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I recommend Solid Explorer, it has nice material design, plenty of cool features, and is a single payment (after a 30 day trial). It's what I switched to after ES.
Powerful file, cloud and root explorer with Material Design.
Solid Explorer is my favorite. I ditched ES as soon as the first version of Solid Explorer came out. It is beautiful functional and customizable. It supports extensions, so there are some extensions that add FTP support and other cloud service integrations. It has the option of a dual-pane explorer interface as well.
Yep. Time to switch to solid explorer file manager. I noticed the clean master crap in the front page of the app and immediately uninstalled the app
Link to solid if you want it [link]
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After the latest update, Solid Explorer File Manager is just too good not to mention.
Does everything ES can do (that I've seen so far), and is absolutely beautiful. Animations everywhere, customizable themes, and just a joy to use.
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Powerful file, cloud and root explorer with Material Design. It's a nice alternative to ES File Explorer.
Don't use ES File Explorer.
Use Solid Explorer instead.
Accessing battery information on Android is quite easy. All you need is a file explorer like Solid Explorer to navigate to the corresponding data which is exposed in the Android file system.
The paths are different for each model but the data can usually be found in a directory called /sys/class/power_supply/battery (or similar) in the root partition (you may need root on some devices to access the files).
On my S7 it looks like this and I can access more than 100 files with various battery related statistics.
Edit: actually you may need root on some devices to access this data.
Go solid explorer brothers. it's flawless and you probably have an extra $50 in play credit, so don't whine about paying for a great app.
2 week free trail solid explorer
DLNA, cloud, chromecast, FTP server, root browsing, material, usb otg (paid plugin),all with themes including an amoled black.
Solid Explorer is pretty good, can handle a lot of compressions and even has root explorer. I was in the same boat as you using ES and then getting raped by bloat.
I use Solid Explorer, it filled the void ES left after it went to shit. I don't know if it's missing any features, it does everything I need it to do.
Now you can get the full version for half the price only for limited time!
ES is another sketchy one IMO. ES creates a hidden log in a baidu folder that is sent to a chinese server without your permission.
i've been using solid explorer for years, and it only gotten better over time. The recent build is a perfect material UX IMO. lot's of great plug ins for chromecast, cloud management, etc... handles network storage and USB drives, really polished package.
I've backed up a few apps using Solid Explorer recently:
I've just run the backup program, copied the files from the Android/Data and/or Android/OBB folders along with APK and moved them to another device.
Isn't that process much easier and straightforward or does it not work all the time?
I'm not rooted by the way.
Try Solid Explorer. It's a great file manager, often regarded as one of the best.
> Solid Explorer can create encrypted Zip and 7Zip archives and extract encrypted Zip, 7Zip, RAR, TAR.GZ and TAR.BZ2 archives. Splitted archives are also supported
I highly recommend Solid Explorer. It's a really clean looking file explorer app that is super easy to use. Super helpful even if you aren't usually that savvy with files and stuff.
Do not use ES File Explorer. It went to complete shit in late 2015, like when Cheetah Mobile bought QuickPic.
Use Solid Explorer or FX File Explorer instead, or possibly other options recommended by XDA members like Root Browser. I switched to Solid Explorer when it first happened, gladly paid for pro after the trial, and never looked back.
I'm using Talon but its not quite what I'm looking for. I'd use Echofon like I did on iOS but they only keep updating the unpaid version and I don't want to deal with ads.
Also, I'd just like to recommend Solid Explorer for everyone. There are so many times when I can't find a file or I need to rename a file or I need to change the file extension and this app helps with that. I can also view both my phone's internal memory and the SD card's contents within the same app so that's awesome. I can't recommend this app enough, I'm so glad this sub introduced me to it.
Don't have that app and also has very expensive IAP.
Says allot about the app that it requires start at boot in the first place.
Solid Explorer is currently on sale €0.99 as an IAP, and does not even look to start at boot.
I using it for a year now, and it's great. You should check out Solid Explorer (trial & paid) and Amaze (FOSS) too.
On an Android, yes. Just get a file manager app. I recommend Solid Explorer. If you download a zip/rar file, you will be able to use this app to extract it to a folder within your Download directory.
