Google File Manager for Android supports external storage

EPreviously, Android users used all kinds of file manager apps since Google didn’t have its own file manager app. However, that changed when Google launched Files by Google (formerly Files Go) last year.

Apart from being completely ad-free, this Android app has many great features such as wireless file sharing without the need of internet, cleaning up junk storage, and many more.

Google has rolled out an app update that supports external storage. In other words, once logged in, you will see the same folder structure for external storage as shown for internal storage.

Some of you may still not know how to connect external storage (USB, HDD, etc.) to Android device. Well, here is a short guide –

  1. Buy a USB On-the-Go cable, OTG cable or Quick Switch adapter (for USB Type-C users)
  2. Connect the external drive to the USB port of the cable
  3. Now connect the Type-C port to your phone.
  4. Tap the USB drive notification on the Android device.

Now the device will automatically open the Files by Google app. From here, you can view files on the external drive, play media, move files, etc.

Also read: Android Pie beta rolling out to some Xiaomi Mi A1 devices


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Donald E. Hollingsworth