, chances are good that there are plenty of files on your phone that you don’t even use. You might not even know what some of them are, in fact. With your file manager, however, you can easily find the files that you no longer need and can delete them. This will help free up space on your Android phone, plus it will make it easier for you to find the files that you do need and use.

 Get Rid of Stock Applications and Photos
There is a good chance that your phone came with files that you aren’t the slightest bit interested in using. These applications can seem impossible to delete, but a good Android file manager can help. When using your file manager, go to the “root” menu, and access the “System” folder and then the “Apps” folder. Then, you can go in and delete the applications that you no longer want on your phone without damaging your smartphone. Along with getting rid of apps, you can use the “System” folder to find ringtones, photos and more to get rid of.

 Determine the Files to Get Rid Of
You might not realize just how much certain files and folders are clogging up your system, but seeing their file sizes in your file manager can clue you in to files that you might not want to keep on your phone. If you’ve been having trouble keeping track of all of the files on your smartphone, it’s important to do something now if you want to get the most out of your device. Luckily, a good Android file manager offers plenty of features to help you organize, delete and otherwise manage your files.

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