If it is an iPhone, you won't be able to extract the zip/rar.
Edit: this iPhone app might work
Solid Explorer. Turning the phone to landscape mode with both current and target directories in view with the ability to drag and drop is my most used feature. <- That was a really long sentence.
I had the same struggle with contacts with my aunt coming from her Galaxy S3 on Sprint to the 6P. This is what I finally worked, though there may be something easier.
On the Samsung phone install Solid Explorer [link]
On Samsung phone open the Contacts app
Verify the missing contacts are here or we are barking up the wrong tree
In the contacts app press the menu button
Click Import/Export contacts
Click Export to device storage
Open Solid Explorer
Scroll down and find the Contacts.vcf file
Long click it to select it
Click the menu button
Click the Share button
Click Drive (This is Google Drive)
On the new phone open the Contacts app
Click Import from .vcf file
Select your Google account
Select My Drive
If you can't find the file click sort button and sort by date
Click the contacts file
It will import
The problem people have with ES is that it's owned by Cheetah Mobile, which is infamous for a number of reasons that I mentioned above. You can look it up yourself if you'd like to know more specifics. Paying for a product from a bad company doesn't make the company not bad, and it also doesn't remove the risk that the product is bad too.
I've quit using a couple apps that got bought out by Cheetah (QuickPic used to my favorite gallery app before they got their hands on it). I figure that there are so many good cheap or free alternatives that I might as well not bother with a company that might be shady.
My current file manager is Solid Explorer. I paid for the pro version and I really like it. If you're looking for something free, I use other apps by the dev of Simple File Manager and they're all great. I've also used Cabinet, but I can't seem to find that on the Play Store anymore.
I use [link] to access my windows shares. As long as you have decent wifi you can stream your personal "media" with it and MX player.
I would use Solid Explorer personally but I already own it. Has a Chromecast extension. If don't have USB-OTG cable need one of those too.
By "Android OS", I'm going to assume you had a Galaxy phone, which does have a My Files app for accessing the file system (FYI, Pixel is also Android). I'd recommend Solid Explorer: [link]
As /u/catwall has already said, Solid Explorer is a great choice. It's a very clean interface, navigation feels natural (a lot like ES File Explorer back before it was shit). Overall recommended, just know that after the initial trial period it costs about $2. After that, it's yours forever.
First thing first: stop using ES File Explorer and switch to an alternative such as Solid Explorer. ES was bought out a while back and has evidence of sending your data to servers in China.
If you do uninstall ES, then this won't be an issue because the system will ask you next time you want to browse your local tones since ES isn't there anymore, but in case you run into some issues down the road with app defaults here's how you can fix it:
Settings -> Apps -> Find and click on the app that has a default set up that you would like to remove.
From there, there should be an option to Clear Defaults or Open by default, from which you can clear the defaults for that app. This will make the system ask which app you want to use to handle that action/intent with.
This is the answer I came to post! VLC + Screen casting is awesome and works very well if you wanna just put something on and set your phone down. Unfortunately as /u/mjselvig mentioned, you lose the functionality of your phone/device for other uses. Alternatively, you should check out SE Cast as part of the Solid Explorer app - it lets you cast videos to your TV/chromecast and not lose the functionality of your phone/device for other use.
> is there a way to wirelessly transfer my android data to a headless linux box
Solid Explorer - you can mount / map various types of LAN / remote resources and just copy files using two panels interface. Not free, but worth every penny.
SyncMe Wireless - scheduled or manual one or two way syncing. Featuring wake on lan, schedule active when connected to specific WiFi and a bunch of other handy features.
/u/throwmeaway8228, I second Solid Explorer. This is the best file explorer on the Play Store.
As far as the "you are not connected to a secure network" message - this simply means you're connected a Wi-Fi network that doesn't require a password. This, of course, makes the network less secure, hence the reason for the alert. It's really not important, you can ignore it, since you know you need to connect.
Personally i'm using Solid Explorer, and you can stream any content with it from any cloud service, with VLC or Kodi.
Also this is how i sideload apps on my tv.
I use Solid Explorer. It's got a very nice clean material design interface and a lot of customization. It's a 14 day trial before you have to pay (or use an IAP cracker).
