How to find downloaded files on Android

Android's openness is a cool thing no doubt – instead of having to go through funky "open in this app" and "open in that app" workarounds for each file, you can always just download a file to your device and then use any app you wish to read and edit it with.

Now, most of us will usually get the item we desire, open it up with whatever app is suggested, and save it or immediately export it to the cloud so we could use it for whatever it was meant for. But what happens with the downloaded files and can we access them again should we need them in the future?

Fear not, yes, we can. Now, manufacturers who have their own skins on top of Android usually install a file explorer, which has a direct link to Downloads (for example – Samsung). However, if you are rocking vanilla Android or are using another smartphone that doesn't give you such obvious access to the aforementioned location, check out the slides below for a quick guide on where to find all the files you downloaded.

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8 Comments

1. TyrionLannister unregistered

I think even iOS users know how to do this on android.

5. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Phone arena can you please tell me how do i turn on my phone.

2. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Must be a slow news day.. lol

3. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I understand that not everyone knows about Android even though they use android on a day to day basis but..... Anyone who comes on this mobile tech site should really know where a simple download folder is.

4. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Wait a second... Doesn't every Android phone have an app in the App Tray that is called Downloads? I guess it doesn't show really old stuff that might be from a previous install of the OS or really old stuff on an SD card.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I've already explained this a bunch of times, but I will again. Phone Arena is a business, They make their money from ads. The more views these ads get, the more money they get. Yes, we all here know this stuff (most of the time). But we're not the target of these articles, it's the noobs and old people who can't figure out these newfangled gadgets and the simply befuddled. So they go to Google or wherever and search for an answer, and hey! Phone Arena has the answer. The pages get hits, the ads get viewed, and PA gets paid. Of course, there's the irony of people like us posting on how silly these obvious "how to" are, so PA gets their page hits and ad views this way too. Either way, the article does its purpose.

8. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Ah well, the more often they do this to me the less often I will click on an RSS feed link from them. As they seem to merely ape other sites, perhaps now is the time to remove the feed. In the meantime, I must get Adblock plus working properly.

7. Anonn

Posts: 230; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

This article is for xiPhoners. Like "How to drive your own car" for people that always used a cab.

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