Android 6.0 Marshmallow: how to access the built-in, hidden file manager

Android 6.0 Marshmallow: how to access the built-in, hidden file manager
Many are the new features introduced to Android by the 6.0 Marshmallow update. Many of them we've talked about already – Android's latest release brings better control over app permissions, improved power management, native support for fingerprint scanners and the USB Type-C connector, as well as enhanced search features powered by Google Now on Tap. But for every major Android 6.0 feature, there's probably a dozen minor ones that we may have not mentioned yet. One of these minor features is the new, built-in file manager. 

Yup, there's a file manager build into Android 6.0, and even if you've updated your device already, you might haven't even noticed its presence. That's because it isn't launched your app drawer. It wouldn't have been fun if it was that obvious, would it? Here's what you need to do to access Marshmallow's file manager feature:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Go to Storage and USB
  3. Scroll down and tap on Explore

And now you should be looking at Android 6.0's on-board file manager. True, it feels crude compared to most third-party options. It can't rename files, it can't cut files, and it can't make new folders, to be more specific. But it gets the job done for some other basic tasks. The manager lets you copy files around, it can sort them in a specific order, and it lets you share them via other apps. There's also a search function if you're looking for a specific file that you know the name of.

So, do you like this handy Android 6.0 trick? Do you think you'll be using it often? Let us know in the comments!



1. Chilidog

Posts: 29; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

Pretty cool but there's no reason to use this instead of ES file explorer

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

ES file explorer is my bread and butter app First app I would install into any devices.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

So happy they implemented this. Third party apps are already tons better, but having this helps for a quick easy checkup on your android system.

4. steelew

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

I just wish google and OEMs would stop putting half assed apps on our devices. My G4 has a weather app that i had to use quick shortcut maker to create an app icon for just to access it. Just make a real app that I can get to the old fashioned way. The way it is now, its just bloat that's fairly inaccessible (albeit probably with a very small file size)

5. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

solid explorer is my favorite file manager especially with the cool material design

6. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014


7. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I love the chromecast plugin for it.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1095; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why must Google bury important features deep inside the settings app?

9. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

Use Quick Shortcut Maker to create an icon on your home screen for this

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