One of the stand out features of an Android phone is that you can go ahead and transfer files where you want and copy, paste and edit them as and when you want to. This is unlike an iPhone, where you never really get hands on the data files and unless you know your cookies well and find your way around with a third party explorer like iBrowse. The story on Android is that, you do have several system file managers available on the Google Play Store only, the likes of ES File Manager or Astro File Manager, which are some of the most robust file managers you will find. You can unzip or zip files, make edits, do the basic functions like copy and paste or rename files too, really easily with these applications.
While some of the OEMs bundle a File Manager by default so that you can play around with the files on your phone, the story with Nexus phones is not the same. So far, Google has resisted including a dedicated File Manager on any of its Android versions fearing that the users may not be able to take too much responsibility with that kind of freedom. We say so far, because in Android 6.0 or Marshmallow, Google has given in to the demand of the users and included a File Manager out of the box. Accessing it though, is a little tricky. In order to find the File Manager on all Marshmallow devices, you need to do the following:
- Open the Settings app located in your app drawer.
- In Settings app, go to the option of Storage and USB
- Scroll all the way down on your device when you are in Storage and USB. You will see an option of Explore, which upon clicking will bring up the File Manager, allowing you to see the files on your system.
It is worth noting that the File Manager that Google has bundled is extremely simple. You can barely do the most basic things like copy or browse the file and that is pretty much that. You cannot zip or unzip the file or do any of the complicated tasks that say an ES File Manager can do. However, for a start, it is good to see that Google understands the importance of the feature and has bundled it. Who knows in the coming updates, it just may include more features rather than just the most basic ones too?