How To: Google Snuck a File Manager in Android Marshmallow & Here's How to Find It

Google Snuck a File Manager in Android Marshmallow & Here's How to Find It

For years, we've had to download third-party apps if we wanted to browse or manage the files stored on our Android devices, but Google has finally included a bare-bones file explorer in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Only thing is, it's not easy to find—but I'll show you how to access and use it below.

Where to Find the File Explorer

To begin, head to your phone's main Settings menu, then scroll down a bit and select the "Storage & USB" option. From here, scroll down to the bottom of the following menu, then tap the "Explore" entry to launch Marshmallow's file explorer.

Using the File Explorer

The file explorer has a clean and intuitive interface, and you can, of course, launch any file by tapping it. A "sort" option at the top of the screen lets you rearrange the view, and a "search" feature in the same action bar can help you find any file quickly.

You can long-press any file to select it, then you'll see options to share or delete the file at the top of the screen. If you'd like to move a file to a different location, tap the three-dot menu button while the file is selected, then choose the "Copy to..." option and select the destination.

It's certainly not as full-featured as some of the other file browser options for Android, but it can get the job done in a pinch. What are your thoughts? Can this built-in file explorer replace your favorite third-party alternative? Let us know in the comment section below, or drop us a line on Android Hacks' Facebook or Twitter, or Gadget Hacks' Facebook, Google+, or Twitter.

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