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How to use Android 6.0 Marshmallow’s native file explorer

As we have said, Android 6.0 includes a native file explorer in the operating system itself from which we will be able to access the files stored in the device’s memory and perform basic functions such as copying, cutting or sharing, among others.

This file explorer does not have an icon in the launcher as we are used to, but must be accessed from the system settings menu. For this we open the menu Settings> Storage and USB and we will see a screen similar to the following one, where we will see a summary of the use of the storage space of our device.

We can see two different sections. The first of them will show us a summary of the internal storage, while the second will show us the space of the memory card.

If we click on one of them, for example, on the memory card, we will see that a simple file explorer appears where we list all the folders that we have on the memory card.

File Explorer in Android 6.0 - 2

We can move between all the folders and all the files in a similar way to any other application. We can also select one or more files by holding down one of them for a few seconds until it is selected and appears colored.

File Explorer in Android 6.0 - 3

At the top we can see an icon in the shape of a trash can, from where we will delete the selected files and directories and one with the typical icon to share the content. We will also have a “more options” button from where we will access other functions such as copying files from one path to another.

As we have seen, this new file manager included by default in Android 6.0 is basic, too simple and lacking in certain slightly more advanced options, and although it will perfectly meet the basic needs of most users, those who want to have more control over the device options will have to opt for other third-party alternatives such as Root Explorer or ES File Explorer.

Are you an Android user? What file browser do you usually use?