Also LPT if you have root, you can use Adaway to block ads in all apps.
You can use this app to move files into an encrypted folder that requires a password to unlock.
For me all the other methods are work arounds. This hides the shit and makes sure it stays hidden
MTP, the standard used to copy files over USB to a computer on Android, is just kind of terrible. Personally I use Solid Explorer to copy files over my local network, it's faster and much more reliable.
If you're rooted: Android mounts them under /mnt, but I don't think that FX Explorer will follow the symlink so that you can view/manage files on the flashdrive.
You can use Marshmallow's built-in file explorer by going to Android's Settings > Storage & USB > [portable storage - your flashdrive's volume label will be listed]. You can use it to do some basic share/copy/delete operations.
For rooted users: Like /u/ajass, I use stickmount. It'll mount the flashdrive under /storage/emulated/0/usbStorage (i.e. the "usbStorage" folder will appear under "Internal Memory", which means that all your apps can seamlessly access the files on the flashdrive)
For unrooted users (and rooted users who just need to move files around): Like /u/danisnowman said, Solid Explorer has a USB Plugin that's pretty awesome. Actually, Solid Explorer in general is awesome, period - root or unroot.
ES File Explorer should never be used. My personal recommendation is Solid Explorer.
Tagging /u/Throwawayjpegnil so they can see this as well.
Solid Explorer can do that for both videos and gifs. Although it's not a gallery app but more of a general purpose file manager, it should do the trick if what you're after is a way that manage videos/gifs you downloaded or received.
Why don't you try Solid Explorer or MiXplorer. I personally prefer MiXplorer. Its miles ahead than other competitors.
You'd honestly be better off uninstalling the app and getting an older verion, it'll have less features but none of the bloat that comes with the new updates. Or you could use Solid Explorer.
Solid explorer 2 file manager.
One of the best out there, both in terms of design and performance.
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I give it the edge over the equally amazing and freeFX file explorer , but only because FX is not yet fully optimized for Android 6.0 (at least on my LG G4)
You're better off with Solid Explorer instead now.
ES File Explorer was the king until recently when they added all the bloatware to the free version then after all the backlash about it added a Paid/Pro version. While it still works and is great (Pro), there's no reason not to try out Solid Explorer instead.
That's what the majority of other users have switched to now while reading through comments on XDA and other various Android sites.
Mixplorer is really impressive
I personally prefer Solid Explorer which is a paid play store app. But Mixplorer is definitely worth a look at first.
Edit: sold explorer link
Can confirm. Solid Explorer by NeatBytes is the most user friendly and reliable File Manager I've used, both on rooted and unrooted phones. Now if only Google would undo their broken SD card permissions that Android 4.4 introduced...
You'll likely need a file explorer app if you don't have one already, such as Solid Explorer.
Using the app, navigate to the SD card to find the file(s) you want to move. Select the files (either via checkbox or long tap, depending on the app you're using) and an option to Move or Cut should appear. Once you selected the option, navigate to the folder in your internal memory where you want the file(s) and Paste them there (once again, how you do this depends on the app itself; it could be another long tap in the folder or a multitude of options).
Since the PC is running Windows you can just share your various media folders using SMB. If you just want to access the filesystem I recommend Solid Explorer. If you want something library based, I suggest Kodi.
Absolutely! First thing is you'll need Solid Explorer or another type of file manager that has SMB capabilities. This one is just my personal favorite and it's worth every penny after the trial period ($1.99, I think).
I'll type out the basic instructions (Windows) here:
After you've finished those steps, you should have enabled a connection between your phone and computer.
Once you return to the home screen, navigate to the folder you want to copy the contents from. Then, reopen the slide out menu and select your computer. From there, you can navigate to any folder on your computer (I like to use my desktop) and copy!
Hope this works for you. This is exactly how I transfer files from my computer to my phone and vice-versa all the time.
Good luck, let me know if it works for you!
Solid Explorer: file manager
Tapet: material-like wallpaper generator
Put it to /Alarms folder on your phone/internal memory. Either via just USB and computer or now that you said you already moved it to your phone, use a file manager. Then the alarm clock app should find it automagically.
Actual call ringtones go to /Ringtones and sms etc. notifications to /Notifications.
At least .mp3, .m4a and .ogg are supported and at least on my nearly stock Lollipop .flac is too.
Mache es eigentlich genauso. Benutze dazu aber Solid Explorer. Den kann man 2 Wochen lang kostenlos testen. Vielleicht funktioniert es ja damit bei dir. Kann auch FTP/SFTP, falls das eine Option für dich ist.
MTP sucks for large files. Download solid explorer and install ftp server from the same dev. Make sure both your phone and your computer are connected to the same network for faster connection and start the ftp server which can be access from the hamburger bar on the bottom left. Just open your windows explorer on your pc and key in the address shown on your phone at the top of the adress bar. Much faster and transferring large files wont fail.
Solid Explorer File Manager
FX File Explorer
Most the time I use Solid but there are features in FX I still use.
Give Solid Explorer a go. That's what I've switched to instead of Root Explorer and ES.
Cabinet is also good, but it is still in beta and hasn't been updated in 5 months.
I prefer Solid Explorer. It's a file manager with material design. Simply cut and paste the files/folders from your internal storage to the SD card. You can also do it via a computer; plug the phone in and use the file manager on your computer to move the files over.
AFAIK, you can use something like Solid Explorer to export all of your .APK app files and Import them into your new phone running LineageOS etc..
Go to Solid Explorer > User Apps > Select All > Copy > Paste to SD Card > Move to New Phone > Done.
Allegedly, it works with all apps, including paid apps.
Haven't personally tested it.
Heard about it from someone else on the interwebs.
You still have all the apps on your phone.
For example, to reinstall the HTC messaging app, just go to root/system/priv-app/message/message.apk
In the same way you can reinstall the other HTC apps.
I used Solid Explorer to see the root folder (you don't need root access) - [link]
The see root folders enable the following setting in Solid Explorer:
1) swipe in from the left side of the app screen
2) tap on the settings cog
3) scroll down to other -> show root storage and make sure it is enabled
4) go back the the main app menu and swipe in from the left again, now tap on Storages -> Root -> system -> priv-app and then find which one you want to install. You can check if the app is already installed by opening the APK inside each folder and seeing if it asks you to install it (app is not installed) or whether it asks to update and existing application (app is already installed).
5) btw you need to open the apks using the package installer to install them, and you need the Install from Unknown Sources permission enabled for Solid Explorer to install apks from the root folder.
If you tell me which HTC app you want to install I can tell you which folder it's in, so you won't have to look for it (if the folder's name isn't obvious).
Only advice I can give is to uninstall both apps and use Solid Explorer or similar file manager with cloud support. That way you can access all your files as well.
I started using Solid Explorer File Manager since Es File Explorer started with the weird stuff like the lock screen. Still lacks some features which where really useful. LAN file transfer for example but visually is a lot better. And that's all I use really. Solid + Root tho.
Solid Explorer: File Manager
Tapet: Procedural wallpaper generator
I use Solid Explorer with the FTP server plugin to manage files on my phone from my computer.
Or just use a sane file manager [link]
Along with its FTP plugin [link]
EDIT: Ahh I just noticed that's from Asus. Not as bad as I thought on first glance :D
ES File Explorer is no longer an app to be recommended due to it becoming a bloated mess. A popular recommendation now is Solid Explorer File Manager.
Fucken' Solid File Explorer. The absolute best file manager I've ever used on any platform. The UI is beautiful. Super intuitive, everything works just how you expect it to, the animations are super pretty, it gives you speed graphs as well as breaks down your files and gives you pie charts so you can see what is taking up space in any particular folder. Also integrates smoothly with Drive, Dropbox, etc. and you can add SMB shares so that getting stuff from your home network is a piece of cake. Has a built-in text editor if you like doing nerdy stuff with your system files, has a package viewer, can handle any compressed archive on planet earth, etc.
I would highly recommend using Solid Explorer. This app can open virtually anything, and if it can't, it will open Google Play Store to determine the best app to do it.
Yup. Straight from the Play Store. If it doesn't appear there then use this link on a PC and select your TV as the target device: [link]
Use a file explorer to copy and paste your notification sounds into the Notifications folder in your internal memory. Likewise for ringtones, in the Ringtones folder of your internal memory.
This should let you pick those via the default sound picker. :)
Edit: I recommend Solid Explorer.
Try this: Download Solid Explorer, open the folder, sort the pictures to your liking via the three dot menu in the top right, open the first picture with "SE Image Viewer", swipe through your comic. Let me know if it works. If it does, SE is gonna cost a one-time payment after 14 days or so, but it's currently the best file manager out there, so an absolutely recommendable purchase.
AFAIK, the .nomedia file hides the contents of the directory to some, but not all apps, like thumbnails from the gallery app and audio tracks from the music player. You can still access these folders and its contents with most of the file explorers. You may want to give Solid Explorer a try. It's a paid app, but has a 7-day free trial period, which I think is enough to try and do what you want.
Here I found a .nomedia file in my Whatsapp Audios folder after toggling the "view hidden files" option. I can delete, move, rename and edit it and also access all the files in the folder.
Android itself doesn't have a task manager, so it's very likely your file explorer has one included. Idk which one you use, but I'd recommend using Solid Explorer. I've tried many over the years, but this one's the best designed and most lightweight without including extraneous features like a task manager.
(Side note: In case you didn't already know, Android will dynamically decide which processes to kill off based on free RAM. Whether it's totally effective or not is a different story though.)
Just use a decent file explorer app like Solid Explorer. When you click on the file, you'll get a list of applications to open with.
Also, WinRAR is not a text editor, it's a file compression/decompression app.
Try using solid explorer to move photos/music from (internal memory) to (sdcard). You are saying this does not work?
If what you are talking about is having app data (like your saved logins and cache and stuff) be moved to SD card, there are apps that support that other than Google apps, but generally not (without root) because ejecting the sdcard would destroy the app and nobody wants that.
Flawless android file manager. supports network storage, seamless cloud storage integration (use this in place of separate cloud apps like drive, dropbox, onedrive, etc...) chromecast, USB OTB (plug in external storage) dual window mode for easy drag and drop, local file search, detailed file properties, chromecast support, media browsing support, all with a clean material UI with themes available in many color combos.
automatically turns the screen on/off when you put the phone down on a table, in your pocket, etc...
titanium backup - creates full app+data backups of apps. great for people who like to root and flash custom roms. restore all your apps with all your settings and data.
Greenify - forces apps to behave, kills off unwanted background procesees, and on the new android 6.0 can force the low power mode Doze immediately where stock android it has to sit unused for a long period before doze kicks in.
Unicon - change app icons system wide. most icons only apply to the home screen, unicon changes them in settings, recents, toast messages, etc...
Smart Network - Create network radio rules. i have mine set to turn off data and use 2G (call/sms text only) when the screen is off or connected to Wifi, but LTE when no wifi and screen is on. really helps out idle standby.
Gonemad Music player - Amazing UI, great dev support with constant updates and you can just ask him questions on /r/gonemadmusicplayer he built his own custom audio engine because the one built into android that 99.9% music apps use is kinda shitty. GMMP is the only music player i found that didn't have noise, poweramp would give me occasional robot fart sounds that ruined the listening experience. this persisted across multiple devices.
Solid Explorer, an Android File Manager.
It almost supports everything I need it to do, including connecting network/cloud drives. It even allows other apps to use it to stream a file to another app that doesn't normally include network capabilities (ie: Windows shares, etc)
DO NOT MESS WITH YOUR FILESYSTEM PERMISSIONS!!!!
Sorry for the caps, but it's NOT a good idea to change the filesystem permissions in that way - on ANY operating system! That will not only seriously undermine the underlying security restrictions, it'll also break your system and prevent certain apps from working.
Regardless, it'll not work for your purpose. OneDrive or any other drive, is misleading because it's not really a drive - at least, not on Android. What you're looking for is an ability to mount OneDrive / GDrive etc as a FUSE filesystem. Unfortunately, I haven't come across any such apps yet for Android.
Regardless, if you've got network access when you're on the go, you can simply use any competent file manager like Solid Explorer to connect to your cloud storage accounts, and access it like a filesystem - you should be able to open, edit and save your files.
I haven't tried it, but the description says this:
>This is the old version of Solid Explorer. For better user experience and bigger set of features, head to the new version page: [link]